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A team of 9 juniors travelled to The Cotswolds to take part in the annual Yvette Baker Junior Finals. The competition is decided based on the scores of the first 9 competitors in your team, so we were hoping for a clean round from everyone. Our juniors didn't let us down and everyone scored to put us into 8th place out of the 12 best clubs in the country. A great effort from everyone!
Thursday evening trail runs continue to be offered through the Summer. These are social training events where you can run on your own or as a group. We 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.
Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions the Club are unwilling to put on our usual summer series of sprint events in public parks. As a substitute we are setting up a new series of MapRun enabled short courses (ca 2.5km) in public areas that can be run at speed if required or simply used as a gentle navigation aid.
The first of these is now available at Stanmer Park, near Brighton. Give it a go - it's just like a real event. Read on to find out more...
As a club Southdowns Orienteers would like to increase the coverage of first aid assistance at their events: both to increase the likelihood of a qualified first aider being present should the need arise at a small local event where the formal provision is just 'first aid kit at download’ and also to make it easier to create a roster of club first aiders for National/Regional events whilst still ensuring everyone gets their own run.
Below is a list of events set up for the Spring 2021 SOGL (pronounced soggle) league. This series of events was set up whilst we couldn't meet to orienteer. 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. All runs were completed by May 17th, but they will still be available to run after this.
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.
Following the SO AGM, we have some new committee members and some change in roles. Ralph Phillips steps back into the role of Chairman, supported by Tim Hulley as Deputy Chair. Ed Forman takes the role of Treasurer, Ray Kingdom takes the role of Membership Secretary and Joe Barrett takes the role of SI coordinator. In addition Michael Merritt becomes our Honorary Reporting Account. Our thanks go to ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.