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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.
Congratulations to Ffion Jones, Stan Heap, Scarlet Heap and Tommy Heap who were selected to compete at the Junior Home Internationals in Northern Ireland this weekend. Great results for Tommy Heap winning the M14 Individuals and Scarlet Heap winning the W16 Relay leg, with solid performances from both Stan and Ffion for their teams.
I have today finalised our team of 118 runners!
I have e-mailed out details of this team along with allocated start times. If for some reason you didn't receive this information please check your spam folder and if still nothing e-mail me directly and I will forward.
Final details can be found on the MV website http://www.mvoc.org/Events/20191020CompassSport/20191020FinalDetails.pdf
There is a weekend orienteering camp for juniors taking place in the New Forest during Nov 1-3rd. It is aimed at club juniors aged 11-13 years at Orange standard (TD3) or Yellow level (TD2) aiming to improve to Orange.
Two Southdowners conquered the Barbican and the city of London to podium at the UK's largest city orienteering race. Taking home their chocolate prizes were Sam Leitch (2nd in Men under 21 class) and club captain Neil Crickmore improving on his 4th at the British Sprints to come 3rd in the Men over 55 class.
SO came away with a clutch of six medals from the British Sprint and Middle Championships. Congratulations to M8o Middle Champion Roger Maher who also won Bronze in the Sprint. Jonny Crickmore also won two medals Silver in Middle and Bronze in Sprint while there were Bronzes for Tommy Heap (Middle) and Ruth Rhodes (Sprint)
Early on Sunday morning 19 members of the SO junior squad competed in this year's Peter Palmer Relays which was hosted by SAX. It's always exciting, but for the first time ever the squad was able to field four strong teams and were competitive in the main PPR as well as the daybreak competitions.
One of the highlights of the junior calendar is the Peter Palmer Relay, this year being held locally at Kidbrooke Park and Hindleap Warren, near East Grinstead. This 6-leg night/day team relay is for juniors M/W12-18, with legs from yellow to green standard. Juniors from all over the UK will be running and overnight accommodation will be based at Michael Hall School in Forest Row.
Get in touch with our junior team manager Alex Lines if you want to be part of the team. More details are on the Saxons OC website. There will be a night training session for all members on Saturday 31 August at South Chailey. Bring a torch!
Huge congratulations to the trio of Heap juniors, Tommy M14, Scarlet W16 and Stan M18 on their selection to the England team. A fantastic achievement!
They will be competing at the Junior Home Internationals in Northern Ireland on October 12th and 13th. The full team can be viewed here.