About Southdowns Orienteers

We are a large friendly orienteering club with around 400 members ranging in age from 1 to 80+. We have a range of abilities amongst our members, from absolute beginners to British Champions.


Club Trophies

The club have a number of junior and senior trophies that are awarded each year at the AGM which takes place in May/June.



A web utility for drawing and comparing orienteering routes

The Southdowns RouteGadget is now hosted on the RouteGadget UK site along with most other clubs.
This is the new version of RouteGadget that has been developed by Simon Errington of HappyHerts.
You can read more about it and watch video tutorials about how to use it on the RouteGadget UK website.

Volunteer job descriptions

The club always needs volunteers to help out at events in planning, map sales, meeting and greeting, car parking and control setting and collecting. For an idea of what is required see below.


Volunteer to help at events


The club always needs volunteers to help out at events in planning, map sales, meeting and greeting, car parking and control setting and collecting.
For more information about when/where we need help and to volunteer, see the Volunteers Website Page., and to find out what is involved see the Volunteer job descriptions page.


Membership Details

Southdowns Orienteering Club (known as SO) is a friendly and active club covering the whole of Sussex in the South East Orienteering Association (SEOA).  We organise many events during the year with all details and locations displayed on the Events section of the website.  The best way to find out about us is to come along to an event where you will receive a very warm welcome and plenty of help to get you started.


SO Clothing (Club Kit)

Southdowns Orienteers club colours are blue and yellow. Our club kit officer is Chris Jepson. Chris can provide a range of items for running (e.g long and short sleeved tops) and general clothing (fleeces, tee shirts, hats etc.). Chris can be contacted through the Contacts Page..


Event Procedure

What to do when you go to an orienteering event.


Claiming Colour Coded Badges

Calling SO Juniors…  Do you want to collect your colours?

Colour coded awards help you to see how you are progressing as an orienteer, all the way from white standard to the rarely seen black.

If you reach the qualifying standard on 3 courses you can claim a badge and start thinking about how you could move on to the next level.



Southdowns Orienteers have achieved Sport England Clubmark accreditation. Clubmark is the Sport England cross sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections. Clubmark accreditation is awarded to clubs that comply with minimum operating standards in four areas:

The playing programme.
Duty of care and child protection.
Sports equity and ethics.
Club management.

For the list of relevant documents please see below:


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.


Event Types - Club

SOGs are friendly club events where children and newcomers are very welcome. Yellow and Orange courses are suitable for children to run on their own with a bit of practice. Adults are welcome to shadow children until they are confident to go on their own. Green and Blue courses are run or walked by any age group - you can race competitively or just enjoy the woodland.


Event Types - General

Orienteers can attend a wide range of different types of event including club, district, regional, national, championship and international.


Lyme Disease and Ticks

Jason Simpson, the Scottish Orienteering Sports Science Convenor has written a detailed article about Lyme Disease and Ticks. You need to read this if you ever go out in the forest! 


A list of orienteering related links. If you think you should be on the list contact us.


Organisers and Planners Resources

SO is keen to encourage new organisers planners and helpers. It’s a great way of meeting people too. If you are interested in organising, planning or helping at an event please contact either Will Heap or the relevant area coordinator:


Permanent Orienteering Courses

There are a number of Permanent Orienteering Courses in Sussex, which can be used to practice on.


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