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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.

The club puts on a large number of regular events and activities in woodland and downland across Sussex. Our regular series of local events are well attended and highly competitive, while also being suitable for novices. We run a series of midweek training sessions with running and navigation elements to them and adult navigation training can be incorporated into the monthly junior training sessions as required.
We have a highly successful Junior Squad who meet for training on a monthly basis and compete as a team in national events.
The club exists because of the hard work put in by its members. All members are encouraged to take a turn at helping and it is a great way to get to know new people. We are always looking for new members of all ages and no on is too old or too young. Newcomers can just turn up and try an event and are encouraged to become members after two or three events. Visit our membership page for more information.

Posted by Chris Curtis on 19th Nov 07




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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.

Junior Performance Trophy

Awarded to those junior members of SO who have produce the best competitive performance(s) relative to their peers in major competitions.

Recipient is chosen by Club Captain and Junior Team Manager

Ricky Wise Junior Trophy

The Ricky Wise Junior Trophy is awarded in memory of former club member Ricky Wise. It is presented to a Club Junior to recognise both personal achievement throughout the year and also to someone who has contributed significantly to the Club.

The recipient is chosen by a panel comprising the Club Chairman, Junior Team Manager, Training Co-ordinator and Club Captain.
Selection Criteria

Helen Wise, Ricky’s wife writes: Ricky was introduced to Orienteering by my sister and her husband Hilary and Martin Sellens at the age of 40. From that very first course he was hooked and the sport became a great passion of his.  Ricky realised that the orienteering was great family entertainment and valued its qualities in helping young people’s development.
He travelled the country taking our son Alex and at times other members of the SO and SEOA Junior Squads to events - having spent 36 years in the Royal Navy he had developed a great understanding of how young people ticked and got on well with them.  Life when Ricky was around was never dull or quiet and he would very often have the youngsters wound up and raring to go.

A fanatic about the sport and what it offered to all members of the family, especially teenagers and his enthusiasm was over powering, he would never refuse any person who needed help.  He was always ready to give the full account of his run to any one that was willing to listen, plus was never shy to give his opinion to others.

The previous recipients of the Ricky Wise Trophy are:
2013 - Edward Lines
2012 - Euan Marsh & Alex Lines
2011 - Jonathan Crickmore
2010 - Alex Lines
2009 - Lucy Thraves
2008 - Bryony Crickmore

SOOTY Trophy

The SOOTY (Southdowns Orienteer Of The Year) Trophy is presented to someone who may not be a high ranking orienteer, but to someone who has given a huge amount of time and effort to the Club over the year, in one, or more often multiple roles.

The recipient is chosen by the Club Chairman.

The previous recipients of the SOOTY are:
2015 - Mike Hooper
2014 - Karen Ashworth
2013 - Mike Gammon
2012 - Ali Hooper
2011 - Robert Lines
2010 - Jane Lambert
2009 - Ed Cox
2008 - John Faller
2007 - Kieran & Gillian Devine
2006 - Michael Merritt
2005 - Steve Jarvis
2004 - Robin Smith
2003 - Judy Bridge
2002 - Les Hooper
2001 - Neil Crickmore
2000 - Peter & Jaquie Drake
1999 - Dave McTurk

Posted by Anna Chapman on 01st Nov 17




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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.

Posted by Admin on 14th Jun 14




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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.

For more information about when/where we need help and to volunteer, see the Volunteers Website Page.

Map Sales

This is a pleasant job where you get to meet all competitors. You will be sitting inside (usually in a car) and selling the course maps to arrivals. You would be expected to be on site for 9:30 and would usually be finished by 10:45. This job is for two people.

Registration or SI

This is a job for people who are happy with a computer. It involves the registering of competitors as they arrive, which for hired dibbers means entering some information into the database. Once the bulk of the runners have registered, one of the computers will be switched to ‘download’ and you would be required to monitor the two computers and sort out any issues as they happen. The SI software used by the club is very good and user friendly but new users would need to spend an hour or so with an experienced SI user to get to grips with the system. The SI team usually has 3 people during an event, with 2 people “on duty” at any one time. If you are interested in this role please contact Ali Hooper or Les Coles for more information.

Meet and Greet

The Southdowns club likes to have a person on hand to offer assistance and advice if needed to competitors. This could be directing people to the start line, or showing people where to register. Quite often there will be people new to orienteering and the “meeter and greeter” is there to offer help and advice on the basics of orienteering. This job is more suited to experienced club members.  You would be expected to be on site from 09:30 and would usually be finished by 11:00.

Car Parking

Well someone’s got to do it otherwise it would be chaos. This job is obviously, marshalling all the competitor’s cars so that they can all fit in. More often than not, you will be required to collect a car parking fee. You would be expected to be on site from 09:00 and would usually be finished by 10:30. This is usually a job for two people.

Control Setters

These are the people who put the controls out there. Once the planner has set the course, they will go around the course and place markers in the control locations. Sometimes some of the controls can be placed the night before the event, however sometimes this is not possible and so the control setters will required to help the planner early in the morning of the event. You will be given a small section of a map and asked to go and place the controls by the markers. You would be expected to be on site very early but would obviously be finished before 09:30.

Control Collectors

This is a great job where you get to orienteer without the pressure. You will be given a small section of a map and asked to go and collect a set of controls, usually about 5. You maybe required to go out again on your return to collect another set. You would be expected to be on site from 12:30 and would usually be finished by 13:30.

Posted by Gethyn Lewis on 02nd Aug 12




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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.

Planning an event can be a rewarding and interesting experience that will improve your orienteering and help out your club. If you would like to have a go at planning your own event but feel unsure about it, we have a full set of detailed guides and instructions to help you out. We can also match you up with an experienced planner who can guide you through your first event. The Southdowns club has a wealth of planning experience there to help and advise you. Also, all events have a local controller that will make sure everything is ok. So you can’t really go wrong. Why not give it a go?

The club needs more Planners. So if you are an experienced Planner please consider sharing your experience by planning an event with a novice.

If you only want to plan a course but leave the organisation to someone else, this can also be arranged.

The club also always needs volunteers to help out in the other roles:
Map-Sales, Registration (SI), Meeting-and-Greeting, Car-Parking, Control-setting, Control-collection. To find out more about what these jobs entail visit the Volunteer job descriptions page.

This is a great way of getting to know other club members, so if you would like to get involved please contact Will Heap or contact the planner directly.


Posted by Gethyn Lewis on 02nd Aug 12




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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.

Every member of an orienteering club also becomes a British Orienteering member

This entitles you to:
• Four copies of the British Orienteering magazine, Focus, which includes the junior magazine Ozone.
• The option to sign up for a range of e-newsletters
• Eligibility to compete in the British Championships, JK, national, regional and local events
• Opportunity to qualify to represent your country at international competitions
• The option to compete in a Rankings scheme.
• Access to a ‘Navigational Challenge’ and ‘Racing Challenge’ Incentive Scheme
• Public Liability Insurance when participating in events and activities registered with British Orienteering
• Papers and vote at the British Orienteering AGM
• Discounts from national companies through the member discounts scheme
• Access to a members only section of the website

Membership Levels and Fees

There are two levels of British Orienteering membership:
• Senior – any member aged 21 or older on 31 December of the membership year
• Junior – any member aged 20 or younger on 31 December of the membership

The British Orienteering Membership fees for 2017 are:

• Senior member – £10.00
• Junior member – £3.30
Families can continue to join/renew British Orienteering as a ‘Family’ but the membership fee will be made up of the sum parts. E.g. A Family containing two senior and one junior members will be charged a British Orienteering Membership Fee of £23.30 (2 Senior members at £10 + 1 Junior member at £3.30). If the Club or Association offers a Family fee, the family will be charged the Club/Ass family fee on joining/renewing. Otherwise the Club and Association membership fee will be calculated in the same way as the British Orienteering Fee e.g. the sum parts

Joining Fees for 2017

When you join, if you are a family you will need to pay the individual BO and SEOA fees for each family member together with £15.50 for the SO family membership. Thus, for 2017, the subscription fees will be:
              Family [2 Sen + 2 Jun] (£)       Senior (£)        Junior (£)
BO           26.60 [(2 x 10) + (2 x 3.30)]       10.00           3.30
SEOA         8.00 [(2 x 3) + (2 x 1)]               3.00           1.00
SO                       15.50                             10.00           4.50
TOTAL                   50.10                             23.00           8.80

2nd Club members

£4.00, £9.00, £14.00.
(For orienteers already members of another club.)


For new and existing members please join online here.
2nd club members please contact me through the contacts page here.




Posted by Bridget Hooper on 27th Sep 11




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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..

Southdowns “O” Kit

Club Kit on sale at a recent event. Chris doesn’t often take the whole range to events. Please contact her if you’d like her to take specific items to an event.

NB. All the items of clothing are available in various sizes (unless otherwise stated) please ask the Kit officer for advice on sizing.

Orienteering Clothing

– Royal Blue and Yellow
Fastrax Tops
Yellow Southdowns “Running Man” logo on front (Chest Left Hand Side). Yellow horizontal “SOUTHDOWNS” name on back.
Winter Long Sleeve £20.00
Summer Short Sleeve (NEW!) £22.00

Trimtex Trousers £20.00

General Clothing

– Navy Blue (some Royal Blue) with Yellow embroidered SO club logo

Mens (heavier weight fabric) £17.60
Ladies (lighter weight fabric) £14.00

Child (5-13) £8.00
Large Child (14-15) £9.50
Adult £12.00


Childrens (or small adult!) Tee Shirt £4.00
Hats (one size) £3.90
Fleece Bands (one size) £3.20

Polo Shirts £6.50

Prices correct Dec 2009, but subject to change - Please confirm when ordering.

Click on the photo thumbnails for larger images.
More photos of kit items coming soon - please visit this page again.

Posted by Peter Chapman on 12th Dec 09




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Event Procedure

What to do when you go to an orienteering event.

Event Procedure

What to do when you go to an orienteering event.

Orienteering Event Procedure

What You Need:

Essentials: Yourself(!); Clothes for walking/running round a wood (N.B. full leg cover); Your entry fee and S.I. dibber hire fee.

Preferables: A whistle for summoning help (only in an emergency); Safety pins to attach the control descriptions; Compass.

You May Need (for a very low key event): A pen (preferably red); A clear plastic bag to protect the map. NB most SO events now provide maps with courses already printed on and are printed on waterproof "paper" - check pre-event details.

What You Need to Do: Ask if you need additional help.

1. Choose a suitable course. Yellow is intended for absolute beginners or juniors. A confident beginner would probably be able to manage the orange course, which is mainly intended for junior improvers or inexperienced orienteers who want a not too technical run. Sogaloppens have yellow, orange, green and blue courses, other Colour coded events have a larger range of courses from short and technically easy to long and technically difficult.

2a. Pay at the at the registration car. In exchange for your entry fee you may receive a special orienteering map (if this has been pre-marked with a course you will receive this map at the Start) together with a S.I. dibber and hire form for a dibber if required*, and if you require postal results an envelope (please return this addressed to yourself).

* If you are not members of an orienteering club write IND (short for "independant") next to "CLUB". The class is your gender (M for men and boys or W for women and girls) followed by your orienteering age as shown in this table (for 2015):

2b. Then go to the S.I. dibber 'computer registration' with your completed hire form to register your dibber through a control box for use at this event, here you will receive a control description sheet for the course you are doing.

*Born in Orienteering Age Born in Orienteering Age
1936 - 1940

1941 - 1945

1946 - 1950

1951 - 1955

1956 - 1960

1961 - 1965

1966 - 1970

1971 - 1975

1976 - 1980










1981 - 1994

1995 - 1996

1997 - 1998

1999 - 2000

2001 - 2002

2003 - 2004


after 2006








Your Real Age

If the maps are pre-marked paragraphs 3,4 and 6a are not applicable.

3. You may need to copy map corrections from a map probably near registration or the start, if there are changes to the area since the map was produced. You only need to copy the corrections relevant to your course.

4. When you are ready take your map, compass, red pen and dibber to the Start. Colour coded event start times are sometimes allocated at registration.

5. On the way to the Start there will be a control box on a metal post labeled 'Clear' You must place your dibber in this until there is a beep and a flash, so that it is ready for use (takes about 5 secs). There will also be a 'Check' control at some point before you Start. (This is to ensure that your dibber has been cleared).

6a. You will then need to copy your course from the appropriate Master Map. Carefully copy down the correct course onto your own map. The triangle is the start and the double circle the finish.

6b.For SOGaloppens the start and finish are usually fairly close together. For other events they may be some distance a part. Controls must be visited in the sequence on the control description sheet for most events. Then go to the Start official who will tell you when you can go.

7. You then put your dibber in the Start control and proceed around the course, navigating the course in control order. At each control (marked by a red and white flag) place your dibber in the control if the control does not bleep and flash use the pin punch on the stand and punch the map.

8. When you finish put your dibber in the finish control. Then proceed to download which will be near the 'computer registration'. Report to the download even if you don't complete the course. If you do not have time to complete the course return preferably via the finish to download. The course closing time is usually on the control descriptions. For SOGaloppens it is by default 12.30pm. unless stated otherwise.

9. Most Important: Have a good time and enjoy your orienteering.

10. After the Event. Have a look at the Results on the web Results Page (usually available by the same evening) and look forward to some more orienteering adventures: Look at Southdowns Orienteers Fixtures.

return to membership home page

Posted by Jaquie Drake on 19th Jan 09




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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.

Claire Gallagher will be keeping track of the achievements of our Juniors at most local events.  If you travel further afield, let her know so that she can keep the records up to date and make sure that you get the badges that you deserve.  Claire can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01825 791060 (before 9pm).

(Note this is also available for all adults, but they will need to keep track of their own achievements).

Colour Coded Awards

A competitor qualifies for a Colour Coded Award by achieving the Colour Coded Standard for that colour course on three separate occasions. Pairs can qualify for Colour Coded Awards on the White, Yellow and Orange courses.

A White Colour Coded Standard is achieved by anyone who successfully completes the White course.

The Colour Coded Standard for courses other than White is calculated using whichever of the following two methods gives the larger number of qualifiers:

• The time that is achieved by at least 50% of those who started the course, which includes those who retire or are disqualified. Each pair or group on Yellow and Orange courses (if any) should be treated as a single starter.

• 150% of the winner’s time.

The Controller may extend the qualifying time if there are reasonable circumstances to do so, but may not reduce it.

Posted by Paul Frost on 16th Nov 08




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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 Constitution
    Child Protection Policy Statement
    Equity Policy Statement
    Code of Conduct for Participants
    Code of Conduct for Officials and Volunteers
    Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers
    Junior Club Rules
    Accident and Incident Policy
    BOF Risk Assessment Form
    Parental Consent Form


Posted by Neil Crickmore on 11th Mar 08




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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.

Posted by Anna Chapman on 27th Oct 07




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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.

There are two series of events - autumn and spring, of approximately 10 events each.

Registration: 9.45 to 10.45 (Please no latecomers!)
Start times: 10.00 to 11.00
Courses: Yellow (1.5km), Orange (3.0km), Green (4.0km), Blue (6.0km).
Technical difficulty: Easy (yellow) to hard (Blue). See Planning Guidelines.
Courses close at 12.30.
SO members fees (please show membership card): SO Seniors £4.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £5.00, Juniors £2.00. Extra maps 50p.
Results: Published on the web.
Electronic punching (SI) usually used. ‘Dibbers’ available for hire £1.00.

Help on the day always appreciated.
Visit the Contacts page if you would like more information.

Series Winners Information:

Best 6 to count for Blue and Green, best 4 for Orange and Yellow. Course winner gets 50 points, second 49, third 48 and so on. 48 points awarded to event planner/organiser. For Blue and Green, series certificates awarded to first man, first woman, first male veteran, first female veteran, first male junior and first female junior. For Orange and Yellow series certificates are awarded to first three on each course.

Orange and Green Series senior winners are expected to move up a course, or be non-competitive for the following series.

Veterans are M/W55 and older
Juniors are M/W20 and younger

Posted by Admin on 01st Sep 07




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Event Types - General

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


These are small and informal and usually take place on Saturday mornings. SO organise these events for club members and beginners to the sport. Membership of British Orienteering is not necessary for these events during your first year. Subsequently all participants are required to become National or Local British Orienteering members. They are advertised in the Southdowner and on the SO ansaphone (see below for number). Examples of these events are the SO Gallopen series, where points scored at each event are combined to find the individual winner of the series over the whole season. Further information on these events can be found here.

There are several different types of events, which may be held as Local Events, either as part of one of the series or as individual events. Some of these are described below.


These events are open to all and will normally offer a range of colour coded courses. Colour coding is designed to provide comparability between the course standard at different events i.e. a green course at a SO event should be similar in length and technical difficulty to other green courses in Britain. Open events can always be entered on the day of the event (EOD).

Seven colours are used with each colour representing a certain level of difficulty (both technical and physical). The darker the colour the longer and harder the course. These courses are therefore not related to age as are the BOF National badge scheme courses.

Colour Distance Difficulty Average finishing time
White 1 - 1.5K Very easy, written instructions 30 mins
Yellow 1.5 - 2.5K Easy, novices, line feature controls 25 - 40 mins
Orange 2.5 - 3.5K Easy, progressing novices 35 - 55 mins
Red 4.5 - 6K Medium, longer, simple route choice 50 - 80 mins
Green 3.5 - 5 K Hard, short, technical problems 35 - 55 mins
Blue 5.5 - 7K Hard, long with technical problems 50 - 70 mins
Brown 8K+ Hard, physically and technically 60 - 80 mins


These are medium-sized events, the timing of which is coordinated by the Regional Associations (SEOA in our case), the results sometimes are used to calculate the Club Leagues. Each Orienteer scores points for the club depending on his/her position in the race. A Regional/Badge Scheme also operates.


High class orienteering events which test the orienteering ability of the leading competitors in each class. Open to all National British Orienteering members.


High class orienteering events to decide the British Champions in each class. Open to all National British Orienteering members who hold a British passport or have been present in the UK for at least three of the six months preceding the competition.


A variety of levels of competition for all orienteers from the elite to the novice. Southdowners regularly travel abroad to compete. Recent trips include Portugal, France, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Hungary.

Posted by Jaquie Drake on 01st Jan 07




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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! 

Posted by Admin on 01st Jan 07




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

Key Links

Southdowns Adventure Running Club
BOF - British Orienteering (Federation)
British Orienteering Clubs Directory
British Orienteering Fixtures List
British Orienteering Ranking List
International Orienteering Federation
(English) South East Orienteering Association - Local Region

Neighbouring Clubs

.....affiliated to the South East Orienteering Association:

DFOK - Dartford Orienteering Klubb
GO - Guildford Orienteers
MV - Mole Valley Orienteering Club
SAXONS - Saxons Orienteering Club
SLOW - South London Orienteers and Wayfarers
SN - Southern Navigators (NB affiliated to both SCOA & SEOA)

.....affiliated to the South Central Orienteering Association:

BAOC - British Army Orienteering Club
SOC - Southampton Orienteering Club
SOFA - Shedfield Orienteering and Footslogging Association


IOF Control descriptions (pdf file, 324 KB)
IOF Control descriptions quiz
IOF Magazine, O-zine, a PDF download
Lyme disease & Tick info
Nopesport - O News & Forum
Attackpoint - web forum for english speaking orienteers round the world.
MapRunner - IOF descriptions summary sheet plus other ‘O’ stuff
OCAD HowTos a full set of flash videos on how to do anything, from OCAD
Orienteering Australia has some good coaching tutorials by David Colls (ex-Australian Junior team member)
Orienteering Foundation is a British charity, independent of British Orienteering, which helps with the development of orienteering.
RouteGadget UK - Route plotting
Tick removal tool
World of O - Orienteering news and comment from round the globe


- active links , but not (apparently) updated.

South East Night League 1987-2008
South East Junior Squad Last updated Dec 2009
Great Britain Deaf Orienteering squad


Compass Point - Retailer
Ultrasport - Retailer
Compass Sport - Magazine
Orienteering Today - International magazine

Posted by Admin on 01st Jan 07




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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:

Area coordinators:

North - Vince Joyce / Peter Chapman
East - Mike Baron
West - Dave McTurk / Michael Merritt

The following guidelines give you an overview of what is involved:

The guidelines are in an Adobe Acrobat PDF file or MS Word document.
If you click on the icon it should open in your browser. If you want to save it onto your PC, right click and select ‘Save Target As..’ from the menu.

Planners Documents

SOG Planners Guide

Planning Courses for SO Events

Tutorial on using Purple Pen

Course planning using OCAD 9

Course planning using OCAD 8, OCAD 9 or Condes,
Video tutorials on the EckO website

Organisers Documents

Open Event Organiser’s Guidelines Updated Feb 08

Blank Event details form to submit your event details to the website. Updated Oct 15

Event Safety Plan Updated 04 Oct 2015


Posted by Neil Crickmore on 01st Jan 07




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Permanent Orienteering Courses

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

How to use the courses

Maps are available for these courses, which show the location of around 20 controls. A number of possible courses have been suggested at the bottom of each map, however there is nothing to stop you starting from wherever you wish and visiting whichever controls you want in any order.

The controls are marked by square plaques split into one red and one white triangle. Most of these are fixed to posts, benches or trees. On each plaque is a number corresponding to that marked on the map, also on the plaque is a unique letter. Noting down this letter provides proof that you have visited the control. On the map is a series of boxes, one for each control. Each box contains the number of the control, a description of its location and a space into which to copy the letter from the plaque..

The following locations have up to date maps and well maintained course markers:

Tilgate Park, Crawley - TQ267345
Maps available from:
Dynamic Adventures - Hut 13 Tilgate Recreation Centre, Tilgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5PH 01293 552222

Southwater Country Park, Southwater - TQ159256
Maps available from:
Warden’s Office, Southwater Country Park, Cripplegate Lane, Southwater, W.Sussex. RH13 7UN. Tel.01403 731218

Horsham Park, Horsham - TQ173308
Maps available from:
Park House, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL Tel.01403 215201 Tourist Info Centre, 9 The Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE Tel. 01403 211661

Lancing Ring, Lancing - TQ184055
Maps available from:
Impulse Leisure - Lancing Manor, Manor Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0PH, Tel: 01903 524624

Hotham Park, Bognor Regis - SZ941995
Maps available from Inspire Leisure concessions in Hotham Park (when these concessions are open) or from Arun Leisure Centre (Inspire Felpham), Felpham Way, Bognor Regis.

The following sites have slightly older courses where there may be some map updates required or controls missing. There is an ongoing programme of work to look at regenerating these courses where feasible.

Borde Hill, Cuckfield - TQ324265
Maps available from:
The visitors centre at Borde Hill. Tel. 01444 450326

Devil’s Dyke, Brighton
Maps available from:
The National Trust Devil’s Dyke Estate Office, Saddlescombe Farm, Brighton, BN45 7DE. Tel 01273 857712
NT Website

The Hawth, Crawley TQ278363
Hove Park, Hove TQ288063
Preston Park, Brighton TQ303064

Posted by Admin on 01st Jan 07






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