MapRun Training and Social

This is a free training/social event for club members on Tuesday 29th October. It will take the form of a 45 minute score around the streets of Valley Park, Chandler's Ford, with a mass start at 7pm. To keep things low key, we'll be using maps from Open Orienteering Map and there will be no controls out but those with a smartphone can use the free MapRun app (available on Android and iOS) which will notify them when they're in the right location. Get a good workout trying to collect all the controls, practice making route choice decisions on the run or just pair up with someone else for a sociable run: the choice is yours! Afterwards, we'll retire to the Cleveland Bay. You must register for the event in advance using this form. Registered participants will receive further details nearer the event.

November Classic - 3rd November

Thank you to those who have offered to help. 

As our premier event of the year, the November Classic relies on people volunteering to help. To maintain the event as one of the largest Club events in the country we need a good turnout. If you are able to help we look forward to hearing from you.

As usual, there is a 50% entry discount for helpers. This can be obtained from the organiser and used when entering on Fabian4.

Details of the event can seen on the Classic's dedicated website.


Results for SCOL2 at Fritham

Well, that was a wet one wasn't it? 179 of you braved it onto the courses, showing what a hardy bunch we are. I hope you enjoyed David Currie's courses.

As with all these events they wouldn't take place without a huge amount of effort from the volunteers who make up the event team. On behalf of SOC may I thank all the volunteers and officials for all their hard work.

You can review the results and splits here: Results and Splits. See all the courses and upload your route on RouteGadget.

Now, don't forget to enter the Classic. More details of all three Classic Weekend events at

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Firstly the thanks: to Pete for always taking everything in his stride, to Allan for stepping in as controller at short notice and gently knocking some of the rust off my planning skills, and to those who formed the forest team, in particular Ian, Mike, and the rest of the Currie clan who did both the early and late shifts. I would also like to thank W2 Alys: it didn't matter she was the only competitor on the White course. It was worth putting on just to see her walk all the way around - she deserved the win! And also to Tim, for ensuring that a 12km Brown course didn't look overplanned.

I must apologise for the new fenced enclosure which only featured on the maps in the start lanes. I only discovered it yesterday having somehow missed it on earlier visits. I should also apologise for those who had the hide #244. There was a reason why Allan had struggled to find it when checking my tapes which is because it has moved about 25m south of where it is shown on the map. Notwithstanding those issues, most people I spoke to seem to have enjoyed their courses. Fritham is a lovely area - my main regret is that you didn't get to experience it a month earlier when the skies were blue and the ground bone dry!