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Competing at the Oldhouse Warren SOG earlier in the day proved to be good practice for the Southern Night Championships hosted by the British Army in terrain consisting of army barracks, firing ranges and bracken-infested woodland. Congratulations to James Yule (M20), Neil Crickmore (M60), Ruth Rhodes (W80) and Roger Maher (M80) who were all victorious and came away with a range of trophies.
Autumn club nights return on Tuesday September 26th. Many thanks to Euan Marsh for once again taking the lead on these.
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. Courses will be saved in the Club Night folder on MapRun (UK/Sussex).
Please sign up using the Strawpoll and indicate (when appropriate) whether you would like a map provided (cost £1) or are happy to print off your own.
This year's Southern Championship took place at the November Classic in the New Forest on 5th Nov. This is a popular event for Southdowners and is always well attended.
Emma Chapman W12, Ben Chapman M14, Will Heap M50, Julia Jarvis W55 and Alan Velecky M55 all tackled the long courses over fast but pretty wet terrain and beat off stiff competition to become Southern Champions. They were each awarded a trophy, as well as a coveted Southern Championships Beanie Hat:
In addition the following members made the podium and got a beanie hat.
2nd M21E Nick Jarvis (he was 2nd by 1 second), 3rd W10A Harriet Nichols, 3rd W12A Emily Waters, 3rd M18E Tommy Heap, 3rd W80 Ruth Rhodes
A learning point from October's coaching conference was how many orienteers were not aware that carrying a mobile phone for use in emergencies is permitted (and has been since at least 2016!).
As a club we definitely encourage participants to carry a phone and also suggest that you might like to do the following:
- Set up the ICE number and emergency details if your phone allows this.
- Add the club mobile number 07526-792817 (on at every event and located with the SI team at download)
Competitors are not permitted to use mobile phones to assist with navigation. They are permitted to be used to call for assistance in the event of an emergency.
Planners are required for the Spring 2024 SOG series events at Abbots Wood, Great Walstead and Friston Forest.
If you have planned before or would like to have a go for the first time, please speak to/email any of the club committee members listed on the contacts page. An event advisor will be available to support you through out the planning process and on the day of the event.
We also need a Planner and Organiser for the Sunny Sussex evening event at Chichester University / Oaklands Park and an Organiser for the Sunny Sussex Level B event at Houghton. All of the Sunny Sussex events are coordinated by Anna Chapman who can guide you through the roles.
One of the premier junior relay events of 2023 took place at Stowe Park, Buckinghamshire, in the early hours of Sunday 10 September. SO had a full team (hooray!) with a mix of very experienced and novice relay runners.
The SO team arrived in small groups at the event base in the early evening of the day before. Part of the tradition of the event is that all teams prepare for the early morning start by taking over a large hall and sleeping on the floor. Some of the other club teams participated in a football tournament, though our SO team (quite sensibly) preferred to minimise the chance of injury and save their energies for the running during the main event.
During Covid times many clubs, including SO, set up a number of so-called virtual courses which club members could do on their own using the MapRun app. Instead of finding control flags participants used the GPS facilites of a smartphone or smartwatch to confirm that they had reached the desired locations. The courses that we set up are still available to use and links to them are listed below. In some cases the course may have expired - if you come across any of these please contact the club captain who can reset them.
SO fielded eleven teams at the British Mixed Sprint Relays on 17th Sept 23 at Brunel University. We had some very good results including one of our junior teams on the podium.
Emma, Kai and Emily raced around the University at top speed and placed 3rd in the 12- competition. Brilliant result against some very competitive teams.
Other notable performances were the Super Vet 55+ teams of Peter, Sue and Neil who came 4th and Steve, Jane and Ian who came 6th.
See provisional results here. Further SO photos can be found by reading on...
Call-out for someone, or a couple of people to help our team publicise our SO events and come up with some new ideas on reaching out to people.
Have you got a small amount of time on a regular basis to look forward at our event plan and push messages out about events as well as publicise the sport generally? The club is also interested in the idea of publicising a series of MapRun courses to encourage participation, so this could be an alternative strand. You will be working with a friendly bunch of people who already post items. Familiarity with Instagram, Facebook and possibly Strava a bonus for the publicity help. Familiarity with MapRun a bonus if you're just able to help with that part.
This year the National Sprint Relay Champs are being held relatively close to home and in conjunction with the annual London City Race over the weekend of 16th/17th September. The club captain will put together teams based on who is available and their individual preferences. If you are interested in competing for SO in this competition please add your name to this StrawPoll.
Southdowns Orienteers Junior Squad travelled to Yorkshire to compete in the Yvette Baker Trophy Final on 9th July 23.
This is the annual Junior Inter Club competition where the best clubs from each region across England and Wales compete. Our Junior Squad earnt their place for the South East back in March.
Evening trail runs are taking place 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 StrawPoll 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 beforehand each week - see below for list.
On paper, the Midsummer Devil’s Dyke Trail Run is only 300m of climb over an 8km distance. However, the relentless hard running and the pressure of competing head-to-head can make the event feel like the club’s toughest challenge of the year.
LittleDave reports on his experience from last Wednesday’s race, and you can check out the course here.
"Did you memorise the whole route?"
An orienteering trail run in my 'back garden' with a pre-published map where the Organiser stated you would not need a compass... The potential for disaster was massive but fortunately, I know the Dyke pretty well, been adventuring there for years now.
Get planning for the Devil’s Dyke Trail Race 2023! The event takes place at 19.30 on Wednesday 21 June 2023. All runners will be given a waterproof map on the evening, and courses close at 21.30. Take a look at the Long (8km) and Short (4km) courses. More details and sign up here: https://www.southdowns-oriente...
It’s back! Nothing says Midsummer more than the Devil’s Dyke Trail Race. It’s a traditional mass-start race with competitors gathering at the top of the Dyke for a 19.30 start. It’s not for the faint-hearted though. Both the long (8km) and short (4km) courses feature significant climb and the guaranteed warm summer’s evening make the event a real challenge. There are medals to be won for the 3 fastest men and women on the 2 courses.
Electronic checkpoints located around the Dyke mark the route and each runner will be given a map to make sure they keep on track.
Entries are open at RaceSignUp. See you there