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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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Yorkshire Schools Orienteering Championships 2018

Published Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:20


SYO hosted the Yorkshire Schools Champs on Sunday 10th June at Sandall beat. The grassy assembly area, adjacent parking, nearby start & finish and SYO refreshment stall all made for a lovely event. Participants also enjoyed the fast sprint style courses through the runnable woodland. Well done to all the SYO juniors who gained a podium place.

Y4 Girls: 1st Ella, 2nd Alice, 3rd Molly
Y4 Boys: 2nd Rory, 3rd Will P
Y5 Girls: 1st Anna, 2nd Sofia, 3rd Margaux
Y5 Boys: 1st Robbie, 3rd Toby
Y6 Girls: 1st Freya, 2nd Ciara, 3rd Ruth
Y6 Boys: 1st James, 2nd Evan, 3rd John Joe
Y7 Boys: 1st Ben T
Y7 Girls: 1st Imogen
Y8 Girls: 2nd Alex C, 3rd Carys
Y8 Boys: 1st Euan, 2nd Matthew, 3rd Dylan
Y9 Boys: 1st Max, 2nd Sam C
Y10 Girls: 1st Isobel
Y10 Boys: 1st Sam D
Y11 Boys: 1st Dom

Hunters Bar Junior School won the primary prize, whilst the secondary competition was won by High Storrs. Many thanks to Amanda, Paul & Ian for putting on such a fabulous sunny event.

Medal success for SYO at BOC 2018!

Published Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:50

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Over the weekend of 19th / 20th May many SYO members undertook the epic journey to Deeside to compete in the British Orienteering Championships. The British Long Championships were staged at Balmoral on the Saturday. Competitors were treated to a glorious sunny day in the stunning surroundings of Balmoral castle. The forest was beautiful - not a bramble in sight - and the courses superbly challenging.

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The Scots proved tough to beat in many classes so this made Dave (M50), Amanda (W45) and Freya 's (W12) victories especially noteworthy! There were also well-deserved silvers for Robbie (M10), Euan (M14), Martin (M50), Laura (W35) and Jenny (W50) and bronzes for Ella (W10) and Peter G (M70). A special mention must go to Conrad, Imogen, Sam C and Judy who all finished 4th, just missing out on a podium place and also Will who was 2nd on M10B. Sadly the prize giving wasn't held until after the relays which meant some people missed out on their presentations.

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Sunday saw the turn of the relays on Torphantrick in grey rather overcast conditions but at least it wasn't raining (much!). The terrain and courses were interesting though it was a rather hard to work out how well teams were doing due to the very uneven gaffles.  There were plenty of SYO successes to celebrate including 4 relay class wins. Well done to Robbie, Oscar and Conrad (1st mini relay), Andy P, Pete T & Nick (1st M40), Martin, Tim & Dave (1st M50) and Ryan, Alex E and Jamie (1st junior ad-hoc). There were silvers for the W40 team (Amanda, Pauline & Jenny P) and the M14s (Sam C, Max and Euan). Finishing 4th and just missing out on medals were the women's open team (Mary, Laura & Kim) and the W14s (Freya, Alex C & Imogen). Well done to everyone who took part. Next year, BOC will be held in Yorkshire over the weekend of 4-6th May so hopefully there will be a very large SYO contingent competing.

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SYO sail through to the final of the Yvette Baker Trophy

Published Monday, 14 May 2018 12:35

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Sunday 13th May saw 58 SYO juniors and their families travel to the Yorkshire and Humberside heat of the Yvette Baker Trophy. The heat was hosted by EPOC who chose a fabulous venue in Oakwood Country Park. Aside from their courses, all the juniors enjoyed the free maze O, glorious sunshine, the chance to socialise and of course the very popular ice-cream van.

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SYO had juniors competing across all the courses and on yellow we had an amazing 30 runners! Well done to all the juniors that took part - you all play an important part in pushing down the scores of other runners. Congratulations to the scorers: 

Yellow Boys - John Joe (100) & Caspar (99)
Yellow Girls - Anna (100) & Charlotte (99)
Orange Girls - Freya (100) 
Orange Boys - Conrad (100) & James (99)
Light Green Girls - Imogen (100)
Light Green Boys - Max (100), Sam C (99)
Green Girls - Alex E (99)
Green Boys - Dom (100), Euan (99)

Thank you to EPOC for organising a fabulous heat, the parents for getting all the juniors there and Jacky for doing a super job as team captain. The final is on 1st July in Redditch. Jacky will be sending out the preliminary information shortly.....

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