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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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2020 / 21 Saturday Series Prizegiving

Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:06

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The prizegiving for the 2020/21 prizegiving was held in beautiful sunshine in Endcliffe Park last Saturday. Despite the lockdown restrictions of the past year we were able to hold 5 events. Although we were unable to hold inter school competitions, the individual league continued to thrive. The best 4 results counted. Congratulations to....

Y4B - 1st Jack W, 2nd Jasper, 3rd Alexander
Y4G - 1st Beau, Hannah, 2nd Eve, 3rd Lucy H
Y5B - 1st Freddie G, 2nd Jack B, 3rd Felix
Y5G - 1st Sophie, 2nd Lucy-Laura, 3rd Polly
Y6B - 1st Lawrence, 2nd Oskar, 3rd Edward
Y6G - 1st Abigail, 2nd Imogen L, 3rd Lucy W

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Y7B - 1st Oscar, 2nd Pasco, 3rd Walter
Y7G - 1st Ella, 2nd Penny, 3rd Thea and Lydia
Y8/9B - 1st Evan, 2nd Caspar, 3rd Oliver
Y8/9G - 1st Anna, 2nd Ciara, 3rd Ruth and Isla
Y10/11B - 1st Olmo, 2nd Dylan, 3rd Matthew & Conrad
Y10/11G - 1st Amelia, 2nd Alexandra

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Thanks to Beat the Street and Decathlon for the prizes and Jacky for co-ordinating the prize giving.

SYO record breaking medal haul

Monday, 23 August 2021 12:26

A huge contingent of SYO members travelled across the Pennines to compete in the British Sprint Champs and brought home a record beating array of medals and trophies!

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The weekend of racing kicked off with the Mixed Sprint Relays in Skelmersdale. The post-war social housing provided tricky technical urban orienteering, which really kept runners on their toes but there was also plenty of opportunity to stretch the legs out in the fast parkland sections. Assembly was based in a huge amphitheatre, which provided excellent spectating views and the superb commentary added to the excellent race atmosphere. Even the rain showers were not as bad as forecasted!

Elite Relay winners

SYO took their maiden mixed sprint Elite title with excellent performances by Kim, Euan, Jonny and Laura. In the U12 relay it was a clean sweep for SYO with SYO bumble bees in first (Pasco, Ella and Charlotte), SYO mini bees in 2nd (Hannah, Louis & Freddie) and SYO Beetles (Oskar, Sophie & Jack) in 3rd. In the U16 class SYO Bee Awesome (Jamie, Immy & Conrad) took gold, while SYO Bee Good (James, Freya & Olmo) took silver. It was silver in the vets class for SYO Beehave (Richard, Amanda & Martin) and also in the super vets for SYO Bee Keenie (Tim, Robyn & Mark).

U16 Relay gold Silver

Sunday saw the turn of the individual sprint champs. Courses for the heats and finals were in more of Skelmersdale’s the intricate housing estates, which made an interesting change to the normal university campus terrain. Racing was fast & furious and mistakes costly. The SYO contingent performed superbly for the second day in a row taking 8 golds, 9 silvers and 6 bronzes! Congratulations to:

Men’s Open – gold Jonny
M10 – gold Jack, silver Louis

M12 – bronze Freddie
M14 – silver James
M18 – gold Euan, silver Max
M20 – bronze Dom
M50 – gold Martin

M60 – gold Tim
M70 – silver Paul J, bronze Peter G

Women’s Open – bronze Laura
W10 – gold Hannah, silver Sophie
W12 – gold Charlotte, silver Ella
W14 – silver Freya, bronze Anna
W16 – gold Immy
W45 – silver Kim, bronze Louise R
W50 – silver Amanda

U10 winners

Huge thanks to DEE and MDOC for putting on a superb weekend of orienteering.

SYO victorious at the YBT Final

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 17:33

YBT juniors 2021

On Sunday 4th July our junior team travelled to the National Arboreteum to compete in the final of the Yvette Baker Trophy. This was a fabulous venue with surprisingly tricky terrain and lots to do for all the family. Despite many of our older more experienced juniors being unavailable due to Covid isolation or competing at the Saunders, our young team (our oldest counter is only 12!) ran fantastically and managed to retain the trophy for the 4th year in a row! All the juniors who competed deserve our congratulations as every score helps but a particular well done to our 9 counters:

Ella Orange Girls 100
Anna Light Green Girls 100
Hannah Yellow Girls 100
Sophie Yellow Girls 99
Pasco Yellow Boys 99
Charlotte Orange Girls 99
Maxwell Orange Boys 99
Beth Orange Girls 98
Oskar Yellow Boys 95

Huge thanks to team captain Jacky for co-ordinating the team. Next year's final is at Irchester Country Park, near Wellingborough on Sunday 3rd July 2022 - save the date!