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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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SYO lift the trophy at the Yvette Baker Final!

Published Sunday, 09 July 2017 16:12



Last weekend the junior section of the club travelled en-masse to Northumberland - one of the most Northerly orienteering areas in England – to compete in the Yvette Baker Trophy competition.


Due to the long drive, most of the team travelled up to Druridge Bay on the Saturday, stopping off at the training event for some pre-event practice on the sand dunes. Post run the team decamped to the beach for football, paddling and dune jumping whilst the adults relaxed in the sunshine. Next stop was the Alnwick youth hostel where we enjoyed an early dinner, before Jacky gave an inspiring team talk. The team meeting was followed by cake, hot chocolate and nail painting in the team colours!


Sunday morning saw those that had stayed at the youth hostel head to Druridge Bay to meet up with the rest of the 32 strong team. It was a relaxed start for the juniors so they had plenty of time to socialise and apply face paint while the adults tested the courses. Those adults that made it out were rewarded with stunning views of the coastline, sparkling in the sunshine and surprisingly challenging courses in the small strip of dunes. Soon it was the turn of the juniors to race. Spectators had a great view of the competitors racing round the bottom of the lake to their penultimate controls and there was lots of cheering for the juniors as they ran into the finish.


Analysis of the results revealed lots of top 3 positions so expectations were high for a good result. In lieu of any official results, Dom got his pencil and paper out calculating a victory for SYO! Finally official confirmation arrived in the form of the prize giving where SYO were presented with the Yvette Baker Trophy for the first time in the club’s history!

Well done to all the juniors who ran – every result makes a difference by reducing the scores of other clubs and the large supportive team helps spur everyone on to achieving great results. However, particular congratulations must go to those whose scores counted in SYO’s overall result:

Henry McDonald – yellow boys - 100

Freya Tryner – yellow girls – 100

Robbie Lightfoot – yellow boys – 99

Olmo Combley – yellow boys - 98

Imogen Pieters – orange girls - 100

Max Mobus – orange boys – 99 (missing the win by 3 seconds!)

Jamie Lightfoot – orange boys – 98

Euan Tryner – light green boys – 99 (missing the win by 2 seconds!)

Alex Elliott – light green girls – 98

Dom Dakin – green boys - 98

A special mention must also go to Sam Doyle who won the yellow but was then deemed non-competitive because he was too old – a recent rule change that we hadn’t picked up on.

Thanks to Jacky for organising such a fantastic trip and for all the parents who acted as chauffeurs and cheerleaders – we couldn’t have done it without you. Next year’s final will be held on Sunday 1st July in the West Midlands. Please put the date in your diary now as we will need a super strong team to defend our title.



2016/2017 Schools League

Published Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:38

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We had a fantastic end to the 2016/17 schools' league last weekend. People seemed to enjoy the score event format and the children made the most of the hot weather and water post event. Many thanks to all the volunteers who have made the league such a success.

Well done to the following prize winners:


Y4G - 1st Ella Baxter, 2nd Emily Morgan, 3rd Annabelle Maltby
Y4B - 1st Robbie Lightfoot, 2nd James Wilson, 3rd Joseph Diacon
Y5G - 1st Freya Tryner, 2nd, Connie Watton, 3rd Isla Caudwell, Lotte Sykes, Kassia Smith.
Y5B - 1st Samuel Taylor, 2nd James Bryant, 3rd Evan Jenkinson
Y6G - 1st Imogen Pieters, 2nd Rania Maaranen, 3rd Hannah Taylor
Y6B - 1st Jamie Lightfoot, 2nd Conrad Reuber, 3rd Matthew Diacon
Y7G - 1st Josie Conduit, 2nd Amelia Phillips, 3rd Carys Phoenix
Y7B - 1st Euan Tryner, 2nd Freddie Emmett, 3rd Henry McDonald
Y8G - 1st Naomi Thornton, 2nd Phoebe Mead, 3rd Erin Yeardley-Monach
Y8B - 1st = Alfie Hall & William Garnet, 3rd Liam Astill
Y9G- 1st Alex Elliott, 2nd Hannah Dixon, 3rd Isobel Reuber
Y9B - 1st Sam Doyle, 2nd Jack Page, 3rd Luke Mallinson
Y10B - 1st Dom Dakin, 2nd Tom Fryers

High Storrs

In the schools' competition, the primary category was won by Hunters Bar with Nethergreen and Dobcroft 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the secondary competition High Storrs took the victory with Notre Dame in 2nd and Tapton in 3rd.

If you weren't able to attend the prize giving and would like to collect your medals and certificates, please get in touch. The 1017/18 league kicks off in Endcliffe Park on 9th Sept. 

Hunters Bar


Brilliant Performance at the British Champs 2017

Published Monday, 08 May 2017 11:30

 There was great success for SYO members at the British Individual & Relay Championships in the Lake District this weekend. 

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The Individual Championships were held on High Dam - a mixed area of open fells and runnable but steep woodland with extremely intricate contour detail. Courses were very physically and technically challenging, producing worthy British Champions.

Congratulations to the 4 SYO British Champions: Freya (W10), Imogen (W12), Pippa (W20E) and Nick B (M40). There were silver medals for Robbie (M10), Charlie (M50) and Tim T (M55) and bronzes for Peter G (M70) and Jenny P (W45). Lucy (W45), Jamie (M12) and James (M10) all just missed out on a medal in 4th place. Kim Baxter also narrowly missed out on a podium position finishing 5th on W21 Elite (as a W40) less than a minute off 3rd place.


There was also success in the short and B classes. Well done to Ryan 2nd (M18L), Isobel 1st (W16B), Louise A 1st (W20L), Laura G 1st (W21S), Louise P 1st (W35S) and Mo (1st W45S). The results in the W10B for 8 year olds Charlotte, Ella and Alice bode particularly well for the future with SYO taking 1st, 2nd & 3rd!

Tim Charlie

Day 2 arrived with gorgeous blue skys and bright sunshine to provide perfect relay weather. Summerhouse Knott is an excellent relay venue with intricately contoured woodland for the harder courses and a good path network for the younger junior classes. The relays proved even more fruitful than the individual day with many class wins and podium positions for SYO.

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In the mini relay SYO showed the strength of its juniors with 4 teams entered. SYOung Blood (Jamie, Conrad & Imogen) retained the title, with SYO's 2nd team (Robbie, James & Freya) finishing 4th. In the M14 relay SYOungsters (Sam, Max & Euan) overcame older more experienced teams to take an unexpected victory, whilst in the W14 relay SYOh dear (Hannah, Alex C & Alex E) narrowly missed out on a podium position finishing 4th.

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In the senior classes it was gold in W40 for SYO Queen Bees (Amanda, Lucy & Jenny P) and silver in M40 for SYO Bee Sting (Andy, Pete T & Nick B). In the M50 class SYOn Fire (Martin, Tim T & Charlie A) took the victory while SYO's 2nd team (Nick L, Bill & Paul T) got the bronze. There was victory for SYO Bees Knees (Aislinn, Pippa & Kim) in the women's premier but the team was later declared non competitive as Aislinn is Australian! 

W40 relay winners

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