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2020 British Orienteering Awards...

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 22:56

Congratulations to Dom Dakin for receiving the British Orienteering Young Volunteer of the Year 2020 award for his outstanding contributions to the club and to orienteering. Read more about it here...

Also, a huge well done to Nick Lightfoot for being awarded the British Orienteering Coach of the Year 2020! Many congratulations Nick. See the full article here...

Dom out running

Nick with his prize

SYO Virtual AGM & Awards

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 18:02

The SYO virtual AGM and Awards were held on Saturday 12th December. There was a surprisingly good turn out with over 40 households joining proceedings at some point. Whilst the competition season was badly affected by Covid there were still some fantastic performances and volunteering efforts to recognise. Well done to the following recipients.

Best male performance at the CSC - Peter Gorvett

Best female performance at the CSC - Freya Tryner

Best Overseas performance - Dave Peel.

Best Junior International performance - Alex Crawshaw

Best Domestic Performances by a Junior Female - Imogen Pieters

Best Domestic Performances by a Junior Male - Euan Tryner

Best Domestic Performances by a Senior Female - Jenny Peel

Best Domestic Performances by a Senior Male - Ian Cooper

Outstanding Progress by a Junior - Max Mobus

Best E Orienteering Performance by a female - Anna Todd

Best E Orienteering Performance by a male - Robbie Lightfoot

Junior Volunteer of the year - Dom Dakin

Senior Volunteer of the year - Peter Gorvett

Outstanding Dedication Award - Ian Cooper

The awards ceremony was followed by a Kahoot quiz on a wide range of orienteering topics. The lead changed several times through the quiz and we failed to make a not of the podium places! Please let me know the results and I'll update the website.

SYO's Cat Taylor selected for GB Senior Squad in 2021

Monday, 21 December 2020 18:48

Cat Taylor

Well done to SYO's Cat Taylor was has been re-selected for the GB Senior Squad in 2021. Good luck with your winter training Cat!

Wendy Billing (Lightfoot), SYO. 3rd November 1962 to 23rd September 2020

Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:57

Wendy grew up in Stafford close to Cannock Chase where she was introduced to orienteering at secondary school joining the local club Walton Chasers.  She took to the map reading straightaway and with her natural determination and physical strength, and the support of Peter and Marlene Palmer, she won a string of junior titles and progressed to the national junior squad.

Her passion for orienteering took her to Sheffield to study Maths where she was soon involved with organising the university club, becoming an integral part of the SHUOC team that dominated university orienteering in the early 80s. She was also a useful cross country runner and was a pioneer of women’s fell running joining the local club Dark Peak and setting several local course records.

She was called up to the National Squad and was a regular in the GB orienteering team throughout the 80s running in two World Championships with her best result 30th place in Hungary in 1983.  After leaving university she decided to focus on her orienteering career, working 6 months a year in computing and training or racing the rest of the time, winning some high profile Scandinavian races along the way.

She joined South Yorkshire Orienteers and with a variety of team mates won the JK and British Relays eight times in the 80s and 90s. She continued to race at a high level in veterans classes through to W45, and although she competed less often, she was rarely out of the top 5 at the British and JK.

Wendy Billing SYO at the BOC Relays 6th May 2007 at Pwll Ddu by Nick Barrable

Photo Credit: Nick Barrable, CompassSport

Wendy was well known for making and designing things including the trophy for the infamous Walton Chasers ‘Spam Award’, the famous SHUOC O’ kit from the 80s which broke from the traditional pyjama like fashion of the times, countless ambitious DIY projects, and most recently a beautiful wooden commemorative seat (the Apple Core) on the hilltop above her home in Hathersage.

Although work and family took Wendy away from Sheffield for a number of years she kept her allegiance to SYO and eventually moved back with her family to live in the Peak District. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2013 but in typical Wendy fashion refused to let it slow her down immersing herself in projects, the biggest of which was staying alive to see her son Arran grow up. He turned 18 this year.

Her many friends from the orienteering world have been hugely supportive of Wendy in recent years. They speak of the energy and determination she put into everything she did (the Wendy Way),  her mischievous side and the fun they had, her generosity and welcoming nature, and of course the ever present Wendy smile. I’m sure that the love and friendship she received gave her the energy to carry on in recent years and comforted her in last few weeks.

The current situation necessitated a small funeral, planned by Wendy of course, but there will be a memorial service at a later date where we can give her a proper send off.  In the meantime ‘Wendy’s Challenge’ (a 2 hour orienteering course around Hathersage in her memory) will be available shortly for anyone to enjoy some of her favourite local places and the sport she loved.

Wendy is survived by her husband Keith and son Arran, her father John, mother Margaret and brother Nick.

Nick Lightfoot (SYO)

SYO Juniors to National Talent Squad

Saturday, 07 November 2020 11:26

Congratulations to Imogen Pieters, Max Möbus and Euan Tryner on their selection to the British Orienteering Talent squad.  There are only 15 members in the Tier 1 squad selected from across the whole of the UK; to have three from SYO is brilliant.

The Talent Squads are the junior sections of the national coaching and training programmes to prepare for the international competitions where they can represent GB.   To quote from the BOF website “Talent Squad Tier 1 includes primarily the 15-18 (School) age group and aims firstly to identify and induct promising juniors into the Talent squad and then assist in progressing them from the 'Learning to Train' to the 'Training to Train' phase of development.  Talent Squad Tier 2 Includes primarily the 18-20 (University) age group ... .”

The postponed 2020 European Youth Junior Championships in Hungary are now planned for April 2021, using 2020 age classes.  Hopefully Euan and Max will get there.

GB Junior Selection News

Friday, 04 September 2020 17:48

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Congratulations to Max & Euan who have been selected to represent GB at the European Junior Orienteering Champs, which are being held in Salgótarján, Hungary from 24 –26 October 2020.

Well done also to Alex, Imogen, Jamie & Max who have been invited to the Talent Assessment Camp to be held on 2nd - 4th October in Edinburgh.

GB Junior Selection Races

Thursday, 03 September 2020 16:17
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Our top juniors were in action at the GB selection races over the weekend. The weekend kicked off with a sprint race in Windermere on the Friday evening. There were some excellent performances with all 7 of our juniors achieving top 10 places. In M20 Dom achieved a well earned 6th place, while in W16 Alex took 6th and Imogen 2nd. In M16 Jamie had a good run to take 9th place, Sam was 10th and Euan took 4th. However the stand out performance of the day was Max's win on M16.
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Saturday was the turn of the long distance race at Dale Park, Graithwaite. The orienteering was incredibly technical and the forest very physically challenging. On M16 Euan took 2nd place and Max 5th. Sam had an excellent run to finish 10th but unfortunately Jamie twisted his ankle. In W16 Alex had a good run to take 4th and Imogen was 5th; while in the tough M18/20 class Dom was 19th.
Junior at a control
The final day's racing saw a return to Graithwaite, this time for the middle distance race. Yet again there were some excellent results with Alex finishing 6th in W16 and Imogen taking the win, while in M16 Max was 4th and Euan took the win.
Thanks to Will Heap for the photos.
Through the forest

Virtual Orienteering Courses - MapRun

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!