Booming South Yorkshire Orienteers find path to gold in British Championships

British Champions Imogen Pieters (Sheffield High School)and Freya Tryner (Hunters Bar Junior School) and silver medallist Robbie Lightfoot (Nether Green Junior School).

British Champions Imogen Pieters (Sheffield High School)and Freya Tryner (Hunters Bar Junior School) and silver medallist Robbie Lightfoot (Nether Green Junior School).

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There were medals galore for Sheffield members of South Yorkshire Orienteers at the British Orienteering Championships.

Freya Tryner from Hunters Bar Junior School (GirlsU10), Imogen Pieters(High School girls U12), Pippa Dakin (Elite women U20) and Nick Barrable (Vet Men 40-45) were all crowned British champions.

Mixed Under 12 Relay Winners - Jamie Lightfoot (Nether Green Junior School), Imogen Pieters (Sheffield High School) and Conrad Reuber (Hunters Bar Junior School).

Mixed Under 12 Relay Winners - Jamie Lightfoot (Nether Green Junior School), Imogen Pieters (Sheffield High School) and Conrad Reuber (Hunters Bar Junior School).

And there were silver medals for Robbie Lightfoot (Nether Green Juniors, boysU10), Charlie Adams (Vet men 50-55) and Tim Tett (Vet men 55-60), while Peter Gorvett (ultra vet men 70-75) and Jenny Peel (vet women 45-50) both took bronze.

SYO juniors retained the mixed U12s relay (Jamie Lightfoot, Conrad Reuber & Imogen Pieters) and in the Boys Under 14 relay (Sam Crawshaw, Max Mobus & Euan Tryner) overcame older more experienced teams to take an unexpected victory.

In the senior classes it was gold for the women (Amanda Crawshaw, Lucy Wiegand & Jenny Peel) and silver for the men (Andy Preston, Pete Tryner & Nick Barrable).

SYO took gold in the veteran men’s class (Martin Ward, Tim Tett & Charlie Adams) and bronze (Nick Lightfoot, Bill Hanley & Paul Taylor).

Under 14 Boys Relay Winners - Sam Crawshaw, Euan Tryner (High Storrs) and Max Mobus (Tapton)

Under 14 Boys Relay Winners - Sam Crawshaw, Euan Tryner (High Storrs) and Max Mobus (Tapton)

n South Yorkshire Orienteers are the fastest growing orienteering club in the country. Club coach Pauline Tryner, puts the recent success of the juniors in particular down to the Sheffield Schools’ Orienteering League, now in its fourth year, and the establishment of regular club coaching sessions.

SYO run a number of events aimed at newcomers.

* Visit www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk to get involved in orienteering.

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