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Congratulations to Ruth Rhodes (W75) and Roger Maher (M80) who both won gold medals at the JK sprint event on Good Friday. Honourable mentions also to Paul Luttman and Will Heap who were 4th and 7th in M45, to Neil Crickmore 4th in M55, Jill Blount 5th in W55 and Carol House 5th in W60.
200+ pupils took part in the 2nd annual orienteering sports day today around the Michael Hall school grounds, known to many of us as Kidbrooke Park in Forest Row. Children aged 12-18 raced around six different courses in some welcome sunshine. Four school 'teams' were battling it out, which made for some exciting viewing and lots of excited children!
SO Juniors earned valuable points at Balcombe Estate Compass Sport Cup qualifying round to ensure SO won through, to the grand Final. With the added buzz of the SO Junior Squad cake stall, excitement and anticipation was high.
For the second year in a row SO won the regional heat of the CompassSport Cup and so will be heading to the final on Cannock Chase on Sunday 21st October. In a large heat held at Balcombe we narrowly beat SLOW (who will be joining us in the final). Full results are on the DFOK website. Please put the date of the final in your diaries as we would like to take a large team there.
Five hardy Southdowners travelled to south Wales for the British Night Championships on Saturday - Alan Velecky M50, Jane Lambert W55, Scarlet Heap W16, Will Heap M45 and Roger Maher M80. Night orienteering at its very best (and most difficult!) in the sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr. Congratulations to Roger Maher who brought home gold and to Scarlet Heap who won bronze.
We have entered 15 teams for the JK relays, details of which can be seen here. There is still time for people to swap teams or laps - let the club captain know. Not much interest in the British at the moment. If you're new to multi-day events or relays take a look at our popular events page - all members welcome. Contact the club captain for more info about relay events.
This year's regional heat on Sun March 11th is nice and local for SO - at Balcombe. We have manged to put together a team of 80 club members so it should be great social event for the club. As well as competing for team SO we are also helping out the organising club (DFOK) by taking on car parking and control collection roles. We will also be running a cake stall on behalf of the club's junior squad.
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"I love running in the woods, jumping streams, scrambling through mud and splashing in puddles".
"The thrill of finding the checkpoint, then getting lost, then finding my way again, then getting lost. Brilliant! The kids did way better than me!"
Ten Southdowners became individual age class winners based on their performances in SE League events in 2017.
This annual event was convincingly won by GB athlete Jonny Crickmore. The Elizabeth Brown trophy was won by M60 Pete Jones from SN who managed to visit all the controls in 57 minutes.
Please contact the organiser if you wish to claim: an Energiser LED headtorch; JK 2017 Buff; Magnifying spectacles; or a medal for finishing in the top 3.
Pebbles, estates, clanking gates and climb
Eleven Southdowners travelled to the Chilterns to challenge themselves against the dark of Penn Wood. Ed Lines (M20), Alex Lines (M21), Neil Crickmore (M55) and Ruth Rhodes (W75) came away with trophies for winning their age classes.
Congrats to Neil Crickmore who took gold at yesterday evening's SE Night Champs. There were silver medals for Sue Crickmore and Alexander Lines. Robert Lines, Chris Hooker and Jill Blount won bronze.