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In line with relaxation of the Rule of Six outdoors, British Orienteering Operational Guidance is changing. From 17th May 2021 SOG events will return to using a single socially distanced start grid:

Sat 15 MayRead more…


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The Southdowns Orienteers Annual General Meeting will take place at 1900hrs Wednesday 9th June 2021 via an online conference.

A draft AGM Agenda can be found here.

Sun 25 AprRead more…

List of SOGL eventsRecently added: Crowlink and Wolstonbury


Below is a list of events in the newly set up SOGL (pronounced soggle) league. 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. A final league table will be published for all runs completed by May 17th.

Sun 28 MarRead more…

2021 Trail Runs

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As of May 17th groups of 30 will be able to run together, however I have decided to 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.

Sun 21 MarRead 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.

Tue 5 JanRead 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)

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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


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


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

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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


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…

Evening Trail Runs


The regular summer evening trail runs are starting again but with some changes to allow compliance with Government rules. Notably:

i) No groups of more than 6

ii) Social distancing to be maintained between runners

iii) Please print and bring your own map

To facilitate i) a Doodle poll has been set up where you can book a slot on a Thursday evening, if you would like to run with others. Note that if 6 individuals/households have already signed up for a slot you will have to choose another.

Sun 14 JunRead more…