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Friday, 19 June 2020 22:30

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Virtual Orienteering Courses (VOCs) use smartphone technology to enable you to physically go orienteering without there being real controls to find. The free Maprun F App enables you to explore the outdoors as a family or individual at a time convenient to you. Download the map, choose your route and then run, jog or walk at your own pace to the control points and the app will notify you when you reach the correct location!

SYO have set up a number of courses ranging from short easy 'yellow' courses for children to challenging score events for runners.

Visit our dedicated virtual orienteering page to find out more! 

SYO qualify for 2020 Compass Sport Cup Final

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:29

The winning SYO Team from 2018

Orienteering clubs up and down the country took part in the qualifying rounds of the Compass Sport Cup Competition on Sunday 15th March. Over 100 SYO members travelled to Huddersfield to take part in the heat at Fixby and Bradley Woods alongside 5 other large clubs – AIRE, CLOK, DVO, DEE & EBOR. There were fantastic runs from all our members resulting in a win for SYO with a score of 2418, over AIRE in second place with 2349 points. Congratulations to the club’s point scorers: Euan 100, Andy 100, Martin 100, Peter G 100, Freya 100, Oli 99, Amanda 99, Conrad 99, Anna 98, Lucy 98, Dom 98, Imogen 98, Richard H 97, Jenny J 97, Charlotte 96, Alex C, 96, Pete T 96, Alex E 95, Tim T 95, Isobel 94, Richard B 94 Colin B 94, Ryan 93, Tom 92 and Nick L 91.

Thank you to everyone who took part – you all contributed to SYO’s win. The final is on Sunday 18th October at Sutton Park in Sutton Coalfield. Please put the date in your diary when fingers crossed we will all be back orienteering again!

Covid 19 (Coronavirus) update - Tuesday 17th March

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:06

British Orienteering has today published updated guidance about coronavirus and orienteering, requiring that all orienteering events be cancelled at this time. SYO has therefore followed this advice and cancelled all forthcoming events. The SYO committee is discussing the extent to which other activities (e.g. permanent course orienteering) may continue if they are consistent with British Orienteering and UK government guidelines. More details will follow in due course.

British Orienteering coronavirus update 17/3/2020.

Interland 2020

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 14:02

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

British Night Orienteering Champs 2020

Monday, 02 March 2020 14:36

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

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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