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Hunt the twitten run
13th Jan 18. In the Events Section
Four Southern Night champions from SO
Eleven Southdowners travelled to the Chilterns to challenge themselves against the dark of Penn Wood. Ed Lines (M20), Alex Lines (M21), Neil Crickmore (M55) and Ruth Rhodes (W75) came away with trophies for winning their age classes.
03rd Dec 17. In the News Section
Congratulations to our Southern Champions
Six Southdowners were crowned Southern Long Distance Champions in the New Forest at the weekend. Congraulations to Scarlet, Pat, Anna, Julia, Mary and Mike.
06th Nov 17. In the News Section
Road signs
Please could past event planners / organisers please check their garages etc for small road signs. We are down to only five small signs (all turn right) in the central stores.
03rd Nov 17. In the News Section
SO at the CompassSport Cup Final
A select few made the trip down to Devon to face storm Brian and the slippery slopes of the Virtuous Lady to finish 10th in this national inter-club competition.
23rd Oct 17. In the News Section
Four champions and three podiums at Sprint/Middle champs
Congratulations to our new British Champions Ruth Rhodes (Sprint), Scarlet Heap, Pat Jaffe and Mike Gammon (Middle)
01st Oct 17. In the News Section
CompassSport Cup Final - Sun 22nd Oct
SO have once again qualified for the CSC final this year - which will take place in Devon in October. The club has decided not to take a coach this year since it too far to do comfortably in a day, and as it will be the start of half…
30th Sep 17. In the News Section
Southdowners help England to a Home International double
Making his international debut Darrell High was part of the team that beat Scotland, Ireland and Wales in the Veteran Home International a week after Jonny Crickmore and Ali Masson contributed to a tight win in the Senior equivalent.
24th Sep 17. In the News Section
Winter Tuesday evening Club nights
The spring/summer evening trail runs have now finished and so we move into our autumn/winter program. This year will include a more diverse selection of activities including headtorch runs in terrain, street orienteering events, night-time park orienteering as well as the traditional hunt-the-lampost type street activities. These activities are often…
22nd Sep 17. In the News Section
Congratulations to…
Stan Heap who was this week named as a member of the Great Britain talent squad ( Also to Ali Masson who recently competed for Great Britain at Euromeeting 2017, and to Scarlet Heap, Ruth Rhodes, Tommy Heap, Jack Kosky and Neil Crickmore for making the podium at the London…
10th Sep 17. In the News Section
Southdowners at World Champs
Last week Jonny Crickmore finished a creditable 32nd in a brutal WOC long race in Estonia and next week sees Ali Masson and Pat Jaffe taking part in the Junior World Orienteering Champs.
08th Jul 17. In the News Section
Success at the SE Relays
SO came away from the SE relays with two trophies and three further podium places. Congratulations to our two open teams of Pat/Liam/Nick and Bry/Scarlet/Lucy for winning their respective classes.
18th Jun 17. In the News Section
Follow SO’s top runners at Jukola
As a prelude to the SE Relays the 1600 team overnight Jukola relay will be taking place in Finland this evening. Top SO runners Jack Leitch, Ali Masson and Jonny Crickmore will be competing.
17th Jun 17. In the News Section
Alistair Masson selected to run for GB at JWOC
Congratulations to Ali who will represent Great Britain at the Junior World Championships in July.
09th May 17. In the News Section
Trail O success for Matt Leitch
The national Trail-O championships were held in conjunction with BOC and saw Matt win a gold medal for being the top junior (and beat his dad as well).
08th May 17. In the News Section
Heap Juniors win British Relay Title
On day 2 of the British Championships Tommy was joined on the top of the podium by siblings Stan and Scarlet as together they won the Junior Ad Hoc relay trophy.
08th May 17. In the News Section
Tommy Heap: British Champion
When many others were running in circles around High Dam, Tommy kept his cool to win M12A by almost four minutes. Also on the podium was Ali Masson 3rd in M20E.
07th May 17. In the News Section
TempO and PreO successes for the Leitch family
Kenny and Matt Leitch earned podium places for their performances in this precision form of orienteering.
18th Apr 17. In the News Section
Many SO juniors on the JK relay podium
With Easter eggs being awarded to members of the first six junior relay teams there was much munching of chocolate going on in the club tent. The best performance was from our mini relay team of Heather High, Kieran Fitzpatrick and Ella Boyle who finished second in their race.
18th Apr 17. In the News Section
Mike Gammon becomes JK Champion
Many congratulations to Mike for winning the M85 category at the JK. Joining him on podium were Stan and Tommy Heap who both got Silver medals for their performances in M16 and M12 respectively.
18th Apr 17. In the News Section
Tommy takes the plaudits on Day 2 of the JK
Following in his brother’s footsteps Tommy Heap leads the M12 forest stage of the JK after the middle race. Can he hold on during Sunday’s long race to take the JK title? Also holding a podium position overnight is Mike Gammon in M85. Results at
15th Apr 17. In the News Section
Stan Heap wins JK Sprint Title
Those hours spent drawing up an orienteering map of Brunel based on street maps and aerial photographs paid off as Stan was crowned M16 JK Sprint Champion. He was joined on the top of the podium by Club Captain Neil Crickmore in his first year as an M55. Results can…
14th Apr 17. In the News Section
Past junior squad members dominate Uni champs
Jack Leitch and Ali Masson were part of the winning Edinburgh University relay team that helped them retain the inter-University title over the weekend. Jonathan Crickmore running for Herriot Watt ran the fastest relay lap of the day to bring his University into third and also won the individual race…
20th Mar 17. In the News Section
SO win CompassSport Cup Heat
Against all the odds SO overcame hot favorites HH on their home terrain to progress to the final of the national interclub competition. Results at:
12th Mar 17. In the News Section
Southdowner involved in new sprint format trials
The British Sprint squad (including Jonny Crickmore) have been in Italy training and trialing new sprint formats. A video showing one of the finals can be found at
11th Mar 17. In the News Section
JK and British Relays
CompassSport entries have now closed and the next deadline is Saturday 18th March for the JK Relays. Please use the Doodle poll for members to indicate your availability, further details below.
04th Mar 17. In the News Section
As many of know the JK is mainly based in Sussex next year ( The main officials are in place and most aspects of the event are on track. It’s now time to start working on the finer details of event organisation. Given the geographical spread of both our club…
10th Dec 16. In the News Section
South East Night Champions
Three Southdowners were crowned SE Night Champions at the Norbury Park Event. Congratulations to Liam Marsh (M18), Ali Hooper (W20-40) and Neil Crickmore (M45-50).
13th Nov 16. In the News Section
Southern Champions
Congratulations to Scarlet Heap, Sue Parker, Nick Jarvis, Stan Heap, Roger Maher and Alistair Masson who were all crowned Southern Champions at the November Classic.
07th Nov 16. In the News Section
SO come 7th in CompassSport Cup Final
The final of the national inter-club competition was held near Barnsley on Oct 16th. Having qualified from the Southern England heat SO eventually finished 7th in the final, a long way behind the winners from Forth Valley but ahead of the other club (HH) representing SE England. Full results are…
17th Oct 16. In the News Section
Contactless SI punching
Some of you may have used, seen or heard about the next generation of Sportident cards where competitors don’t need to insert their “dibber” into the hole in the control unit but can simply wave it over the control as you run past. It now looks likely that the JK…
08th Oct 16. In the News Section
SO successes at SE Sprints
Southdowners picked up four medals at the SE Sprint Champs hosted by LOK over the weekend. Our best result was Ruth Rhodes winning the W70+ class.
22nd Aug 16. In the News Section
SE Sprint Championships at Bloomsbury
If you enjoyed the challenging of the sprint races around the parks and campuses of Sussex then why not try the SE Sprint championships on Sun Aug 21st?
16th Jul 16. In the News Section
SO successes at sprint/middle champs
Four Southdowners made the podium at last weekend’s national championships. Top of the list was Roger Maher who won gold at the middle champs on Leith Hill to supplement the bronze won in the Olympic Park the day before.
15th Jun 16. In the News Section
Recent SO successes
Congratulations to those Southdowners that earned podium places at The SE Middles and SE Relay events held over the last two weekends.
22nd May 16. In the News Section
SE and Harvester Relays
I will be uploading our SE Relay teams on Sunday 15th May so this is your last chance to enter….
13th May 16. In the News Section
SO results at the British Championships
We didn’t manage any champions this year but two podium places and some more top ten places following the national championships which took place on Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire.
02nd May 16. In the News Section
Sprint and Middle Champs - entries and helpers
The cheaper entry deadline is this Sunday so don’t forget to enter, and also to volunteer to help.
15th Apr 16. In the News Section
Summer Evening Trail Runs to begin this month
Our popular Tuesday evening Summer Trail Runs will start on April 26th.
06th Apr 16. In the News Section
SO Successes at the JK
The traditional Easter weekend orienteering festival saw several Southdowns individuals/teams overcome the hail storms to come away with trophies, medals or flowers.
03rd Apr 16. In the News Section
SO win through tough CSC heat
A tight battle in the New Forest saw our strength in depth come to the fore as we saw off strong competition from SLOW/WIM/SN and TVOC to progress to the national final.
13th Mar 16. In the News Section
South East Individual League winners to collect their awards on Sunday
Fifteen Southdowners won their age class in the annual SE individual league. Prize giving will take place at the end of the Chelwood regional event this coming Sunday.
04th Mar 16. In the News Section
Three Southdowners make British Nights Podium
Congratulations to medallists Roger Maher (M75), Ali Masson (M20) and Jonny Crickmore (M21)
28th Feb 16. In the News Section
Jack Leitch heads list of SEOA Long Distance Champions
Jack was the top SEOA runner on the Black course at Ashridge to become M21 champion (although still an M18). He was joined on the podium by nine other Southdowners
22nd Feb 16. In the News Section
SO help required at the British Middle Distance Champs
Last time this championship was in the South East SO organised it at Worth Lodge. On June 12th this year it will be at Leith Hill and jointly organised by clubs within the region.
19th Jan 16. In the News Section
CompassSport Cup regional heat Sun Mar 13th
We have now received confirmation that entries have to come from club captains by Feb 28th so please let us know your availability.
18th Jan 16. In the News Section
Constrasting training camps for SO’s top runners
Over the last couple of weekends three SO members of the British Orienteering squads have been training in Spain and the Lake District.
17th Jan 16. In the News Section
JK and British Relays
The early deadlines for entering the JK is approaching so it’s time to start putting together relay teams
10th Jan 16. In the News Section
SO boys dominate Southern Night Champs
A clean sweep for our Junior boys with Stan Heap (M16), Ed Lines (M18) and Euan Marsh (M20) all becoming Southern Champions at Holmbury Hill.
22nd Nov 15. In the News Section
Club Jackets
You may have seen our snazzy new club jackets around at events recently.
03rd Nov 15. In the News Section
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