SOG S5Angmering SWSat 02 April, 2022

Ditch - mapped

Ditch - mapped

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



I hope you all enjoyed your run in the sun on Saturday. There were some fast times ! A combination of easy running through the flat beech woods, and path runs to avoid the brambles. There are some very naughty bramble areas necessitating the path runs and 2 of these on Blue needed work with the secateurs. I originally planned longer Blue & Green courses but was persuaded to trim them so that slower runners’ times were within the Club’s guidelines.

This was my first effort at Planning for SO after many years with Devon planning using a low tech method. So I had to tackle PurplePen and after a few niggles mainly due to my computing ineptitude, it went quite smoothly.

Many thanks to everyone who helped – Michael & Peter on parking; Peter on the Start; Kathleen, Steve, Troy & Gary on control collection; Penny & Les on SI. And to Mike Gammon for guidance and maps.

A word of caution to control collectors – a few of the SI units are loose in the cradles and need to be checked or removed into a bag or pocket when pulled out of the ground. One was lost in the woods on Blue – well done to Troy & Gary for finding the needle in the haystack !!



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Pre event info

Before attending any orienteering activity, orienteers, including officials, volunteers and coaches, should self-assess for symptoms of COVID-19. These are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any sporting activity, even if your symptoms are mild.

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: Arundel

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

Directions / Parking

Postcode: BN18 9PL

What3Words : gashes.sheds.evenings

On the old A27 East of Crossbush in Crossbush Lane which is a cul-de-sac. Park as directed by marshals. From S & E, A27 to Crossbush,right just past Beefeater. From W, A27 past Arundel station, left at top of hill. Proceed for c. ¾ mile, right at 1 junction. Start & Finish close together and within 200m of access point to woods. This is at E end of Crossbush Lane.

Public Transport

Arundel station is c. 1 mile South of Crossbush

Course Information

Yellow : 1.5k

Orange : 2.8k

Green : 3.6k

Blue : 5.6k

Entry Details

Entry only via, there will be no entry on the day.

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

Part of Peel Surveys 2019 update of Angmering, this bit not used yet.
Minor updates Feb 2022

Terrain Description

Mainly flat deciduous wood with some conifer blocks and a network of paths.
In some areas there is a network of shallow drainage ditches with corresponding earthbanks which are not mapped.
Changes already since 2019 – more brambles – courses set to avoid the worst, but on Blue you may need to find a way around an ‘Undergrowth:Walk’ area.
Some partial felling in the East has left some short vehicle tracks which are not mapped. No significant change to runnability – but brashings added.
Orange, Green & Blue courses cross a minor road twice – take care when crossing.
Area is used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders – please be careful and show due consideration.
There are some ruined fences lying on the ground, not all mapped – take care.
Keep off wood piles.

Dog restrictions

Yes, kept under close control


None. No key drop. Please bring your own water to ensure adequate hydration. Toilets at Crossbush services.


  • Adhere to the British Orienteering Code of Conduct.
  • Allow others to social distance if they wish to do so.
  • Avoid touching the start, finish and control units.
  • Move away briskly from the start and all controls. Take time to recover before making your way to download.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Nick Hockey



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Shallow gully - not mapped

Shallow gully - not mapped