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SO came away with a clutch of six medals from the British Sprint and Middle Championships. Congratulations to M8o Middle Champion Roger Maher who also won Bronze in the Sprint. Jonny Crickmore also won two medals Silver in Middle and Bronze in Sprint while there were Bronzes for Tommy Heap (Middle) and Ruth Rhodes (Sprint)
Early on Sunday morning 19 members of the SO junior squad competed in this year's Peter Palmer Relays which was hosted by SAX. It's always exciting, but for the first time ever the squad was able to field four strong teams and were competitive in the main PPR as well as the daybreak competitions.
As the new season starts a reminder that the final of the national inter-club competition is taking place on Sun October 20th at Pippingford Park in the Ashdown Forest. Given that this is almost on home turf I'm hoping that we can put out a strong team. To that end could all members please indicate their availability (Yes/No/Maybe) via the following online poll https://www.doodle.com/poll/vk... the poll also allows you to enter a preferred start block - if you have one.
One of the highlights of the junior calendar is the Peter Palmer Relay, this year being held locally at Kidbrooke Park and Hindleap Warren, near East Grinstead. This 6-leg night/day team relay is for juniors M/W12-18, with legs from yellow to green standard. Juniors from all over the UK will be running and overnight accommodation will be based at Michael Hall School in Forest Row.
Get in touch with our junior team manager Alex Lines if you want to be part of the team. More details are on the Saxons OC website. There will be a night training session for all members on Saturday 31 August at South Chailey. Bring a torch!
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.
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.
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:
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.