Thanks to British Champs officials
- Created on 15 May 2011
- Written by Ian and Monika Cooper
On behalf of SYO and all competitors at the British Champs, can I thank all the main officials and their teams of helpers who made it such an excellent event. In particular, can I thank Tim Tett (Weekend Coordinator), Lesley & Martin Ward (Organisers) and Jenny & Oli Johnson (Planners and Mappers) for their work over a long period, for heading up the whole show and for ensuring that competitors had a British Champs to remember. Thanks also to the various controllers (Tony Thornley, Steve Watkins and Philip Gristwood) for their help.
Although the British Relays was organised by EPOC, great thanks to them for making it a succesful YHOA weekend, with special thanks to
SYO's Neil Northrop for the Relay map and courses.
SYO dominate coverage of 1985 British relays
- Created on 12 May 2011
- Written by Peter Gorvett
For those of you who don't follow Nopesport, you might be interested to see these film clips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3jmNcKBbOs&NR=1. It was posted in January, but I've only just watched it
Tim (and his orange van) is the star of the show. SYO won the Women's Open but I won't spoil the ending of the Men's Open It was Steve Hale running for ShUOC vs Tim Tett on the last leg. Chris Brasher is commentating and his accent makes it all seem a long time ago ("They're Oooorff").
Thanks to John Dalton for digging up the film.
- Created on 29 April 2011
Congratulations to the following SYO members who have been selected for various events and tours.
- European Youth Orienteering Championships (Czech Republic) - Aidan Smith (M16), Zac Field (M16 reserve), Katherine Hall (W16)
- Junior World Orienteering Championships (Poland) - Mairead Rocke
- Nordic Orienteering Tour (Scandinavia) - Graham Gristwood, Rachael Elder
More info can be found on the British Orienteering website.
Northern Ireland JK Weekend
- Created on 27 April 2011
The weekend was a successful one for many SYO members with 25 podium finishes in total. These are summarised below, but some commentary is given here. In the sprint Jenny Peel had an excellent run to retain here W40 champion title with almost a 90 second lead! Katherine Hall improved on last year's result of 2nd to win her W16 class.The JK was held this past weekend in Northern Ireland for the first time and about 2000 competitors made the journey. Day 1 was a sprint around Stranmillis University College in Belfast. Days 2 and 4 were held at Tyrella South, a complex sand dune area near Newcastle. Day 3 was at Slieve Croob, a large peak north of the Mourne Mountains.
In the individual, Aidan Smith and Charlie Adams both retained their trophies, with convincing leads or over 5 minutes, on the M16 and M45L classes respectively. In W40S Mo Chapman secured 2nd place by narrowly beating fellow club member Jenny Lightfoot by 14 seconds. Mairead Rocke and Adam Bradbury also won their age classes with leads of over 5 minutes.
In the relays, the team of Nick Barrable, Neil Northrop and David Brickhill-Jones secured 3rd place in the JK Trophy by 14 seconds. The girls went one better with Jo Stevenson, Mairaid Rocke and Rachel Elder finishing in 2nd place on the Women's Trophy, on the final leg Rachel went out 17 seconds down on the leader but couldn't overtake Sarah Rollins. Similarly, in the W48- class, Cari Littler, Louise Adams and Katherine Hall had fantastic runs, but a sprint finish was needed by Katherine to achieve 1st place by 3 seconds! However, Martin Ward, Charlie Adams and Bill Edwards managed to win the M120+ class by a comfortable 6 minutes.
Full results here.
|JK Trophy||3rd||Nick Barrable||Neil Northrop||David Brickhill-Jones|
|Women's Trophy||2nd||Jo Stevenson||Mairead Rocke||Rachel Elder|
|M120+||1st||Martin Ward||Charlie Adams||Bill Edwards|
|M48-||1st||Zac Field||Michael Adams||Aidan Smith|
|W48-||1st||Cari Littler||Louise Adams||Katherine Hall|
British Sprint & Middle Championships
- Created on 11 April 2011
The British Sprint and Middle Championships were held near Brighton this weekend in glorious sunshine. There were 11 SYO members with podium finishes. At the British Sprint Championships at Sussex University, Oli Johnson, Charlie Adams and Katherine Hall all just missed out on 3rd place by a second each. Jenny Peel won by over 2 and a half minutes at the British Middle Championships near Crawley and retained her trophy from last years championships. Podium finishes are summarised below.
Photo top right: Martin Ward running at the British Sprint Championships, photo © Robert Lines.
Photo bottom right: M21 podium at British Middle Championships with Oli Johnson in 3rd and Graham Gristwood in 1st, photo © Robert Lines.
|British Sprint Champs - Podium Finishes|
|M Elite||2nd||Graham Gristwood|
|British Middle Champs - Podium Finishes|
Farewell to GG
- Created on 07 April 2011
- Written by Colin Best
Last Night's club night was Graham Gristwood's last event as SYO coach before he moves to Sweden. He had planned a special mystery handicap orienteering race which took in the Hallam campus, the Botanical Gardens, Lynwood Gardens and some never used before urban map of Sheffield. There was a mass start at 7:00. All participants went from control to control as directed by paper instructions at each control site. Participants went their own way depending on age, sex, whether they had represented their county and other such criteria. There was an Easter egg for the winner, Kathryn Hall and afterwards we met at Champs for a celebration of his work for SYO over the last 18 months. This was an opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to Graham from the coaching sub-committee, from the SYO committee and from everyone in SYO and probably SHUOC, who has benefited from his coaching leadership over the past 18 months. He has made a big impact and many people have benefited not only from the sessions he has organised and delivered but also from his enthusiasm for the sport which will have rubbed off on many. There aren't many world class orienteers who are prepared to put as much back into the sport as GG has.
We hope GG has enjoyed his time in Sheffield as much as those around him have benefited from his work here and wish him well in Sweden and if the move improves his orienteering as much as it did Steve Hale's we expect he will soon be standing on even more podiums collecting even more medals. Good luck GG from all in SYO and ShUOC!
SYO members help England to victory at Interland
- Created on 07 March 2011
The annual Interland match was held in Germany yesterday, and three SYO members were part of the England team that retained the trophy. Zac Field placed 6th in the H17 category, Nick Barrable was 3rd in H21, and Martin Ward was 4th in H40. All three were points scoreres for the England team.
The Interland competition is a 6 nations match, involving England, northern France, Holland, Belgium (Flemish), Belgium (Walloons), and northern Germany. The match rotates around each of the countries, and normally is on relatively flat terrain. However, yesterday's competition near Lubbecke in Germany was on very steeply sloping forest, quite similar to the Forest of Dean. Despite the steepness the forest was very open and runnable, so the leading Mens Open runners were completing 10.6km in 63 minutes (6 mins/km).
Full results are on the organising club's website. Next year the competition will be in Belgium.
Yvette Baker Final
- Created on 07 February 2011
- Written by Paul Bradbury
19 juniors travelled down to Hawkbatch Woods to compete in the rescheduled Yvette Baker Trophy Final, and finished 7th out of 14. OD won again by 19 points, this time from LOC. It was very close from 3rd down to 8th, only 20 points seperating 6 teams. To show how close it was, if each of the top 9 scorers for SYO had managed to run 1 minute quicker, then they would have moved into 3rd place.
2011 will see us loosing Adam Bradbury and Ryan Wilson from the junior team, and I would like to thank them for the effort they have put into SYO juniors, helping to establish the juniors as one of the strongest in the country. At the same time we have quite a few young juniors coming through, and I believe the club will become even stronger. The junior team were recently runners up in the South Yorkshire Sports awards for junior team of the year.
A special mention goes to 9 year old Dom Dakin who has just joined SYO and ran in only his 3rd event, the first time for the juniors, and gave a good account of himself in running against juniors of up to 5 years older than himself.
The main area of weakness for the juniors is in the W18 age class. With Cari being unable to run due to illness we had no girls running on the Green course. If anyone knows of any girls in this age group (or others) ask them if they would be interested in joining SYO.
British Night Champs
- Created on 06 February 2011
- Written by Ian Cooper
It was heavy rain all day in Sheffield, but at Bentley Woods near Atherstone the weather and forest were thankfully dry. It wascertainly not cold while running. The clean open forest and good path network led to fast winning times despite the seemingly
long course lengths.
SYO winners were:-
M16 Aidan Smith (7.0k) 48:53
M18 Simon Bradbury (8.4k) 63:59
M45 Charlie Adams (8.4k) 57:35
W16 Katherine Hall (4.6k) 51:25
W40 Jenny Peel (7.0k) 58:59
2nd places to Zac Field (M16), Nick Barrable (M21L), Rachel Elder (W21L).
SYO through to CompassSport Cup Final
- Created on 30 January 2011
At Silton today, SYO won the CompassSport Cup heat ahead of AIRE to secure our place in the final. As SYO are the current CompassSport Cup champions, AIRE also go through to the final which is to be held on Sunday 16th October by DVO at Longshaw (just over the road from last year's final at Burbage). There are quite a few teams in this year's final, see here.
Well done to all those that counted to SYO's victory and even those who didn't - they will have lowered other peoples' points. Make sure you have marked the final in your diaries, let's try and make it a fourth win in-a-row!
The results from today's CSC heat are available on the CLOK website.