Southdowns Orienteers

Club History

Southdowns Orienteers was formed in December 1976. For the last ten years SO has won the South East League and for the last seven years SO has reached the final of the Compass Sport Cup Final (National inter-club competition), the highest placing being 2nd in 2003. SO has produced British Champions in a wide range of age groups (and the occasional World Champion!). This list points out a few highlights along the way.


October Alistair Masson joins the GB Talent Squad.
October Southdowns Junior Squad established. Thirty three juniors attended first coaching session at Rivers Wood organised by Robert Lines and Karen Ashworth.
June SO team of Kenny Leitch, Peter Chapman, Neil Crickmore, Simon Thraves, Alistair Masson and Alan Velecky retain the Handicap Trophy on the A course at the Harvester Relays held at Longmoor.
June SO’s Publicity Officer Alison Hooper is interviewed live on Southern Counties Radio.
May SO team of Anna Chapman, Lucy Thraves and Julia Jarvis win the British Women’s Short Relay.
June British Middle Distance Junior Elite Champion: Jonathan Crickmore.  British Middle Distance M75 Champion: Roger Maher.
April JK M20 Elite Overall Champion: Jonathan Crickmore.  JK M20 Sprint Champion: Jonathan Crickmore.  JK W35 Sprint Champion: Karen Poole.  JK Women’s Short Relay: Karen Poole, Julia Jarvis, Clare Howes.
Feb  SO win through at Headley Heath to the CompassSport Cup Final.
Feb  British Night Champions:  M21: Jonathan Crickmore.  W45: Jane Lambert.  W70: Ruth Rhodes.
Feb  Three SO juniors selected to run for England in Holland in March: M17: Alistair Masson, M20:Jonathan Cridckmore, W20: Lucy Thraves.


July SO success at the Harvester Relay event at Bordon Heath.  junior Team Trophy: Nicholas Jarvis, Alex Lines, Edward Lines, Alistair Masson, Jonathan Crickmore.  Handicap Trophy: Alan Velecky, Peter Chapman, Neil Crickmore, Simon Thraves, Aleksejs Dribincevs, Robert Lines, Kenny Leitch.
May British M20E Long Distance Champion in the Lake District: Jonathan Crickmore.
April JK W70 Champion: Ruth Rhodes.
March British Middle Distance Junior Elite Champion: Jonathan Crickmore.
Feb SO win the SE round of the CompassSport Cup to qualify for the final.
Jul Jonathan Crickmore selected to compete for Great Britain at the Junior World Championships in Poland.


June Club Handicap Champions: Senior: Jack Leitch, Junior: Charlie Waghorn.
May Jonathan Crickmore selected to represent GB in the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Portugal.
May Jonathan Crickmore selected to attend British Orienteering’s Talent Fulfilment Camp in July in Slovenia.
May JK Champions near Sheffield: M18E Jonathan Crickmore, M70L: Roger Maher.


Nov 100th Club Night celebrated in Hove.
Aug Lakes 5 Days Champions: W65L: Bridget Hooper, M75L: Roger Maher.
Aug Jonathan Crickmore selected to run for GB at the Junior European Cup in September in Scotland.
July Alan Velecky selected to run in the Veteran Home International in Wales.
June British Sprint Champions: M12: Edward Lines, W40: Julia Jarvis.
June Club Handicap Champions: Senior: Karen Ashworth, Junior: Jamie Waghorn.
May Harvester Relay Champions at Eridge Old Park: Men’s Handicap: Jonathan Crickmore, Peter Chapman, Darrell High, Neil Crickmore, Kenny Leitch, Nicholas Jarvis, Alan Velecky.
Women’s Handicap: Rachel Collins, Elizabeth Bridge, Chris Jepson, Lucy Thraves, Julia Jarvis
April JK Champions in Devon: Women’s Short Open Relay: Rachel Collins, Shona Masson, Lucy Thraves, Combined Age Under 40: Alistair Masson, Matthew Leitch, Nicholas Jarvis.


Dec First Brighton City Race takes place. Assembly was at Churchill Square shopping centre car park.
Dec SO win the SN Trophy for the best club at their Mytchett event.
Oct OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) Winners: Long Score Class: Darrell High (after many 2nd places) & Nigel Bunn (TVOC), Short Score Class: Jonathan Crickmore (just old enough to compete in his first mountain marathon) & Nick Barrable (SAX).
Oct Southdowns Orienteers finish 4th in the Compass Sport Cup Final in Rockingham Forest, Northamptonshire.
Aug Alan Velecky is selected to run for England at the Veterans Home International in the Peak District in November.
July The following juniors are selected for Summer Tours: Lagganlia: Shona Masson, Badaguish: Lucy Thraves, Halden: Jonathan Crickmore.
START Squad: M15: Jonathan Crickmore, W14: Lucy Thraves.
June Club Handicap Champions: Senior: John Morris, Junior: Jack Leitch.
April JK Sprint medals: W35 Gold: Julia Jarvis, M18E Silver: Jonathan Crickmore.
JK Champions M16: Jonathan Crickmore, Men’s Short Open Relay: Alan Velecky, Darrell High & Jonathan Crickmore.
Jonathan Crickmore awarded the “Best Male Performer” at JK 2009.
Mar Six trophies are won in the British Championships in the New Forest.
British Individual Champions: W75: Mary Fogo, M70: Roger Maher, M40: Alan Velecky, M16: Jonathan Crickmore.
British Relay Champions: Women’s Short Open: Laura Pearson, Julia Jarvis, Elizabeth Bridge.  Men’s Short Open: Kenny Leitch, Alan Velecky, Jonathan Crickmore.
Jan SO achieve Clubmark accreditation.
Jan British Night Champions at Mytchett.  W16: Rachel Collins, W20L: Bryony Crickmore, W65L: Ruth Rhodes, M18L: Jonathan Crickmore.


Dec SO Junior Squad come third in the National Finals of the Yvette Baker Trophy at Sandringham.
Oct Jonathan Crickmore (M15) and Lucy Thraves (W14) are selected for the British Start Squad 2008/09.
Oct Jonathan Crickmore gets a podium place in the long distance and in the relays at the European Youth Championships.
Oct Lucy Thraves receives the Margaret Loveless Trophy in the SE Middle Distance Championships.
Sept SONiC (Southdowns Orienteers Night Cup) competition begins in Hawywards Heath.
Sept SO Junior Squad win the Joan George Trophy at the Peter Palmer Relays in Leeds.
Sept SO Club Night at Blatchington School, Hove is launched.
Aug Rachel Collins is awarded the Peter Burt Trophy for the most improved orienteer in SE England.
July Elizabeth Brown wins her second W90 Gold medal (in the long distance discipline) at the World Masters Orienteering Championship. More detail in this news item..
June Elizabeth Brown wins W90 Gold medal at World Master Sprint Orienteering Championship (held in Portugal).
June Anna Chapman selected to represent England in the W35 class at the Veteran Home Internationals (taking place in N. Ireland in October 2008). Andy Parkinson (M55), Alan Velecky (M40), and Julia Jarvis (W40) also selected as non-travelling reserves.
May Rachel Collins and Lucy Thraves are selected to go on the Summer Tour to Lagganlia and Jonathan Crickmore to the tour in Bagaduish.
April Kenny Leitch, Alan Velecky and Jonathan Crickmore win the British Men’s Schort Course Relay Championship in Culbin, Scotland.
April Jonathan Crickmore takes gold in the 14-15 age group in both the select race and the middle race at the World Schools’ Championship in Scotland.
March: Jonathan Crickmore and Neil Crickmore win gold at the JK Sprints in Guildford.
Feb: OO Trophy winners - Roger Maher (Senior Men), Edward Lines (Junior Men).
Feb: Junior Southern Champions - Edward Lines (M10), Nicholas Jarvis (M12), Jonathan Crickmore (M16).
Feb: Lucy Thraves (W14), Julia Jarvis (W35) and Jonathan Crickmore (M16) are selected to compete in the Interland Competition in Holland.
Jan: SO win the SE round of the CompassSport Cup.


Dec: SO win South East League.
Dec: Neil Crickmore becomes the SE Male Veteran after winning at White Downs.  The Jarvis family win the SE family competition.
Nov: Jonathan Crickmore selected to compete in World Schools’ Championships in Scotland in 2008.
Nov: Edward Lines (JM2) wins the OK Nuts Junior Trophy at the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Nov: Jonathan Crickmore wins the ISF World Schools’ Selection Race at Gore Heath, Dorset.
Nov: SO Southern Champions.
            Day:  Nicholas Jarvis (M12), Julia Jarvis (W35).
            Night:  Jonathan Crickmore (M16), Bryony Crickmore (W18).
Nov: British Schools Champion at Bovington: Year 10 Jonathan Crickmore.
Oct: Kenny Leitch, with his partner Keith Masson, win the long score event in the Original Mountain Marathon in Southern Scotland.
Oct: SO come 8th in the Compass Sport Cup Final at Blidworth.
Oct: Nicholas Jarvis (year 7) wins gold in the British Schools’ Score Championships in Petworth Park.
June: Inauguration of the Sussex Sprint Championships organised by Rob Lines.
June: Southdowners of the Year - Kieran and Gillian Devine.
May: British Champion at Pwll Du: M14A Jonathan Crickmore.
May: Jonathan Crickmore wins the M14 trophy at the JK in the Forest of Dean.
May: Junior tour selection: Lagganlia junior tour - M14 Jonathan Crickmore.
April: Elizabeth Bridge selected for the GB Moutain Bike Orienteering team.
April: Silva Award for professional mapping - Roger Maher.
Feb: Jonathan Crickmore and Julia Jarvis selected to run for England in Belgium.
Feb: England team selection: Interland - Jonathan Crickmore.
Feb: SO win South East Night League.


British Champions at Woolbeeding:
M14A Jonathan Crickmore, W70L Mary Fogo, Women’s Short Relay - Elizabeth Bridge, Anna Chapman, Julia Jarvis.

British Night Champion at Hawley & Hornley: W16 Bryony Crickmore.

England team selection:
Home Internationals - Jonathan Crickmore, Vince Joyce, Julia Jarvis, Alan Velecky. Interland - Bryony Crickmore and Clare Howes.

Junior tour selections:
Bryony Crickmore and Clare Howes selected for the M/W16 Summer Tour to Halden.

SO come 8th at the Compass Sport Cup final in Blidworth.
SO juniors come 12th in the Peter Palmer relay at Sutton Park.
SO juniors come 11th in the Yvette Baker Trophy at Newbury.
SO win South East League.
SO win South East Night League.

SO hold first Mobile Phone-O at Tilgate Park.
SO organise British Championsips individual day at Midhurst. Organisers (Barrie and Sue Pearson), planners (Neil and Sue Crickmore), mapper (Roger Maher) and many other SO helpers.
Sprint-O introduced to Park-O events.
Southdowner of the Year - Michael Merritt.


Dec: Juniors come 4th in Yvette Baker Trophy final at Sherwood Pines.
Dec: Selected to represent England in Interland 2006: W35 Julia Jarvis, M35 Alan Velecky, M50/55 Vince Joyce.
Dec: Winners Southern Night Championships at Bulford Ridge: JM5L Matt Franklin, M35L Darrell High, M40L Neil Crickmore.
Dec: Hooper/Chapman Family win SE Families competition at Banstead Heath.
Nov: Nick Jarvis wins the OK Nuts Junior trophy at Esher Common.
Nov: Alan Velecky competes for England in the Veteran Home Internationals.
Oct: Ali High competes for Wales in the Senior Home Internationals in Ireland.
Jul: Vince Joyce wins the Silver Medal at the World Masters Championships in Canada.
Jun: SO win the junior Harvester Trophy at Pillar Woods, Lincs.
May: Nick Jarvis (M10), Jonathan Crickmore (M14), Matthew Franklin (M20), Margaret Kent (W65) and Mary Fogo (W70) all become Southern Champions at the Winterfold National Event.
May: The World Cup comes to the South East and SO organise the biggest event in it.
Mar: Darrell High, Vince Joyce and Alan Velecky come 2nd in the M120+relay at JK.
Mar: Jonathan Crickmore(M12) and Mary Fogo(W70) become JK Champions.
Mar: SO become South East Night League champions, and Vince Joyce and Neil Crickmore get 2nd and 3rd place.
Feb: SO win preliminary round of Compass Sport Cup again in blizzard conditions at Banstead Heath. (We finish 7th in the final at Clowbridge, Burnley).
Feb: SO win SE Score Championships at Holmwood Common.


Dec: Jonathan Crickmore wins the OK Nuts junior trophy at Hankley Common.
Nov: Mary Fogo and Katie Howes win the senior ladies and junior ladies OO Trophies at the GO event on Chapel Common.
Oct: SOG events regularly exceed an average of 100 competitors.
Sep: Liz Bridge, Bridget Hooper and Mary Kent become Southern Champion’s in the Caddihoe Chase at Longleat.
May: SO win the Junior, Women’s and Handicap trophies at the South East Relays on Wimbledon Common.
May: SO Juniors and Ladies win trophies at The Harvester all night relay in Pippingford Park.
Apr: Elizabeth Bridge selected for the Junior World Championships in Poland, in July. Lucy Jepson is a reserve.
Mar: SO are through to the CSC Final for the third successive year! (We finish 4th at Pillars Post in Lincolnshire in May).
Mar: SO win SE League for the 7th consecutive time, equalling the South East record!
Feb: Bryony Crickmore selected for Interland at the GO National event.
Feb: SO win the SAXONS Shield! Vince is M50 British Night Champion.


Nov: SO win SN Trophy for the 2nd year running. Lucy Jepson wins OO Trophy at GO Ambersham event.
Oct: Lucy Jepson and Luke Parker selected to run for England at the Junior Home International in Ireland.
Oct: Elizabeth Bridge selected to run for GB at the Junior European Championships in Germany.
Sep: Andy Parkinson selected to run for England at the Veteran Home International in Scotland.
May: Elizabeth Bridge selected as 1st reserve for Junior World Orienteering Championships in Latvia.
Mar: SO win 1st round of CSC for second year running! (We come 2nd in the final at Shouldham Warren in June).
Feb: Elizabeth Bridge selected for the ‘Interland 2003’ in Holland.
Jan: SO win the SE Score Championships at Long Valley!


Dec: 2 page article about the club in CompassSport!
Nov: 25th Anniversary meal in Henfield.
Nov: Lucy Jepson is Year 12 British Schools Champion.
Mar: Club wins SE round of Compass-Sport Cup, eventually finishing 4th at the delayed Final on Titterstone Clee in November.
Jan: Lucy Jepson selected as reserve for British Schools team for World Schools Championships.


Dec: Lucy Jepson is Year 11 British Schools Champion.
Oct: Vince Joyce is M45 British Champion! Stan ‘Envirocare’ Williams dies.
Feb-July: Foot and Mouth disease causes cancellation of ALL orienteering events.
Feb: SI equipment bought in conjunction with other SE clubs.


Jul: Club web-site revamped.
May: Club is awarded £4380 lottery grant!


Dec: SO trial ‘Emit’ electronic punching at Broadstone Warren Colour-coded event.
Apr: The Club provides ‘man’power for the JK at Holmbury & Leith Hill. Dave Peters is co-planner.


Oct: We reach the (semi) finals of the Compass-Sport Cup held in Northumbria!


Oct: Simon Ross selected for the GB Junior Squad.
Aug: Vince Joyce selected to run for England at the VHI.
May: Membership fees rise by up to 300%!


May: Constitutional change allows Treasurer to stand for 6 years. Only the Chairman and Secretary are now limited to 3 years.
May: Dave Thompson elected President.


Mar: The title ‘Southdowns Trophy’ is dropped from the clubs annual badge event.
Jan: SO has a homepage on the Internet.


Dec: Founder member Fred Fraser dies.
July: Membership cards are distributed for the first time.
Mar: Club assists with BOC in Charlton Forest.


Jun: 3-in-1 competition launched (as a follow-up to the infamous 1987 to 1989 M25 O-Ringen?).
May: Spring-in-the-South events in conjunction with SAX. (Subsequently with MV as well).
May: Mapping software OCAD purchased.


May: Organised National event 3 and badge events at Friston. Much criticism received as to suitability of terrain for a National event.


Sep: Permanent course opens at Lancing.
Aug: Founder member Dave Thompson moves away from area (to Milton Keynes and SMOC).


Jun: Constitutional change to release non-Principal Officers from the ‘3 year rule’ .
Jun: Last SD10 due to falling receipts, rising costs, Brighton by-pass, organisation problems. (The last marathon was in 1984).
Apr: Vince Joyce ranked Number 2 in Ireland.


Oct: 10 Oak and Beech trees planted at Stanmer (near the entrance lodges).
Apr: Run training day at JK at Selhurst Park. Roger Freeman is planner for individual day in Charlton Forest. SO provide early morning manpower for JK relays at Longmoor.


Oct: Great Storm wrecks many areas. (Remember those lovely mature pines at Eartham?). 10th Anniversary dinner in Hove.
Sep: 2 day 10th Anniversary event at Houghton & Rewell. (Remember the rain on day 1?!). First appearance of ‘Chanctonbury Ring’ logo (by Linda Kelly).
Mar: Club made aware of industrial and residential building proposals in Tilgate.


Sep: Free ‘Devil’ badge issued with every Southdowner!


Oct: SO largest club in SEOA. 191 members out of a total 1500 in 10 clubs.
Sep: Orienteering is introduced to the ‘Inter-Town Festival of Sports’, an annual competition between Crawley, Horsham, Bognor, Worthing and Brighton & Hove, involving 12 sports.
Jul: Low-key summer events introduced. (Forerunner of Park-O’s).
Jun: Steve Ovett wins SD10 in record time (53.45).
Mar: Margaret Kent is on the front cover of ‘Compass-Sport’!


Sep: SOGaloppens are officially launched. SO league is now dropped. (This was based on members performances in SE events and had been running since the start of the club).


Sep: Full page article about the club appears in ‘The Orienteer’.
Aug: Ansaphone installed.
Jul: The ‘Devil’ wins by 2 votes, over ‘The Long Man’ as the club badge design, (there were 25 other entries!), although it is another three years before the badge appears!
May: Major involvement with BOC at Broadstone. (The Finish was located in a marsh!).


Oct: We lose on a tie-break to SLOW in the first round of the very first Compass-Sport Cup!
Sep: Saturday morning training and novice events introduced. (Forerunner of Sogaloppens).


Feb: Bob Glover elected President. He was the Principal of Portslade Community College.
Feb: SO joins ABBA. (Against Brighton By-pass Association).


Feb: Dave Thompson made Vice-President and member for life! Elizabeth Brown wins W65 at the British Championships, her first of many National titles.


Jun: SD10 Hill race and 3 Forts Marathon launched, based at Portslade.


Aug: Dave Thompson and Roger Maher ‘star’ in the BBC TV programme ‘The Brain Game’.
Dec: E. Browns first Boxing Day event, later to become the annual Xmas Score event!
Feb: First SO Badge event ‘The Southdowns Trophy’ at Eartham Wood. Planners Steve Jarvis and Malcolm McNeill. It was so cold the orange juice froze at the finish!


Oct: Permanent course at Stanmer opened by Steve Ovett.
May: Club badge design by K Robinson approved.
Apr: SO take over SAX involvement with JK Relays at Eartham Wood.
Feb/Mar: SAX CaTI events at Shaves Wood (Feb) and North Park Wood (Mar) renamed as SO events!
Jan: Inaugural meeting held at Portslade Community College. First newsletter noted that we had 47 members. By March this had risen to 118!
Jan: First SO event, at Stanmer Park. (The very first event at Stanmer was held in July 1974 by SAX).


Dec: Formative meeting held by western members of SAXONS.

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