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SYO edge through to the CSC Final

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 10:56

A much reduced team - it's quality that counts - together with some tactical 'running up', ensured SYO just edged out AIRE, CLOK and EBOR at the CSC Qualifier at Gilling Woods last weekend. The juniors and middle-aged members that rose to the call did their stuff on the day with 5 class wins in total - 4 by juniors. Of particular note were Aidan Smith running up on Brown and winning, relative newcomers Pippa and Dominic Dakin both scoring highly, Jenny Peel for dragging herself out of her sick bed and a number of people scoring well who usually make up numbers - well done Karl, Dean, Paul, Marcia, Richard, Guy, Beryl and Jeff - you never know when your run will be that important. Team counters can be found at

So we will be off to defend the cup on Sunday 30th September up int he boarders of Scotland. We'll probably organise accommodation and transport for such a long journey.

Congratulations to the 2012 Northern night champions

Sunday, 05 February 2012 15:39

Congratulations to the 2012 Northern Night Champions:

M18 Simon Bradbury  SYO (Northern),  Adam Potter BOK

W18 Julie Emmerson OD

M21  Oli Johnson  SYO

W21 Lucy Wiegand SYO (Northern) Alice Leake EUOC

M40 Steve Watkins  AIRE

W40 Susan Skinner WCOC

M55 John Britton MDOC

W55 Jackie Barnes CLARO (Northern) Inara Gipsle TVOC

In fact congratulations to everyone who got there.  I hope everybody made it home safely.  The promised 10mm arrived before the event, but another 30 or 40 during it, so I'm afraid some had a difficult journey homeSorry I left the M/W18s off my earlier post.  PG

Club championships

Sunday, 11 December 2011 14:30

The Club Championships were held on Saturday 10th December at Concord Park.  It was a very cold day, but at least there wasn't snow on the ground like last year.  The format was a handicap score-type event (controls in any sequence) with each competitor given a target number of controls

The new club champions are Philip Wiegand (junior – very closely followed by his brother Adam), Gemma Tate (w) and Kevin Randall (m).  More details on the event page.

These photos just after the mass start and of Gemma finishing were taken by Ray Waight. Some more photos taken by Chris Littler can be seen on the photo page (go to the 'Members area' menu item and select 'Photos').

2011ClubChampsStart  2011ClubChampsFinish

SYO Juniors Qualify for Yvette Baker Final

Sunday, 13 November 2011 22:48

Today at EBOR's event at Ashdale Forest SYO's junior team qualified for the Yvette Baker Trophy final which is to be held at Mausoleum Woods (HALO) on Sunday 4th December. They had a 9 point lead over 2nd placed CLARO who only just pipped AIRE by 2 points.

Our juniors were helped by (junior) wins on the Green Boys, Light Green Girls and Orange Girls. On the Green course, Aidan, Zac and Michael secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively with several minutes lead.

This is the 3rd year in a row that SYO's juniors have qualified for the Yvette Baker Trophy Final. Congratulations to them all for their runs today and good luck at the final!

Event results

SYO take CompassSport Cup for 4th year running

Sunday, 16 October 2011 18:04

Today SYO won the British Orienteering Club Championships very comfortably, with 2224 points, 161 points more than second place Octavian Droobers.

Congratulations to all our runners.  Oli Johnson and Rob Baker have had a particularly successful weekend, being members of the Dark Peak Fell Runners team that won the FRA relay the previous day.

There were a couple of items of lost property:  a pair of New Balance trainers and a watch.  Please contact me (petergorvett on  to arrange return.  Please contact Tim Tett if you didn't get a chance to collect your map.

2nd for SYO Juniors

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:19
SYO Junior Team 2nd at Peter Palmer Relays 2011
Michael Adams at Peter Palmer Relays 2011
Photos © Rob Lines

Congratulations to SYO's junior team who came 2nd at the Peter Palmer Relays on Sunday in Stafford. The juniors were just beaten by Lakeland by 2 minutes and are determined to reclaim the Peter palmer Trophy next year.

The Peter Palmers are an overnight relay for juniors that start in the early morning when it is dark and by the time the last runner is back it is light. This year's event was organised by British Army Orienteering Club for the second year in a row and the barracks presented an interested change from the more traditional rural areas.

Results are here.

Sheffield City Race

Saturday, 03 September 2011 18:14

Corrected results are now available.

This year the Sheffield City Race moved out from the centre, taking place in the Gleadless Valley in the south-east edge of town on Saturday. It is a great area for urban orienteering; many different shaped blocks surrounded by grass and a multitude of paths and steps gave the course planner an opportunity to present the runners with many route-choice and fine navigational challenges. About 240 competed, from as far afield as Surrey, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

SYO members at the World Orienteering Championships

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 14:07

WOC 2011 logoThe World Orienteering Championships start this coming weekend in France, with SYO members Oli Johnson and Rachael Rothman both in the Great Britain team.  Oli and Rach are both competing in the Long and Middle distance races, so are in action in the qualifiers on Saturday (Long) and Sunday (Middle).  From everyone at SYO, good luck!

There should be good online coverage of the races both at the official website ( and on World of O (  Several SYO members are also going out to France to support in person, and take part in the spectator races.


Harvester Relay Triumph

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 10:39

At the Harvester Relays early on Sunday morning, South Yorkshire Orienteers triumphed in the Men's Open, Men's Handicap, Women's Open and Junior classes. The event was organised by Sheffield University Orienteering Club (ShUOC) at Ecclesall Woods and Limb Valley and was a resounding success. GPS tracking was used and this certainly added to the spectator aspect of the event.

SYO's junior and women's teams were battling it out for 1st place on the B relay and the junior team did well to maintain a 3 minute lead until the penultimate leg where Michael Adams handed over to Adam Bradbury 2 seconds ahead of Clare Baker handing over to Rachael Rothman. Adam and Rachael were both wearing GPS trackers so their progress (and mistakes) were shown on in the marquee. After an interesting leg 9 route choice, Rachael eventually pulled away and 'SYO Night Ladies' finished 7 minutes ahead of 'SYO Who Needs Aidan?'.

The mass start of 26 teams on the A relay at midnight was also interesting to watch with 10 teams wearing GPS trackers. Al Buckley had a great start for SYO NIght Raiders, leading the race for much of his leg, and returning in 2nd place only 25 seconds down.  After Nick Barrable's excellent second leg the team were in the lead, and although Matt Crane for BOK pulled back a bit on leg 3, the SYO team got a 25 minute lead that it never looked like losing.  Meanwhile, the SYO Zimmer Stars (handicap team) was battling amongst other teams in the top 10 of the A race, and trying to maintain a lead in the Handicap competition.  At mid race it was close, but strong runs by Bill, Charlie and Tim pulled out a lead in the handicap, and brought the team up to 6th overall in the A relay.

Harvester 2011 Team Photo

SYO entered 7 teams into this years Harvester and 4 of those comfortably came back with a trophy, not a bad performance!

The Harvester was also the final race in the UK Relay League and with the results from the Harvester included SYO won the Women's league and was 2nd in the Men's.


Trophy winning teams:

Class Team Name Runners
Men's Open SYO Night Raiders

Alastair Buckley, Nick Barrable, Neil Northrop, Alex Rothman, Andy Preston, Michael Sprot, Rob Baker

Men's Handicap SYO Zimmer Stars

Martin Ward, Nick Lightfoot, Dave Peel, Mark Chapman, Bill Edwards, Charlie Adams, Tim Tett

Women's Open

SYO Night Ladies

Kim Baxter, Jenny Peel, Lucy Wiegand, Clare Baker, Rachael Rothman

Junior SYO Who needs Aidan?

Simon Bradbury, Zac Field, Jake Field, Michael Adams, Adam Bradbury

WMOC 2011 Sprint medals for Tim and Nick

Sunday, 03 July 2011 19:15

At the 2011 World Masters Orienteering Championships in Hungary neither Tim Tett M50 nor Nick Barrable M35 managed to defend their Sprint titles from Switzerland last year. But they did come away with medals. For Tim, he was SO close - a mere second (and he was level at the last control, just getting beaten on the run-in). But he walked away with a Silver Medal. For Nick he was overwhelmed with his Bronze. He is awaiting a knee operation in the next few weeks having not run for 9 weeks. "I thought I would be miles behind and this is a great surprise. Just don't tell the doctor I've been running! I just had to limp round as best I could and try to minimise any mistakes" said Nick.


Monday is a rest day, but the Long Distance qualification races on Tuesday and Wednesday are followed by the Long Final on Friday.