SOG S1Coates Common + CoachingSat 02 February, 2019

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

Location Info

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

Coates Common

Coates Common
Credit: Jack Kosky

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

Directions / Parking

Public car park at Lord's Piece: (lat, lon) (50.943469, -0.589466).

Signed from junction of Coates Lane and Burton Park Road. Nearest postcode RH20 1HQ. If this becomes full, additional parking ~500m north of this at Coates Lane/Burton Park Road junction car park.

Neither car park very large and both will be shared with other members of the public, so please lift share where possible. Both entrances quite rutted—take care.

Course Information

Blue ~6.5km
Green ~4.5km
Orange ~2.5km
Yellow ~1.5km
(Straight line distances.)

Coates Lane and Burton Park Road are out of bounds and are marked as such on all maps.
For Blue and Green, the boundary fence for Lord's Piece has been marked as uncrossable: only use the marked crossing points (three obvious gates). Additionally, the field between Lord’s Piece and
Coates Common/Badland Wood is marked as out of bounds and should not be entered.

Entry Details

SO members fees: SO Seniors £4.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £5.00, Juniors £2.00. 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.

Terrain Description

Open heathland on Lord’s Piece, with some small areas of forest and contour detail and great views of the South Downs. Blue and Green also visit Coates Common and Badland Wood to the east.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed




Full leg cover required. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for running off-road in February. Lord’s Piece is exposed and cagoules may be made compulsory if weather is adverse. You are advised to carry a whistle.

Please be courteous to other forest users. Lord’s Piece is popular with dog walkers and is transected by a bridleway used by equestrians.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jack Kosky



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