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Junior Selection News

Saturday, 05 September 2020 20:06

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Congratulations to Max & Euan who have been selected to represent GB at the European Junior Orienteering Champs, which are being held in Salgótarján, Hungary from 24 –26 October 2020.

Well done also to Alex, Imogen, Jamie & Max who have been invited to the Talent Assessment Camp to be held on 2nd - 4th October in Edinburgh.

NEW Dark Mode

Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:32

Dark Mode

Get a feel for Night Orienteering with the new DARK MODE we've just added exclusively to the Junior Pages of the SYO website.

Simply tap on the Sun/Moon icon on the bottom-right to get a whole new perspective!

Been wanting to add this feature since we started the page way back in September 2018, and now has been the perfect opportunity to give it a bit of TLC. Give it a try now!

2020 Junior Camp Selections

Saturday, 06 June 2020 17:02


Despite the cancellation of this year's selection races, selections for JROS and British Talent Camps have been made on the basis of other results and recommendations from coaches. Congratulations to the following SYO juniors:


British Junior Squad Talent Camp Tier 1:

Euan, Jamie, Imogen & Alex C


Sam T, Conrad & Ciara 


Max, Will G, Sam C & Matthew 


Euan & Alex E 


Dom & Isabelle H


Many of these camps are unlikely to go ahead this summer but it is hoped that virtual alternatives and also weekend camps in the Autumn will be arranged.


Lagganlia 2019

Minecraft Orienteering

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 13:05

Four intrepid SYO juniors travelled to Venice (via Australia) this weekend for the second in a series of international Minecraft orienteering competitions

The organisers had built a magnificent 'world' complete with St Mark's Square, canals, and bridges. Competitors kitted themselves out with compasses and dibbers and ran challenging courses against people from all round the world.

Robbie finished 3rd in the M/W14 class with Anna 6th and Sam 10th, but the standout performance was from Jack (with help from Ella and Richard) who finished in 18th despite being one of youngest competitors.

If you’re into Minecraft you can run the course and see if you can beat the experts by joining at IP address  (Minecraft Java only).

Minecraft Orienteering Map

World Orienteering Day

Sunday, 10 May 2020 09:24

WOD is back on - to some extent!

The Lockdown Orienteering Team are hosting a FREE virtual event from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th May 2020.

Heard all about Lockdown Orienteering but never tried it out? Well this is FREE, so why not give it a go? But you must register via this link before 13:00 Tuesday 12th to guarantee you get a place 

This time, there'll be 5 rounds of virtual orienteering to have a go at:

  1. Street View Orienteering: have a go using this link. In the competition you’ll be racing round London!
  2. Laby – The Maze: you can have a go now using this link. For the competition we’ll set a special course for you to race round.
  3. Virtual Trail Orienteering
  4. Spot the difference: you get 2 maps which look the same but we made some small changes. Can you find them? We’ll use maps from all over the world!
  5. Catching Features (Optional)a race in the computer game Catching Features! Where in the world will we go?

Loads more info on the Lockdown O website

Hope to see you there!!

Lockdown Orienteering Champs - Results

Thursday, 30 April 2020 16:08

The 2nd lockdown competition was held this weekend with 537 competitors taking part from all over the world. SYO had more entries than any other club with 26 entries in total. There were 10 sprint race stages, comprising of 3 Catching Features stages and 7 on-line game stages including a maze, jigsaw puzzle, route choice, street O and course choice. The best 8 results counted, although you could take part in the 7 stage competition without Catching Features

There were some good SYO performances at the Easter Lockdown Champs too with Dom finishing 9th in the 8 stage competition and Martin gaining 26th place in the 12th stage competition. 

The best SYO performance in the Sprint Weekend overall came from Ryan who was 45th, with Aidan close behind in 46th! In a correction to the provisional results, Robbie took the top spot in M/W12 with Anna close behind in 2nd. In the M/W16 competition Sam T was 8th with Euan close behind in 11th. Matthew M took part only in the 7 stage competition but took an excellent 7th place in the M/W16 category.

Martin performed superbly in the Catching Features Knock Out Sprint getting through to the semi-finals but the standout performance of the competition goes to Sam who in stage 1, Course Choice gained 1000 points beating everyone!

The next weekend is from 8th -10th May. Entries close Tues 5th May.

Enter on Fabian4

So far 17 SYO members have entered. The Catching Features software is $24 if you enter the Lockdown competition and you get 4 licenses.

Interland 2020 Reports

Monday, 16 March 2020 17:53

Interland is a competition held every year between England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands with around 42 atheletes put forward from each team. England competes against two Belgian teams (Flemish and French speaking), the Netherlands, and the French. The competition is for all ages from W and M14 to W and M60+.

The full England squad

This year, Interland 2020 was held at Burnham Beeches and Egypt Woods on Sunday 1st March by Hertfordshire Orienteering Club. England took the win with an amazing 182 points in the Interland cup, 50 points above our closest rivals. A link to the full Interland results on the Orienteering England website is here....

England also won the Youth Cup with a stunning 76 points!

A big thank you to SYO for supporting the athletes running and subsidising event costs, and another big thank you goes to all the England team managers for organising it all. Finally, thank you to Hertfordshire Orienteering club for hosting Interland 2020.


Here are the reports from some of the SYO juniors who competed:


Max M:

Max M

Interland was held in England this year, which meant we only had to go down on Saturday afternoon. We stayed in a vey nice youth hostel, sharing with the Belgians.

On race day, I had a full English to fuel my efforts although due to a very early start of 9:38, we had to wake up at 6:30. It was pretty cold but fine once you got running. The area was very nice in the top half, offering runnable woodland and gradual hills. The bottom half was swamped in holly bushes, which made getting through quite hard. My run was ok; however choosing to go straight through the holly definitely cost me time. As a team however we did very well winning the junior category and the overall competition.


Freya T:

Freya T

It was England’s turn to host the Interland competition this year and the area chosen was just North West of London - a woodland called Burnham Beeches. The accommodation was quite a way away from the training and event but we didn’t do the training and instead drove down on Saturday afternoon. The hostel was really nice and the England team were sharing a lodge. I was in a dorm with the W14s and 16s who were all really nice and I already knew quite a few of them so it was a good room.

There was a bit of scramble to get a table at dinner but the food was good apart from the dry burger. After a discussion on how to eat oranges it was time for a quick team talk. We were given information about the next day and then we got our England kit. It was great that this year we had the option of women’s sizes so my O top fitted nicely and the hoodie is really comfy. Afterwards it was time to go back to the dorms and get ready for our early rise the next morning.

The next morning it was a bit of an effort to get out of bed at 6am, eat breakfast and make pack lunches. It took around 50 minutes to get to the area and soon we arrived in a muddy English field.  The start was close, only 500m down a track, and after warming up on the way I was ready to run. At the start we had our terrain photos taken and then one by one we were off into the forest attempting to defend our Interland title. The wood was quite vague with a few features and the terrain was fast. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of undergrowth as the final details recommended gaiters but the area looked fine with very few patches marked and as it turned out; it was lovely runnable forest – nothing compared to the man eating brambles in South Yorkshire!

I was the first finisher out of the entire competition, which was fun and I had loads of the time to relax although I had to wait the longest for confirmation of my position, hoping that I wouldn’t drop any further than my 3rd place. Before the prize giving we had our team photos taken in our England hoodies and jackets with our team flag. After a tense wait the scores were finally given and England came ……1st in both Juniors, Seniors and overall.

And then it was time for the long journey home…..

Interland was an amazing experience and I loved running for England for the first time. It was a great chance to see friends and also meet new people. Being asked to run for England was an amazing opportunity and I loved every second of it, beside the dry burgers! Thank you to John the team manager and all the other helpers and thanks to SYO and YHOA for supporting me and Lucy Wiegand for taking me and a few others there and back.  


Sam T:

Sam T

This year I was selected to run for England in the annual Interland competition, to be held on the first day of March.

At around 2 o’clock the day before, me, Max M and Conrad R drove down to the accommodation where we would be staying overnight. My dad took us down to Interland along with his camera (link to the photos of the race here....).

It took a total of 3 and a half hours of travel to the youth hostel which we were sharing with the teams from Belgium and some French athletes (I think….). We had a big log cabin for our England squad. I was sharing a dorm with all the M14's which was kind of chaotic (in a good way). We had a bit of time to settle in and unpack before dinner at six o’clock. We had pre-ordered food – everyone chose to have a beef burger and chips – admittedly not the most carb-loaded food to eat before the race day, but nice nonetheless. We then had oranges for dessert. We had time to go back to our cabins to relax before briefing for the following day. At about this point, we realised that it was a good idea never to all leave the room without the key (as demonstrated by another dorm….) After being briefed about next day’s activities and receiving my England badge, we headed back to our rooms to get ready for bed. It would be an early start tomorrow and I wanted to get some kind of sleep. I got to sleep at about 11 o’clock which wasn’t that bad, giving me a good 7 hours of rest for the upcoming day tomorrow.

I woke up to an alarm the next morning at exactly 6:15. Completely dazed, I banged my head on the side of the metal bed, which really hurt. 20 minutes more laying down and I knew I needed to get up quickly to get to breakfast on time. I crawled out of bed, got changed into my hoodie and headed for breakfast. I had cereal and a nice cup of tea, but there was a full English breakfast on offer as well. Feeling more energized than when I just woke up, I headed back to our dorm to clean up and move our bags to the foyer to leave the accommodation. We arrived at the event centre (slightly held up by the Belgian bus taking 5 minutes to get out of the car park entrance) with plenty of time before anyone would run. A beautiful bright sunny day overlooked a muddy field that was our temporary base. There was a big white marquee for all our bags and for shade from the sun. Despite it being so bright, it was actually very cold, so I ran in a thermal with t-shirt over the top. It was a short walk to the start, just 500m down a very muddy path in the woodland. The terrain on my 5.1km course was very runnable woodland with some intricate contour detail and a few holly thickets and streams. My run went averagely well but an 11 minute leg that should’ve taken 5 minutes put me a few places down. When we all were back, we ate the lunch that we had prepared just that morning. Results came in quickly and it was time for the prizegiving. England won by 50 points in the Interland Cup, and also won the Junior Cup by 14 points!! In the end it was a great experience and I was proud to be able to run for my country. A huge thankyou to everyone who supported me along the way including SYO, YHOA, and all of the England team managers and organisers.

British Night Champs 2020

Monday, 09 March 2020 21:40

M70 winner

This years’ British Night Championships were held on the smooth, fast terrain of the Chilterns at Hambleden near Henley on Thames on Saturday 22 February.  Only a small contingent of 10 SYO members took part but they all put in excellent performances resulting in 8 podium finishes!

M16 medallists

Congratulations to our 3 new British Night Champions - Max (M16), Ian (M70) and Jenny P (W50). Well done also to silver medallist Nick B (M35), our 3 bronze medallists Martin (M50), Ryan (M20) and Matthew (M16) and also Lesley, who won W50 short.

W50 winner

Interland 2020

Monday, 09 March 2020 21:40

SYO members at Interland

The 2020 Interland Cup was held at Burnham Beeches and Egypt Woods on Sunday 1st March. England were emphatic winners with a 48 point lead over the Belgians! Particular congratulations to Lucy, who won W50, and Nick B, who won M40; Jenny J who took 2nd on W40 and Alex C (W17) and Freya (W14) who both took 3rd place in their classes. Well done also to the other 5 SYO members – Sam T, Conrad, Max, Andy and Imogen – who all played a vital role in securing England’s victory. Next year’s Interland match is in Belgium on 28th February.

W50 winner M40 winner

England call-up for SYO members

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 16:36

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Well done to 10 SYO members selected to represent England at the forthcoming Interland match: Sam T (M14), Conrad (M14), Max (M17), Nick B (M40), Andy (M40), Freya (W14), Alex C (W17), Imogen (W17), Jenny J (W40) and Lucy (W50). We wish them the best of luck on 1st March!