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Our Next Events

30 Nov/01 DecColchester (Greenstead)SOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 3Details
05 DecTunstall ForestSOS Club Championships (SUFFOC Event)Details Rules
14 Dec/15 DecPilgrims HatchSOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 4Details
11 Jan/12 JanSouth Woodham FerrersSOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 5
25 Jan/26 JanTBCSOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 6
08 Feb/09 FebTBCSOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 7
20 FebWrittleRegional Colour Coded
22 Feb/23 FebTBCSOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 8
03 AprHockleyRegional Colour Coded
15 MayColchesterUrban - National Level
19 JunHatfieldRegional Colour Coded
See forthcoming events on Ollie O'Brien's interactive map
For more planned events see the Events Page

Our Recent Events

16 NovCanvey IslandSOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 2Results
07 NovChalkney WoodsRegional Colour Coded - ESSOLResults
03 NovChelmsford (Melbourne)SOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series - Event 1Results
28 SepSudburySOS-HAVOC Summer Mid-week series - Event 4Series Results
19 SepBaddow RidgeRegional Colour Coded - EAL & HAVOC Club Champs and SWELLResults
14 SepBrentwoodSOS-HAVOC Summer Mid-week series - Event 3Results
04 SepColchesterHighwoods Session 4 - Introduction to Orienteering Course for WomenDetails
For Older Results see the Events Page

MapRun - An introduction to MapRun is available here

AnytimeNEW!MapRun - Great Notley Country Park (Spring 21)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Chelmer Village Score (Winter 20)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Braintree Bocking (Autumn 20)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Braintree South (Autumn 20)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Chelmer Village (Autumn 20)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Danbury (Autumn 20)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Halstead (Autumn 20)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Danbury (June 20)Details
AnytimeMapRun - Maldon (June 20)Details
Essex MapRun events and comments can be found on facebook here
HAVOC MapRun events (Brentwood and Shenfield) can be found here

Club News

04 October
SOS Juniors League 2021 - Update 4 (Baddow Ridge)
Please see attached for the current league standings post the Baddow Ridge event.

The last event of the league is our Chalkney event and there will be a presentation of trophies at the end.
SOS Juniors League Standings - please download here.
04 July
SOS Juniors League 2021 - Update 3 (Gt Notley Park and Village)
Please see attached for the current league standings post the Gt Notley Park and Village.

SOS Juniors League Standings - please download here.
23 May
SOS Juniors League 2021 - Update 2 (Maldon Urban)
Please see attached for the current league standings post the Maldon Urban event.

NEXT EVENT - 13 June Great Notley Park & Village.

SOS Juniors League Standings - please download here.
13 May
Jenny Collyer
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jenny Collyer. Jenny served SOS and the wider orienteering community in many different roles during her life - coach, planner, controller, committee member. She was a successful orienteer winning many trophies and selection for the England team. Jenny will be very much missed by a great many people. Our thoughts are with her husband John, son Richard and daughter Ann and their families.

24 Apr
SOS Juniors League 2021 - Update 1 (Danbury Park)
Please see attached for the current league standings post the Danbury Park event.

NEXT EVENT - 16 May Maldon Urban.

SOS Juniors League Standings - please download here.
03 Apr
SOS Juniors League 2021
The Danbury Park event on 18 April will be the first event in our special 2021 Junior League.

The league uses the same scoring system as the SOS Junior Club Champs. Any SOS Junior member will be included. You don’t have to run particular courses. Just run your preferred course and our scoring system will work out the overall placings across all courses.

Any full SOS event that takes place in 2021 will count towards the league. Your top 3 scores will count. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

You will need to be a club member on the day so don't forget to renew your membership or join. It's easy to join and SOS are not charging a club membership fee in 2021 so it's just the £5 British Orienteering fee to pay. Visit https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/join

Other events planned so far:
16 May Maldon Urban - Regional
13 Jun The Broaks Regional Colour Coded

06 Dec
SOS Junior Club Championships 2020
Our Club Junior Championships were held at our event at Highwoods Country park on 27th September and due to current restrictions we were unable to hold an awards ceremony there so we hand the Winner’s trophy, medals and other awards out at a recent coaching session – suitably socially distanced of course!

All our club juniors were eligible as long as they went round unaccompanied. It took much head scratching to formulate the results using the same formula used for the club championships but with additional weighting to accommodate the range of ages and courses ran.

Congratulations to Abigail Prince who is our new champion and thanks to everyone who took part.

Results - please download here.

04 Nov MapRun - Due to the lockdown, we have been developing MapRunF courses.

Please have a look at the links above and give them a try. Have fun and stay safe!

04 Nov A Message from the British Orienteering Foundation:

Suspension of Competitions in England 4 November 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s official announcement on Saturday, 31 October 2020, there will be a new, month-long set of restrictions coming into force throughout England.

These new measures will come into force across England from 00:01 on Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Having reviewed both the new laws and the official guidance published by the UK government for England, the Board of British Orienteering has made the difficult decision that all orienteering events and organised club activities will be suspended in England from Thursday 5 November for as long as these restrictions remain in force.

The full statement can be found here

07 Jul A Message from the British Orienteering Foundation:

Return to Orienteering in England

British Orienteering has announced that orienteering will return to England on 1 August 2020 (subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by the government).

British Orienteering will release Return to Orienteering Guidelines [England] by the 13 July 2020 to support clubs and the orienteering community across England in bringing a safe return to grassroots orienteering.

The Board and staff at British Orienteering has worked on these guidelines, which are in line with the latest Government guidelines on COVID-19 restrictions, including the specific guidelines on gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation published on the Gov.uk website.

British Orienteering has looked at other sports, specifically golf in terms of shaping the guidelines.

In creating these guidelines, British Orienteering aims to provide clubs, members and the community with clarity on how the sport can resume and how best to create a safe environment and comply with the current restrictions imposed by the government.

17 Mar A Message from the British Orienteering Foundation:

COVID 19 (Coronavirus) - British Orienteering Update

It is with great sadness that we are now in a position where all orienteering activities in the UK have to be suspended with immediate effect.

We are aware that the Coranvirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We all, therefore, continue to follow advice from the Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national governments on this matter and will keep the orienteering community updated as appropriate.

We know how great the sport is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back in the forests as soon as it is safe to do so.

Finally, we ask that you continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Please stay safe and support each other during this hard time.

14 Feb Celebrating our club juniors' achievements at the Jack Petchey Foundation Awards. Lucy & Callum our award winners in 2019 and Leader Award winner, Julie Laver.

02 Feb Congratulations to Taylor Gooding our Jack Petchey Award nominee for January. Taylor was nominated by club juniors as well as other members for her determination and achievements in a sport that she is relatively new to. She has been keen to learn new skills and to improve. Most importantly though she has done it all with a smile on her face and a friendly attitude.

Taylor has developed her orienteering very rapidly since having a go at one of our schools events. Her first competitive event with the club was the Yvette Baker Qualifier in 2018 and she has gone on to win a number of accolades including Club Junior Champion and a medal at her first British Schools Championships in 2019. Taylor also trains with the East Anglia Junior Squad.

Taylor helps at our club events and supports other orienteers of all ages. She is even helping her dad to get better at navigating.

Taylor now has to decide how she would like us to spend the £250 award.

Well done Taylor!

16 JanThe Schools League page has been updated with the results of the event at Knettishall Heath here.
3 DecThe 2019 Club Championships took place on Sunday December 1st at SUFFOC Daisy’s Wood event. A good number of Stragglers turned out to run and enjoy the interesting courses planned by Martin. The results were close with Eddie Banks being crowned Club Champion sneaking in just ahead of Geraldine Russell and Oliver Prince who tied for second place. Oliver won the Junior class convincingly ahead of his sister Abigail and Taylor Gooding, last year’s champion in 3rd place. Well done to you all. Thanks to SUFFOC for hosting the event and to Andrew Cordle for coping with the complexities of the scoring system. See how you did in the calculation spreadsheet here.
30 OctMinutes of the 2019 AGM are on the Members' Resouces Page.
10 SepMinutes of the September Committee Meeting are on the Members' Resouces Page.
12 Jul Congratulations to our juniors on winning the Yvette Baker Shield at Sandringham. Eleven SOS juniors made the journey north. It was a great performance and everyone in the team played an important part in their win. More details on the BOF website.



See forthcoming events on Ollie O'Brien's interactive map

For a full list of planned events and results, see the Events Page

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