Well a New Year, and we've already reached our 5th Junior of the Month! So far we've heard from Juniors as young as W10, and as old as W18 - but this month we've gone ever older, and had a chat with Ryan, who has just moved into the M20 age category. Although you can't compete at junior competitions like Peter Palmers, Yvette Baker, and JIRCs, you're still very much a junior at this age, not yet 'old' enough to run the full M/W21 Elite courses, or pay the senior entry fee! And as you'll find out below, Ryan is very much still a junior at heart...
Ryan's a very active club member, with it being rare he's not around at events and trainings. On the national stage, he competes very competently, and this has helped him be selected for the Interland England team twice (2018 & 2019). In addition to this he attended the Gothenbrug training camp last summer (you can read his write up here). So with this wealth of experience, let's hear what Ryan had to say, as well as what his Orienteering New Year's Resolution is!
- When/how did you start orienteering? Errrrrr... A bit fuzzy really, probably 4-5 years ago at (the first?) schools league events, took me a bit longer to get out to more stuff though.
- What’s your best achievement? Getting selected for Interland last year (and as an M20 reserve this year)
- What big events have you done? JK, JIRCs, Peter Palmers and Yvette Baker, British champs (long, middle, sprint, relay and nights! Just got to tick off the sprint relay!) Lakes 5 days too.
- Who’s your main rival? I'd be lying if I didn't say Dom ;) but that only really goes one way... Also Harry M from Devon and Joe G from WCOC.
- What training do you do? Club Night on Wednesdays, intervals on Tuesdays in the Summer and O as much as possible on Saturday and Sunday. And recently I've finally got back to doing more runs too.
- What’s your orienteering goal? Get a junior individual medal at British, JK or Northerns; probably be 2020 by the time I get good enough.
- What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? Yay! Thank you! (To my parents who take me or whoever kindly gives me a lift)
- What other sports/activities do you do? I do the occasional fell race when there's no orienteering and the odd mountain marathon.
- What’s your favourite meal? Spag Bol!
- What’s your orienteering top tip? In the forest/moor, always keep your map orientated with your compass, that way you can't go too far wrong.
- And as an extra bonus for January... What's your Orienteering New Year's Resolution? Get better at sprint-O!
Despite orienteering for just over a year, Anna has already excelled herself with her super-keen attitude, respresenting the club in team competitions and national championships with brilliant results (as you'll find out below!). But in addition to this, she's a very active club member - this being proved when she was the first SYO member to recieve a 20 participation T-shirt. Perhaps her greatest success though has been persuading the rest of her family to join the club - ideal for travelling to the bigger events!
With Christmas coming up, we thought we'd add the odd seasonal question in to spice things up a bit, and keep Anna on her toes! So without further ado, let's see what she had to say...
- When/how did you start orienteering? I started orienteering on September 9th 2017 at the Endcliffe park schools event (I will always remember that date!).
- What’s your best achievement? Being the W10 British Sprint Champion 2018 (before that it was being W10 JK Sprint
Champion after orienteering for less than 6 months).
- What big events have you done? I have done the JK, Northern championships, Yvette Baker, White Rose, British Sprint, Middles and Schools.
- Who’s your main rival? This year it has been Ella Baxter SYO and Charlotte Slade SO, but I will be in the same age category as Freya next year…
- What training do you do? I analyse maps after races, go to the SYO club night, do lots of other sports and go for occasional runs with my family.
- What’s your orienteering goal? To be invited to go to the JROS tours and to run for England in a competition like Interland.
- What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? Wahoo!!!! Let’s go now!!!!
- What other sports/activities do you do? I enjoy tennis, climbing and mountain biking, plus football and athletics with school.
- What’s your favourite savoury and sweet treats at Christmastime? At Christmastime, my favourite savoury and sweet treats are pigs in blankets and hedgehog (a very nice, rich, chocolaty and biscuity cake).
- What’s your orienteering top tip? Keep your mind focused in the start boxes. One of the things I do is check where North is so when you pick up the map, you can immediately orientate it for a quick start.
- And as an extra bonus for December... What orienteering related gifts are you hoping for this Christmas? Well… I am quite sorted for orienteering things at the moment, but I would like another subscription to the CompassSport magazine (we reccomend too!)
Max is another one of our Schools League Stars. In less than 5 years, he has gone from a total beginner to representing England, at both Interland (a competition between parts of Belgium, France, the Netherlands & England) and more recently the Junior Home Internationals. On top of this, he was selected to go on the Lagganlia training camp this summer. (You can read about these experiences in the Summer 2018 Round-up!). We thought all this made him truly deserving of being our Junior of the Month...
- When/how did you start orienteering? I started orienteering about 4 and a half years ago, by going to the SYO schools league to try it out. I really enjoyed it so I continued to attend.
- What’s your best achievement? This year I came second at the British Middle, which was my first individual British medal.
- What big events have you done? JK, All the British apart from the British nights. Interland (as a reserve), JHIs, harvester, Peter Palmers and Yvette Baker.
- Who’s your main rival? Probably Sam and Euan because we are always running against each other and we are all in SYO.
- What training do you do? I tend to do 4 runs a week, this can include club night, park runs or just normal runs.
- What’s your orienteering goal? To make it into the British talent squad.
- What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? Where is it? And what’s the weather like?
- What other sports/activities do you do? I mainly just do different types of running, cross-country, road running and fell running.
- What’s your favourite meal? Spaghetti Carbonara.
- What’s your orienteering top tip? Look where you are going whilst running so you don’t injure yourself as much as I do.
This month, we've had a chat with James to find out a bit more about him. He's come up through our Schools League, and is now very competently competing at national championships and club competitions. He's even ended up in hospital just to achieve those top results! Let's see what he had to say...
- When/how did you start orienteering? I started four years ago at the Saturday Schools league in Endcliffe Park.
- What’s your best achievement? Becoming SYO's most improved junior in 2017.
- What big events have you done? JK, British Championships, British Schools Championships, British Schools Score Event, Peter Palmers, Northern Championships, Compass Sport Cup, Yvette Baker, YHOA Schools Champs.
- Who’s your main rival? Well I don't have a MAIN one but there are a few people from other clubs who I have my eye on!
- What training do you do? SYO Club night and SYO training when it's on at weekends, Park Run, cross country and until recently I did yoga.
- What’s your orienteering goal? To enjoy myself, make new friends and see new parts of the countryside.
- What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? YAY!!!
- What other sports/activities do you do? Running, cross country, running in general.
- What’s your favourite meal? Chicken and cake (not at the same time).
- What’s your orienteering top tip? Try not to run into a metal staircase whilst competing at a major international comp (JK) - it hurt! And remember that waiting in A&E is boring so take care whilst orienteering!
As our first ever Junior of the Month, we have profiled Isabelle. Now a W16, she competently runs the courses for her age class at national championships, despite being relatively new to the sport (along with the rest of her family). A very active club member, Isabelle often helps out at events, as well as running at club competitions - such as the recent Yvette Baker Final, where she scored points for Team SYO, coming 4th against other far more experienced juniors. Let's find out a bit about her...
- When/how did you start orienteering? About a year and a half ago when I heard about the Saturday (school) league.
- What’s your best achievement? Coming 2nd in my age group at the Yvette Baker final.
- What big events have you done? The Scottish 6 days 2017, the Peter Palmers relays 2017, the YBT 2018 and the Lakes 5 days 2018.
- Who’s your main rival? My sister, now's she's a W16 too!
- What training do you do? Wednesday night training sessions with SYO, and sometimes I go out for a run but they are few and far between
- What’s your orienteering goal? To be in the top ten at a major competition
- What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? Is it raining?
- What other sports/activities do you do? Ice skating
- What’s your favourite meal? Pancakes
- What’s your orienteering top tip? Always choose the simplest slightly longer (path) route over the trickier direct route ... Unless you're really experienced