SOG A3Abbots Wood North & CoachingSat 28 October, 2023

Near: Polegate
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



Well done to all who ventured through the floods to get to the event.

When planning started I'd never seen Abbots Wood so dry for the time of year. When race day arrived it was the wettest I've seen it!

Thanks to: Steve for all his help, Mike G for map printing, the SI Team of Joe B, Penny P & Mike R. Chris H for the armchair checking my courses, map updates & control collection. Garry G, Ian C & James C for control collection. Neil C for Racesignup & equipment. Andy H for Forestry England permissions and the SO Club Committe for all their work behind the scenes.


Is a web app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.

Pre event info

PLEASE TAKE CARE ON THE WAY TO THE EVENT. There is a lot of flooding. Access and exit via A22 near Hailsham is advised.

We are offering FREE COACHING this week for both children and adults. This is part of our monthly coaching programme. Younger juniors who are on white or yellow courses or just starting out will be with Karen. Parents may stay with juniors if they are new to it or very young.

Older juniors who are running orange courses will be doing some faster paced team activities with Anna and Pete and adults will be able to have some one to one mentoring.

Please register your interest in good time on Spond or with Anna if you don't have the Spond app. Meet at the computer tent at 9:45, ready to start at 10am. Please pre-enter for your course as normal, you will have time to run after the coaching.

SOG Series Info

SOGs are friendly club events where children and newcomers are very welcome. Yellow and Orange courses are suitable for children to run on their own with a bit of practice. Adults are welcome to shadow children until they are confident to go on their own. Green and Blue courses are run or walked by any age group - you can race competitively or just enjoy the woodland.

There are two series of events - autumn and spring of approximately 8 events each. Electronic timing (SI) is used.

Help on the day always appreciated.

Volunteer here

Enquiries here

Location Info

Nearest town: Polegate

* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.

Directions / Parking

Abbots Wood pay and display car park £2.50 for 2 hrs, £4 for 2-4 hrs and £5 All Day

Public Transport

Nearest train station Berwick. Bus service from Hailsham.

Course Information

  • Yellow 1.6km 10m
  • Orange 2.7km 40m
  • Short Green 2.8km 40 m
  • Green 4.4km 60m
  • Blue 6.0km 90m

Entry Details

Online entries only via

Newcomers are welcome and eligible for a free trial session - if you'd like to reserve a map or discuss the event please email our membership secretary.

SO/BOF Senior members £5.00 (non-members £6.00),

Juniors £2.50 (SO Juniors free - use discount code SOjuniors).

'Dibber' hire: Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2.00, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1.00. Half price for juniors.


9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

10:00 to 11:00. Courses close at 12:30.

Map Details

Abbots Wood (North), 1:10000. Lidar based map surveyed and drawn to ISOM 2017 by Chris Hooker during 2019 with updates to September 2023.

Terrain Description

Managed woodland with a good network of paths. Some smaller paths have not been mapped.

Dog restrictions

Keep dogs in sight and close-by; use a lead if they don’t always return when called. Always clean up after your dogs


Bring your own drinking water. Public toilet in car park.


Safety Bearing: West

The area is popular with dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders, please give them plenty of room to pass.

Bramble bashers recommended.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jill Blount



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