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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…

Cashless Payments at Wildgoose Woods

Contactless Payment

At the recent event at Wildgoose Woods we tested out the club's new cashless payment system. The use of the contact free payment worked very well and provided an excellent way of making the payments for our events Covid safe. The vast majority of the 80 entrants to the event came ready to pay using this system.

A handful of runners were not able to use the contactless payment system and it would be appreciated if they could make their payments by bank transfer to the club's account. If the bank account details are needed, please contact Penny Marsh at treasurer@southdowns-orienteers.org.uk

Sat 19 SepRead more…

Southdowns Orienteers AGM 2020

Agm 2020

The club AGM will be held online on Friday 16th October at 7pm. All are welcome to participate.

Zoom meeting details will be shared nearer the time.

Fri 18 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 12 SepRead more…

Wildgoose Wood test event


Our first event under the new Covid-secure guidelines will take place on Saturday Sept 12th. Please read the event details carefully and in particular note:

The event is only open to SO club members

All participants must adhere to the BOF Covid code of conduct

Pre-entry only and entries have now closed Entry List

Payment will be via a contactless card reader at the event

Mon 31 AugRead more…

Orienteering restart

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Following British Orienteering's guidance that the sport can restart from August 1st the club's committee have discussed plans for restarting. It was felt inappropriate to consider holding events in public parks at this time and so the remaining Park-O fixtures have been cancelled. It is hoped though to hold some SOG-type events from October, so watch this space for further news.

Mon 20 JulRead more…

Permanent Orienteering Courses


Desperate to get back into orienteering as lockdown eases?

Looking for a new outdoor activity for today’s weird world?

Permanent Orienteering Courses might be something to try.

Find out more

Watch the BOF video to see what its like

Courses are available locally near Horsham, Crawley, Brighton and Eastbourne – more details here

These courses cater for all ages, levels of experience, fitness and skill. All have options for buggies and wheelchairs.

Fri 19 JunRead 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.