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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those members that "don't do score or sprint" here is a more traditional colour coded 'event' set up for MapRun. See previous news items for instructions on using MapRunF and please read the safety advice. Short brown, green and orange courses have been set up - details can be found on the list of available runs page.
The latest MapRun offering is a more extreme linear course using a combined Wolstonbury/Newtimber/Devil's Dyke map. Two courses are on offer the main one being approximately 10 miles long (actual distance), the shorter one 6 miles. Although aimed at runners there are route choices to be made and some simple navigation. See previous news items on using MapRun or a GPS devise to record your run and advice on safety.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the Southdowns Orienteers Annual General Meeting planned to take place in June 2020 has been postponed. It is hoped that the meeting will take place, subject to the easing of the current COVID-19 restrictions, later in the year.
As of today (May 13th) we are allowed to travel further afield to participate in solo outdoor exercise. Although it will be some time before organised events as we know them will take place again the club has, and will continue to, set up some alternatives. A number of MapRun courses have already been devised - these are designed to be used with a GPS-enabled smartphone App and tell you when you have reached the control point. Some early participants have found that phone GPS reception can be problematic and significantly worse than the watches that many of us use. As an alternative to using a phone you can just record your route with a watch and then email the club captain who can manually upload a .gpx file.
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. Please also read the following advice on behaving responsibly when participating in these activities. Two hints: 1) Best to download the event at home or where there is a good phone signal 2) Sometime you need to loiter at a control site for some seconds for the GPS to pick up the fact that you are there.
Lockdown Orienteering 24th-26th AprilFantastic weekend of Sprint Orineteering and other online entertainment from the comfort of your sofa.....
After the great success of Lockdown Orienteering this Easter the Lockdown team are putting together another event for us to enjoy. All sorts of challenges featured in the first event- catching features, route choice games, running wild, Photo O, streetview orienteering, trail O, Quiz O etc. 500 competitors took part including several from SO and also some world champions.
Register your interest here.
Any questions then ask Will Heap and I'll do my best to help.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Answers to follow in due course. Note that rumours that she took the photos whilst completing the solo MapRun course are unfounded.
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.