New Permanent Orienteering Course

Firstly I would like to thank all those involved with the setting up and launch of the permanent orienteering course on Southampton Common, on Saturday 20th June. A lot of hard work was put in prior to the event particularly by Jean Velecky, ably supported by Gill Thomlinson and Philip Eeles. Secondly, thanks to Lin Hand and Andy Welch at the Hawthorn Centre and to Jon Dyer-Slade, Head of Neighbourhood Services at Southampton Council who kindly agreed to open it. Then proceeded to run around the medium course and come back in the afternoon to take his children around as well! There were an number of club members who came to help and run - thanks.

Some of you took some photos - any publishable ones could you please email them to Philip Eeles: p.eeles [at] Thanks Colin Hicks


Radio Solent

Again I have to apologise to those who may have avidly listened to Radio Solent on Monday, waiting to hear me being interviewed about the Common permanent course.

The interview was eventually put out on Wednesday - thanks Di - who happened to hear it. If anyone else wants to listen to this broadcast, then it is currently available on iPlayer at:-

Move to the programme on to about 3hrs 5 mins and it follows a Phil Collins track

Regards Colin Hicks

Southampton Common Permanent Orienteering Course Opening


Sat 20th Jun 2009

Type or Series

Launch Event


Hawthorns Centre, Southampton Common

Grid Reference


Organisers: Gill Thomlinson and Jean Velecky


A number of different courses will be available to suit all ages and abilities. Short & Easy 0.76km; Medium 3km; Long 4.4km


For an entry fee of £1 a map will be provided

Map Scale


Come and Celebrate the Opening of a New Permanent Orienteering Course on Southampton Common

A new Permanent Orienteering Course has been set up on Southampton Common and will be opened and launched on Saturday 20th June. There will be information and guidance available and a number of different courses will be available to suit all ages and abilities. Start any time between 10am and 2pm from the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre in the South East corner of the Common. Postcode SO15 7NN and Grid Reference SU417139. For an entry fee of £1 a map will be provided. A colour or black & white flyer for the event and view of typical Common terrain are available here.

This initiative is a collaboration between Southampton Orienteering Club (SOC) and Southampton City Council. The Common has been mapped in detail to show its layout and red and white markers have been placed on various features such as bridges, seats or posts throughout the Common. The positions of these markers are shown on the map and participants find their own route between them.

If you can’t make it to the launch event, maps will subsequently be available from the Hawthorns Centre during opening hours. Anyone can have a go, no matter what age or ability, as you can go at your own pace, enjoy the surroundings or even walk the dog.  However, if you do feel competitive you can see how quickly you can complete the course in which case you will need to balance your speed with your ability to navigate accurately and maintain concentration.

That’s what orienteering is all about and if you enjoy the course on the Common there are other permanent orienteering courses nearby, e.g. at Itchen Valley and Royal Victoria Country Parks - have a look under the ‘Club Information’ tab on the left hand menu. There are also other regular events organised by SOC and surrounding clubs throughout Hampshire and the New Forest - have a look under the ‘Events’ tab.