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Stanmer MapRun


Another MapRun course has been set up at Stanmer Park. We suggest parking either at the south end of the park (TQ343087 / swing.sailor.police) or at the University Sports Centre and the map can be downloaded here. See previous post for instructions. Again remember to follow the safety advice.

Sat 28 MarRead more…

Karen's Photo Challenge


Karen Ashworth has set us all a problem to tackle. Here are nine photographs taken from somewhere on Devil's Dyke, all you have to do is identify from where the photos were taken. Mark down the your locations on a blank map and send to Karen (safety@southdowns-orienteers.org.uk). Answers to follow in due course. Note that rumours that she took the photos whilst completing the solo MapRun course are unfounded.

Fri 27 MarRead more…

Wolstonbury MapRun


Your club captain has set up another solo training opportunity, this time on Wolstonbury Hill. Read the MapRun article for details of how to participate (this event also in the Sussex MapRun Folder). The map can be downloaded here. You can park on the road parallel to the A23 at Pyecombe (TQ285128/salads.caged.overheat) and then it's about a 10 min walk up the diagonal path to the finish gate. Remember the safety advice.

Mon 23 MarRead more…

Solo events with MapRunF

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While individuals are still encouraged to go out and exercise alone (or with close family members) I am setting up some events that can be done solo using a smartphone's GPS capability. If you want to participate in this you will need to download the MapRunF App from the usual places. See instructions below on how to use the App and how to have a go at our first activity - a score event on Devil's Dyke. Please also read the following advice on behaving responsibly when participating in these activities.

Sat 21 MarRead more…


Since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have been closely monitoring the situation and trying to understand its impacts. A club quorum of committee members held an email conference and in conjunction with Government direction and British Orienteering we have now decided that events should not take place over the next 12 weeks. I can assure you that this decision was made very thoughtfully and with consultation and understanding at all levels.

Therefore all events provided by Southdowns Orienteers have been cancelled until 30 May 2020. This action will be reviewed during the first week in May to decide if it’s safe to commence the summer events on the 06 June 2020.

Keep safe and healthy.

Ralph Phillips


Tue 17 MarRead more…

SO juniors win the YBT SE Heat

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14 SO juniors headed to Warlies Park early this morning to take part in the 2020 YBT SE heat. Outstanding performances by every runner meant that we scored highly whilst at the same time pushing our competitors scores down. Our main competition, Southern Navigators had over 30 runners. Every run counted towards this victory and the team should be very proud of themselves.


Now we need to look ahead to the YBT Final - Westonbirt Arboretum - Sunday 5th July 2020

We want to encourage every SO junior to enter into this event. The larger the team the more chance we will have so please put this date in your diaries. We normally take a couple of minibuses and the juniors have a great day out.

Sun 8 MarRead more…

SO Success at British Nights

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SO came away with 8 medals from the Night Champs held at Hambledon on Feb 22nd. Congratulations to champions Scarlet, Stan and Roger and to medalists Chris/Tommy (Silver) and James/Will/Ruth (Bronze). Results at https://tvoc.org.uk/results/british-night-championships/

Mon 24 FebRead more…


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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.