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Peter Palmer Relays 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:12


For the first time in SYO history, there were 3 SYO teams competing in the Peter Palmer Junior Team Relays. Before heading to the venue, the teams assembled for the traditional first stage of team bonding at Pizza Hut.  Once everyone was sated we headed onto the accommodation and event centre at Groby School.

After SYO had fought for our rightful space in the tightly packed sportshall (space was allocated by club rather than number of people needing room on the floor)! The juniors headed out for a warm up and yet more team bonding in the form of football - luckily no injuries were sustained in our teams! Meanwhile the adults were finding out all the important details for the next day and, after the football, tried (in the dark) to explain the procedures for the 5am start.

After all teams had been declared, LEI added a surprise twist by declaring the course lengths - significantly longer than anyone was expecting! Each team of 6 juniors had to cover in excess of 30km - there was even an added 250m run out for each leg!

Once the team meeting was completed, it was time for the obligatory team photo/opposition psyche out as 22 SYO tops were paraded en-masse around the building. The psyche out culminated in a full team gathering in the lobby when it was announced the free food bar was closing and the ‘wasps’ descended.

There was just time to get into race kit (why sleep in PJs when you can save 2 mins the next morning?) before the 10.30pm lights out to catch some winks.

Thanks to the ‘no alarms before 4 o’clock’ rule, at 4 on the dot there was a chorus of alarms, much to the annoyance of most of the team, who felt an extra 20 minutes of sleep would have done no harm! Those who were awake headed out to the ‘arena’ excited, but not before the glow sticks and war paint had been suitably applied (we were rather sad not to have won the best face paint award).


The 1st legs were lined up and ready to go. At 5am, still pitch black and to the dulcet tone of the M1, they were off into the deep dark woods (Ratby woodlands)!  Even though the courses were longer than expected, the 1st legs were soon through the spectator control by 5.30am the 2nd legs on the leading teams were off! By 6 o’clock it was quickly getting light and more of the team were emerging from the warm sports hall out into the chilly morning to spectate.

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The spectator control provided much amusement. The planner had expected runners to emerge from the forest along the only path (it had even been taped for this purpose) to give a decent view of competitors as they approached the control. However, many competitors found more imaginative routes which resulted in competitors bursting out of the forest edge from all directons, keeping spectators and team mangers on their toes! Throughout the competition, especially in the dark, there were many cases of mistaken identity!

The format of the competition is such that, as the relay progresses, the legs that juniors are required to run get shorter and shorter until the longest last leg. This means the handover gets faster and more furious and with the added complication of potentially 3 yellow leg runners on each team all dressed rather similarly, the inevitable happened - one enthusiastic yellow leg runner incorrectly handed over to the keen green runner from another SYO team! The organisers correctly adjusted the finish times and even awarded the two teams a prize for ‘best hand over’.

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The results were:

SYOn Fire 2nd Overall, but winning the Joan George (combined orienteering age classes under 90).

SYOung Blood finished in 12th place overall

All SYOver the Place finished a very creditable 17th.

It’s fair to say that a great time was had by all even though everyone was a little sleep deprived by the time morning came. A big well done must be said to all SYO juniors as there were no mis-punches. They also all demonstrated a fantastic attitude throughout the event. The final placings of the teams were particularly impressive as 16 of the 22 juniors were debutants at the competition.

Particular congratulations must go to:

  • Callum and Ryan who bravely tackled the night legs having only had 1 evening of practice and never having run in a night competition before.
  • The Green legs, Thomas and Hamish, who weren’t fazed by the last-minute surprise of having to run 7.1km, both faring very well.
  • Louise for holding her own whilst running the 1st night leg against 21 boys
  • Euan for achieving the fastest time on light green
  • Naomi, Sam and Imogen for cracking yellow times
  • Pippa for holding off the very strong LEI runner on the last leg to ensure we finished 2nd
  • Dom for catching up 6 places on his night leg
  • Max for an excellent run on orange & bringing the team into 2nd place.

Also a big thank you to all the parents (Charlie E, Rosie, Jacky, Pete, Pauline, Emily and Sylvia) who transported and supported us.

Save the date! Next year’s Peter Palmer Relay is on Sunday 10th September 2017 at Sutton Park near Birmingham. (Juniors must be M/W12 to M/W18). If you would like a chance to get a feel for the terrain before then, there is a great opportunity as the area is being used for the British Schools Orienteering Championships on 20th November 2016.

The summer adventures of SYO

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 18:35

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Day 5 Swiss O Week

Members of SYO travelled far and wide over the summer to enjoy their passion for orienteering.

First on the international multi-day event calendar was the Swiss O Week in St Moritz. Only the Tryners and Nick Barrable were there from SYO but there was a fairly large British contingent. The stunning scenery, mostly gorgeous weather, efficient organisation and challenging orienteering combined to produce an excellent (if somewhat costly) multi-day competition. A noteworthy difference to the UK multi-day events was a special evening prize giving for each of the days. Freya was delighted to achieve a podium position in D10 on 2 days; while Nick went a step further with 4 podium positions and a 3rd place overall.

The following week gave a host of different multi-day options. Perhaps the most prestigious multi-day event with 20, 000 competitors is the Swedish O-Ringen. This year it was held in the mountainous ski region of Salen and was unusual in that most of the areas were on open fells rather than the traditional Swedish forest. The Marstons and Coopers of SYO attended and reported back on an enjoyable week of orienteering though there were no podium positions in the very stiff international competition.

Meanwhile, closer to home Wales hosted the Croeso 2016 – 5 days of orienteering competition in beautiful South Wales. Whilst the weather was rather wet at times, feedback on the event praised the friendly event team, stunning views and great variety of terrain.  As this event was closer to home, it is not surprising that there were a fairly large number of SYO members there. Congratulations to overall prize winners Dom Dakin 3rd M16, Nick Barrable 3rd M21L, Tony Udris 2nd M45S and Pippa Dakin 2nd W21L.

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Nick Barrable & Pippa Dakin on the podium at Croeso

Another multi-day competition taking place in the same week was the Slovenian OO Cup. This year the event was centred on the ski village of Kranska Gora, although 3 of the 5 events took place out of Slovenia – 2 in Northern Italy and 1 in Austria. The gorgeous alpine scenery, friendly vibe, low key organisation, relatively low prices and fiendishly technical orienteering proved very attractive to our members and there was a large SYO contingent. Well done to Dave Peel (2nd M50), Jenny Peel (1st W45) and Nick Lightfoot (3rd M50 Ultimate, where paths are removed from the map).


Jenny Peel 1st W45 OO Cup, Slovenia

The following week, many SYO members then continued down to the 4 day Bubo Cup on the island of Cres in Croatia. Due to the high temperatures starts were early, allowing competitors to pursue more traditional holiday pursuits for the rest of the day. There were more podium positions for SYO with Dave and Jenny Peel winning their respective classes and 3rd for Kim Baxter in W21E.

The summer of orienteering ended, as tradition dictates, with the White Rose in North Yorkshire. Whilst the weather and terrain perhaps doesn’t quite live up to the standards of some of the other multi-day events, plenty of SYO members were attracted by the opportunity to enjoy a social weekend of camping and orienteering in Dalby Forest. There were podium positions and White Rose mugs galore for SYO.

Immie and Freya

1st & 2nd for SYO in the Young Junior Women Sprint

Sprint: Dom Dakin (1st JM), Alex Elliott (3rd JW), Pete Tryner (1st VM), Pete Guillaume (2nd UVM), Euan Tryner (1st YJM), Imogen Pieters (1st YJW) & Freya Tryner (2nd YJW)

Individual Combined: Megan Hill (1st W10B), Alice Pieters (2nd W10B), Freya Tryner (1st W12A), Yasmin Field (2nd W18L), Jenny Johnson (1st W35L), Clare Baker (3rd W35L), Rosie Field (3rd W50S), Judith Guillaume (2nd W60S), Sheila Sprot (3rd W65L), Monika Cooper (1st W70S), Robbie Lightfoot (2nd M10A), Jamie Lightfoot (2nd M12A), Daniel Hill (2nd M12B), Euan Tryner (3rd M14A), Dom Dakin (2nd M16A), Joe Field (3rd M16A), Jake Field (1st M20L), Tony Udris (1st M45S), Dean Field (1st M50S), Nick Lightfoot (1st M55L).

Night: Dom Dakin (1st JM), Joe Field (2nd JM), Paul Bradbury (2nd SVM).

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1st & 2nd for SYO in the Junior Men night event

If you fancy trying a multi-day event for the first time, then the bi-annual Scottish 6 Days is a good place to start. Deeside 2017 runs from 30th July to 5th August and is centred on the town of Ballater.

Pippa represents GB at EYOC

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:50

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Well done to Pippa Dakin, who earlier in the summer, represented GB at the European Youth Orienteering Championships. Read her report on her experience.......

This year the competition was held in Poland and based in the city of Jaroslaw. There were three races in total; Long, Relay and Sprint.

Before we travelled out the team had spent time familiarising ourselves with the terrain that we would be faced with by looking at maps of the area and planning courses for each other. Only the Long area had a previous map and so one of the GB coaches created a map of the Sprint area for our use! To further help with preparations as what to expect from the terrain, when we arrived we had the chance to walk around the town where the Sprint was to be run and also participate in the model event on the Eastern part of the area where the Long was to be held. We knew after the trainings that it was going to be a tough few days ahead of us with temperatures hitting 30 degrees Celsius as well as the extremely physical terrain.

Being my last year at the competition I had hopes that all my training, both physical and technical, in the lead up to the competition would enable me to post pleasing results, unfortunately this was not exactly the case.

In the Long race I made a number of technical mistakes and was also feeling very physically drained due to the heat and tough terrain. This led me to a 34th place and out of the top 20 finish I had hoped for, 6 minutes behind 20th position.

For the Relay it had been decided that I was to run in a mixed relay and was on first leg, my preferred leg! This race I was much cleaner than the previous day with only one technical slip up and was much happier afterwards.

The Sprint was the last race and I was feeling very tired and not as sprightly as I had hoped. This meant the whole course was a struggle to get up to speed, and even though technically relatively clean I ended up in 36th place.

I had a great time in Poland and I am very grateful for the financial help I received - this helps me to continue orienteering to high levels and rely less heavily on my parents for financial support. I have learnt many lessons from the EYOC 2016 experience about where the faults are in my orienteering, specifically in technique and how to approach racing and can now work on these so that in the future I can achieve that top 20 placing that I have set my sights on!  

Ian Wainwright

Thursday, 28 July 2016 22:04

We are sorry to have to report that Ian Wainwright died in the early hours of Wednesday last week.

Ian was passionate about running, for many years running every day.  He was active in SYO both as competitor and official before he broke his neck in 2009 in an unfortunate accident.  He still completed a section of the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012.

Quoting from Hallamshire Harriers' Facebook page:

"Everyone who encountered Ian will remember his forthright and honest views, his compassion, generosity, support, love of life and his sense of humour. Ian’s philosophy of life is aptly summed up in the words of one of his great heroes, Emil Zatopek: ‘Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.’"

Ian’s funeral will take place at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Thursday 4 August at 12.30 pm.  To anyone attending, could you please follow this link so his family are aware of how many are attending, thank you.

Our thoughts are with Margaret and the rest of the family.


Logo Competition

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 16:20

The process of agreeing SYO's new logo is nearing completion. The 3 finalists of the SYO logo competition are Adam Bradbury, Marcia Bradbury and Julian Pieters. We would like club members to vote for their favourite. The one with the highest number of votes will become SYO's new logo. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your choice by the1st August:

Logo A

Adam's Logo


Logo B

Marcia's logo


Logo C

Julian's logo


Yvette Baker Trophy 2016

Friday, 08 July 2016 13:36

YBT final 2016

On Sunday 3rd July the SYO Junior team travelled by coach to the YBT final at Wormley Woods in Hertfordshire. More than 30 juniors ran on behalf of SYO, more than any other club! 13 English clubs competed in the competition with BOK topping the leader board on 874 points. Our noticeably young team performed incredibly well to finish in 6th place with a score of 848, only 3 points behind 4th placed Devon - last year's winners.

Well done to everyone who took part, but particular congratulations to those whose scores counted to the final result:

Name                                Class                  Score

Conrad Reuber                 Yellow Boys        99

Euan Tryner                      Orange Boys      99

Freya Tryner                     Yellow Girls         97

Freddie Emmett                 Yellow Boys        95

Alex Elliott                           Orange Girls       95

Jamie Lightfoot                   Orange Boys      93

Carys Phoenix                   Yellow Girls         93

Yasmin Field                       Green Girls         90

Louise Adams                    Green Girls         87

Next year's final is on Sunday 2nd July in Alnwick, Northumberland. Put the date in your diaries.......

South Yorkshire Schools Orienteering Final

Thursday, 07 July 2016 11:22

School Games

Hunters Bar Y3/4 Girls Winners

216 pupils aged 7-11 from 28 schools across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, took to the scenic fields of Canon Hall Country Park to compete in the South Yorkshire School Games, Orienteering Finals. South Yorkshire Orienteers' Colin Best organised the finals in conjunction with South Yorkshire Sport to support and promote orienteering in the region. 

It was wonderful to see so many of our regular schools' league competitors and club members qualifying with their school teams for the finals. The standard of orienteering was excellent, which is testament to the success of the Sheffield Schools' League in developing the sport of orienteering.

In the year 3/4 girls compeition, club members Ciara Keen and Freya Tryner were part of the winning team. Meanwhile, the year 5/6 boys competition was a very close fought affair. SYO's Daniel Hill played an integral part in leading Totley All Saints to a win, narrowly beating Hunters Bar in 2nd (Euan Tryner & Conrad Reuber - both SYO and classmate,Eddie Hall) and Nether Green, who were helped into 3rd place by SYO's Jamie Lightfoot.

The 2016/17 schools' league starts again in Endcliffe Park on Saturday 10th September from 1-3pm in Endcliffe Park and is open to all.

10 British Champions for SYO

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:12

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Olympic Rings at the Olympic Park

There were fantastic performances again from SYO at the British Sprints and Middles last weekend.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park provided an exciting setting for the British Sprint Championships, with most courses visiting the iconic Olympic Rings on their penultimate control in the heats. After successful completion of both heats and finals, 3 SYO members were crowned Sprint champion - Andy Preston M35, Tim Tett M55 and Jenny Peel W45 and there were well deserved podium positions for Robbie Lightfoot M10, Pete Tryner M40, Martin Ward M45 and Freya Tryner W10.

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Freya Tryner British Middle Champion W10

Sunday was the turn of the Middle distance, where SYO enjoyed even more success in the superbly challenging terrain of Leith Hill. Congratulations to the 7 British Middle champions Freya Tryner W10, Pippa Dakin W18, Jenny Peel W45, Euan Tryner M12, Andy Preston M35, Charlie Adams M50 and Tim Tett M55. Well done also to medalists Rachael Rothman (silver W21), Kim Baxter (bronze W21) and Imogen Pieters (silver W12).

Resounding victory for SYO

Friday, 10 June 2016 15:09

Timble Ings near Harrogate was the venue for the Northern heat of the Compass Sport Cup competition held on Saturday 4th June. SYO won convincingly, qualifying for the final which will be held at Tankersley, Sheffield on Sunday 16th October 2016.

Thank you to all the club members that made the trip (especially non-running chauffeurs) - your efforts are really appreciated. Congratuations particularly to the 7 course winners: Kim Baxter, Jenny Peel, Imogen Pieters, Pippa Dakin, Tim Tett, Dom Dakin and Euan Tryner. Well done also to the other club members whose results counted to the final score: Mark Chapman, Andy Preston, Colin Smith, Pete Gorvett, Henry Marston, Peter Tryner, Sam Doyle, Alex Elliot, Martin Ward, Louise Adams, Hilary Bloor, Michael Adams, Dean Field, John Franklin, Richard Baxter, Wendy Billing, Peter Guillaume and Zac Field.

SYO qualify for YBT Final

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 17:09

On Saturday 15th May SYO hosted the Yorkshire heat of the Yvette Baker Trophy at Sandall Beat. The YBT is an inter-club competition for juniors named after Britain’s first orienteering world champion. Doncaster Racecourse provided an excellent base and the wood was gloriously runnable, producing some very fast times.

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SYO fielded a huge team of 43 juniors ranging in age from 7 to 18. They all competed brilliantly, resulting in a resounding victory for SYO over EPOC, AIRE and HALO. Well done to everyone who took part but particularly those that scored in the SYO 1st team:

Pippa Dakin                        Green Women                  

Dom Dakin                         Green Men                        

Seb Mobus                         Light Green Men              

Euan Tryner                       Orange Men                      

Alex Elliott                           Orange Women                

Freddie Emmett                  Yellow Men                        

Conrad Reuber                   Yellow Men                        

Freya Tryner                      Yellow Women                 

Josie Conduit                      Yellow Women                 


Many thanks to organiser, Lucy Wiegand; planner, Dean Field and controller Clive Wilson for delivering a fantastic event.

The final is on Sunday 3rd July in Hertfordshire.