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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.

Tue 23 NovRead more…

Autumn Club nights

Jane L

Club nights return on Tuesday September 21st. Although all activities will be held outdoors please maintain social distancing and do not come if you are showing symptoms of Covid or have tested positive / having to isolate.

We will meet as a group at 6:30pm each Tuesday although we hope to make many of the activities available online to attempt at your leisure.

Please sign up using the Doodle Poll and indicate (when appropriate) whether or not you would like a map provided (cost £1) or are happy to print off your own.

Fri 17 SepRead more…

New Summer SOGLs - 3 courses to try

JIRCS Relay 2017

As a substitute for our normal summer series of park sprint events, this year we have set up a new series of MapRun enabled short courses (ca 2.5km) in public areas. These can be run at speed or simply for navigation training.

There are three now available to try. Give it a go - it's just like a real event. Read on to find out more...

Wed 11 AugRead more…

2021 Trail Runs

2017 Devils Dyke Finish

Thursday evening trail runs continue to be offered through the Summer. These are social training events where you can run on your own or as a group. We continue to offer a range of start times to allow you to run when and with whom you want. A Doodle poll has been set up to allow you to sign up for a particular time slot. It is hoped that all runs will also be MapRun enabled. Runs will be added a few days before the Thursday each week - see below for list.

Tue 10 AugRead more…

Junior Team performs well at YBT

Team

A team of 9 juniors travelled to The Cotswolds to take part in the annual Yvette Baker Junior Finals. The competition is decided based on the scores of the first 9 competitors in your team, so we were hoping for a clean round from everyone. Our juniors didn't let us down and everyone scored to put us into 8th place out of the 12 best clubs in the country. A great effort from everyone!

Mon 5 JulRead more…

Spring SOGLs

Gps

Below is a list of events set up for the Spring 2021 SOGL (pronounced soggle) league. This series of events was set up whilst we couldn't meet to orienteer. 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. All runs were completed by May 17th, but they will still be available to run after this.

Fri 11 JunRead more…

List of available MapRuns

Roosthole

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.

Thu 10 JunRead more…

New Committee Members

Ralph Phillips

Following the SO AGM, we have some new committee members and some change in roles. Ralph Phillips steps back into the role of Chairman, supported by Tim Hulley as Deputy Chair. Ed Forman takes the role of Treasurer, Ray Kingdom takes the role of Membership Secretary and Joe Barrett takes the role of SI coordinator. In addition Michael Merritt becomes our Honorary Reporting Account. Our thanks go to ...

Wed 9 JunRead more…

2020 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.

Mon 4 JanRead 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.

Sun 3 JanRead more…

Brighton GPS courses

Huts

GPS enabled courses are now live, these are part of the Southern England GPS Orienteering League as well as the Southdowns GPS League.

Final details are available here, scroll down to download courses and control descriptions. The MapRun files can be found in the UK/Sussex/BCR12 folder. For league purposes the courses should be completed by December 31st.

Sun 6 DecRead more…

Autumn Club Nights

Bcr

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.

Sun 1 NovRead more…

Brighton City Race goes virtual for 2020

Comp Hannington Lane 2

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…

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…

Wildgoose Wood test event

Wildgoose

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…