Day 5 Swiss O Week
Members of SYO travelled far and wide over the summer to enjoy their passion for orienteering.
First on the international multi-day event calendar was the Swiss O Week in St Moritz. Only the Tryners and Nick Barrable were there from SYO but there was a fairly large British contingent. The stunning scenery, mostly gorgeous weather, efficient organisation and challenging orienteering combined to produce an excellent (if somewhat costly) multi-day competition. A noteworthy difference to the UK multi-day events was a special evening prize giving for each of the days. Freya was delighted to achieve a podium position in D10 on 2 days; while Nick went a step further with 4 podium positions and a 3rd place overall.
The following week gave a host of different multi-day options. Perhaps the most prestigious multi-day event with 20, 000 competitors is the Swedish O-Ringen. This year it was held in the mountainous ski region of Salen and was unusual in that most of the areas were on open fells rather than the traditional Swedish forest. The Marstons and Coopers of SYO attended and reported back on an enjoyable week of orienteering though there were no podium positions in the very stiff international competition.
Meanwhile, closer to home Wales hosted the Croeso 2016 – 5 days of orienteering competition in beautiful South Wales. Whilst the weather was rather wet at times, feedback on the event praised the friendly event team, stunning views and great variety of terrain. As this event was closer to home, it is not surprising that there were a fairly large number of SYO members there. Congratulations to overall prize winners Dom Dakin 3rd M16, Nick Barrable 3rd M21L, Tony Udris 2nd M45S and Pippa Dakin 2nd W21L.
Nick Barrable & Pippa Dakin on the podium at Croeso
Another multi-day competition taking place in the same week was the Slovenian OO Cup. This year the event was centred on the ski village of Kranska Gora, although 3 of the 5 events took place out of Slovenia – 2 in Northern Italy and 1 in Austria. The gorgeous alpine scenery, friendly vibe, low key organisation, relatively low prices and fiendishly technical orienteering proved very attractive to our members and there was a large SYO contingent. Well done to Dave Peel (2nd M50), Jenny Peel (1st W45) and Nick Lightfoot (3rd M50 Ultimate, where paths are removed from the map).
Jenny Peel 1st W45 OO Cup, Slovenia
The following week, many SYO members then continued down to the 4 day Bubo Cup on the island of Cres in Croatia. Due to the high temperatures starts were early, allowing competitors to pursue more traditional holiday pursuits for the rest of the day. There were more podium positions for SYO with Dave and Jenny Peel winning their respective classes and 3rd for Kim Baxter in W21E.
The summer of orienteering ended, as tradition dictates, with the White Rose in North Yorkshire. Whilst the weather and terrain perhaps doesn’t quite live up to the standards of some of the other multi-day events, plenty of SYO members were attracted by the opportunity to enjoy a social weekend of camping and orienteering in Dalby Forest. There were podium positions and White Rose mugs galore for SYO.
1st & 2nd for SYO in the Young Junior Women Sprint
Sprint: Dom Dakin (1st JM), Alex Elliott (3rd JW), Pete Tryner (1st VM), Pete Guillaume (2nd UVM), Euan Tryner (1st YJM), Imogen Pieters (1st YJW) & Freya Tryner (2nd YJW)
Individual Combined: Megan Hill (1st W10B), Alice Pieters (2nd W10B), Freya Tryner (1st W12A), Yasmin Field (2nd W18L), Jenny Johnson (1st W35L), Clare Baker (3rd W35L), Rosie Field (3rd W50S), Judith Guillaume (2nd W60S), Sheila Sprot (3rd W65L), Monika Cooper (1st W70S), Robbie Lightfoot (2nd M10A), Jamie Lightfoot (2nd M12A), Daniel Hill (2nd M12B), Euan Tryner (3rd M14A), Dom Dakin (2nd M16A), Joe Field (3rd M16A), Jake Field (1st M20L), Tony Udris (1st M45S), Dean Field (1st M50S), Nick Lightfoot (1st M55L).
Night: Dom Dakin (1st JM), Joe Field (2nd JM), Paul Bradbury (2nd SVM).
1st & 2nd for SYO in the Junior Men night event
If you fancy trying a multi-day event for the first time, then the bi-annual Scottish 6 Days is a good place to start. Deeside 2017 runs from 30th July to 5th August and is centred on the town of Ballater.