SYO at the Multi-days
For the keen orienteers in our membership, the summer means a chance to combine a holiday with a multi-day orienteering competition. As usual our members have travelled far and wide attending the World Masters in Denmark, the OO Cup in France, the Oringen in Sweden, the Lakes 5 day and the Croatia Open.
The summer kicked off with the World Masters Orienteering Champs in Copenhagen. This event is a must do for the world's best veterans aged 35 to 95! There are 3 main competitions - sprint, middle and long and these combined with qualifiers and model events result in over a week of events. Superb organisation and wonderful weather resulted in a fabulous competition - many participants are already planning their trip to next year's WMOC in Lavia.
A handful of SYOers took part, some performing exceptionally well. The biggest accolade must go to Nick B for winning 2 bronze in the sprint and middle and a silver in the long! Special mention should also go to Laura for her 5th, 6th & 7th places in W35 and Amanda for 17th in the sprint in W45.
OO Cup, France
The OO cup is traditionally held in Slovenia but this year the organising team decided to venture further afield to the Jura region of France. The slightly more accessible location led to a swell in entry numbers with over 3000 participants. There were 5 days of competition in incredibly physical and technically challenging terrain. Every day counted so a mispunch or retiral was very costly! Conditions were sweltering but the organisation and course planning were excellent as usual.
A good number of SYO members made the journey to this one as the event fell at the start of the school holidays. Fortunes were mixed for many. Dave, Oscar, Nathan & Jenny Peel, Andy Preston and Euan, Pete & Freya Tryner all achieved top 10s on individual days. Best overall results of the week went to Dan Tett who was 1st on Open C, Tim Tett 7th on M55 and Will Preston 7th on M10 shadowed.
The Oringen is the world's biggest orienteering event with between 15,000 and 20,000 participants. This year it was held in the far north of Sweden. It's clash with the OO cup and it's slightly less accessible location meant less club members attending than usual but Aislinn, Mary and the Hartmanns all made the trip. Like the OO cup all 5 days count with the last day a chasing start. Attendees enjoyed the event reporting very technical terrain and surprisingly hot conditions.
The Lakes 5 Day
Every 4 years the Lakeland clubs host a 5 day orienteering competition. Many SYO members entered this one attracted by the good quality Lakes terrain and its relative proximity to home. Unfortunately, whilst the rest of the UK basked in the Europe wide heatwave, there was a permanent raincloud over the Southern Lakes which persisted throughout the 5 day competition!
Nonetheless participants still managed to enjoy themselves and there were some fabulous overall performances by SYO members. Results are based on your best 4 days of competition. Congratulations to Conrad 3rd M12A, Freya 2nd W12A, Imogen 3rd W14A, Euan 1st M14A, Louise 1st W20L, Laura 3rd W21L, Nick B 1st M40L, Amanda 3rd W45L, Charlie A 1st M50L, Lucy 1st W50L, Neil 3rd M65S and Peter G 3rd M70L.
While most of us were getting soggy in the Lakes the Wards and the Baxters were enjoying the wonderful weather, courses and terrain of the Croatian 6 days. This is a very small and friendly competition, comprising of urban and forest orienteering with all 6 days to count! Martin, Kim and Ricky all entered M40 and came 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively while in W10 Ella came 2nd overall.