SOG 1Coates Common + CoachingSat 10 February, 2018

Near: Fittleworth
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race, Coaching



Final results, splits Links are now available to view.

Planners Comments

Firstly, thank you all for coming. It makes the Planner’s job most rewarding to see so many people enjoy their courses. The easy runnability and visibility resulted in some very fast times.

It was a beautiful dawn, but the clouds soon swept in. Fortunately most of you had finished your run before the weather really took a turn for the worse. As an observer from near the car-park, it was fascinating to watch all the action on display. Different gaits, different route-choices, different clothing…

It is a delight to plan courses on a ‘control-rich’ area like Coates Common. I deliberately planned some short legs at the beginning of the courses to test rapid changes in direction – it did seem to catch some people out. Later, both Blue and Green courses visited the eastern area, which tested concentration and gave good opportunity for route choice. (In particular Blue 15 to 16, or Green 9 to 10. A smart choice was to drop down to the path, and approach the pit from the SW – helped by competitors coming out from the control!)

On your behalf I thank all the people who made the event possible: Mike Gammon for his excellent map, and wise contributions to my initial course planning. Karen Ashworth for her input as Safety Officer. The Taylor Family for Registration. Control Collectors – Chris Hooker and Robin Smith. SI Team: Les Coles and Ralph Phillips. Not to forget John Morris for managing the car-parking in a rather rough carpark!

Finally, many thanks to the Barlavington Estate for allowing use of their land.

Alan Williamson

SI Comments

Good event today at Coates Common, all went well and fun was had by all. Thanks to Alan Williamson and his team for a nice event.

The SI team will complete the results and links tomorrow (Sunday).

Thank You to Kate Turner and Barry Jones for managing the SI system during the initial registration period

Les and Ralph


Is a web app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.

Pre event info

Planners comments and more links coming soon.

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 10 events each. Electronic timing (SI) is used.

Help on the day always appreciated.

Volunteer here

Enquiries here

Location Info

Nearest town: Fittleworth

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

Directions / Parking

From N take B2138 S from Fittleworth, after ½ mile turn right into Coates Lane.  After 1½ miles, turn sharp left, car park 200m on left.  From S 2m after Bury Hill on A29 turn left onto B2138. After 1½ miles turn left into Coates Lane, then as above.  From W take A285 to Heath End, 1 mile N of Duncton. Turn E signed Coates, after Burton Mill Pond, take 2nd right to car park. £1 for parking. Uneven entrance.  Nearest postcode RH20 1HQ

Overflow car parking is available if necessary about 450m to the north.

Public Transport

Nearest trains at Pulborough (approx 6km)

Course Information

Yellow (1.5km), Orange (3.0km), Green (4.0km), Blue (6.0km).
Technical difficulty: Easy (yellow) to hard (Blue). See Planning Guidelines.

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

1:7,500 Updated Mike Gammon 2016

Terrain Description

Common is mainly rough open and will be used by yellow & orange. Green & blue will also use a wooded, more hilly area to the east.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed.




Very popular dog walking area. Parking limited, share if possible. Full leg cover, whistles recommend

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Alan Williamson