- Created on 08 March 2010
Last weekend a few devoted SYO members travelled up to Scotland for a series of orienteering events. First up on Saturday was a sprint around the Kings' Buildings at Edinburgh Univeristy. The British Night Championships was also on Saturday at Dreghorn Barracks. This was tough area at night, made even more so by several inches of ground snow, but nonetheless Simon Bradbury and Martin Ward won their classes to become British Night Champions in M16 and M40L respectively. This event was filmed by BBC Scotland. On Sunday there was an event at Gullane Dunes, a lovely Scottish area with detailed contours, the sea on one side and a golf course on the other.
Well done to SYO's new British Night Champions, Simon and Martin, and to all the other SYO members who competed at these events.
Katherine helps England to victory at Interland
- Created on 07 March 2010
Katherine Hall won the D14 class at the Interland international competition in Belgium on Sunday, with a convincing lead of almost 4 minutes. Other SYO members running well in the England team were Aidan Smith (5th in H16), Nick Barrable (2nd in H21) and Tim Tett (2nd in H50).
New British Orienteering Ranking List Launched
- Created on 21 January 2010
British Orienteering maintains a ranking list of orienteers, based on results from ranking events. The new ranking system includes everyone in a single list, which can then be filtered (by age class, gender, and by club). The list also shows the number of positions you have moved up, or down, since the previous week. Here's a ranking list of SYO members.
SYO members selected to represent England at Interland
- Created on 06 January 2010
Five members of SYO have been selected by the English Orienteering Association to run in Interland, which this year is being held in Belgium. The five are M16 Aidan Smith, M21 Oli Johnson, M50 Tim Tett, M60 Peter Gorvett and W14 Katherine Hall.
CompassSport Cup first round draw
- Created on 08 December 2009
The draw for the 2010 CompassSport Cup (inter-club competition) has been announced. SYO is drawn against AIRE, CLOK, EBOR and NATO.
The match will take place on 24th January 2010, at Silton in the North East. CLOK website.
SYO Juniors 3rd at Yvette Baker Trophy final
- Created on 06 December 2009
- Written by Jackie Butcher
Congratulations to SYO's juniors! In their first appearance in the Final of the Yvette Baker Trophy, they managed 3rd place, and were only 2 points (equivalent to just a handful of seconds) away from second place.
Final team scores were: 1st OD 892, 2nd DEE 874, 3rd SYO 872, 4th SO 862, 5th WAOC 836, 6th WCH 835, 7th SOC 789, 8th NOC 729.
Having been very excited to qualify for the final of the Yvette Baker Trophy for the first time, the reality of a day trip to Crawley began to sink in (at least for the parents involved). As we met at Meadowall in driving rain at 6.45am (not a good time for teenagers!) to catch the coach, there were a few of us who wondered what we were doing. But, although the assembly field and run in were the sort of deeply squelchy, sticky mud that I only seem to enounter in the south, the sun shone in Crawley. Our team of juniors included Rachael, competing on the Orange on her first ever solo orienteering course, Tom, on the Light Green, who had only done a very few courses, Jack with an injured hand heavily bandaged and wrapped up in a plastic bag to protect it from the weather, Ronan, who was extremely excited all day and didn's sleep a wink on the coach, as well as some past and present British and JK champions.
Everyone got safely round their courses with no mispunches which was a massive achievement. With early starts, SYO took an early lead but gradually slipped to 3rd. All our runners were in so we could do nothing but bite our nails and hope. As the prizegiving proceeded (there were prizes of sweets for each team that took part) we realised that we were at least fourth and then there was the announcement - 4th place South......Downs. SYO gave SO a massive cheer at that point and then our team proudly received the shield for 3rd place and a large box of chocolates. Thanks to the SYO Committee for supporting the cost of the coach - parents were extremely glad not to have to drive and it really did help generate a good team atmosphere.
ShUOC City Chase 2009 - Sheffield City
- Created on 25 November 2009
A great new map of Sheffield City centre was used for the ShUOC (Sheffield University) City Chase event on Saturday. The event consisted of a prologue round followed by a chase, which made for exciting head-to-head racing in an often complex urban environment. Though the weather was wet and windy, this actually helped to reduce the number of people out shopping on Saturday, so crowds of shoppers weren't a problem for runners. Unfortunately a couple of controls around West One had to be removed during the prologue event, but race times were adjusted after the affected legs were removed.
The event also (temporarily) lost a control when a member of the public reported a suspicious object, and thinking it may be a bomb the fire brigade turned up to remove it! Despite these problems the event was a great success.
In the Mens Open SYO's Lead Coach Graham Gristwood won, ahead of Oli Johnson in second. SYO also took 2nd and 3rd places in the Womens Open with Grace Crane and Jenny Johnson respectively. Alex Kilcoyne took 2nd place in the Womens Junior race. Simon Bradbury, who had over a minutes lead after the Mens Junior prologue race, unfortunately mis-punched in the chase. Martin Ward won the Mens Vet race, and Colin Lynch just grabbed 2nd place in a sprint finish. Bill Hanley narrowly missed winning Mens Super Vet (in another sprint finish).
The race was also the final event in the Nopesport Urban League. Alex Kilcoyne took 4th place in the Womens Junior League, and last years Mens Super Vet winner Peter Gorvett also finished 4th this year. Martin Ward won the Mens Vet league, but only by 1 point, to retain the brick trophy for the Urban League.
British School Championships
- Created on 24 November 2009
- Written by Claudia Hall
Several SYO juniors took part in the BSOA championships at Druridge Bay in Northumberland this weekend. Well done in particular to Aidan Smith (Gold) and Katherine Hall (Bronze) who came home with medals. Well done also to Simon Bradbury who was only three seconds away from third position in a closely contested race. Alex Hall (5th) , Zac Field (6th), Yasmin Field (6th) and Jake Field (7th) also had strong runs. Full results and pictures.
SYO crowned club of the year
- Created on 19 November 2009
South Yorkshire Orienteers won the category "Club of the Year" at last night's South Yorkshire Sports Awards held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The award recognises not just the perfomance achievements of the club but also the club's hard work behind the scenes to develop their sport and get more people involved.
Congratulations to SYO! Particular praise must go to the committee for guiding the club to such recognition, to Melinda for writing our bid, to all the event officials who have put on events for the club, to all volunteers who have helped in any capacity, to all coaches who have helped to create a club that people want to join, and to all those people who have competed for SYO over the last year. This really is a whole club effort.
SYO members help England to a VHI win
- Created on 18 November 2009
The Veterans Home International was held last weekend, with the relays on Longshaw and the individual on Eyam Moor. Four SYO members were part of the victorious England team that won both the relay and the individual competitions. Scotland were placed second, Wales third and Ireland fourth. SYO also had runners competing for the Scottish and Welsh teams.