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Harvester Relays

Saturday, 13 July 2013 22:10

SYO had a very successful outing at the Harvester relays, the annual night into day relay, which this year took place at Longmoor Camp in Hampshire on 30thJune/ 1st July. The premier (A) class was won by SYO Zimmer Stars (Mark Chapman, Dave Peel, Charlie Adams, Martin Ward, Tim Tett, David Harrison and [the youngster only 39 this year] Nick Barrable) and the Junior Class and B class winners overall (by more than 30 minutes) were SYO Young Guns(Zac Field, Jake Field, Louise Adams, Michael Adams and Dane Blomquist).

The other two teams had excellent results with 4th in the women’s class for SYO Shining Stars (Jenny Peel, Lesley Ward, Yasmin Field, Janet Adams and Lucy Wiegand and 5th on the B course for SYO B-back soon(Nick Lightfoot, Dean Field, Ian Cooper, Paul Bradbury and Roger Lewis).

Congratulations

Friday, 05 April 2013 21:29

To Martin Ward on his appointment as chair to British Orienteering.

Also to Kim Baxter,Amanda Leo and Rachael Rothman for their victory in the womens open at the JK, and Andrew Preston, Mark Chapman and Tim Tett for winning the M120+ class.

At the JK sprint (day 1) Kim Baxter (1st), Jenny Peel (2nd) and Tim Tett (2nd) had podium finishes. 

Adian Smith (1st & 1st), Katherine Hall (1st & 1st), Euan Tryner (1st), Lousie Preston (1st), Jenny Peel (3rd), Tim Tett (2nd) and Judith Guillaume (1st) all achieved a podium finish on days 2 and/or 3 of the JK - well done!

Andy, Mark and Tim won Men 120+ class

SYO leads the UK Orienteering League club competition

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:44

UKOL logoRounds 3 and 4 of the UK Orienteering League were held last weekend, in Scotland.  Having led after rounds 1 and 2 (held on home terrain - the events at Tankersley in February), SYO has maintained its lead in the club competition.  Individual and club scores are available on the competition website: http://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/site/ukol/Home

The next rounds (5 and 6) will be at the JK competition, to be held over the Easter weekend centred on Reading, Berkshire.

ShAFF Urban Event

Sunday, 03 March 2013 19:40

SHAFF arena - 2012

Well done to everyone who came and ran at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival orienteering event earlier today especially those who were trying the sport for the first time.

There will unfortunately be no results published from this event but we hope to see you at one of our full events in the future (Rivelin next Sunday perhaps?).

We hope you enjoyed it! {jcomments on}

Eric Shimmin

Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:09

We were sorry to hear that Eric Shimmin died last week. Eric, who originated in the Isle of Man, was a long-standing member of SYO and was highly involved with South Yorkshire Schools Orienteering Association when it existed. He could always be relied on to step up as planner, controller or organiser, including regularly organising the Scouts championship.

Eric’s many orienteering successes included being British Champion in 1992 (M65, Sheringham), 1997 (M70, Clumber) and 2002 (M75 Magilligan Sands, N Ireland). He regularly trained by running around Graves Park twice even when into his sixties and seventies

He had an infectious enthusiasm, was friendly and helpful at all times.

His funeral is to be held next Tuesday (18th) at Greenhill church.

British Schools Championships and World Championship Selection

Saturday, 01 December 2012 17:21

SYO juniors had good results at the British Schools Championships on 18th October in Delamere Forest, Cheshire with Louise Adams 3rd in year 9 girls, Pippa Dakin 3rd in year 10 girls and Dane Blomquist winning year 11 boys.

Pippa and Dane have now been selected for the  World Schools Championships 2013 in the Algarve in Portugal in April 2013.

Congratulations!

Advice for orienteers on Ash Dieback disease

Friday, 02 November 2012 16:13

Concerns have been raised in the media recently over the threat to ash trees in the UK following the identification of the potentially deadly disease of Ash Dieback (Chalara faxinea).
British Orienteering has issued the following advice to all clubs on the biosecurity measures that should be taken by all orienteers (i.e. Planners, Controllers and control hangers, as well as competitors) when holding or participating in an area suspected to contain Ash trees:

  • Thoroughly wash all footwear before leaving the area, ensuring that all mud, soil and leaf litter is removed.  Event organisers may wish to provide water, buckets and brushes at a suitable location i.e. at a point where there is little risk of further contamination.
  • On returning home, rinse all boots and shoes in a chlorine based cleaner or garden fungicide and allow them to dry thoroughly.  N.B. please read the manufacturer’s label and follow their instructions on use and disposal of the product.
  • Thoroughly wash and dry all kit and any other clothing that may potentially have been contaminated with fungal spores.
  • Clothing and footwear should not be reused for at least 48 hours after drying.

While it is currently thought that the disease is restricted to East Anglia and the South East of England, this position may change as Forestry Commission pathologists and surveyors enter more woodlands.
Peter Brett, Environment Officer

Peter Palmers Double For SYO Juniors

Thursday, 13 September 2012 19:45

Two teams of SYO juniors competed at the Peter Palmer Relays last Sunday morning. The relays start at 5am and the teams of 6 run through dawn to the early morning. This year the event returned to Sutton Park, Birmingham and was hosted by the City Of Birmingham Orienteering Club (COBOC).

SYOs first team won by 8 minutes to win the Peter Palmer trophy for the second time for the club. Such is the strength of the club juniors at the moment that, besides being able to field a second team, that second team won the Joan George trophy in a sprint finish with Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC). Teams are eligible for the Joan George trophy if the team members have a combined BOF age of less that 90. The photo below shows both the winning teams (and a strange white rabbit!). Photo © Rob Lines. Results.

Congratulations to our juniors!

Both SYO Winning Teams

Forge Valley Club Night

Thursday, 30 August 2012 20:51

Forge Valley Club Nights FlyerCome along and have a good time at the club night at Forge Valley Community School every Thursdsay from 18:30 - 19:30. The sessions start on 13th September after a break over the school summer holidays.

The sessions are open to everyone but more aimed towards children and families. You will learn how to orienteer, how read a map, find out about adventure running and improve your fitness in a fun and exciting way. Lauren Ferrand is the lead coach and will be able to support you no matter your experience of orienteering. For more information, Lauren can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are taking your son or daughter to the sessions, why not join in the fun and have a go yourself? As well as having a good time and improving your own fitness it is always nice to have a bit of friendly competition with your child - you may be surprised how good they are!

So remember, the club nights are for anyone of any age or experience (though are aimed at children and families) and are every Thursday from 18:30 to 19:30 at the Forge Valley Community School sports centre starting from 13th September. See you there!

Rachael Finishes top Brit in the World Champs Middle Race

Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:32

Club member Rachael Rothman finished 21st, and top Brit, in the World Championships Middle Race in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday.

From the British Orienteering website:

Rachael was asked if the race was as she expected today and she said “Pretty much, it was quite tricky and quite varied in the terrain, so yeas just as I expected.” She was then asked what she felt about her result and she commented “I am a bit disappointed not to be in the Top 20. I thought when I finished that the run I had would get me a Top 20 as I was satisfied when I finished, so I can’t be disappointed with it.”

Rachael Rothman (Credit - Dave Sprot)