SOG S1Chailey NorthSat 05 February, 2022

This is a ditch

This is a ditch

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



Planners report: Thank-you for all turning up at Chailey on Saturday - it really was a bumper turnout and great to see so many newcomers and youngsters. It's rare that we have so many on the Orange course. The level of entry exceeded our expectations and thanks to Neil for printing additional Green & Orange maps at the 11th hour when it became clear we wouldn't have enough maps. As per the recent note on the news page of the club website, please do try and enter as soon as you know you will be able to attend, as our best efforts to guess attendances at events are not always spot-on. It's not always going to be possible to print off extra maps at the 11th hour and we don't like turning people away (or printing far too many that results in a massive wastage of maps).

This was our first event on the Redhouse Common part of Chailey for several years and thanks to Chris Hooker for resurveying the area in December. It's changed a lot, mainly I think for the better. All the minor paths through the bracken are a mappers nightmare - back in December (before the bracken died right down) things looked rather different!

I'd like to thank Julia for helping me with all sorts of things, including putting out controls in fading light on Friday afternoon and taking charge of things early Saturday while I ran around to "wake up" all of the SI units. To all the on-the-day helpers - once upon a time our Saturday morning events were almost run by one man and his dog!, but on the day alone today there were probably upwards of 20 people who helped in some way. Thanks to every single one of you, plus those who work tirelessly in the background gaining permission, preparing risk assessments and printing maps all year round. You are all stars.

Steve Jarvis


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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: Chailey

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

Directions / Parking

Same as for recent Chailey south SOG - hard standing at Chailey Heritage, on south side of A272, approx. 800 metres west of Chailey crossroads (A272 / A275 intersection). Please park as directed

Public Transport

Chailey Heritage has a request stop on Compass Bus routes 31 / 31A – an hourly service between Cuckfield & Uckfield. According the published timetable, buses leaves Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath (near HH Train Station) at xx.49 (arriving Chailey Heritage approx. xx.10) and from Uckfield bus station at xx.40 (arriving Chailey heritage approx. xx.02). Full timetable

Course Information

Blue 6.0km, 120 metres climb, 22 controls

Green 4.0km, 85 metres climb, 15 controls
Orange 2.6km, 50 metres climb, 12 controls
Yellow 1.5km, 35 metres climb, 9 controls

Entry Details

On-line entry only (there is no entry on the day) at:

Senior: £5.00 Non-member senior supplement: £2.00 Junior: £2.50 (SO Juniors free) Extra maps 50p. 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

New 1:7500 / 5 metre contour Lidar-based map by Chris Hooker for Redhouse Common (area north of A272). Blue course also uses part of the 2017 map (with selected planner updates for this event).

Terrain Description

Mainly runnable natural woodland, heathland and semi-open common land.
There are areas with detailed (but generally quite shallow) gully systems.
Blue & Green courses visit an area with a multitude of pits & ponds – please note for clarity only the most significant have been mapped.
In general, the area is not as wet as Chailey south, but there are some marshy sections (such as alongside streams) and some muddy paths

Dog restrictions

Yes, but please keep under control at all times




There is a manned crossing of the A272 to reach the start / finish area, which is about 100 metres beyond the crossing point. Parents are advised they should deliver children to the start and collect them from the finish
A few Ponies were encountered during mapping and control site checking. They appeared to be very placid, but please try and avoid startling any you may come across. BLUE course has “out-and-back” manned timed out road crossings (2 minutes each way). No other courses cross any roads
Safety Bearing - Head south to the fence which runs beside the A272, then head west to the manned crossing you used to get to the start. For Blue course competitors who have crossed the A272 just once - head north to the A272 then west along the pavement back to the event car park.
Note that the area is popular with local dog walkers, it is possible that you may also encounter cyclists and horse riders.
Please note that should severe weather be forecast, a message will appear on the club website. It may be that cagoules then become compulsory or in an extreme case the event is postponed.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Steve Jarvis



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