Yvette Baker qualifier

SYO and AIRE juniors tied in todays Yvette Baker qualifier at Primrose Warren, with 894 points each! This means both teams will go through to the final  at Wyre Forest on 5th December. The result was so close that if AIRE had gained one more 1st or 2nd, then SYO would not have made the final. Special mention to Julian Hird running in YBT for first time, and winning the yellow boys course. Well done to the team, and good luck in the final.

The Government proposal to sell off forests

The government is proposing to sell off Forestry Commission forests.  This is the site that is running the petition about the forests - needless to say, if the forests get sold off, access rights will be much much more difficult - if not impossible if they build a Centre Parcs in every forest!

News story here:

British Schools Score Championships

Jake_Field_BSSCSYO Juniors (and particularly new members the Field family!) had great success at the British Schools Score Orienteering Championships. Medallists are listed below but well done to everyone who competed:
Year 12 boys Simon Bradbury Silver
Year 9 boys Jake Field Silver (pictured)
Year 7 girls Yasmin Field Silver
Year 5 (and he's only Year 4!) Joe Field  Bronze

Golden Boot Winner

Golden Boot 2010 WinnersA double victory for SYO on Sunday as Martin Ward retained his Golden Boot award for the fastest run in split at the Compass Sport Cup Final finishing equal first with ShUOCs Dan Hartmann. The pair took just 22 seconds for the tussocky sprint finish.

CompassSport Cup and Trophy Final

SYO CSC champs 2010

Provisional results from today's event at Burbage are available, including team scores.  Well done FVO for winning the Trophy Competition, and SYO for winning the Cup.  Thanks everyone for coming.  Comments from planner, organiser, controller will follow. Splitsbrowser. Routegadget.

Comments from the Planner.

Were the courses too long? The winning times were as expected, but I suspect some competitors were out longer than anticipated. The heather is tough on Burbage and, even if the bracken has started to die down, it still slows progress considerable. Many of the long legs did provide some path running alternative but it seemed that most opted for the straight routes through the heather/bracken. Thank you for many good comments, my favourite was ‘yes some of the controls were tucked away, but they were all in the right place’.

Thanks to Nick, Clare, Charles, Hannah and Ian for helping with the control hanging and to Bill, Guy, Jenny, Ed, Colin, Aidan and Ian for collecting the controls. All controls were collected in by 1630, with nothing going missing. Thanks also to Ian for clearing many bags of rubbish out of the valley woods to make it more pleasant for you.

Thanks also to Ray, the controller, for checking that all was in the right place and that you did not get an even longer course (Green Men in particular).

Hope you enjoyed a glorious Burbage in the autumn sun. Monika

South Yorkshire Night Cup events (updated)

Article updated 13/10/10 to change age classes

We are introducing a new series competition for the winter, similar to the Spring Cup and Park Race series. It will be night orienteering with a torch/headlight and open to all. There will be five or six night events, about one every month. At each event there will be three courses, short easy, medium hard and long hard. Everyone is welcome to run any course, please don't run a course longer/harder than you feel comfortable with.

The series result will be based on your best three events. We will have awards:

  • for each course winner if they don't get another award
  • for the long course for Open Men, Open Women, Male Juniors (M18-) and Male Veterans (M45+)
  • for the medium course Female Juniors (W18-), Veterans (W45+) and Super-veterans (W55+), Male Juniors (M16-) and Super-veterans (M55+)
  • for the short course Junior Boys (M12-), Junior Girls (W12-)

2010 age classes will be used for awards for the whole of this winter series.

Current proposed list of events is:

  • Wed 13/10/10 Loxley Common
  • Wed 10/11/10 Concord Park
  • Thur 9/12/10 Ramsley Moor
  • [Thur 6/1/11 Canklow]
  • Tue 3/2/11 Porter Valley
  • Wed 16/3/11 Burbage

All venues to be confirmed, Canklow event in early January provisional.

Full Bronte Weekend

October 9th 2010 2 SYO members won the Bronte Double urban orienteering races at Haworth and Thornton. Jenny Johnson just pipped team-mate Clare Baker in the 2nd race to take the overall victory in Women's Open whilst Bill Hanley won the M55 class. The races were superbly planned and organised by Airienteers with SYO's Charlie Adams controlling.

Full results and routegadget are here: Aire Bronte Weekend

SYO members win four classes in Nopesport Urban League

Today's urban event at Warwick was the final race in the Nopesport Urban League series.  Of the eight different age classes, SYO members claimed four of the titles.  In the Womens' Open class, Jenny Johnson actually had the title secured already, with some great runs earlier in the series.  Similarly Bill Hanley couldn't be beaten in the Mens' Super Veterans (55+) Class, whatever the results at Warwick today.  In the Junior Mens' (18-) Class Adam Bradbury was leading the series, but brother Simon in 5th place (with only 5 counting scores so far) only needed to finish 6th or better at Warwick to take the overall league win.  Simon won today, so he won overall with Adam in second.  The Men's Veteran (40+) class was also decided on the final day.  With Charlie Adams running for England at the VHI in South Wales, Martin Ward had a chance to win the league but needed a win at Warwick.  That didn't happen, so Charlie won the league, with Martin second.

New website goes live

SYO has a new website.  It was agreed at committee that we would upgrade the website to make it even more useful for members, and easier for members to contribute to.  So, we have set up this website that uses a Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla, and are in the process of transferring the old articles, results, etc onto the new site. The old site will remain available for a limited period here.

Please be patient while the new site gets "up and running".  We would certainly appreciate your feedback, and any suggestions you may have, if you have anything to say,  leave a comment on this article or contact Martin Ward or Adam Bradbury from the "Contact" menu.

Martin Ward / Adam Bradbury - new website developers.

SYO juniors win Peter Palmer Relay

SYO Team A winning the Peter Palmer Relays 2010SYO had two teams in last night's Peter Palmer Relay.  Congratulations to SYO 1 (Aidan Smith, Simon Bradbury, Adam Bradbury, Katherine Hall, Louise Adams, Rachel Crehan, Zac Field), who took 181:01, winning by nearly 6 minutes.

This is the first time SYO have won the Peter Palmer Trophy. The competition was organised by BAOC at Chetwynd Army Barracks near Nottingham. 

The courses were largely urban - unusual for this event - which made for some fast racing, with quick decision making required from all the runners despite the 4.45 am start. The accommodation, assembly area, start and finish were all inside a massive hangar, with the spectator control just outside which added to the overall atmosphere.

In the Joan George class there were some good runs from SYO2 (Michael Adams, Jake Field, Ryan Wilson, Alex Hall, Yasmin Field, Megan Crehan, Cari Littler). Quite a few juniors taking part had not attended this type of event before and it was quite an experience! Well done to everyone involved, including parents and helpers but especially to the junior teams!

Full results are at

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