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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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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


Interland Selections 2018

Published Monday, 29 January 2018 12:02

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Well done to all the SYO members who have been selected to run for England at the Interland Competition in the Netherlands.

M14 - Euan Tryner, Sam Crawshaw & Max Mobus (travelling reserve)
M18 - Ryan Elliot (travelling reserve)
M40 - Nick Barrable, Oli Johnson
M50 - Charlie Adams, Martin Ward (reserve)
W21 - Cat Taylor
W50 - Lucy Wiegand

Christmas Curry,Club Champs and Annual Awards 2017

Published Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:03

The room

The 2017 annual club champs were held in the glorious grounds of Whirlowbrook Hall on Saturday 2nd December. 57 adults and older juniors set off together on a 50 minute mass score event with the aim of collecting as many controls as possible in the time limit. This year there was a secret twist in that you could collect odd or even controls but could only switch once between them. Charlie Adams scored the most points on 220 with Dom Dakin close behind him on 210. First female was Jenny Johnson on 170 points.

club Champ winners

However, once Peter Gorvett's fiendish handicapping system had been applied it was all change at the top with the overall victory going to Kris Groom. Max Mobus was first male junior, Isobel Reuber was 1st female junior, Louise Preston 1st senior woman, Peter Guillaume 1st vet man and Lynden Hartmann 1st vet woman.

Whilst the more experienced orienteers were enjoying the score course, the younger members had their own yellow course. Charlotte Chapman flew round the course in 11.36. Fastest male was James Bryant in 13.00.

Charles Copy

Post race members adjurned to HSBC for a delicious Christmas Curry. Lunch was followed by the very brief AGM before it was time for the annual awards ceremony, which honoured our members' best achievements:

Best male performance at the CSC: Ian Cooper
Best female performance at the CSC: Isobel Reuber & Isabelle Hodgson
Best YBT performance: Henry MacDonald

Best Junior Relay Team: M14 Euan Tryner, Max Mobus, Sam Crawshaw
Best Senior Relay Team: M50 Tim Tett, Paul Bradbury, Martin Ward & Charlie Adams
Best Individual Junior Relay Performance: Jamie Lightfoot
Best individual Senior Relay Performance: Paul Bradbury
Best Male Junior Performances: Robbie Lightfoot
Best Female Junior Performances: Freya Tryner & Imogen Pieters
Best Overseas Performance: Cat Taylor
Best Senior Male Performances: Andy Preston
Best Senior Female Performances: Kim Baxter
Best Veteran Male Performances: Peter Gorvett
Best Veteran Female Performances: Lucy Wiegand
Most improved junior: James Bryant
Most improved senior: Julian Pieters


The final part of the day concentrated on thanking the club's volunteers for the hundreds of hours they dedicate to orienteering. All the major officials and coaches received a small prize and the club's mappers (Ian Cooper, Dom Dakin, Pete Tryner, Peter Gorvett and Charles Hird) were presented with a framed copy of their maps. Our main club coaches Colin Best, Jacky Dakin, Nick Lightfoot and Kim Baxter were thanked for their efforts and presented with a small award. Pete Tryner won 'official of the year' for organising the schools league events, planning the Park Hill urban and controlling Treeton and Lucy Wiegand was awarded the trophy for the 'outstanding contribution to orienteering for the excellent job she has done securing permissions for the past 7 years alongside organising, planning and controlling numerous events.


Thank you to Arun Sahni for planning an innovative and challenging score event that made fantastic use of Limb Valley, ably assisted by Clive Wilson and to Emily Pieters for organising so efficiently and finding such a great venue. 

Jacky Colin



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