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About SYO

South Yorkshire Orienteers have over 250 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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Success in the Sun for SYO

Friday, 11 June 2021 15:15

Lakes weekend prize winners


122 club members travelled north to the Lake District at the weekend to compete in the biggest UK orienteering event for almost 2 years.

The weekend began in Keswick on Friday evening for our older juniors with junior selection sprint races for the M/W16s -20s. Keswick was heaving with traffic and people, providing the ultimate urban challenge with tricky courses traversing the town centre. Early starters had it particularly tough as it was exceptionally busy early on. Immy ran well to take 2nd place on W16 and on a very competitive M16 course Conrad & Dylan had good runs taking 7th & 8th place respectively.

Saturday dawned warm and sunny and the action switched to Summerhouse Knott in the Southern Lakes for the British Middle Champs. Courses were very technically challenging and even the very best made mistakes, which makes SYO’s tally of 6 British Champions even more impressive. In the youngest junior classes Louis and Hannah topped M and W10 in their first major championship races and Alice had her first big success winning W12. Immy had a great run to win W16 and it was a double win for the Peel adults with Dave taking the win on M55 and Jenny on W50. There was a host of silver middles too for Maxwell (M12), James (M14), Euan (M18), Pete T (M45), Peter G (M70), Sophie (W10), Ella (W12), Freya (W14), Laura (W35), Kim (W45) and Lucy (W50) and also a clutch of bronzes for Stanley (M10), Beth (W12) and Anna (W14)! Fabulous to see so many of our juniors taking medals in their first major competition.

Sunday saw the turn of the Northern Championships on High Dam – a fabulously physical and technical challenging area. Courses were long and tough and many of us were out for a very long time, with the heat making it even more difficult! Yet again SYO produced a number of super performances with 8 course wins  - Maxwell (M12), Euan (M18 Elite), Pete T (M45), Peter G (M70), Hannah (W10), Charlotte (W12), Kim (W45), Jenny P (W50); 8 2nd places – Louis (M10), James (M14), Oli (M21 E), Alice (W12), Freya (W14), Immy (W16), Laura (W35) and Lucy (W50) and 2 3rds – Stanley (M10) and Ella (3rd).

Northern Champs trophies are awarded to the 1st placed competitor in a Northern English club. SYO were by far the most successful club with a whopping 17 Northern Champions! Particularly impressive is the almost clean sweep in the junior classes with Louis, Maxwell, James , Conrad and Euan  taking M10 to M18 and Hannah, Charlotte, Freya and Imogen taking W10 to W16! In the male senior classes Andy P (M40), Pete T (M45), Martin (M50) and Peter G (M70) were all crowned Northern Champions and Oli impressively took M21 E despite being a M40! In the senior female classes Laura (W35), Kim (W45) and Jenny P (W50) all took Northern Champion kudos.

For some of our members this was their first time competing in really challenging Lakes terrain and everyone should be very proud of themselves for finishing on High Dam, particularly those juniors who were out for over 2 hours but kept going and showed excellent determination to complete the course – well done!

A huge thank you to WCOC, LOC and MDOC for putting on an excellent weekend of orienteering.

Medals galore at Yorkshire Schools Champs

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 11:37

A large number of SYO juniors travelled to Huddersfield on Sunday to compete in the Yorkshire Schools Champs at Fixby and Brady Woods. There were some fabulous performances with podium positions in almost every age class. Congratulations to:

Y4 Boys - 1st Louis, 3rd Dejan & Jack
Y5 Boys - 1st Freddie, 2nd Stanley
Y5 Girls - 1st Sophie
Y6 Boys - 1st Will P
Y6 Girls - 1st Abigail, 2nd Lucy & Emily
Y7 Boys - 1st Oscar, 2nd Rhys
Y7 Girls - 1st Penny
Y8 Boys - 3rd Joseph
Y9 Boys - 1st James B, 2nd Evan
Y9 Girls - 1st Olivia, 2nd Ruth, 3rd Lola
Y10 Boys - 1st Conrad, 3rd Ben T
Y10 Girls - 1st Millie, 2nd Alexandra
Y11 Boys - 1st Matthew, 2nd Olmo, 3rd Dylan
Y12 Boys - 2nd Alfie
Y12 Girls - 1st Rebecca


SYO juniors sail through to YBT Final

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 11:14

YBT Heat 2021

A huge team of SYO juniors travelled to Middleton Park in Leeds on Sunday to take part in Yvette Baker Trophy Heat. It was fantastic to see some new faces in the team and there were many excellent performances. SYO were victorious over AIRE in the trophy competition with a score of 899 points. Both teams qualify for the final though because SYO won last year. CLARO beat EBOR in the shield competition for smaller clubs.  Congratulations to all that took part but a particular well done to those that counted for the team: 

Conrad - Green Men 100
Imogen - Green Women100
Robbie - Light Green Men 100
Anna - Light Green Women 100
Maxwell - Orange Men 100
Charlotte - Orange Women 100
Pasco - Yellow Men 100

Hannah - Yellow Women 100
Will G - Green Men 99

Also on 99 points - Freya - Green Women, Ben T - Light Green Men , Alice - Light Green Women, Ella - Orange women, Lawrence - Orange men

The final is on Sunday 4th July is at the The National Areboretum, near Tetbury. Please put the date in your diaries.