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Brilliant Performance at the British Champs 2017

Monday, 08 May 2017 11:30

 There was great success for SYO members at the British Individual & Relay Championships in the Lake District this weekend. 

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The Individual Championships were held on High Dam - a mixed area of open fells and runnable but steep woodland with extremely intricate contour detail. Courses were very physically and technically challenging, producing worthy British Champions.

Congratulations to the 4 SYO British Champions: Freya (W10), Imogen (W12), Pippa (W20E) and Nick B (M40). There were silver medals for Robbie (M10), Charlie (M50) and Tim T (M55) and bronzes for Peter G (M70) and Jenny P (W45). Lucy (W45), Jamie (M12) and James (M10) all just missed out on a medal in 4th place. Kim Baxter also narrowly missed out on a podium position finishing 5th on W21 Elite (as a W40) less than a minute off 3rd place.


There was also success in the short and B classes. Well done to Ryan 2nd (M18L), Isobel 1st (W16B), Louise A 1st (W20L), Laura G 1st (W21S), Louise P 1st (W35S) and Mo (1st W45S). The results in the W10B for 8 year olds Charlotte, Ella and Alice bode particularly well for the future with SYO taking 1st, 2nd & 3rd!

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Day 2 arrived with gorgeous blue skys and bright sunshine to provide perfect relay weather. Summerhouse Knott is an excellent relay venue with intricately contoured woodland for the harder courses and a good path network for the younger junior classes. The relays proved even more fruitful than the individual day with many class wins and podium positions for SYO.

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In the mini relay SYO showed the strength of its juniors with 4 teams entered. SYOung Blood (Jamie, Conrad & Imogen) retained the title, with SYO's 2nd team (Robbie, James & Freya) finishing 4th. In the M14 relay SYOungsters (Sam, Max & Euan) overcame older more experienced teams to take an unexpected victory, whilst in the W14 relay SYOh dear (Hannah, Alex C & Alex E) narrowly missed out on a podium position finishing 4th.

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In the senior classes it was gold in W40 for SYO Queen Bees (Amanda, Lucy & Jenny P) and silver in M40 for SYO Bee Sting (Andy, Pete T & Nick B). In the M50 class SYOn Fire (Martin, Tim T & Charlie A) took the victory while SYO's 2nd team (Nick L, Bill & Paul T) got the bronze. There was victory for SYO Bees Knees (Aislinn, Pippa & Kim) in the women's premier but the team was later declared non competitive as Aislinn is Australian! 

W40 relay winners

Womens open

SYO Podium Success - JK 2017

Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:35


Over 60 members travelled to the South East to compete in the 50th JK and enjoyed a wonderfully sunny weekend. The JK is the biggest annual competition in the UK which takes place over 4 days every Easter. Competition is tough and those members who achieved podium positions showed they really are the country's best orienteers. 


Day 1 is always the sprint competition, which this year was held at Brunel University. We had 9 medallists - sprint is clearly a discipline that SYO excels at! Congratulations to Robbie (M10), Nick B (M40), Dave P (M50), Freya (W10), Imogen (W12) and Jenny P (W45) who were awarded gold. Well done also to silver medalists Tim (M55) and Dom (M16) and bronze medalist Jeff C (M35).


The results from days 2 & 3 are added together to calculate the results in the overall competition so you need to pull together that perfect run 2 days in a row. This year day 2 was a middle distance race on Ambersham Common, whilst day 3 was a classic (long) race on Holmbush. Congratulations to our JK champions Freya (W10), Nick B (M40) and Tim (M55). Well done also to Imogen who was 2nd on W12 and Cat & Brian who were 3rd on W21E and M75 respectively.


The final day is always the turn of the relays which this year were held at Pippingford Park. Team captain, Tim excelled himself with the team name selections replacing the very boring SYO1, 2, 3 etc with a variety of names mostly along the bee theme, although he refused to call the women's open team SYO Honeys! Yet again there was great success for SYO with victories in the women's open class by SYOn Fire (Aislinn, Pippa & Cat) and the men's vet class by SYO Bee Sting (Charlie, Paul & Tim). There were also bronze medals for the SYO Queen Bees (Amanda, Pauline & Jenny P) in the Senior Women relay and the SYO Mini Bees (Robbie, Oscar & Freya) in the mini relay.




Dom Dakin Young Volunteer of the year 2016

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:18

At the British Orienteering AGM, Dom Dakin was given the national award for Young Volunteer of the Year 2016. 

Dom is still only 15, but has planned several events, including the maze for Cliffhanger 2016.  This included email correspondance with council officials who will never have guessed the age of their correspondant.  He also runs the SI for many of the Schools Events.  Congratulations Dom.

SYO qualify for YBT Final

Monday, 03 April 2017 16:09


32 SYO juniors travelled to Primrose Hill near Scunthorpe for the Yvette Baker Trophy heat last Sunday.

The Hill is a bit of a misnomer as the area is very flat and fast and the SYO juniors produced some incredibly quick times. It was particularly great to see some of our younger juniors competing for the club for the 1st time. 

SYO won by 20 points over HALO in 2nd and EBOR in 3rd place. Congratulatons to everyone who ran and especially those that counted: Charlotte Chapman (Yellow Girls), Dom Dakin (Green Boys), Henry McDonald (Orange Boys), James Bryant (Yellow Boys), Freya Tryner (Orange Girls), Euan Tryner (Light Green Boys), Joe Owens (Light Green Boys), Joseph Guy (Yellow Boys), Freddie Emmett (Orange Boys) and Ryan Elliott (Green Boys). It is particularly good to see such a good spread across the different courses.

The final is in Alnwick, Northumberland on Sunday 2nd July. Keep the weekend free juniors.....

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Victory for SYO in Compass Sport Cup Heat

Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:04

AlexOn Sunday 12th March 76 club members travelled to deepest Lincolnshire to compete in the Compass Sport Cup Heat. In the battle of the brambles we came out victorious over DVO, NOC, LEI and NOR with a comfortable margin.

Well done to everyone who competed but particularly the scorers: Jenny Peel, Dominic Dakin, Euan Tryner, Kim Baxter, Dave Peel, Paul Bradbury, Jimena Saenz, Oli Johnson, Charlie Adams, Ryan Elliott, Martin Ward, Alex Elliott, Marcia Bradbury, Sam Crawshaw, Colin Lynch, Louise Adams, Nic Barber, Imogen Pieters, Clive Wilson, Paul Taylor, Pete Tryner, Seb Mobus and Brian Shaw. It is fantastic to see some new scorers amongst the list.

The final is on Sunday 22nd October at Virtuous Lady in Devon. Please out the date in your diaries.....


SYO success at British Nights and Northern Champs

Monday, 27 February 2017 15:19

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Well done to all SYO members that competed in the British Night and Northern Champs this weekend in the Lake District. 

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The British Night Championships was held on Saturday 25th February in the extremely technical terrain of Great Tower. Heavy rain and swirling mist made conditions particularly challenging. Congratulations to new British Night Champions Amanda Crawshaw (W45), Nick Barrable (M40) and Pippa Dakin (W20) and to silver medalists Martin Ward (M50), Peter Gorvett (M70), Tim Tett (M55) and Lucy Wiegand (W45).

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There was also great success the following day at Bigland. Courses were technically and physically challenging and competitors braved heavy rain, high winds and mud galore. Well done to the 10 new SYO Northern Champions: James Bryant (M10), Freya Tryner (W10), Imogen Pieters (W12), Pippa Dakin (W20), Nick Barrable (M40), Kim Baxter (W40), Lucy Wiegand (W45), Charlie Adams (M50), Peter Gorvett (M70) and Brian Shaw (M75).

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Many thanks to GBR elite athlete Graham Gristwood for presenting the prizes.

SYO do battle with the brambles in Ecclesall Woods

Monday, 06 February 2017 22:36

SYO members did battle with the brambles in Ecclesall Woods at the weekend with the help of the rangers.  It is going to be a long process but even the 2 hours we put in made a difference.

Tackling the bramblesThe next session is arranged for Saturday March 4th from 1 - 3.  You might not get a chance to run through the area we cleared this weekend but surely Colin Drury will put a control in it for the event in the autumn?

Win for SYO at the Robin Hood Trophy

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:44

Robin Hood Trophy

It was a great start to the year for SYO with a victory in the Robin Hood inter-club competition at The Dukeries event in Nottinghamshire on Sunday. This is the first time SYO have won the trophy since the competition began in 1998. Well done to everyone who competed, particularly the scorers: Jaimie Buckley, Lucy Wiegand, Pippa Dakin, Alex Elliott, Isobel Reuber, Jenny Lightfoot, Jill Gorvett, Megan Hill, Isabelle Groom, Andy Preston, Ryan Elliott, Seb Mobus, Euan Tryner, Jamie Lightfoot, Dom Dakin, Dave Peel, Brian Shaw, Oscar Peel and Dylan Jenkinson. It is fantastic to see some new people scoring for the club alongside our more established scorers!

Running alongside the Robin Hood Trophy was an inter-club junior competition between SYO, DVO and NOC. It was a resounding victory for SYO who scored 1198 points, with DVO in 2nd on 970 and NOC in 3rd with 670 points. Well done to all the juniors who ran - it was a fantastic team effort. Particular congratulations go to the SYO course winners:

white girls - Megan Hill
white boys - Oscar Peel
yellow girls - Isabelle Groom
yellow boys - Dylan Jenkinson
orange girls - Isobel Reuber
orange boys - Jamie Lightfoot
light green boys - Euan Tryner
green boys - Seb Mobus
short blue boys - Dom Dakin
blue girls - Yasmin Field
blue boys - Ryan Elliott


SYO Club Champs & Annual Awards

Friday, 09 December 2016 18:03

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The 2016 annual club champs were held in the glorious Autumnal Ecclesall Woods on Saturday 3rd December. 54 adults and older juniors set off together on a 45 minute mass score event with the aim of collecting as many controls as possible in the time limit. This year there was a secret twist in that an additional 10 point bonus was awarded for each control collected in sequential order. Kim Baxter, Martin Ward, Andy Preston, Tim Tett and Charlie Adams collected all the controls in sequential order but it was Martin Ward who emerged first from the forest in a time of 43:21.

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However, once Peter Gorvett's fiendish handicapping system had been applied it was all change at the top with the overall victory (and 1st junior male) going to Sam Doyle. Louise Adams was 1st female junior, Julian Pieters 1st senior man, Louise Preston 1st senior woman, Arun Sahni 1st vet man and Pauline Wilson 1st vet woman.


Whilst the more experienced orienteers were enjoying the score course, the younger members ran a a challenging 2.4km yellow course. Conrad Reuber flew round the course in 14:41 with James Bryant 2 minutes behind. Fastest female was Charlotte Chapman in 24:32.

Post race members adjurned to the function suite at the Abbeydale Sports Club for (very!) hot showers and a delicious buffet lunch. Lunch was followed by the very brief AGM before it was time for the annual awards ceremony, which honoured our members' best achievements:


Best Relay Team: Euan Tryner, Imogen Pieters & Jamie Lightfoot
Best Individual Relay Performance: Max Mobus
Best Male Junior Performances: Euan Tryner
Best Female Junior Performances: Freya Tryner
Best Overseas Performance: Jenny Peel
Best Senior Male Performances: Andy Preston
Best Senior Female Performances: Kim Baxter
Best Veteran Male Performances: Tim Tett
Best Veteran Female Performances: Hilary Bloor
Most improved junior: Alex Elliott
Most improved senior: Bronwen Doyle


 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 (Ian Cooper, Ray Waight and Tim Tett) were presented with a framed copy of their maps. Melinda Riley won 'offcial of the year' for organising a very successful compass sport cup final and Ian Cooper was awarded the trophy for the 'outstanding contribution to orienteering 'for all his mapping, planning, organising and coaching work.


 Finally a special presentation was made to Colin Best for his contribution to the development of orienteering in South Yorkshire and particularly his work with schools.



Thank you to Charles Hird for planning an innovative and challenging score event that made fantastic use of such a small part of Ecclesall Woods and to Emily Pieters for organising so efficiently and finding such a great venue. 

Sheffield Success at the British Schools Champs

Sunday, 27 November 2016 13:13

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There were amazing results for many of our junior members at the British Schools Champs at Sutton Park. 70 Sheffield children competed from 16 different schools plus a contingent of home schooled children.

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Nether Green Junior School won the trophy for the best overall primary school and Hunters Bar Y5 girls took team silver. In the secondary school category High Storrs Y7 boys took the victory and the Y9 girls were bronze medalists.

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There were plenty of individual successes too for SYO juniors: Freya Tryner 1st Y5 girls, Imogen Pieters 1st Y6 girls, Jamie Lightfoot 1st Y6 boys, Conrad Reuber 3rd Y6 boys, Euan Tryner 1st Y7 boys and Dom Dakin 2nd Y10 boys.

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