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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. 

Hunters Bar


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