NightChailey CommonSat 19 December, 2020

Near: Chailey
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race, Night, Juniors

Location Info

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

Pre event info

Entries open at RaceSignUp.

A night event open to orienteers with previous experience of night orienteering. Chailey Common offers a significant technical challenge which is even better after dark! The Brown and Blue courses include road crossings and are open to juniors who have passed their 16th birthday. Juniors M/W16-M/W20 are required to wear hi-viz to compete on these two longer courses. Whistle and a back-up torch mandatory for all.

SIAC (contactless) punching will be enabled.

Road crossings will be timed out. You should cross as soon as it is safe to do so, and should not look at your map during the road crossing time-outs.

It is hoped that live results will be available via wifi in the download area.

Final details will be available in the week commencing 14 December 2020.


Please note that competitors should not attend this event:

  • Who are unwell with a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms.
  • Have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and are within the quarantine period.
  • If they have returned from non-exempt overseas country, until they have completed the 14 day quarantine period.
  • Are currently undergoing COVID-19 testing, until they receive a negative result and are symptom free.
  • Been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace due to them having been in contact with a known COVID-19 case.
  • If they have been advised to stay at home by a Health Care professional.

Directions / Parking

Parking at Chailey Heritage, BN8 4EF. See map below for details. The main parking is 500m from the Start/Finish. The walk is on a footway alongside the A272. Juniors should park at the Start/Finish. Please park nose first and leave ample space between cars.

Course Information

Brown 6.4km (30 controls)

Blue 5.1km (25 controls)

Green 3.5km (17 controls)

Orange 2.4km (13 controls)

Entry Details

£4 (£2)

SO Juniors free (use SOjuniors discount code)

Enter online via racesignup


Online only

Start Times


Map Details

1:7,500 with 5m contours. LIDAR mapping by Chris Hooker.

Terrain Description

Mixed terrain of open common and woodland. Areas of significant technical complexity.

Chailey Common is one of the largest commons in the south of England and was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1966. The common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its heathland plants, and diverse insect and bird communities.

Chailey Common stretches over 180 hectares (450 acres) and includes Red House Common, Memorial Common, Romany Ridge Common, Pound Common and Lane End. Chailey Common is dominated by heathers. These include Bell and Cross-Leaved Heather but mostly Ling Heather. There are small colonies of blue flowering Marsh Gentian, Bog Asphodel and Sundew as well as beautiful summer displays of Heath-Spotted Orchid.

The heather and gorse provide a habitat for many birds including the Stonechat, Yellowhammer and Linnet. The Nightjar and Hobby are also regular summer visitors. The commons are also home to several of our native reptiles, such as adders and common lizards with many small ponds providing homes for a variety of amphibians.

Dog restrictions

Well-behaved dogs on a lead.


Parking on hard standing.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Robert Lines



Important Event Information

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