SOC Facebook Group for Members Discussion

We have a Facebook group for any Club Members who would like to discuss training, events or anything orienteering related! It's been quiet for a while (and slightly repurposed) but with current social distancing in place, and no proper orienteering events for a while, we thought it would be good to get some chat and discussion going. Obviously not everyone has Facebook, but for those who do it would be great if you joined and got involved. 

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This week's entertainment courtesy of the Currie household is a set of anagrams of SOC areas. Answers on the back of a postcard to the usual address!

  1. Breezy nun quicker to ale path.
  2. Ben did.
  3. Egg grins at trunk.
  4. Epic royals take drunk.
  5. Dull rhino.
  6. Lofty manure.
  7. Firm hat.
  8. Hen has lice.
  9. Let's surf.
  10. We talk crab.
  11. Pig and mother.
  12. Slow or odd.
  13. How dwarfs nod.
  14. Ciao pa! Turn to rocky rivalry.
  15. Thawing herald.
  16. Tea heal myth.
  17. Elk wants tubs.
  18. Truly real navy checkpoint.
  19. Bore odd owl.
  20. Punky star can't run too.

Thanks to Alastair for spotting the mistake with number nine which has now been updated.

Thanks for putting these an-o-grams together. I love the surreal images that some of your anagrams conjure up and it was amazing how you managed to skilfully conceal so many country parks!!


Thanks, helen

Congratulations to Andrew Nash who took me quite literally and whose (correct) answers duly arrived on the back of a very nice postcard of the Lake District!

Virtual O-Tourism

I hope those of you who tried Duncan's Street View orienteering around Southampton enjoyed it. The winner at the moment is Nigel Britton in a time of 18:25. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and French orienteer Simon Blum has taken the experience to a whole new level.

If you head over to you can participate in a short course around the French city of Riems. The Street View imagery has been integrated into the site which means that a) you are forced to navigate along the streets using the provided orienteering map (no peeking at the Street View map or jumping from one location to another) and b) the controls actually appear in Street View for you to punch them once you are close enough!

In case it isn't clear, to get started you need to look down and see the little red placemark that represents the start. Once you've clicked on it, the rest of the map is revealed and you can proceed to the first control. Good luck!