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Juniors Orienteering Activity DayWed 24 October

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British Orienteering is sponsoring a 'youth activity day' for M/W10-14's at High Ashurst Outdoor Activity Centre near Dorking on Wednesday 24th October. Aimed at juniors from London and the South East, the day will include orienteering exercises as well as outdoor activities like high ropes, climbing wall and archery. A great opportunity to have some fun and make new friends!

Fri 21 SepRead more…

Pre-enter for Rewell by 26th Sept

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Pre-enter for our Regional Orienteering event (level C) to get a lower entry price. It takes place in the beautiful South Downs National Park, near to historic Arundel. Expect interesting terrain including ancient yew woodland and steep downland scarps for the longer courses. More details.

Wed 19 SepRead more…

CompassSport Cup Final - Sun Oct 21st

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Entries required by Sept 21st. Having qualified from the regional heat at Balcombe we are off to the final again. The final is on Cannock Chase (similar terrain to this year's JK) on Sunday Oct 21st. If there is enough interest we may hire a coach to take us up there and back on the day. I have set up an online poll at for members to indicate their availability and interest in a coach.

Tue 18 SepRead more…

Tuesday evening social training


From the end of September until Easter SO will be running a series of training activities on Tuesday evenings between 7:30 and 8:30. The social aspect of these activities are just as important as the training themselves, and many of the activities will be undertaken in pairs or groups. Some participants will retire to a local hostelry afterwards for post training refreshments. Each month we will put on different types of training, see below for more details.

Sun 16 SepRead more…

SO Success at London City Race

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Congratulations to Jack Kosky who finished 2nd (but first British runner) on the Men's Elite course at the race held around the City and South Bank. Also on the podium was Ruth Rhodes 2nd in the Women's Hypervets class. Near misses for Neil Crickmore (4th in Men's Supervets), Lucy Thraves (an excellent 7th in Women's Elite) and Robin Smith (7th in Men's Ultravets). Results can be found at

Sun 16 SepRead more…

Peter Palmer Relays


On Saturday afternoon a minibus containing 9 SO Juniors and 3 adults headed north to Tankersley Woods in Sheffield for the annual Peter Palmer Relays – a team race that starts in the dark at 05:00 in the morning (first alarm clock this year hit us at 3:55am!).

Mon 10 SepRead more…

SO Success at British Middles


Congratulations to our three medal winners Mike Gammon Gold in M85, Jonny Crickmore Gold in M21 and Roger Maher Bronze in M80. A further ten Southdowners put in top 10 performances. Results can be found at:

Mon 3 SepRead more…

SO Success at British Sprints


SO managed three podium places at the British Sprints with Jonny Crickmore winning the elite men's trophy, Ruth Rhodes winning W75 and Will Heap earning a silver medal in M45. Honourable mentions to Scarlet Heap (W16) and Neil Crickmore (M55) for their 5th places. Results can be found at:

Mon 3 SepRead more…

Cheers to the White Rose

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For some Southdowners, August Bank Holiday weekend means travelling to the North York Moors for the annual White Rose weekend of Orienteering. The event is a great social occasion and is always based around a central event campsite with most events only walking distance away. The prestigious prize that everyone pursues is the White Rose Mug!

Thu 30 AugRead more…

Barry's Bob Graham Round


On Saturday 4th August, Barry McElearney touched the Moot Hall door in Keswick to complete the gruelling Bob Graham Round (BGR) in 22 hours and 41 minutes, comfortably inside the 24 hour limit set for membership of the elite Bob Graham 24 Hour Club.

Tue 7 AugRead more…

Lakes 5 Days

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Many Southdowners travelled to the Lake District last week to take part in the Lakes 5 Days orienteering festival. Stunning scenery and fantastic courses in 5 different locations with a typical array of Lakes weather thrown in for good measure. Day 1 saw a massive climb to the start in torrential rain, whilst Day 4 was hot, sunny and flat.

Mon 6 AugRead more…

Trail running sessions on a Tuesday night

Trail Run

The main Sussex Orienteering season takes a break until September, but keep an eye out for our trail running sessions on a Tuesday night.

Come and join a relaxed group of like-minded runners on trails of 4km to 13km. All abilities take part.

Sun 15 JulRead more…

Orienteering Holidays

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During the Summer, some of our members head off for Orienteering holidays in far off places. Take a look at our popular events page to get some inspiration. Most of these events are open to all comers - you don't have to be a pro.

This Summer members are heading off to The Lakes 5 Days and White Rose, amongst others.

Sat 14 JulRead more…

Preston Park Prizegiving and Picnic


This Sunday, at Preston Park is your last chance to improve your league position at the end of the Summer Sprint Series.

The event will be followed by a presentation of medals for the Sprint Series as well as prizes for the juniors who took part. All are invited to bring a picnic and catch up with others before the Summer break.

Wed 11 JulRead more…

Southdowners bring home the Handicap Trophy at the SE Relays

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Southdowns fielded 11 teams at the SE Relays at Holmbush. Juniors (and some seniors) donned their war paint and got ready to do battle with the terrain.

Ultimate success went to our Handicap team of Chris Hooker, Tommy Heap and Will Heap winning the Handicap Trophy, our Women's Open Team of Bryony Crickmore, Maddie Bartlett and Anna Chapman winning the silver medal and Paul Luttman, John Morris and Neil Crickmore with a bronze in the Men's Open.

Sun 17 JunRead more…