SOG S3Cowdray and Greentrees & CoachingSat 02 March, 2024

Near: Crawley
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.

Pre event info

We are offering FREE COACHING this week for both children and adults. This is part of our monthly coaching programme. Younger juniors who are on white or yellow courses or just starting out will be with Karen. Parents may stay with juniors if they are new to it or very young.

Older juniors and adults who are running anything from orange courses and upwards will be doing coaching with Rob and may also have some opportunity for some one to one mentoring.

Please register your interest in good time on Spond or with Anna if you don't have the Spond app. Meet at the computer tent at 9:45, ready to start at 10am. Please pre-enter for your course as normal, you will have time to run after the coaching.

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

Directions / Parking

Parking on Whitely Hill (private road) which is one way traffic, east to west. Entry from the B2110 only.
Grid Reference: TQ 311 341
Nearest Postcode: RH10 4SA
What3words: ///demand.rope.bright

Participants have to cross the busy B2036 from the parking area on the east to the registration and event area on the west. The road is extremely fast and will be manned. Children must be supervised by parents/carers at this crossing both before and after running.

Warm/dry clothes may be left next to download/registration in your own plastic bag.

Public Transport

Nearest trains at Three Bridges.

Course Information

Blue 6.1km, green 4.6km, short green 3.0km, orange 2.9km, yellow 1.7km.

Entry Details

Pre-entry via Newcomers are welcome and eligible for a free trial session - if you'd like to reserve a map or discuss the event please email our membership secretary.

BOF member fees: Seniors £6.50, Juniors £3.25, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £7.50, Juniors £3.25.

'Dibber' hire:
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2 (juniors £1), non-SIAC (not contactless) £1 (juniors £0.5)

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

10:00 to 11:00. Courses close at 12:30.

Map Details

1:7500 with 5m contours last updated October 2023.

Terrain Description

Fantastic area with mixed woodland, river crossings and a friendly amount of paths and rides.

Bracken is mapped as undergrowth slow running. Runnability in bracken varies and is difficult to get through in places.
Rhododendron. Smaller bushes have sprung up and are not mapped but may cause confusion. Don’t just rely on just vegetation to navigate by.

Take care at stream crossings. Some have deep sides which after recent rain may be muddy and slippy. Suitably grippy shoes are needed.

Full leg cover is mandatory

Dog restrictions

Well-behaved dogs on a lead




Safety bearing – North to fence, the east to download.

Please be polite to dog owners and give dogs a wide berth.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mo Fitzpatrick



Important Event Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. Information about how to keep yourself and your children safe at an event can be found here.

Whistles: Carrying a whistle is strongly recommended at all our events and may be made compulsory by the organiser depending on identified risks and conditions.

SIACs: Note that in contactless mode no record of a SIAC "punch" is held in the control box. By using contactless punching, competitors are accepting the resulting risk that we may take longer to find them if they are lost or injured.

Covid Prevention: Please adhere to the British Orienteering Code of Conduct and take care to allow others to maintain social distance if they wish.

Ticks: Please be aware that ticks are common across many of the areas we run in and can carry infections such as Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Encephalitis. This is why the rules of orienteering say that you MUST wear full leg and abdomen cover in the forest. Full arm cover is also recommended. Please check for ticks after running and seek medical advice if you develop flu like symptoms or a spreading circular rash after being bitten. There is an excellent government leaflet here.

Insurance: All of our events are registered with British Orienteering and are covered by their public liability insurance; individuals are advised to consider their own private accident insurance.

Please note that the insurance only covers those registered as being part of the event so if you are taking part as a group, or are accompanying / shadowing a child please make sure you register the names of everyone taking part as you sign up.

For club taster / coaching sessions, individuals who are registered as attending are insured for a maximum of 3 initial sessions whilst deciding whether to join; they must be members of British Orienteering by their 4th session.

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