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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

The SYO Saturday Series

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 21:27

Saturday Series Header

The SYO Saturday Series is designed to introduce newcomers of all ages to the sport of orienteering. There are courses to suit all abilities and anyone can come along - just turn up between 12.20 and 3pm and have a go. The series also incorporates the Sheffield Federation of School Sports schools' league. There are 9 league events over the year followed by a fun event and prize giving. The league is open to Y3 and above and there is even now an adults' league; won this year by SYO's Paul Norman!

The new series kicks off on Saturday 21st September at Endcliffe Park. More details here.The other dates are:

Sat 5th Oct - EIS, Olympic Legacy Park
Sat 23rd Nov - Shirebrook Valley
Sat 11th Jan - Whirlowbrook Hall
Sat 8th Feb - Botanical Gardens
Sat 14th Mar - Norfolk Park
Sat 18th Apr - Parkwood Springs
Sat 16th May - Millhouses Park
Sat 6th June - Graves Park
Sat 11th July - Prize giving

We have hundreds of printed flyers if you would like some to give out at a community group or your child's school or you can download a copy here.

The series culminates with a fun event and prize giving. Prizes are awarded to 1st 3 in each age class and there are also team prizes and school prizes. We even reward attendance with a prize for those who attend all 9 events. We celebrated the end of the 2018/19 league with a score event and prize giving at Millhouses Park at the end of July. Well done to all the prize winners - the overall winners are listed below, full list of results here. Thanks to Richard Baxter for the photos.

Primary School Podium

Primary School - Nether Green
Secondary School - High Storrs

G4 Team - Dobcroft
B4 Team - Nether Green
G5 Team - Hunters Bar
B5 Team - Nether Green
G6 Team - Dobcroft
B6 Team - Hunters Bar
G7 Team - High Storrs
B7 Team - High Storrs
G8/9 Team - Tapton
B8/9 Team - High Storrs
G10/11 Team - High Storrs
B10/11 Team - Penistone

G4 - Imogen, Ecclesall
B4 - Lawrence, High Storrs
G5 - Ella, Hunters Bar
B5 - Oli, Nether Green
G6 - Anna, Dobcroft
B6 - Robbie, Nether Green
G7 - Freya, High Storrs
B7- James, High Storrs
G8 - Imogen, High School
B8 - Conrad, High Storrs
G9 - Carys, Notre Dame
B9 - Euan, High Storrs
G10 - Naomi, Home Schooled
B10 - Max, Tapton
G11 - Alex, High Storrs
G12 - Isabelle, Notre Dame

Secondary School Podium


3rd win in a row for SYO Juniors

Monday, 08 July 2019 16:28

Winning Junior Team

On Sunday 7th July our 50 strong team of juniors travelled to Sandringham, home of the Queen, to compete in the final of the 2019 Yvette Baker Trophy. 

It was an early start from Sheffield but the coach made good time and by 10.30am the team were setting up camp in the assembly field ready for the competition. While the juniors chilled and prepared for the races with nail and face painting, the adults rushed straight to the start to complete their runs prior to the start of the competition. Sandringham is a lovely woodland with very little bramble cover but the heavy rain followed by warm sunshine over the past few weeks has provided very fertile conditions for bracken growth! What would be a very easy control normally is significantly harder when you need to navigate your way through head high bracken and a number of the adults recorded some rather long times! At least we could console ourselves that we were creating elephant tracks for the juniors!

Our first juniors started just after 12.30 and it wasn't long before our yellow runners began streaming confidently into the finish, followed shortly by the first of our orange runners. As time passed we had lots of yellow, orange and even green course finishers but no light green competitors! Eventually though, to our relief, they started to return. The light green course was incredibly challenging in the bracken and early light green runners did not have the elephant tracks that the green competitors had. Towards the latter end of the competition the times speeded up thanks to the early runners forging the trails to the controls!

By 2.30pm all our runners were safely back and there was just time for ice-cream before the start of the prize giving. The Shield competition for smaller clubs was won by SOS with PFO in 2nd and HOC in 3rd. Then it was time for the trophy results......HH were announed 3rd in with 862 points, SO in 2nd with 880 and......for the 3rd year in a row.....SYO were announced as champions with a score of 897 (out of a possible 899)! 

As soon as the prize giving was over we bundled onto the coach for the long journey back to Sheffield. However, the celebrations continued on the coach with lollipops (thanks Dave) and the purchase of a new club mascot - Billie the Bee!

New SYO Mascot

Congratulations to our 9 scorers:

Isabelle H - green girls - 100 points
Imogen - light green girls - 100 points
Freya - orange girls - 100 points
Charlotte - yellow girls - 100 points
James - orange boys - 100 points
Caspar - yellow boys - 100 points
Euan - green boys - 99 points
Anna - orange girls - 99 points
Freddie E - orange boys - 99 points
Ella (yellow girls) and Isaac (yellow boys) also scored 99 points but we did so well their scores weren't needed!

However, a huge well done must go to the whole team because even if they didn't score directly for SYO they helped push down the score of our competitors. Perhaps the most impressive statistic was that we didn't have a single retiral or mispunch and every single junior completed their course! 

Thank you to all the parent supporters and particularly team captain Jacky. Next year's final will be held in the South West on Sunday 5th July 2020.



Success at Yorkshire Schools Champs for SYO Juniors

Sunday, 16 June 2019 14:09

Yorkshire Schools Champs 2019

SYO juniors picked up plenty of silverware at the recent Yorkshire Schools Champs held at Canklow near Rotherham. Congratulations to the medal winning club members:

Y4B - 1st Maxwell, 2nd Lawrence, 3rd Will P
Y5G - 1st Penny, 2nd Alice, 3rd Ellen
Y5B - 1st Oscar, 2nd Oli, 3rd Jake
Y6G - 1st Anna, 2nd Margaux
Y6B - 1st Robbie, 2nd Ben A, 3rd Toby
Y7G - 1st Isabelle, 2nd Ciara, 3rd Ruth
Y7B - 1st Isaac, 2nd James, 3rd John
Y8/9G - 1st Imogen, 2nd Millie, 3rd Alexandra
Y8/9B - 1st Euan, 2nd Matthew, 3rd Conrad
Y10/11G - 1st Isobel, 2nd Naomi
Y10/11B - 1st Max, 2nd Will G, 3rd Sam D
Y12/13B - 1st Dom


Medal success at BOC 2019

Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:17

 Mini Relay Mass Start

The May Day bank holiday weekend saw the British Orienteering Champs visit Yorkshire for 3 days of top quality racing.

The British Mixed Sprint Relays were a new addition to the weekend and kicked racing off to an exciting start. Bradford University offered challenging urban orienteering on surprisingly hilly terrain. SYO’s mixed sprint teams performed incredibly well, particularly in the junior categories as we were missing many of our older juniors at the World Schools Orienteering Champs in Estonia. There were two fabulous wins – our vets team of Andy, Kim & Oli and our under 12s team of Robbie, Anna & James. There was a well-deserved silver for our under 16s team of Matthew, Freya & Will and there was bronze for our 2nd under 12s team of Oscar, Lawrence & Charlotte, who all still have another couple of years in this category!

Under 16 2nd place mixed sprint relaysVet Winners Mixed Sprint Relays

Sunday saw proceedings move to the Yorkshire Dales and the limestone pavements of Kilnsey. There were some fabulous performances from our members with a whopping 7 British Champions crowned. Congratulations to Robbie (M12), Tim T (M55), Peter G (M70), Charlotte (W10), Freya (W12), Kim (W40) and Amanda (W45). There were silver medals for James (M12), Ella (W10) and Judy (W65). Well done also to Freddie G who took his first victory on M10B.

Under 12s gold bronze medallists sprint relay

The final day of racing was the forest relays at Middleton Park in Leeds. The athletics stadium made a super arena with excellent spectating. Courses were surprisingly challenging with lots of runners getting caught out by the numerous thickets and paths. Relay day also saw the return of our WSOC juniors which bolstered the numbers in the junior classes. With 5 class wins and 4 other podium positions it is safe to say that SYO had a very successful relay day!

Older Junior boys enjoying the relays

Congratulations to:

1st Women’s Open – Kim, Mary & Cat
1st M40 – Andy, Nick B and Oli
1st M50 – Martin, Bill & Tim
1st W18 – Isabelle, Isobel & Alex E
1st M14 – Jamie, Olmo & Conrad
2nd W14 – Imogen, Freya & Alex
2nd Mini – Robbie, Anna & James
3rd Mini – Oscar, Ella & Charlotte
3rd M18 – Dom, Max & Euan
3rd W40 – Jenny J, Lucy & Amanda

W18s running in to take the win

Next year’s BOC will be held in the South East over the weekend of 19th & 20th March with both races to be held on a new area names Marley Heights. Get the date in your diary – we need to make sure we retain all those titles we picked up this year!

World Schools Orienteering Champs

Friday, 03 May 2019 21:09

The High Storrs Team


Twelve SYO juniors have been representing their country this week at the World Schools Orienteering Championships. Dom, Isabelle, Alex E, Sam C, Alex C, Imogen, Max, Euan, Alfie, Jamie, Dylan & Olmo have all performed incredibly over the 2 main days of competition.

More Sheffield Contingent

Result highlights are Imogen's 10th & 11th places in the middle and the long, Sam C's 16th place in the middle, Max's 15th place in the long and Jamie's 19th place in the long. However particular congratulations must go to Max for his 6th place podium finish in the M2 select class in the middle distance race and to Euan for his two gold medal wins in the M2 Schools Category.

Part of the Sheffield Contingent

In the team competition High Storrs (Euan, Jamie, Dylan, Olmo and Alfie) cam 7th in the younger boys Schools class, the England Select younger boys team (Max & Sam) came 5th, the England Select younger girls team (Imogen & Alex C ) came 6th and the older girls select team came 10th (Isabelle & Alex E) However the best result went to the Older boys select team (Dom) who won!

Schools World Champion

The juniors still have the friendship relay to go where they team up with competitors from other nations before returning to the UK on Sunday in time for the British Relays!

6th place

JK 2019

Thursday, 02 May 2019 22:22

Mini Relay Team Winners

Well what a weekend the JK 2019 was. No-one will forget the gorgeous sunshine, good areas, great maps, interesting courses, super organisation, lovely socialising and fabulous assembly areas. Sadly though, for many, the overriding memory will be the great results fiasco! On a positive note though, the (more or less) finalised results have been published today so at last we can celebrate the successes of the 100 plus SYO members who competed over the Easter weekend.

Kim Winner of W40L

The weekend began at Aldershot Barracks on Good Friday with the JK sprint. Racing was fast and furious and although courses were not particularly technically difficult, keeping up the speed in the heat was certainly challenging. Eight SYO members achieved a well-earned podium finish. Well done to JK sprint champions Ella (W10) and Peter G (M70). Congratulations also to silver medallists Rachael (W35), Kim (W40), Anna (W12) and Lawrence (M10) and bronze medallists Judy (W65) and Alice (W10).

1st and 2nd place in M55L

The heat continued for day 2’s middle race at Old Windmill Hill. The area’s many spurs, re-entrants, pits and knolls meant technically challenging courses. For Sunday’s long race we all travelled a little further afield to Cold Ash. The extensive path network and runnable forest meant a good result was about excellent route choice and keeping the speed up over the full distance of the course. The main JK results are determined by combining times for day 2 and 3 so our podium finishers had to race superbly over both days. Congratulations to our four overall JK Champions Charlie (M55L), Kim (W40L), Peter G (M70L) and Charlotte (W10A). Well done also to our silver medallists Lawrence (M10A), Bill E (M50L), Tim T (M55L), Rachael (W35L), James B (M12A) and Freya (W12A) and our bronze medallist Lucy (W50L). Mo also had a good weekend, winning W45S, as did Stanley who won M10B age only 7!

Silver medal winners in M W12

Easter Monday saw the turn of the relays at Minley – a runnable woodland with numerous confusing thickets. The day began overcast but soon turned into another scorcher. The mini relay got the event off to a very exciting start with excellent commentary. Sadly, however, as the main relays got underway very little information got through to the commentary team so it was difficult to follow proceedings. Many of our final leg runners spent over an hour queuing in the download tent to resolve timing issues and there was considerable confusion in the results with teams being disqualified unfairly left, right and centre. Eventually some relay prize givings took place but most were postponed (now to be presented at BOC 2019). When the results were published a few days later teams that had apparently been correct on the day were now disqualified! Whilst we have submitted an official protest regarding the disqualification of one of our Junior relay teams, we do fortunately have plenty of excellent relay results to celebrate. Well done to all our relay teams that achieved a podium place:

Mary Pippa Cat 2nd place in womens trophy

1st Mini Relay – SYO Mini Bees – Oscar, Ella & Charlotte
1st Junior Relay – SYO Beestrong – Will G, Alice & Sam T
1st Senior Women – SYO Beewitched – Rachael, Amanda & Kim
1st Senior Men – SYO Bee Stings – Andy, Nick & Oli
2nd Women’s Trophy – SYO Honey Bees – Mary, Pippa & Cat
2nd Mini Relay - SYO Busy Bees – Robbie, Anna & James
3rd Intermediate Men – SYO Bee Awesome – Max, Sam C & Euan

2nd mini relay team

SYO sail through to the final of the Yvette Baker Trophy

Monday, 29 April 2019 11:00

Well done to the 50 SYO juniors who took part in the heat of the Yvette Baker Trophy yesterday. The competition was hosted by HALO at Mausoleum Woods near Grimsby. The runnable terrain and good path network suited our runners well and we scored the maximum points possible - 899! Congratulations to our scorers:

Euan - Green Boys - 100
Isabelle - Green Girls - 100
Matthew - Light Green Boys - 100
Alex C - Light Green Girls - 100
Ben T - Orange Boys - 100
Anna - Orange Girls - 100
Caspar - Yellow Boys - 100
Charlotte - Yellow Girls - 100

The 9th counter scored 99 points and was one of Will G, Freya, Conrad, Ciara, Oscar, Ella & Rafferty who all came 2nd in their classes.

Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to Jacky for her fabulous captaincy of the team. The final is on 7th July at Sandringham in Norfolk - please put the date in your diary.

SYO win Club of the Year

Friday, 26 April 2019 13:37

Club of the year

South Yorkshire Orienteers have been awarded Club of the Year 2018 by British Orienteering for their outstanding work in the development of the sport and the provision of orienteering activities, coaching, club nights and events. Chairman, Martin Ward, was delighted to receive the award at the British Orienteering AGM and thanked all those involved in supporting the club's development activities.