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Ten British Champions for SYO

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:08

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More than 60 members travelled south at the weekend to compete in the British Sprint and British Middle Championships.

The weekend began with a lovely sunny day for the British Sprint Champs in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. The Sprint Champs comprises of 2 races - a qualifier in the morning, followed by the finals in the afternoon. For the over 16s the qualifying heats were held in the relatively easy Springfield housing estate, while the younger juniors remained in the park. Racing was fast, furious and uncontentious with no disqualifications for out of bounds transgressions unlike last year!

The afternoon finals were all held in Campbell Park. Starting was quite exciting with around 20 people racing off at once to a number of controls in close proximity. Infact the finals were surprisingly tricky due to the high number of controls and the maze of paths and thickets in the wooded area. 

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Sprinting certainly seems to be a strength for SYO with 6 wins and another 5 podium positions. Congratulations to the British Champions Nick B (M40), Dave P (M50), Peter G (M70), Freya (W10), Imogen (W12) and Jenny P (W45); silver medallist Amanda (W45) and bronze medallists Robbie (M10), Dom (M16), Andy (M40) and Charlie A (M50).

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Sunday saw the action move to Wendover Woods near Aylesbury for the British Middle Championships. Fortunately the forecast rain held off though the car parking field was rather on the windy side. The terrain was fairly technical and courses had been planned to avoid the worst of the brambles. Lots of controls meant quick decision making whilst maintaining a fast running speed. With 4 wins, 6 other podium positions and 4 fourth places, SYO managed this with aplomb! Congratulations to British Champions Nick B (M40), Dave P (M50), Peter G (M70) and Jenny P (W45), silver medallists Amanda (W45), Andy (M40) and Robbie (M10) and bronze medallists Dom (M16), Charlie A (M50) and Freya (W10). Special mention must also go to those who came so close in 4th place - Ella (W10), Imogen (W12), Kim (W21), Lucy (W45) and particularly Conrad (M12) who was 1 second off bronze!

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SYO Juniors win the Joan George Plate

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:48

Team Sat Fun

On Saturday 9th September 23 SYO juniors travelled to Sutton Coalfield to take part in the annual Peter Palmer relay challenge. 

The weekend began with the traditional team pizza before we continued the journey to Sutton Coalfield. On arrival at the sports centre the team quickly grabbed a luxurious spot on the gym floor and laid out mats and sleeping bags. We then rushed out to recce the start and changeover before it got dark. The juniors then had a bit of free time, so most of them headed off to play 5 a-side footy until it got too dark to see the ball, while the adults relaxed in costa coffee! 

The footy was followed by a team meeting where we embarrassed Dom by singing happy birthday. Jacky gave a rousing team talk while the juniors scoffed birthday cake. Then it was time to lay out all the kit so there were no last minute panics before the evening ended with the obligatory nail varnishing and team photo.

4.15am arrived with a cacophony of alarms as first leg runners and supporters emerged from their sleeping bags. The SYO team were very calm and organised and there was even time for face painting as we waited for call up.

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Finally 4.50am arrived and Dom (SYO killer bees), Yasmin (SYO worker bees) & Joe (SYO bumble bees) made their way to the start line ready for the mass start. Eventually 5am arrived and the 24 runners rushed off into the night with their head torches bazing. Then we settled down to a nervous wait for the first arrivals at the spectator control.

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WCOC 1 were the first through the spectator control and then just 2 minutes later Dom arrived in the chasing pack with 6 other runners. Positions remained unchanged for the final loop and Dom handed over to Ryan in 7th place - a great start for SYO Killer Bees. Yasmin and Joe also had good runs bringing SYO's two other teams home safely. 

Ryan had an excellent run on leg 2 against some very experienced orienteers to gain one place for SYO. He handed safely over to Sam Crawshaw on 3rd leg. By now it was starting to get light and the spectators enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise whilst sipping hot tea from O Nosh. A good, solid run by Sam kept SYO's 6th position in the overall competition and 3rd place in the Joan George Competition for teams with a combined age of 90 or under. We were still in contention!

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Next out was Alex E (each team must have at least 2 girls) on the orange leg. Her speedy time of just 21 minutes barely gave time for a trip to the loo and within no time at all Alex C, Josie and Naomi were out on the yellow leg. At the Peter Palmers you are allowed up to 3 runners on leg 5 and it is the first one back that makes the handover. A fab run by Alex (closely persued by Josie and Naomi) meant she was first back to send Euan out in 5th place overall and 3rd place on the Joan George Trophy.


The spectators then settled down for an anxious wait. Could Euan catch up the other 2 teams in the Joan George on the long green leg? WCOC 1 arrived at the spectator control, followed by MAROC 1 and then no-one else. Suddenly a shout from Dom - "There's Euan!" He was being closely followed by the OD runner but seemed to be clear of LEI and WCOC 2 - our rivals in the Joan George. An anxious 8 minutes followed until Euan appeared on the run in to take 3rd place overall and win the Joan George trophy to the great delight of the SYO team. A superb team effort.


There were also excellent runs by the juniors in SYO's other teams. Special mention must go to Conrad, Olmo and Carys for very fast times on the yellow and to Seb and Max for great performances on the red night leg and long green leg respectively. Well done also to Isobel Reuber for bravely stepping up to run one of the night legs with no night orienteering experience whatsoever! Throughout the weekend the behaviour and attitude of all the juniors was superb.

Thank you to Anita, Pete M, Sylvia, Paul T and Amanda for chauffeuring and supporting and particular thanks to team captain Jacky for master minding another SYO victory. In 2018 the Peter Palmer relay is over the same weekend - venue to be confirmed. Any SYO junior from M/W12 upwards can take part so put the date in the diary!



Fantastic start to the Schools League

Saturday, 09 September 2017 18:49

A great turnout for the first Saturday event of the autumn.  431 runs is another record I think, amazing given the weather!  Really good to see lots of new people today, I hope you enjoyed your courses.

Very preliminary results are available on the event page along with split times so you can see how you did on each leg.  With so many new people it will take a bit of time to go back through the entries and check the details are right but hoefully final results and schools league results will be up tomorrow.

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped today, coping admirably with the record breaking numbers.  If anyone would like to help out at any of the future events then please get in touch.

Finally good luck to our three teams of juniors competing in the overnight relay tonight at Sutton Park.

Deeside 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:44

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Day 4 Assembly

More than 70 members of SYO travelled to Deeside for the biannual Scottish 6 Days orienteering competition. Over 3500 competitors took part in the competition from little tots on the string course to those in their 80s. There was a large foreign contingent with people travelling from as far a field as Austraila, New Zealand, America and South Africa to take part. 

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View from a control on day 4

The organisation was superb with the assembly areas based in stunning surroundings. The terrain and courses were very physically and technically demanding, providing an excellent challenge. The weather also played it's part in helping to create a great week with only the odd shower here and there, allowing plenty of opportunity for socialising with club members and orienteering friends from far and wide. SYO held an afternoon tea social after day 4; the demanding courses providing plenty of excuse to gorge on cake.

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SYO Social

Prizes are awarded at the end of the 6 days of competition, with a competitor's best 4 scores counting. SYO had a very successful week with a number of members on the podium amongst very stiff competition. Congratulations to Nick Barrable 1st M40L, Peter Gorvett 1st M70L, Freya Tryner 1st W10A, Pippa Dakin 1st W20L, Jenny Peel 1st W45L and Lucy Wiegand 2nd W45L. We also had a number of almost podium places with Oli Johnson (M21E), Charlie Adams (M50L) and Andy Preston (M40L) all finishing in 4th place.

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 Lucy, Freya & Peter celebrating their podium places.


Doreen Best 6.12.48 - 7.8.17

Friday, 11 August 2017 18:35

It is with a sad heart but with joyous memories that I am letting SYO members know that Doreen Best passed away on 7th August in Weston Park Hospital after a brave, brave battle against cancer that had lasted many years.

Many of you will not know Doreen because many of you are relatively new to the club and Doreen's illness forced her to retire from the sport well over a year ago – the last event she ran in was the 2016 JK sprint around Leeds Uni. She was not a particularly keen competitor - she was more likely to come back from her course and tell me about the flowers she had stopped to look at on the way or about the birds she had seen rather than how quickly she had got to a control - but she was an active volunteer. Before her illness took hold she served on the SYO committee and was editor of the club’s newsletter, contributing with her comical doggerel poems and handdrawn front covers. You would have seen her helping at most SYO events, usually on Registration. When I was listed as the organizer at an event you can be sure that it was Doreen's organisational strength that was behind it and it was she who enabled me to appear efficient.

DoreenShe was indeed my bedrock and I could not possibly have made the contribution to the sport and to the club that I did without her support and encouragement.

Her funeral service will be held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Tuesday 22nd August at 12.30pm. There will be refreshments following the service at a venue to be confirmed. If you are able to attend please let me know. Please don’t feel the need to wear black if you do.

Her wishes were for no flowers but donations in lieu may be made to Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Colin Best

SYO lift the trophy at the Yvette Baker Final!

Sunday, 09 July 2017 16:12



Last weekend the junior section of the club travelled en-masse to Northumberland - one of the most Northerly orienteering areas in England – to compete in the Yvette Baker Trophy competition.


Due to the long drive, most of the team travelled up to Druridge Bay on the Saturday, stopping off at the training event for some pre-event practice on the sand dunes. Post run the team decamped to the beach for football, paddling and dune jumping whilst the adults relaxed in the sunshine. Next stop was the Alnwick youth hostel where we enjoyed an early dinner, before Jacky gave an inspiring team talk. The team meeting was followed by cake, hot chocolate and nail painting in the team colours!


Sunday morning saw those that had stayed at the youth hostel head to Druridge Bay to meet up with the rest of the 32 strong team. It was a relaxed start for the juniors so they had plenty of time to socialise and apply face paint while the adults tested the courses. Those adults that made it out were rewarded with stunning views of the coastline, sparkling in the sunshine and surprisingly challenging courses in the small strip of dunes. Soon it was the turn of the juniors to race. Spectators had a great view of the competitors racing round the bottom of the lake to their penultimate controls and there was lots of cheering for the juniors as they ran into the finish.


Analysis of the results revealed lots of top 3 positions so expectations were high for a good result. In lieu of any official results, Dom got his pencil and paper out calculating a victory for SYO! Finally official confirmation arrived in the form of the prize giving where SYO were presented with the Yvette Baker Trophy for the first time in the club’s history!

Well done to all the juniors who ran – every result makes a difference by reducing the scores of other clubs and the large supportive team helps spur everyone on to achieving great results. However, particular congratulations must go to those whose scores counted in SYO’s overall result:

Henry McDonald – yellow boys - 100

Freya Tryner – yellow girls – 100

Robbie Lightfoot – yellow boys – 99

Olmo Combley – yellow boys - 98

Imogen Pieters – orange girls - 100

Max Mobus – orange boys – 99 (missing the win by 3 seconds!)

Jamie Lightfoot – orange boys – 98

Euan Tryner – light green boys – 99 (missing the win by 2 seconds!)

Alex Elliott – light green girls – 98

Dom Dakin – green boys - 98

A special mention must also go to Sam Doyle who won the yellow but was then deemed non-competitive because he was too old – a recent rule change that we hadn’t picked up on.

Thanks to Jacky for organising such a fantastic trip and for all the parents who acted as chauffeurs and cheerleaders – we couldn’t have done it without you. Next year’s final will be held on Sunday 1st July in the West Midlands. Please put the date in your diary now as we will need a super strong team to defend our title.



2016/2017 Schools League

Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:38

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We had a fantastic end to the 2016/17 schools' league last weekend. People seemed to enjoy the score event format and the children made the most of the hot weather and water post event. Many thanks to all the volunteers who have made the league such a success.

Well done to the following prize winners:


Y4G - 1st Ella Baxter, 2nd Emily Morgan, 3rd Annabelle Maltby
Y4B - 1st Robbie Lightfoot, 2nd James Wilson, 3rd Joseph Diacon
Y5G - 1st Freya Tryner, 2nd, Connie Watton, 3rd Isla Caudwell, Lotte Sykes, Kassia Smith.
Y5B - 1st Samuel Taylor, 2nd James Bryant, 3rd Evan Jenkinson
Y6G - 1st Imogen Pieters, 2nd Rania Maaranen, 3rd Hannah Taylor
Y6B - 1st Jamie Lightfoot, 2nd Conrad Reuber, 3rd Matthew Diacon
Y7G - 1st Josie Conduit, 2nd Amelia Phillips, 3rd Carys Phoenix
Y7B - 1st Euan Tryner, 2nd Freddie Emmett, 3rd Henry McDonald
Y8G - 1st Naomi Thornton, 2nd Phoebe Mead, 3rd Erin Yeardley-Monach
Y8B - 1st = Alfie Hall & William Garnet, 3rd Liam Astill
Y9G- 1st Alex Elliott, 2nd Hannah Dixon, 3rd Isobel Reuber
Y9B - 1st Sam Doyle, 2nd Jack Page, 3rd Luke Mallinson
Y10B - 1st Dom Dakin, 2nd Tom Fryers

High Storrs

In the schools' competition, the primary category was won by Hunters Bar with Nethergreen and Dobcroft 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the secondary competition High Storrs took the victory with Notre Dame in 2nd and Tapton in 3rd.

If you weren't able to attend the prize giving and would like to collect your medals and certificates, please get in touch. The 1017/18 league kicks off in Endcliffe Park on 9th Sept. 

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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.