The Yvette Baker Trophy is the premier orienteering competition for juniors in England and Wales. The qualifying round is at Worth Lodge on Sunday 13 May 2018. It's a Southdowns area, so not too far to travel. Junior Team Manager Julia Jarvis is coordinating the entries and we need as many SO juniors as possible to run in order to give us the best chance of qualifying. It's free to compete, but entries need to be via Julia. Please contact her via the Contacts tab and let he know either way.
The 2018 JK ended in a very muddy field but with a win in the Men's Short Open class with Alex Lines, Stan Heap and Jack Kosky. We also managed 5th and 8th place in the same class. Also in 8th place was the junior team of Amelia/Maddie Bartlett and Scarlet Heap. In the individual classes Roger Maher made in 3 wins out of 3 to claim gold in M80. Also on the podium were Ruth Rhodes (W75) and Mike Gammon (M85) who both finished 2nd. Finally some excellent results in Trail-O saw Matt and Sam Leitch on the podium for both Pre-O and Temp-O with Matt actually beating all the adults in the latter class to claim gold.
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.
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.
Ten Southdowners became individual age class winners based on their performances in SE League events in 2017.