Capite WoodSun 12 June, 2022

Near: Ashington
Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race



The gods were with us with the weather and I hope the undergrowth wasn’t too bad I tried my best to avoid the worst areas. I was initially concerned about the numbers but there was a big surge the few days before so thank you all for coming.

Planning at Capite is always a pleasure it’s such a good area with lots of great features to use and planning is easier if you can put the controls out the day before. Frenchlands is a complete contrast to Capite with some very good runnable parts, along with a complex ride network.

I must thank Neil whose organisation was great with his band of helpers and Mike Murray who was initially controller, but then had to hand over to Vince who took it in his stride. Both Vince and Neil took on a lot of forestry work on Saturday clearing overgrown paths and the fallen tree by the crossing point.

My apologies go to the two competitors who pointed out that control 85 was about 15m south of where it was on the map. The map isn’t quite right there as the thickets have all joined up. I hope this didn’t spoil your enjoyment of the courses.


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Pre event info

Beautiful Sussex mixed woodland, gently undulating with mostly good runnabitity. The shorter courses are confined to Capite Wood (north of the parking area), the Green, Blue and Brown courses cross open farmland field to link with Frenchlands Wood to the South.

Regional Series Info

Open to everyone. These events offer a larger range of colour coded courses (including the usual yellow, orange, green, blue) and attract a wider group of people from different clubs. Regional events often offer a white course which is easier than a yellow and ideal for juniors wishing to try it on their own for the first time as there should be a control at every decision point. Seven colours are used with each representing a certain level of difficulty (both technical and physical). The darker the colour, the longer and harder the course.

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Location Info

Nearest town: Ashington

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

Directions / Parking

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Parking as directed by marshals at Daylands Farm. Approach from the A24 at The Old Barn Nursery, signed to Ashurst, and NOT from Ashurst village. This minor road is Honeybridge Lane and the entrance to the farm will be signed after 1.25 km

Due to the narrow approach track PLEASE ARRIVE BY 11.30 am AND NO DEPARTURE BEFORE 11.30 am

Public Transport

Old Barn Nursery on A24 (1.25km walk) Buses to Worthing, Horsham and Crawley at two hour intervals on Sunday

Course Information

Yellow 2.1km 35m climb

Orange 2.7km 60m climb

Short Green 2.9km 60m climb

Green 4.5km 95m climb

Blue 6.0km 120m climb

Brown 7.9km 135m climb

Start is in field adjacent to parking field around 200-300m from your car.. Runners with their own dibber should go directly to the start, hire dibbers may be collected from 9.45am.

There are no allocated start times. Punching start and finish. Control units will be SIAC enabled.

Entry Details

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

BOF/SO Seniors £10.00 (until 5 June, then £12), non-member supplement £2

Juniors £5.00 (SO juniors free - use code SOjuniors)

Dibber hire: £1 (senior) £0.50 (junior) or £2/£1 for a SIAC

If you are able to volunteer to help please email the organiser.


Hired dibbers can be collected from 9:45am

Start Times

From 10-12, courses close 2pm

Map Details

1:10,000, 5m contours, surveyed by Mike Gammon 2013-14 with updates by Chris Hooker April 2022

Terrain Description

Beautiful Sussex mixed woodland, gently undulating with mostly good runnabitity. The shorter courses are confined to Capite Wood (north of the parking area), the Green, Blue and Brown courses cross open farmland field to link with Frenchlands Wood to the South.

Whilst there is still plenty of runnable terrain, recent rain has led to growth spurt in the bracken and undergrowth. Please dress appropriately: NO shorts!

Dog restrictions

Sorry no dogs allowed on this working farm.


Toilets will be available near to parking area


All units will be enabled for contactless punching.


The forecast (a week ahead) is for a warm, dry day. Please bring your own water and hydrate before running.

Check for ticks after running and be aware that adders are present in the area. Give any livestock a wide berth.

Safety bearing: If in Capite Wood head South to the open fields, if in Frenchlands Wood head North-East.

There will be a professional first-aider at the event with a rapid response vehicle


These should be available later the same day on the Southdowns Orienteers Website.


None at the event, but you are very welcome to bring a picnic. There is a good tea room at The Old Barn garden centre and nice pubs that serve food in both Dial Post (The Crown) and Ashurst (the Fountain)

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Christine Jepson

Organiser: Neil Watts

Controller: Mike Murray (SLOW)

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