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Next National EventPeter Palmer Junior Relay
Sun 8 Sep

Near: Forest Row

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This Junior only event, for juniors M/W12 and above, is being jointly organised by Saxons OC and Southdowns Orienteers.

Entry by Team Captains to the organisers via email please:

samantha.prior711@btinternet.com

andrew.derrick@talktalk.net

The Peter Palmer Junior Relays 2019 will take place Sat-Sun Sept 7-8th near East Grinstead in the Ashdown Forest. Accommodation for competitors and accompanying adults will be based at Michael Hall School in Forest Row.

The weekend follows the usual format:

  • Sat afternoon - training event for juniors at the Enchanted Place, Ashdown Forest (used for CompassSport Cup SE Heat 2019)
  • Sat evening - registration at Michael Hall School, dinner, football, basketball. Tom's Burger Van will be in attendance - please support them.
  • Overnight - in school accommodation
  • Sunday morning - 6-leg relay starting at 5.00am (in the dark)
    4-leg relay starting at 6.30am (dawn)

First Aid TrainingFree to SO Members

First Aid Box

As a club Southdowns Orienteers would like to increase the coverage of first aid assistance at their events: both to increase the likelihood of a qualified first aider being present should the need arise at a small local event where the formal provision is just 'first aid kit at download’ and also to make it easier to create a roster of club first aiders for National/Regional events whilst still ensuring everyone gets their own run.


Wed 7 AugRead more…

England SelectionsCONGRATULATIONS!

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Huge congratulations to the trio of Heap juniors, Tommy M14, Scarlet W16 and Stan M18 on their selection to the England team. A fantastic achievement!

They will be competing at the Junior Home Internationals in Northern Ireland on October 12th and 13th. The full team can be viewed here.

Mon 15 JulRead more…

Orienteering Holiday Season

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SO take a break from mainstream events over August and are back with the Autumn series in September. We do still carry on with our Tuesday evening runs which are popular and can be seen on the events page. During the Summer many club members travel further afield to take part in multi-day events such as:

Scottish 6 days - Strathearn

Swiss Orienteering Week - Gstaad

Race the Castles - East Midlands and Yorkshire

White Rose - Scarborough

Sat 13 JulRead more…

Junior Squad takes 2nd Place at National Finals

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The Southdowns Junior Squad travelled to Sandringham today to compete in the Yvette Baker Trophy Final. It was a great result for our 28 competitors who picked up the trophy for second place. Results and photos are now in. More photos here.

Sun 7 JulRead more…

Ralph Phillips appointed as new Club Chair

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Great news - Ralph Phillips has agreed to stand as Club Chair and was voted in at the committee meeting on Friday. Ralph can generally be found in the SI tent at events or can be contacted by email. Club committee meetings take place every month, so if you've got something that needs discussing, please contact Ralph.

Fri 21 JunRead more…

New club secretary and social secretary appointed at AGM

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Welcome to our new club secretary, Liam Marsh and social secretary, Jane Lambert. They were appointed at the AGM on 1st June and will join the large team who help to keep our club active and vibrant. Please contact them via the contact page if you have any good ideas.

Mon 3 JunRead more…

Annual Prize Giving

Sam Leitch Trophy

This year the senior performance shields went to Ali High and Roger Maher for their performance in major competitions over the last 12 months. The girls performance certificates and vouchers were awarded to Scarlet Heap in 1st, Ffion Jones in 2nd and Heather High in 3rd. The boys performance certificates and vouchers went to Tommy Heap in 1st, Stan Heap in 2nd and Ben Chapman in 3rd.

Sun 2 JunRead more…

Volunteers

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Volunteers are the heart of our club. Every event is run by volunteer club members and all are encouraged to get involved. It's a great way to learn new skills and get to know your fellow Southdowners a little better.

Our Volunteer Coordinator Di Turner is responsible for finding Planners, Organisers and Controllers for events. The Event Planners usually find their own volunteers for the 'on the day’ tasks such as map sales, newcomer assistance, first aid, car parking and control collecting, however, Di will also help find volunteers for these positions if required. In addition to this our IT team, responsible for registration and download, is always keen to train up new helpers and Di will happily put you in touch with them.