SOG S1Coates Common + CoachingSat 08 February, 2020

Coaching at Coates Common

Coaching at Coates Common

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



Results and Splits, Winsplits and Routegadget now posted. League results to follow.

Thank you Sue and Barry for a well organised event and arranging the nice weather.

Planner and Controller Report

Many thanks to Sir Sebastian Anstruther of the Barlavington Estate for permission to use the land and to the Land Agent Andrew Kinnear who was most helpful. This area is well managed which adds to its beauty, something noted by a number of competitors. We are pleased to send a donation of £90 to the Sussex Snowdrop Trust on behalf of the Estate.
Planning on Coates was Barrie’s first introduction to Purple Pen. Using the notes on the SO webpage and additional information sent by Charlie Turner meant that planning this event was fairly quick and reasonably easy. Mike Gammon worked hard on the changes required to the map and was also extremely helpful answering planning queries. A big thank you as ever to the volunteers on the day, Michael, John, Michelle, Ffion, Barry, Robin, Les and Jim, and of course the SI team.
We hope you all enjoyed the event, it was good to see so many juniors at the training event making use of the contour detail. The area encourages some fast, straight line running and the good weather was a bonus.

Barrie & Sue


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Pre event info

Newcomers, juniors and adults are invited to a coaching session that runs 10.00-11.00 on Saturday morning ahead of the orienteering event. Our friendly bunch of coaches will have lots of tips and advice to improve your navigation. It's free of charge and we will finish in time that everyone can start the event before the 11.30 start deadline. Please let Robert Lines know if you can make the session.

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: Fittleworth

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

Directions / Parking

Not the usual car park; it is the northern one. Space is tight, so share wherever possible. Likely on-verge parking for late comers.

From N take B2138 from Fittleworth, after ½ mile turn right into Coates Lane. After 3/4 miles, car park on left. From S, 2miles 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, then turn E signed Coates; car park is 1/3 mile beyond Burton Mill Pond. There will be signs at the junction of the B2138 and Coates Lane.

There is a 6'5" height barrier at the car park entrance.

£1 for parking to go to the Sussex Snowdrop Trust Charity.

Public Transport

Pulborough Railway Station, 6 miles.

Course Information

Yellow 1.9km, 45m climb.

Orange 2.4km, 50m.

Green 4.5km, 120m.

Blue 6.0km, 135m.

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

From 10.00am - 11.00am. (Late starts upto 11.30 after training.) Courses close 12.30pm

Map Details

1:7,500 newly revised by Mike Gammon assisted by Barrie/Sue Pearson.

Terrain Description

Comprises three areas; Coates and Sutton Commons and Lord’s Piece. Lord’s Piece is mainly rough open and has been well -managed by Barlavington Estate since the 1950s. In the 1990s the estate fenced the whole area off. There are gates! Lord’s Piece is described by many as simply ‘beautiful’. The Yellow and Orange courses use this area. The Blue and Green courses will also use the other Commons to the east, which are hilly and mainly wooded.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed, but on leads for Green & Blue courses in the wooded areas to the east. Elsewhere to be under close control.




Repeat, not the usual car park and parking will be tight, so share if possible and please follow the Marshalls’ instructions.

Bridleways traverse all three Commons that make up the competition area and are used by horse riders. This area is also favoured by dog walkers. Please take care approaching these. A map of the Bridleways will be displayed at the Start. Full leg cover. Whistles recommended.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Barrie and Sue Pearson



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Gathering before the start at Coates Common

Gathering before the start at Coates Common

SO Shoe Exchange. Find it at Coaching Events.

SO Shoe Exchange. Find it at Coaching Events.

Lords Piece - Sussex heathland at it's most scenic?

Lords Piece - Sussex heathland at it's most scenic?



The spectacular calm before the storm (Ciara).

The spectacular calm before the storm (Ciara).

Early sign of spring? Gorse in flower.

Early sign of spring? Gorse in flower.