SOG S1Coates Common + CoachingSat 08 February, 2020

Near: Fittleworth
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.

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

Not the usual car park.

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 £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.

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; tight, so share if possible and please follow the Marshalls’ instructions. Full leg cover. Whistles recommended. Lord’s Piece (Open Access) is shared with other users, mainly dog walkers. Each Common has a Bridleway crossing it.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Barrie and Sue Pearson



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