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Our team of 16 juniors put in a great performance at Worthlodge to qualify for the Yvette Baker Trophy final, the annual junior inter-club competition. Our 9 highest placed runners scored 897 points.
For many of our juniors this was their first time competing for the club and for four of our younger juniors they paired up to complete a yellow course without shadowing for the first time.
Mole Valley and Dartford Orienteering Club were also competing, but they took part in the Yvette Baker Shield event as they have smaller junior teams and the best 5 scores count towards the final result. Mole Valley scored 498 points and DFOK scored 300 points.
Thursday evening trail runs have starting again. These are social training events where you can run on your own or as a group. We meet at 6:30pm each week although you can run at any other time. A Doodle poll has been set up to allow you to sign up - particularly if you can't print your own map. It is intended that all runs will also be MapRun enabled. Runs will be added a few days before the Thursday each week - see below for list.
Notice is hereby given for our annual general meeting to be held at Worth School, Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, West Sussex, RH10 4SD on Saturday, 4th June 2022 at 1.30pm.
A draft agenda can be found here.
The AGM is preceded by a Park-O (on a brand-new area!) and will be followed by a bring your own buffet and the annual prizegiving where club trophies and certificates are handed out.
Well done to everyone who took part in the JK2022 - the annual international Festival of Orienteering - which always take place over the Easter weekend. We competed in very varied terrain from University to iron workings to mine workings to a military training site. Great competition, technical areas, social assembly areas and great weather made for a great weekend. Special congratulations to Mike Gammon M90 who became JK Champion, Emils, Tommy and Nick Jarvis who won the JK Men's Short Relay event and Ruth Rhodes W80 who became JK Sprint Champion. Take a look at the maps and routes here. More photos if you read on ...
Congratulations to Andy Parkinson, Di Turner and Robin Smith who took the British Champs title convincingly in the M/W70+ competition. We also followed in SO tradition and performed well in the short relays with silver medals in both the men's short relay (Liam Marsh, Will Heap, Alan Velecky) and women's short relay (Scarlet Heap, Heather High and Anna Chapman).
Eleven teams took part altogether and there was lots of support on the run in for all.
Pat Maher took his first British Champion title at the British Long Champs at Golden Valley near Liphook on 26th March. He won it by only 20 seconds - close competition! Mike Gammon made it onto the podium in silver in M90, Heather High also raced to silver in W16A (missing the top spot by only 31s) and Amelia Bartlett running in W20 Elite won bronze in another well fought competition.
Will Heap, one of our Club Coaches ran a fantastic coaching session in the sunshine at Cowdray Forest near Crawley. Participants included children from the age of 11 upwards and adults of all ages who take part in orange to black courses. Everyone had a great day and learnt so much from the different exercises.
We started off with a gentle warm up, led by Scarlet and then split off into three groups.
A very strong performance from our junior squad M/W12 to M/W20 helped SO win the regional heat of the annual interclub competition on 13th March. The terrain was really physical with lots of slippery mud around, but our juniors put in an excellent performance on the Balcombe Estate. Our juniors competed in courses from Orange to Short Brown and a number of them ran up on longer courses than their age category, but still beat the competition.
On 13th March 76 members of SO took part in the SE region of the Compass Sport Cup Heats. This is an annual inter-club competition open to all club members. Anyone who is able to do at least an orange has the opportunity to score points for the club and those that don't score points help to push points down against other clubs. It's always a fun occasion. We had seven class winners scoring top points and lots of top three scorers as well as plenty of other runners packed into the results.
After a fairly blank year in 2021 the major interclub competitions are hopefully back to normal this year. A Doodle poll has been set up for club members to indicate whether or not they are able/willing to compete/help at these events. Further information about these events is given below.
Club nights returned on Tuesday January 11th. 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.
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.
We reviewed the current entry procedure for SO events on racesignup at our recent monthly committee meeting and agreed to add the "number of available maps" for each course. Note that maps for each event are normally printed on about the Monday before the event (yet entries remain open until the evening before the event) but there have recently been instances where the number of entries for a particular course has exceeded the number of printed maps. We are unwilling to "recycle" maps for Covid reasons and wish to avoid anyone having the disappointment of turning up but not being able to run. Club members can help by entering our events sooner - this will allow us the opportunity to print more maps where we appear to have underestimated demand.
At Washington Common on 22nd January, we held our third training session of the season for our younger juniors and some new adults. We had a great turnout and had four large groups taking part. Our main focus for this session was understanding the brown features on the map. Washington Common is a good venue for this as there are lots of steeper features.
We started by looking at contours on the map and comparing them to a 3D model to help picture the ground. Can you see how the model relates to the map below? You may need to rotate it slightly!
The South East Long Champs took place at the same event as the Southern Champs at South Ashdown on 12th Dec 2021. The proximity of the event meant that lots of SO members were able to attend and we walked away with 13 South East Long Distance Champions. Great to see some new medal winners in the list!
Congratulations to Emma Chapman (W10), Scarlet Heap (W18), Chris Hooker (M60), Di Turner (W70) and Roger Maher (M80) who have now become Champions of the South of England. They all took part in the Southern Long Distance Champs at South Ashdown on 12th Dec 2021.