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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.
SO take a break from mainstream events over August and are back with the Autumn series in September. We do still carry on with our Tuesday evening runs which are popular and can be seen on the events page. During the Summer many club members travel further afield to take part in multi-day events such as:
Great news - Ralph Phillips has agreed to stand as Club Chair and was voted in at the committee meeting on Friday. Ralph can generally be found in the SI tent at events or can be contacted by email. Club committee meetings take place every month, so if you've got something that needs discussing, please contact Ralph.
Welcome to our new club secretary, Liam Marsh and social secretary, Jane Lambert. They were appointed at the AGM on 1st June and will join the large team who help to keep our club active and vibrant. Please contact them via the contact page if you have any good ideas.