Radio Solent coverage of our Mark Ash Wood event

BBC Radio Solent were in attendance of our event at Mark Ash Wood on Saturday. The radio piece about the event and orienteering will be aired tomorrow (4th March) in segments from 10:40. Tune in to listen or catch up after on BBC Sounds. 

Thanks to Katherine Bett from SN for organising. Katherine also co-hosts the "The Run In" podcast on British and Elite orienteering, which is worth a listen if you'd like to keep up to date with orienteering results or get an insight into how people train for orienteering. Available here or on most popular podcast players! 

Cancellation of the Sarum Saunter

We have received an email from Brian Hart, Chairman of Sarum Orienteering club, asking us to inform our members that the Sarum Saunter has had to be cancelled this weekend as the car parking field is too wet.  The event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, 30th May.


Coaching Activity Saturday 7th March & 14th March

Millyford Bridge    Sat 7th Mar 2020    10.30-12.00


GR: 270078. Nearest Postcode SO43 7GR at New Forest Inn, Emery Down. From here, take the forest road west and the car park is 2 km along the road on the right.

There will be courses available for all levels including Juniors and Beginners upwards. For experienced orienteers this morning is suitable to practice any skill you would like to: accurate bearings, route choice, attack points, improving on the little navigational problem you had at your last event? SOC coaching is free to SOC members. Cost £1 to non-SOC members.

If you plan to attend please contact Helen Wheelwright on helenamandaaa [at]

If you would like to help-either putting out controls or shadowing participants, please let me know. Thanks.


Helen Wheelwright


Colin Hicks, Kevin Bracher, Helen Wheelwright



Coaching Activity Saturday 14th March Rufus Stone

Rufus Stone   Sat 14th Mar 2020    10:30-12:00


Rearranged activity postponed from Sat 15th Feb.

Parking at Rufus Stone. Nat Grid: SU270125. Nearest Postcode: SO43 7HN. Lat/Long: 50.911474,-1.617046.

There will be something suitable for all standards including juniors/beginners of yellow standard and up.

SOC Coaching is free to SOC members. Cost £1 for non-SOC members.

If you plan to attend please contact Kevin Bracher (

Why not come along to hone and practice your O Skills?! 

For the experienced among you do come and try some loops on a blue/brown only map.
This concentrates the mind on recognising the shape of the land and the water features, besides improving compass and pacing skills. Why do this? Firstly the shape of the land and the more prominent water features stay the same. Secondly being only blue and brown it stops total reliance on using the vegetation and path/track network, which do change over time, thus adding another useful skill to your "toolbox of techniques" Colin H.

Anyone who can offer help supporting these activities putting out kites and or shadowing participants, please let Kevin know at the email address above.



Kevin Bracher


Colin Hicks, Helen Wheelwright, Kevin Bracher