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New 'Get up to Speed' Videos - filmed here!

Monday, 07 January 2019 17:14

A new video on Setting (Orientating) your Map was released recently, featuring GB Orienteer Charlotte Ward. This will be one of a series of 8 videos explaining the basic skills of Orienteering, presented by GB athletes.

But this one may be of particular interest to SYO members, as it was filmed on one of our areas - can you see which one?

View it on Youtube here. The whole series will be published on the South London Orienteers' Youtube Channel

Find out more about the series on the GB Athletes' webpage On the Red Line

New Instagram Page!

Thursday, 03 January 2019 21:07

New Year, New Insta Page! Follow us, and we'll update you when there's something new to see over here on the website.

View the Instagram Page but bear in mind that you must Follow us (and be registered on Instagram) to see our posts.

Junior Team Captain's Speech

Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:30

With us nearing the end of another year of orienteering, we thought it would be nice to look back at the successes this year has brought for the SYO Juniors. Click here to view the speech, as well as some 2019 Dates for your Diary...

O-Christmas Present Ideas

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 07:50

Need to fill up your Christmas List a bit more? Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Or unsure of what item you actually need to get?

Heres a few ideas of what the orienteering fanatic might like for Christmas!

Route to Christmas - your O Advent Calendar

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 07:56

For those of you keen to keep your eye in with orienteering in the lead up to Christmas, then this online advent calendars for you! 

Each day in December, World of O (a website all about international orienteering) will post a new leg in their New Section. It always features some of the world's most incredible (and technical!) terrain.

You can read about the competition its from, before viewing the leg, and drawing your routechoice. Then you can see how this compared to the actual competitors who ran the leg, and to all the other routes drawn by people like you from all over the world - a truly international affair!

So its orienteering in an advent calendar - and you don't even have to go out and run in the cold!

Example - Day 1 2017 - from West coast of Norway. Which way would you go?

12 SYO Juniors off to Estonia!

Friday, 23 November 2018 16:47

SYO's dominance on the Junior Orienteering stage continues, with the selections (announced today) confirming that no fewer than 12 SYO juniors will be jetting off to Estonia in April to compete at the World Schools Orienteering Championships representing England, alongside juniors from countries around the globe.

The event promises to be a fantastic action-packed week, with a heavy focus on exploring culture as much as the orienteering (which should be particularly excellent, with the World Champs being held in Estonia in 2017).

To get selected was no mean feat, with the juniors having to compete at a special selection race on the Saturday (day before the British Schools). This was held at Tockholes, which boasts mainly extremely runnable woodland (no undergrowth!), with intricately contoured slopes including old mine workings, making for challenging courses with fast winning times. The starts were spread out over a few hours, and so this made for tense waits in Assembly to see if our juniors had done enough to secure a place on the plane. 

Due to some complicated rules, even once the results were confirmed, it was hard to tell if some juniors were going to be selected - but we are glad (relieved!) to reveal the selections are as follows:

Imogen and Alex C - Junior Girls
Isabelle H and Alex E - Senior Girls
Max and Sam C - Junior Boys
Dom - Senior Boys
High Storrs - 5 juniors will go to make up a full Junior Boys team (Well done to Euan, Dylan, Olmo, Jamie, Benjamin & Alfie who all competed in the selection race!)

This means that 30% of the England Team will be from Sheffield - a fantastic achievement that is testament to the club's junior development programme.


Medals galore at the British Schools Champs

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 23:16

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Wow – what a day!  Over 100 Sheffield School pupils travelled to Witton Country Park on Sunday 17th November and took 31 podium positions across the whole school, team and individual competitions at the British Schools Champs!

In the whole school competitions there were 4 podium positions for Sheffield Schools. In the primary category Nether Green and Hunters Bar scored the same number of points but Nether Green took the trophy on a count back to the 5th runner, knocking Hunters Bar down into 2nd place. In the Large Secondary category High Storrs took 3rd behind Ulverston and Cockermouth, knocking Torquay Boys Grammar down into 4th. In the small secondary category Birkdale picked up 3rd spot.

There were also plenty of medals and sweets in the age class team competitions with Hunters Bar, Nether Green, High Storrs, Sheffield High School, Notre Dame and Tapton all gaining podium positions.

In the Individual categories there was plenty of success for SYO members; well done to:

G5 1st Ella, 2nd Charlotte, 3rd Alice
B5 2nd Lawrence
G6 1st Anna, 2nd Sofia
B6 2nd Robbie
G7 1st Freya
G8 2nd Imogen
B8 1st Jamie, 3rd Conrad
B9 1st Euan
G11 3rd Alex E
B13 2nd Ryan

Check out the SYO Juniors Photo Gallery for some photos of the day.

Results from the event can be seen on the BSOA website

Next year’s British Schools Champs will be held on Sunday 17th November in the South Central region - see you there!

Summer 2018 Round-up

Monday, 29 October 2018 07:57

With the nights drawing in, and the clocks already having gone back, we thought it would be a good time to look back on all the action from this summer. SYO Juniors headed off all over the world, to compete and train on some of the worlds best orienteering terrain. Have a look below to see all the things that went on, and how you can get involved...

Training Camps

A lot of big races in Spring are selection races for competitions and training camps (or tours) that happen in the summer. They offer a chance to improve your orienteering, whilst having fun with the friends you'll make on tour. This summer we had 5 juniors on tour: Max, Sam & Euan went to Lagganlia in Scotland, whilst Ryan & Dom both travelled further afield to Sweden. Click on the tabs below to find out more about the tours, and how they got on...

Junior Competitions

The summer months always busy for juniors, and this time it's been no exception! Some of our juniors have orienteered at night here in Sheffield, and then just a few weekends later on the Chatsworth estate, representing everything from SYO to England! Click the tabs below to find out more about these adventures...

Multi-Day Events

For keen orienteers, summer means a chance to combine a holiday with a multi-day orienteering competition. As usual, a number of families ventured far and wide to compete at events including the OO Cup in France, the Lakes 5 day, the Croatia Open and the White Rose. The summer heatwave seems a lifetime ago now, but click the tabs below and the memories & stories will come flooding back...

Photos by Wendy Carlyle, Steve Rush, Will Heap and various SYO Members

JHIs - The Result!

Sunday, 21 October 2018 10:21

A few weekends ago it was the Junior Home Internationals (JHIs), and 5 SYO Juniors were selected for the team - Euan, Sam, Max, Imogen & Dom. In the competition, England goes up against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to see which nation can take the JHI title at the end of the weekend, which is made up of an individual and relay race (just like the JIRCs). This year, the event was held near Pitlochry in Scotland.

Results wise, in the individual, in M14 Euan was 2nd, Sam C 4th and Max 8th, while in W14 Imogen was 5th and in M18 Dom was 8th. In the relays, both Euan & Imogens teams managed to get a 3rd place. Unfortunately, despite some very good English performances, Scotland were too strong on home terrain and won convincingly overall.

See below for a longer report of the event...

4 Nations collide!

The Junior Home Internationals: where battle lines are drawn between the 4 great nations of the United Kingdom. This is the definitive weekend in the Junior Orienteering calendar, when one of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales is crowned the victor.

Consisting of both individual and relay competitions, 24 juniors are sent forth from each nation, this year competing in the challenging Caledonian forests near Pitlochry.

4 Juniors from each of the M/W14-18 classes are selected to make up the team, sourced from every corner of the country. Due to an unfortunate clash between the JHIs and the Junior European Champs, several of the top performers had been called away to Switzerland. This left particularly the English contingent feeling rather devoid of runners, but after some digging the selectors managed to come up with my name, and so I donned my England top fresh from its packet, ready for whatever the Scots threw at us!

Due to the competition being held in a distant far-flung land, the England team opted to travel up in Minibuses (one from the East, one from the West), which was an excellent excuse to miss a full day of school – but I can assure my teachers, this was made up for in various attempts to do homework on the long and winding journey as we ventured north, gradually picking up team mates on the way.

Eventually though, we reached Pitlochry, ‘one of Scotland's most beautiful and vibrant places to visit’ – but more importantly home to our two hostels, one chippy, a Co-Op and a vast range of other vital amenities – namely an Indian, Italian and Chinese.

After being let loose on the streets of the town to source the evening meal of our choice, we returned to the hostel, where we caught up with the rest of Team England, and furtively eyed up the competition from the other side of the pool table!

Saturday came, and just as promised we were furnished with an excellent breakfast and packed lunch, provided by the organisers of the weekend. A short journey to the event, and it was time to show the other teams what England were made of! So out came the flags, facepaint, and various renditions of ‘Englishy’ anthems – Land of Hope & Glory? Jerusalem?

Flag bearer

Errochty is a typical Scottish forest, containing areas of natural deciduous woodland on complex terrain, with a plethora of rock features in places. We’d been warned that the area would require full concentration, and so soon it was time to get my head in the game.

I found the area to be very physically challenging, with the constant slope of the area making for challenging long legs on which it was easy to drift down the slope. I was hampered by the mandatory autumn cold that weekend, and so I can’t say that this, combined with the hills, helped my result! Areas of complex contour & rock detail near the end of the course slowed the racing rather, with quite a bit of hunting and calling, but overall I was happy with my mostly clean (if a bit slow!) run.

England colours

There were some excellent results for the England team, with Euan (M14), Flurry (M16) and Evie (W16) taking 2nd place, and Stanley (M18) coming 3rd. Overall, this placed England 2nd, 20 points behind Scotland.

Following the Individual, we journeyed back to the hostel, where we donned our glad rags, ready for the highlight of the weekend – the much-anticipated ceilidh! After the evening meal and prizegiving. Little did the English know, but this was a cunning plan by the ceilidh-cultured Scots to make our legs hurt even more, after the trials of the area earlier! Great fun was had by all, with the live band and caller pumping even us English full of Scottish vigour – who knew so many Dashing White Sergeants and Flying Scotsmen could Strip so much Willow in just 2 hours!?!

Sadly, the sun did set, and as expected, it rose again the next day, rather too early for my liking! The ‘activities’ of the day before had certainly worn us out, and today we faced an even bigger challenge of the relays!

Bonkseid is (surprise, surprise!) also a fairly typical Scottish forest, but a rather beautiful one at that; quite like the previous day, but with far less hill, and far more contour! It was mostly very runnable coniferous forest, with a mix of rock and marshes throughout, making for an exciting relay competition.

From assembly, you could see the final few controls of each leg, making for a tense wait for the duration of each of the 3 legs of the relay. Each of the boys and girls relay made for an exciting start, with the M/W16 runners charging off down the field, plunged straight into the terrain.

And they're off! The Men's relay mass start

After all the excitement of the first leg run through, the next leg was off, with the 14s generally holding onto the positions they had been sent out in, and soon handing over to the 18s to conclude the race. Interestingly, there was very little changing of position after the first leg, with many having relatively clean runs in what was a very runnable and high-visibility area on the whole.

Sadly, despite England holding up a good fight, the performances were not enough to get the better of Scotland, who took a convincing win, with 143 points to England’s 114. All that was left was the prizegiving (which of course wasn’t complete without some bagpiping!), before we commenced the long journey back home for some well deserved sleep!

Especially as it was my first JHIs, the whole weekend was thoroughly enjoyable – the ceilidh, meeting up with friends from all over the UK, and of course the races – all made for a fab weekend away, regardless of the effort required to get there, and reminding me that orienteering if far more than the course.

My thanks of course go to Jeff Butt for organising Team England, and to our team coaches/minibus chauffeurs: Nev Myers, Will Heap, Jacky Dakin, Pete & Jenn Hudd – without their efforts we literally couldn’t have got anywhere!

Results from the event can be seen here.

Photo Credits: Will Heap & Scott Bailey

SYO win the CompassSport Cup!

Monday, 22 October 2018 16:46

On Sunday (22nd October), SYO were crowned the champions at the CompassSport Cup Final. This is a national competition, where the top clubs from all around the country compete to win the CompassSport Cup Trophy. We had a fantastic turnout, with 90 runners travelling down to Haywood Warren, Cannock Chase (WCH) for the event. The area was a mix of coniferous and deciduous woodland, along with open areas, all with a lot of spurs and re-enterants, making it a real challenge finding controls (often well hidden in bracken!). The hills, combined with the unseasonal October heat also made for a very tiring run!

It was a very close competition between us, BOK (Bristol) last year's winners and FVO (Forth Valley, Scotland) (the previous couple of years' winners) with the positions changing quite a bit over the closing hour. The final scores were SYO 2354, FVO 2333 and BOK 2312 - making us the top Orienteering club in the UK 2018!

SYO win the Cup! Credit: Laura Harrison

Well done to all the SYO juniors who ran at the event - even if you didn't score, you'll have pushed other people further down the results, stealing their points! The Juniors running were:

Green (Junior Men) - Jo, Sam, Ryan, Seb, Dom
Short Green (Junior Women) - Hannah, Claudine, Isabelle, Isobel, Alex
Orange (Junior Men) - Dylan, Will, John, Casper, Matthew, Olmo, Oscar, Conrad, James, Jamie, Max, Sam, Euan
Orange (Junior Women) - Alexandra, Ciara, Carys, Charlotte, Alice, Alex, Ella, Anna, Imogen, Freya

Unlike most other clubs, Juniors made up a significant part of our team (almost 40%!), and this was a key part to our success with most other clubs unable to get as many points in the Junior classes.

A particular well done must go to our scorers: 25 people score for each club, and in SYO 7 of these were Juniors. They were (along with their points, maximum score of 100)...

Euan T - 100
Imogen P - 100
Freya T - 96
Dom D - 94
Max M - 94
Alex E - 90
Ryan E - 88

Results from the event can be seen here. To have a look at the courses we had to run, have a look here (on Routegadget). Finally photos from the event can be seen here.

Our thanks to Walton Chasers for hosting the event, and Nick Barrable (Editor of CompassSport Magazine - worth subscribing!) for the prizes. Photo Credit: Laura Harrison.

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