SOG S7Ditchling CommonSat 23 April, 2022

Near: Burgess Hill
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



We hope you enjoyed the sunshine and Bluebells today. Thank you to East Sussex County Council (use of the area), SM Tidy Industrial Estate/Mid Sussex Business Park (allowing us to park), the SO Club Committee (the glue that holds the club together), Joe/Mike/Paul (Si Team), Garry (start), Clive/Barry (parking), Jane (meet and greet) & Alan/Barry/Dave (collecting controls). J&S.


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

Before attending any orienteering activity, orienteers, including officials, volunteers and coaches, should self-assess for symptoms of COVID-19. These are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any sporting activity, even if your symptoms are mild.

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: Burgess Hill

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

Directions / Parking

Postcode: BN6 8SG. What3Words: painers.parrot.lushley. Grid Reference: TQ340180. At roundabout of B2112 and B2113 head east on minor road towards Plumpton Green. After 600m turn north into SM Tidy Mid Sussex Business Park Industrial Estate. Follow orienteering signs through the estate and park as directed by marshals. DO NOT USE THE DITCHLING COMMON PUBLIC CAR PARK.

Public Transport

Nearest train station is Burgess Hill. 3km walk (45min) /cycle (12min) to event registration/download.

Course Information

Yellow - 1.3km - 15m climb

Orange - 2.3km - 25m climb

Short Green - 2.8km - 30m climb

Green - 4.0km - 40m climb

Blue - 6.0km - 60m climb

Entry Details

Entry only via, there will be no entry on the day.

Entry fees: Seniors £5, Juniors £2.50 (SO Juniors free - use code SOJuniors)

SI card hire: Seniors £1 (£2 for SIAC), Juniors 50p (£1 for SIAC)


SI cards can be collected from 9:45

Start Times

10.00am - 11.00am. Courses close 12.30pm.

Map Details

Scale 1:5000 with 5m contours.

Terrain Description

A mixture of open and wooded areas of varying runability. Extensive path network.

Dog restrictions

On a lead whilst in the industrial estate. On the common dogs are welcome under close control. Clear up after your dog.



Please bring your own water to ensure adequate hydration.


Safety bearing: South East to finish flag.

Car parking is provided by kind permission of SM Tidy Industrial Estate and Mid Sussex Business Park.

There is a 600m walk from car parking to the start/finish.

Competitors are asked to exercise care when driving into and walking back through the estate to the start/finish. Parents are asked to accompany their children at all times whilst in the industrial estate.

Ditching common is heavily used by the general public please give them space to pass safely.

The common has a large pond, a stream and areas of wet marsh.

Please DO NOT climb over any fences there are numerous gates available to use.


  • Adhere to the British Orienteering Code of Conduct.
  • Allow others to social distance if they wish to do so.
  • Avoid touching the start, finish and control units.
  • Move away briskly from the start and all controls.
  • Take time to recover before making your way to download.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jill and Steve Blount