SOG A9Chailey Common (South) Sat 26 January, 2019

Near: Haywards Heath
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



SI TEAM - Results have been posted which include the timed out legs on the Blue and Green courses.


I hope that everyone else also had a lovely winter morning on Chailey Common. Mine started in the dark, which is probably not a good enough excuse for misplacing the first control on Blue - apologies to the two early starters affected. Other than that the only problem seems to have been around whether the two spindly shrubs by the fenced enclosure deserved the honour of being described as a thicket - sorry if that misled anyone. As this was the first event I have planned since antiquity - well, pre electronic timing anyway - I leant heavily on the advice of Steve Blount for which many thanks. Steve also did a great job of organising. Thanks also to Chris who met me on the common a few weeks ago to go over my map updates - and then won the Blue course. Coincidence? My lips are sealed. Thanks also go to the SI team, Joe Barrett, Les Coles, Mike Ralph and Ralph Phillips, parking assistants and map sales. Finally thanks to the control collectors (without whom I would still have been out when the rain started) and anyone I've missed (who did their job so smoothly I don't even know it was happening).


Mark Chapman


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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: Haywards Heath

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

Directions / Parking

Directions and Parking On A272 between Haywards Heath and Uckfield. Parking in Chailey Heritage School (look out for prominent spire south of the road). £1.00 parking donation.

Public Transport

Haywards Heath or Uckfield Station, then Bus 31

Course Information

Blue 6.1km / 45m / 23 controls

Green 4.1km / 50m / 15 controls

Orange 2.6km / 30m / 11 controls

Yellow 1.6km / 20m / 9 controls

Entry Details

SO members fees: SO Seniors £5.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £6.00, Juniors £2.50. Extra maps 50p.

'Dibber' hire:
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

1:7500 ISOM 2017 Chris Hooker 2017/18 amended Jan 2019. Some seasonal paths omitted for clarity.

Terrain Description

Mixture of open managed heathland and small pockets of woodland. There is an abundance of depressions and gullies as well as a good path network. The western part of the common, used by the longer courses, has not been used for quite some time, and never with this map.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed.




The start / finish area is about 400m from the car park and involves crossing a B road. Parents are requested to accompany their children to and from the start and finish please. Blue and Green have two road crossings with a one minute time out between controls.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mark Chapman

Organiser: Steve and Jill Blount