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About SYO

South Yorkshire Orienteers have over 200 members ranging in age from 5 to 85. There is a wide range of ability and experience within the club from beginners to elite orienteers, who represent Great Britain all over the world. We offer a friendly and informal welcome to the sport - supporting adult and junior beginners and more seasoned orienteers alike with coaching and a programme of regular events.

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What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.

It does not matter how young, old or fit you are as you can choose the course that's right for you and run, jog or walk it at your own pace. It is excellent for adults wanting to shape up, add some excitement and mental challenge to their running and meet new friends. It is also ideal for families as everyone can take part at the level that's right for them and it allows children to develop independence, confidence and decision making skills.

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Super Sunday for SYO

Published Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:21


Sunday 11th March was Compass Sport Cup competition time with qualifying heats held up and down the country. This year it was SYO's turn to host the heat for this part of the country. Surprisngly only 2 other clubs, in the cup competition for large clubs, chose to attend our heat but there were 6 clubs competing in the trophy competition for smaller clubs.

Organiser Paul Bradbury found a fabulous new hardstanding car park and assembly area close to the start and finish. He also managed to organise the first warm and sunny day in months which encouraged people to hang around and sample the delights of the SYO Junior refreshment stand.

Canklow is a small but interesting area comprising of a sloped deciduous woodland and a narrow strip of complex quarry workings. Colin Lynch planned interesting courses that criss crossed the area resulting in some fast and furious racing. 

SYO fielded a large team with 87 competing in the competition courses. It was fabulous to see so many club members doing their bit including lots of newer members taking part in their first CSC competition. SYO won by 20 points over DVO sealing a place in the final on Cannock Chase on 21st October. DVO also qualify as we finished in the top 3 at the final last year so a good result for both clubs!

Congratulations to the 5 course winners - Jenny P, Al B, Freya T, Dom D and Kim B who scored 100 points each - and the other 20 scorers - Charlie A, Laura G, Andy P,  Mark C, Aislinn P, Janet A, Seb M,  Jamie L, Imogen P, Judy J, Paul B, Jenny J, Paul J, Jenny L, Matthew M, Paul T, Bill H, Pauline T, Henry M, James B, Naomi T, William G, Alex E and Nick L. Well done even if you didn't score as your contribution pushes down the scores of our competitors.

In the Trophy competition EPOC were the victors in a tight competition between the smaller clubs, also securing a place in the final.

Thank you to everyone who helped particularly Paul, Colin, Pete and Brian for fulfilling the major official roles. Thank you also to Jacky & Dom for co-ordinating the cake stall and raising £270 for the SYO juniors.

Meanwhile, across the Channel, 8 members of SYO were doing their bit for England competing in the Interland competition in the Netherlands.

Interland 2018

The whole SYO contingent aquitted themselves brilliantly. Well done to course winners Nick B (M40) and Euan T (M14). There were also great results for Sam C (4th M14), Max M (5th M14), Ryan E (11th M20), Amanda (5th W40), Lucy W (7th W40), Martin (6th M50) and Sam F (ShUOC 8th M20). We missed them at the CSC heat - thankfully there will be no country call up clashes with the final!



British Night Champs 2018

Published Thursday, 01 March 2018 12:56


Time Lapse Photo of torchlights on Merthyr Mawr BNC 2018 courtesy of Siobhan Locke

A number of dedicated SYO members travelled to compete in the British Night Champs on the extremely challenging sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr and were rewarded with a number of podium positions. Well done to British Night Champions Jenny Peel (W40), Amanda Crawshaw (W45), Dave Peel (M50) and Peter Gorvett (M70) - fab results on a very technically difficult area! Congratulations also to silver medallists Charlie Adams (M50) and Louise Adams (W20) and bronze medallist Nick Barrable (M21). Lesley Ward also had a great run winning W45S.

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YHOA Middle Distance Champs

Published Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:50


The Yorkshire Middle Distance Champs were held by EPOC on Sunday 28th January at Storthes Hall. The event also served as a memorial for Alastair Tinto who sadly passed away last August. Alastair made a huge contribution to orienteering throughout the region so this was a fitting way to remember him. EPOC had arranged a wonderful indoor assembly area incorporting a bar and restaurant. Alastair's wife presented the prizes and there were a wonderful selection of photos of Alastair on display.


SYO scooped over 30 podium positions, doing particularly in the junior classes. Well done to:

W10 - 1st Anna T
M10 - 1st Robbie L, 2nd Freddie G, 3rd Joseph G
W12 - 1st Freya T
M12 - 1st Conrad R, 3rd James B
W14 - 1st Alex C, 2nd Imogen P
M14 - 1st Euan T, 2nd Sam C, 3rd Jamie L
W16 - 1st Alex E, 2nd Isabelle H, 3rd Isobel R
M16 - 1st Sam D
M18 - 1st Dom D, 2nd Ryan E, 3rd Seb M
M40 - 1st Pete T
W45 - 2nd Amanda C
M45 - 3rd Tony U
W50 - 3rd Bronwen D
M50 - 1st Martin W, 3rd Karl M
W55 - 3rd Jacky D
M55 - 1st Nick L
W60 - 2nd Marcia B, 3rd Hilary B
M60 - 1st Paul B
M65 - 1st Bill H


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