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2019 Club Champs & Awards

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 20:14

The 2019 annual club champs were held on the gloriously Autumnal Blacka Moor on Saturday 7th December. There were 4 different mass start courses with gaffling to split the pack. 53 adults and older juniors set off in waves to complete the super challenging courses.

Club champions 2019

Nathan took the victory on the long course, while Sam T topped the medium. The short course was won by Freya and Charlotte took the victory on orange. However, once Peter G's fiendish handicapping system had been applied and the results from all courses amalgamated the club champs prizes went to Jamie (first male junior), Anna (1st female junior), Robyn (1st senior woman), Dan (1st senior man), Alex F (1st vet man) and Hilary (1st vet woman).

Once the more experienced orienteers were out on their courses, it was time for our younger juniors to get out on the yellow course. It was a real battle at the top with Lawrence and Maxwell tying in first place. Fastest female was Abigail H. 

Post-race members adjourned to HSBC for a delicious Christmas Curry. Lunch was followed by the very brief AGM before it was time for the annual awards ceremony, which honoured our members' best achievements:

Best Senior Relay Team 2019

Best male performance at the CSC: Conrad
Best female performance at the CSC: Pippa
Best Junior Relay Team: JK junior – Sam T, Will G and Alice
Best Senior Relay Team: British Women's Open Team - Cat, Mary & Kim
Best Individual Junior Relay Performance: Oscar & Robbie
Best individual Senior Relay Performance: Tim
Best Male Junior Performances: James & Lawrence
Best Female Junior Performances: Charlotte & Ella

Best junior performers 2019
Best Senior Overseas Performance: Nick B
Best Junior Overseas Performance: Euan
Best Senior Male Performances: Pete T
Best Senior Female Performances: Amanda

Best Senior Performers 2019
Best Veteran Male Performances: Peter G
Best Veteran Female Performances: Lucy
Most improved junior: Alex C

Most Improved Junior 2019
Most improved senior: Markus
Wooden Spoon Award: Dave T!

The final part of the day concentrated on thanking the club's volunteers for the hundreds of hours they dedicate to orienteering. All the major officials and coaches received a small prize and the club's mappers (Oli, Henry and Colin S) were presented with a framed copy of their maps. Nick L and Kim were thanked for their coaching commitment to club night and were presented with a small award. The Junior volunteer of the year award went to Dom, while Mark D won 'Senior Volunteer of the year'.

Outstanding Contributer 2019

Nick L was awarded the trophy for the 'outstanding contribution to orienteering’ for his long term services in coaching to the club and the sport in general. Finally thanks were given to the planning and organising team of Cat, Jacky, Tim T and Colin L for the fabulous job on this year’s club champs.

England call-up for SYO members

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:20



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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!

Sheffield Schools take National Orienteering Titles

Monday, 18 November 2019 18:57

Hunters Bar Nether Green on the podium

Wow – what a day! More than 60 Sheffield School pupils travelled to Black Park near Slough on Sunday 17th November and took 26 podium positions across the whole school, age class team and individual competitions at the British Schools Champs!

In the whole school competitions High Storrs lifted the trophy in the large secondary schools competition for the first time while in the primay competition there was a reversal of last year's positions with Hunters Bar taking the top spot with Nether Green in 2nd place.

High Storrs win trophy

In the primary age team competitions Hunters Bar won the year 6 girls' trophy while Hallam took 2nd place in the year 5 boys competition. In the secondary team categories, High Storrs took the national title in the year 8, 9 and 10 boys classes and girls' year 12, while the girls in Y8 took 3rd. 

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

G6 1st Ella, 3rd Alice
B5 2nd Will P, 3rd Lawrence
B6 3rd Oscar
B7 1st Robbie
G8 1st  Freya, 2nd Ciara
B8 3rd James
B9 2nd Jamie, 3rd Leni
G11 2nd Naomi
B10 2nd Matthew M
B11 2nd Max
G12 2nd Alex E
G13 1st Isabelle H

Check out the SYO Facebook Page for photos of the day. Next year’s British Schools Champs will be held on Sunday 15th November at Wormley Woods near Enfield.


SYO take 2nd place at the CSC Final

Monday, 21 October 2019 19:20

Green Womens course

Forty members of SYO braved the long drive to Pippingford Park (and the appropriately named Windy Ridge) in Sussex yesterday to take part in the CSC Final against 9 other clubs from across the country. 

Pippingford Park is a Mole Valley major event favourite having been previously used for the British Night Champs in 2014 and the JK relays in 2017. The area offers varied terrain comprising of wooded valleys and well contoured heathland. Early starters were hampered by bracken and heather but the courses soon sped up with some very quick times posted as the event progressed. Courses were enjoyable and although not particularly technically challenging, plenty made mistakes. A late surge of good results saw us race up the leaderboard into a surprise second place behind Forth Valley Orienteers and ahead of Southdown Orienteers. 

Well done to everyone that competed - you all made a difference - but particular congratulations to our 25 scorers: Pippa, Nick B, Amanda, Alex C, Peter G, Mary, Kim, Dom, Lucy, Martin, Conrad, Charlotte, Pete T, Charlie, Freya, Aidan, Imogen, Alex E, Colin S, Pauline, Mark C, Richard, John, Tom and Sam C.

Next year the final is at Sutton Park on 18th October - put the date in your diary; we need to win that trophy back from Scotland!


England call-up for SYO members

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 17:33

VHI Team 2019

The Home Internationals for orienteering are held in September and October, with the relay and individual competitions taking place over 2 days. 

The Senior Home Internationals for M/W20s and 21s were held in early September on complex sand dune areas in South Wales. Nick B and Cat were both selected for the English team and helped England to a 9 point win over Scotland.

Next up was the Veteran Home Internationals for M/W35 to M/W65. This time the English team travelled to Scotland. The six SYO team members selected all performed strongly. On the individual day on the Pentland Hills Kim took 1st place on W40, Amanda (W45), Lucy (W50) and Nick B (M45) all took 2nd place and Rachael and Andy P were both 3rd on W35 and M40 respectively. England delivered excellent results over the 2 days resulting in an impressive win overall by 57 points!

The final Home International competition was for the juniors in the M/W14, 16 & 18 age classes, which this year was held in Northern Ireland. Jamie was the only SYO representative but he had a super run to finish 2nd on the individual day. Unfortunately despite some very good English performances, Scotland’s particularly strong showing in the relays ensured the win for them overall.

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SYO Success at the British Schools Score Champs

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:54

High Storrs team

Forty seven SYO juniors travelled to Heaton Park in Manchester on Saturday 12th October to compete in the British Schools Score Championships. The sun shone, which was lovely for spectators and competitors alike and made a decent change to many recent events! Competitors had 45 minutes to find as many of the 30 controls had they could. Four juniors, including SYO’s Euan and Dom, managed to score the maximum 300 points in the time allowed. The SYO juniors all excelled themselves with 19 individual medal wins! Congratulations to:

Y5 Boys - Will P 3rd
Y6 Girls – Charlotte 1st, , Ellen 2nd
Y6 Boys- 1st Oscar, 2nd Jake
Y7 Girls – 1st Anna
Y7 Boys – 1st Robbie, 2nd Joseph, 3rd Ben A
Y8 Girls – 1st Freya, 2nd Ciara
Y8 Boys – 3rd Isaac
Y9 Girls - 2nd  Millie
Y9 Boys – Sam T 1st, Ben T 2nd
Y10/11 Boys – 1st Euan, 3rd Olmo
Y12/13 Girls – 2nd Alex E
B12/13 Boys – 3rd Dom

HBJ and Nether Green winning teams

There were also excellent results in the team competitions. In the primary competition Nether Green won the primary boys while Hunters Bar took 2nd in the primary boys and 3rd in the primary girls. In the secondary competition, High Storrs won the lower secondary girls and lower secondary boys competitions. Visit the SYO Facebook page for more photos of the event.

Next up is the British Schools Champs on Sunday 17th November in Black Park near Slough!

Team Bronze for Yorkshire

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:46

Yorkshire team

At the end of September eachyear the country's best juniors gather for a weekend of fierce competition at the Junior Inter-Regional Championships, which this year was hosted by SYO. An amazing eighteen SYO juniors (out of a possible 24) were called up to run for Yorkshire.

The individual day was held on Cowm's Rocks - a brand new orienteering area behind the Snake Pass Inn. This was always going to be a physical and technical challenge but even more so in the brutal conditions experienced on the day! True Yorkshire grit showed through though with some excellent results by SYO juniors. Congratulations to Imogen for winning W14 and for Jamie taking 3rd on M14. There were also very well-deserved top 10 positions for Euan (4th M16), Alex C (4th running up on W16), Freya (5th running up on W14), Alex E (8th W16) and Dom (10th M18). Well done to Dylan, Ciara, Sam T and Claudine for making their Yorkshire debuts and to Max, Sam C, Isabelle H, Conrad, Sam D and Will G for also performing well for the team - you all made a difference and helped Yorkshire to a tie on 2nd place with North West after day 1.

Following the individual competition the teams transferred to an overnight stay at Kingswood Outdoor Centre near Doncaster. Warm showers and food were followed by the prize giving for the individual and then a ceilidh just to ensure everyone was thoroughly worn out!

Relay day dawned and it was still raining torrentially, although spirits seemed to be high as the teams arrived at Tankersley. There were some excellent relay performances, particularly Imogen, Alex C and Evie (from AIRE) taking the win in the girls relay! There were other notable performances from Dom and Sam T who brought their teams up 5 places and Freya who took her team up 4 places; although all our juniors performed well to help Yorkshire to 3rd place in the relay competition. Overall, over the 2 days competition, Yorkshire finished in 3rd (just six points) behind the North West in 2nd and Scotland in 1st.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers who completed some very long shifts in cold, wet conditions over the 2 days but particular thanks to Jacky for organsing the overnight accommodation, Pete for managing all the SI, Charlie and Dave P for planning, Amanda and Mark C for organising, John (DVO) and Tony (AIRE) for controlling and Pauline for her role as weekend co-ordinator. 

Check out the photo album for the weekend on the SYO Facebook Page.

Podium Success at the British Sprints & Middles

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 16:19

1 2 3 in W10

This weekend saw 2 highly successful days of competition with 30 medals for SYO members!

LEI hosted the British Sprint Champs at Loughborough Uni on Saturday in glorious sunshine. As usual our juniors excelled with wins for Lawrence (M10), James (M12), Ella (W10) and Alex C (W14). Robbie (M12), Anna (W12) and Charlotte (W10) picked up silvers while Imogen (W14) took a bronze. In the men's senior and vet classes Nick B took the win in M35 while Bill E topped the podium in M50. Meanwhile it was silver all round for the women with Laura (W35), Kim (W40) and Amanda (W45) all taking silver.

Sunday saw the action move to Chinley Churn for the British Middle Champs hosted by DVO. Despite the mist, SYO were even more successful here with 17 podium positions! It was a 1, 2, 3 in W10 for Ella, Charlotte and Alice; while the M10 boys managed 1st (Lawrence) and 3rd (Maxwell)! Robbie (M12) and Alex C (W14) both took gold, with Anna (W12) and Imogen (W14) taking well deserved silvers. It was another strong performance from SYO's women with a win for Amanda on W45, silvers for Laura (W35), Lucy (W50) and Judy (W65) and a bronze for Rachel on W35. In the men's classes Nick B took gold in M35 while Andy (M40) and Martin (M50) took bronze.


SYO Retain the Joan George Plate

Friday, 13 September 2019 17:38

SYO juniors celebrating medal wins at the Peter Palmers

After 5 hours of minibus madness, music and MacDonald’s we arrived at the home of Winnie The Pooh for a quick stretch of the legs in the ‘Enchanted Forest’ before heading across to Michael Hall School the venue for this year’s Peter Palmer Relays.  The evening consisted of volleyball, basketball, burgers, a quick look at the arena, a football match against Cumbria and Sweden, and then a few hours’ trying to sleep on the gym floor before the 5.00am start of the race.

1st leg runners ready to race

West Cumberland were the pre-race favourites having won for the last 3 years and despite losing all but one of last year’s team they still had strength throughout including three W18s on the Yellow course!  Octavian Droobers also had an experienced team as did local club Southdown Orienteers and this year two Swedish clubs sent strong teams as part of an exchange with their Tio Mila relay.  With lots of keen youngsters, SYO opted to spread experience more widely managing to field three teams in the main 6 person overnight race and 2 teams in the DayBreak relay. 

And theyre off

The Killer Bees had the slower of the two gaffles on the first leg and lost touch with the pack in the bracken filled forest section coming home 9 minutes down in 10th place but ahead of the Swedish team OK Linne. Dom ran an excellent race to bring the team back into contention in 3rd place but still 10 minutes down on West Cumberland and Southdown who suspiciously had been given the same gaffle throughout! The last leg proved decisive for West Cumberland pulling away to take the win while Southdown just managed to hold on to 2nd place in a sprint finish with OK Linne. The Killer Bees slipped back behind the Swedes but with strong runs from Freya, Anna and Euan managed to hold on to 4th overall and crucially 1st place in the Joan George handicap class for the 4th year in a row! 

Matthew coped brilliantly with the challenge of the first leg bringing the Bumble Bees back in 11th place and Sam T, Oscar and Jamie all picked up places to bring the team back in 5th place and 2nd in the Joan George class beating all the other second teams. The Wanna Bees finished a very creditable 10th place out of 18 teams with Conrad and James having particularly good runs. In the DayBreak Relay the Bees Knees and Worker Bees teams battled it out in the middle of the pack until the last leg when Robbie put in the 2nd fastest time to move from 6th to 3rd place and sneak a podium position. 

1st and 2nd place in the Joan George

Saxons Orienteering Club delivered a great event including a proper DJ with dry ice, and a magnificent setting bathed in early morning sunshine with medals, trophies and chocolate on board we piled into the minibuses for the long but not quite as loud trip home to Sheffield.

3rd place in the daybreak relay

Many thanks to Jacky for managing the teams, Nick for commentating and writing the race report above and Jacky, Dave, Nick and Rob for driving the mini-buses. Next year’s Peter Palmer Junior Relays take place during the weekend 12 - 13 September in the Lake District on WCOC home terrain! 

The Scottish 6 Days 2019

Saturday, 31 August 2019 14:28

Day 3 View from Arena

This summer saw over 100 of our members travel north to Strathearn to the biannual Scottish 6 days competition. The first day was held in the super tough terrain of Auchingarrich. SYO got off to a fabulous start with 18 podium positions. There were wins for Will P (M10A), Freddie (M10B), Charlotte (W10A), Anna (W12A), Robbie (M12A), Alex C (W14A), Cat (W21E), Lesley (W50S) and Peter G (M70L). Freya (W14A), Stanley (M10B), Andy P (M40L), Nick B (M45L), Charlie (M50L) and Lucy (W50L) all took 2nd place; while Lawrence (M10A), Max (M16A) and Jamie (M14A) all picked up 3rd place positions.

Tim finishing day 1

Day 2 saw us transfer to the new area of Edenchip – the mix of open fell and woodland and less technically challenging terrain providing a sharp contrast to day 1. SYO's early start block in the tough terrain meant podium positions were harder to come by today. However there were still some excellent performances with wins for Freddie (M10B), Charlotte (W10A), Robbie (M12A) and Nick B (M45L). Finlay (M10B) and Jenny J (W40L) took 2nd place; while Jamie (M14A), Alexandra (W14B) and Mary (W21E) all gained 3rd place.

Day 3 Start SYO Junior

I’m sure many competitors will agree that day 3’s Dundurn and Cnoc a’Mhadaidh provided a superb day of competition - technical terrain, challenging courses, a fab arena and glorious weather! SYO members continued to perform magnificently with 15 top 3 positions. Well done to Freddie (M10B), Nick B (M45L), Charlie (M50L), Tim T (M55L), Charlotte (W10A), Cat (W21E), Jenny J (W40L) and Lesley (W50S) who all topped their classes. There were 2nd places for Lawrence (M10A) and Dave P (M50L), while Freya (W14A), Euan (M16A),Will (M10A), Stanley (M10B) and Andy P (M40L) all finished 3rd.

Steve on the run in day 3

Day 4 of the Scottish 6 Days provided a complete contrast to day 3, with fast runnable open fell and easy navigation. SYO didn't fare quite so well results wise as the previous day, although there were still 9 podium positions to celebrate. Well done to Freddie (M10B), Tim (M55L), Charlotte (W10A) and Nick B (M45L) who all finished in 1st place; while Stanley (M10B), Anna (W12A), Jenny J (W40L) and Lucy (W50L) all finished 3rd.

Charlie enjoying day 4

Day 5 saw us return to the classic orienteering area of Craig a Barns - a super technical and physical Scottish forest. Despite an early start block there were some good results with Nick B (M45L), Charlie (M50L), Cat (W21E) and Tim (M55L) all finishing their courses in the fastest time. Laura (W35L) and Robbie (M12A) finished in 2nd place and Lucy (W50L) and Stanley (M10B) came 3rd.

A speedy finish from one of our youngest members

The final day saw the introduction of a middle race for all but the shortest courses. Grandtully provided beautifully runnable and surprisingly technically challenging (particularly without a compass) terrain. Surprisingly SYO picked up the least number of podium positions on this day (clearly we love a bit of grot!). Well done though to Brian who picked up a win on M75L, Tim T (M55L) and Dave P (M50L) who both took 2nd position and Jamie (M14) and Andy P (M40L), who took 3rd.

Prizes are presented to the top 3 overall in each class, with the best 4 out of 6 races counting. SYO managed an excellent 11 podium places overall. Congratulations particularly to winners Freddie G (M10B), Nick B (M45L), Charlie A (M50L), Tim (M55L) and Charlotte (W10A) – that’s double the number of winners we had in 2017! Well done also to the other podium finishers – Will P 3rd (M10A), Stanley 2nd (M10B), Robbie 2nd (M12A), Peter G 3rd (M70L), Jenny J 3rd (W40L) and Lesley 3rd (W45S).

Our youngest prize winnersPodium places for our younger juniors