Orienteering during Lockdown

Whilst regular orienteering events are currently on hold, there are still opportunities to get out there and enjoy the essence of the sport, whether you're a seasoned orienteer looking to hone their skills, a runner seeking an alternative to that cancelled race, or a family looking for something to keep the children entertained.

Permanent Courses 

Permanent Course controlThe club has five permanent courses spread throughout our area. Each has a selection of pre-planned courses making use of the permanent marker posts that you can tackle at a time of your choosing. For most, maps can now be downloaded for you to print at home. See the individual page for each area for more details.


MapRun screenshotMapRun is a free mobile phone app which, having selected a course, will notify you when you're in the correct location for each control (unlike a permanent course, there is no marker on the ground). The club has a back catalogue of MapRun courses available which you can participate in at any time. Most use urban areas with a simplified map which you can either view on your phone or download to print out. Once completed, you can compare your time and route with other participants.

Whether you choose a permanent course or MapRun, please be courteous to other users of the area and make sure you follow the government guidelines, particularly with regard to social distancing.

2020 AGM

The SOC 2020 AGM will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at 7.30pm using Zoom. More information will be given on this nearer the time.

Any proposed amendments to the Constitution must be received by the secretary in writing by July 2nd, 2020, so that they can be circulated to the members by the 9th.  

Questions will be taken under AOB but prior notice would be appreciated.

Attached is the Agenda for the AGM.  The 2019 Accounts and the Minutes of the .2019 AGM can be found in the Members area of the website.

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SCOA News - June 2020



The South Central Orienteering Association represents the orienteering clubs in the south of England which mainly cover Hampshire, southern Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, South Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.

The SCOA AGM and a committee meeting were held on-line last Thursday attended by Peter Hart, British Orienteering’s Chief Executive. The key elements were:-

The Return of Orienteering – British Orienteering is hoping to receive guidance any day now which will allow our sport to recommence, albeit under very restricted terms, which is likely to include a limit on those taking part, perhaps between 20-30 competitors, with pre-entry, pre-payment and following social distancing rules. This will apply to training and coaching too. Some summer tours such as Lagganlia have been cancelled, while others may still go ahead if circumstances allow. The Junior Inter Regional Championships  were to be hosted by SCOA in September have been cancelled, while the organisers of the Youth Camp in the New Forest during the weekend of the November Classic are still hopeful that the event will go ahead.

Level A Controllers – There are a lack of level A controllers and those with level B accreditation are encouraged to move up a grade.

SCOA Officials – Eric Harper, Chair; Fiona Clough, Secretary and Richard Sharp, Fixtures; continue in post and Jon Stead takes over as Treasurer from Peter Entwistle.

Event Safety – These courses have been delivered face to face prior to lock down, but an online version is currently being trialled and should be available during the next few weeks.

JK2020 Surplus – There has been much discussion as to what good use the surplus from last year’s JK can be put. Given the current pandemic and the potential additional costs which may arise, a decision has been deferred until September. A suggestion has been proposed to subsidise coaching courses, while there remains interest in investing in grass roots development.

The on-line meeting was such a success, that most future meetings will now be conducted on-line, even after lock down, saving member’s time, fuel costs and meeting room hire costs

Ian Moran