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Another MapRun course has been set up at Stanmer Park. We suggest parking either at the south end of the park (TQ343087 / swing.sailor.police) or at the University Sports Centre and the map can be downloaded here. See previous post for instructions. Again remember to follow the safety advice.
Karen Ashworth has set us all a problem to tackle. Here are nine photographs taken from somewhere on Devil's Dyke, all you have to do is identify from where the photos were taken. Mark down the your locations on a blank map and send to Karen (email@example.com). Answers to follow in due course. Note that rumours that she took the photos whilst completing the solo MapRun course are unfounded.
Your club captain has set up another solo training opportunity, this time on Wolstonbury Hill. Read the MapRun article for details of how to participate (this event also in the Sussex MapRun Folder). The map can be downloaded here. You can park on the road parallel to the A23 at Pyecombe (TQ285128/salads.caged.overheat) and then it's about a 10 min walk up the diagonal path to the finish gate. Remember the safety advice.
While individuals are still encouraged to go out and exercise alone (or with close family members) I am setting up some events that can be done solo using a smartphone's GPS capability. If you want to participate in this you will need to download the MapRunF App from the usual places. See instructions below on how to use the App and how to have a go at our first activity - a score event on Devil's Dyke. Please also read the following advice on behaving responsibly when participating in these activities.
Since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have been closely monitoring the situation and trying to understand its impacts. A club quorum of committee members held an email conference and in conjunction with Government direction and British Orienteering we have now decided that events should not take place over the next 12 weeks. I can assure you that this decision was made very thoughtfully and with consultation and understanding at all levels.
Therefore all events provided by Southdowns Orienteers have been cancelled until 30 May 2020. This action will be reviewed during the first week in May to decide if it’s safe to commence the summer events on the 06 June 2020.
Keep safe and healthy.
14 SO juniors headed to Warlies Park early this morning to take part in the 2020 YBT SE heat. Outstanding performances by every runner meant that we scored highly whilst at the same time pushing our competitors scores down. Our main competition, Southern Navigators had over 30 runners. Every run counted towards this victory and the team should be very proud of themselves.
Now we need to look ahead to the YBT Final - Westonbirt Arboretum - Sunday 5th July 2020
We want to encourage every SO junior to enter into this event. The larger the team the more chance we will have so please put this date in your diaries. We normally take a couple of minibuses and the juniors have a great day out.
SO came away with 8 medals from the Night Champs held at Hambledon on Feb 22nd. Congratulations to champions Scarlet, Stan and Roger and to medalists Chris/Tommy (Silver) and James/Will/Ruth (Bronze). Results at https://tvoc.org.uk/results/british-night-championships/
With a number of events coming up in the next couple of months where we would like to see you participate, either as competitors or as helpers, we have set up a poll for you to indicate your availability for these. It would be helpful if all club members could complete the poll - even if you are unavailable for all.
We need some help to run the Sunny Sussex weekend this year. Each event needs an organiser who mainly takes care of setting up tents and signs, arranging the assembly area and distributing volunteers. The event is coordinated by Anna Chapman, so comprehensive assistance is provided and experience is not necessary - we just need to share the load. We also need a planner for the exciting urban event we plan to put on at Sovereign Harbour. The events are Sat 16th May Regional at Abbots Wood (Hailsham), Urban Regional at Sovereign Harbour (Eastbourne) and Sun 17th May National at Friston Forest (Eastbourne). Please contact Anna.
Don't forget to enter for British Orienteering Champs and JK2020 for cheaper entry prices. The British Champs is in our region this year and is open to all members of British Orienteering (every SO member is a member of British Orienteering). You'll find the same kind of courses, just with the addition of commentary, elite classes and a more exciting event arena. Well worth a go. JK2020 is an annual international event and is attended by lots of SO members - this year it is in the North-East.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is now available at SO events in the download tent.
It is very simple to use, you don’t need to be trained to use it. Just open the cover and it will give you clear instructions on how to attach the pads. It will then assess the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed. You cannot deliver a shock accidentally.
To find out more: view a short promotional/training video here or speak to Steve Blount the next time you're at a SO event.
The following Summer Sprint League 2019 medals are still held by the chairman and will be available at the following events at the SI tent.
A number of club members travelled down to the Forest of Dean at the end of November for the Southern Day and Night Championships. We came away with seven trophies with particular congratulations to Roger Maher (M80) and Ruth Rhodes (W75) who did the double. Also winning were Mike Gammon (M85 Day), Neil Crickmore (M55 Night) and Jonny Crickmore (M21 Night).
Southdowners were busy competing in the South East Night and Long Championships over the weekend of 23/24 November 2019. 18 medals were won by SO members!
Due to the large turnout of club members we managed to come an excellent third in the national inter-club competition. Despite only having two members in the top three of any course (congratulations Roger and Tommy) we remained competitive against Bristol (4th), South Yorkshire (2nd) and Forth Valley (1st). The tub of chocolates prize was quickly shared around those members that stayed for the prize-giving. The team results are now published on the MV website http://www.mvoc.org/Events/20191020CompassSport/results/index.html scroll down to the bottom for team scores.