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With the end of the current restrictions fast approaching, it's time to dust off your diaries and reserve Saturday 12th December for SOG3 in the morning and the SO Xmas Quiz (via Zoom) in the evening. Quiz details can be found here. Event details can be found here.

Tue 24 NovRead more…

List of SOGL events


Below is a list of events in the newly set up SOGL (pronounced soggle) league. They are designed to be run using the MapRun software although any GPS recording device can be used and a .gpx file uploaded later. See the accompanying news item for more detail.

Courses will be added at regular intervals and a completion time will stated for each one. The course will remain open after that date but you must complete by that date to score for the league.

Although a map will be downloaded onto your phone or watch these may not be particularly accurate and so you are recommended to download and print off the map using the links below.

Fri 13 NovRead more…

SO GPS League (SOGL)

Map Run Phone App

SO is introducing a GPS based orienteering league through this winter season. The objectives are to enthuse you to ‘get out there’, keep fit and hone your techniques.

New courses will be released for the league on the MapRun website and announced on the SO website. To count for the SOGL you will need to run the course with your GPS device (smartphone or GPS watch) within the adverstised ‘time window’ for that course. SOGL results will be compiled and publicised regularly using SO members’ results extracted from MapRun.

It is fun and flexible, yet there is still the motivation of competing against other members.

Fri 13 NovRead more…

Brighton City Race goes virtual for 2020

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Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the Brighton City Race as we know it will not run in 2020. However for those of you wanting your Brighton experience it is being included in the 2020 Southern England GPS Orienteering League - watch out for further details. In 2021, the race will no doubt return to the Lanes which have been revamped since their last use in 2018. The Brighton Society describes the additions here.

Sat 31 OctRead more…

Autumn Club Nights


Club nights return on Tuesday September 29th. As with the Summer Trail Runs these are being run under current SO safety guidelines and British Orienteering's Code of Conduct:

i) Participating in groups of six or less

ii) Pre-registering a start time slot using this Doodle Poll

iii) Printing your own map

The list of forthcoming activities are shown below, each week's activity will be published here a day or so beforehand.

Wed 23 SepRead more…

List of Trail Runs

Trail Run

Below is a list of Summer Trail Runs that have been set up. Groups of up to six can run together on a Thursday evening (with social distancing), use the Doodle Poll to sign up for a particular time slot. Alternatively do the run whenever you want. Each run will also be set up on MapRun (for those now addicted to their beeping phone) and can be found in the UK/Sussex/TrailRuns folder. A new run should be added every Wednesday.

Sat 19 SepRead more…

List of available MapRuns


Below is a list of runs that are available using the MapRunF app (see previous news item for further details on how to use this). Some use orienteering maps while others use OS maps of open access land. The government is encouraging us to get out and exercise and have deemed it acceptable to drive to access suitable areas for exercise. When participating in any of these runs please follow our recommended safety advice.

Sat 19 SepRead 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.