Sunny Sussex Weekend Event 3Friston ForestSun 22 May, 2022

Near: Eastbourne
Level of event: National
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

Enter whilst maps available.

A weekend of orienteering in the South Downs National Park, centred around the vibrant seaside town of Eastbourne.


This event is a South East League Event.

Weekend prizes will be awarded for the first three combined results of the daytime events in each of the following age groups: M/W10B, M/W 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20-40, 45-50, 55-60, 65-75, 80+

Sunny Sussex Weekend 2022 Series Info

A weekend of orienteering in the South Downs National Park, centred around the vibrant seaside town of Eastbourne. Take part in a high energy middle distance race at Abbots Wood. Head down to Sovereign Harbour for an exciting evening urban race and finish the weekend off with a long distance national event at Friston Forest. Pre-enter all three events and receive a £3 discount per adult. Convenient campsite at Bramley Park Camping. The weekend coordinator is Anna Chapman.

Directions / Parking

TQ 560007 What 3 words /// Postcode BN26 5QN

Car parking is in a level grass field.

Preferred approach: From the A259 to the south of the area, take the road north towards Jevington. Just before you get to the village there will be a sign directing you into the field on the left.

From the A27 to the north of the area, take the road south towards Jevington. Just after the village, ignore the first sign which is for the assembly team parking. Carry on to the next sign, indicate right just before the bends and turn right into the field just after the bends.

Course Information

You may enter any course you wish - the age groups relate to standard classes and provide eligibility for the competitions associated with the event. Newcomers welcome.

Black 11.5km 400m climb (M21)

Brown 9.8km 355m climb (M35-40)

Short Brown 8.0km 315m climb (M18-20, M45-50, W21)

Blue 6.5km 240m climb (M16, M55-60, W35-40)

Short Blue 5.0km 165m climb (M65, W18-20, W45-50)

Green 4.3km 145m climb (M70, W16, W55-60)

Short Green 3.7km 100m climb (M75, W65-70)

Very Short Green 3.3km 90m climb (M80+, W75+)

Light Green 3.3km 80m climb (M14, W14)

Long Orange 5.8km 145m climb (Adult Novice)

Orange 2.8km 60m climb (M12, W12)

Yellow 2.5km 45m climb (M10, W10)

White 1.6km 30m climb

All maps are A3 size except for Orange, Yellow and White which are printed on A4.

Children’s Fun Maze or Grid

Competitors will be eligible for Sunny Sussex prizes if they run their recommended age class or run "up" i.e. a longer course.

Each competitor will be awarded points using a statistical calculation based on their finishing time within a sample that is made up of all the finishers on the same course at the same event. The overall score is the sum from both events. The calculation is:

Runner score = 1000 + (200 * (average_time - runner time)) / standard deviation time

Entry Details

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

Entries close at 8pm on 20th May, but maps numbers will be set from 15th May. Enter whilst maps available.

Seniors light green to black (British Orienteering Member) £14.00
Seniors light green to black (Non-member) £16.00
Seniors white, yellow, orange, long orange (British Orienteering Member) £5.00
Seniors white, yellow, orange, long orange (Non-member) £7:00
SO Juniors Free
Other juniors £3.00

Discount codes

Family rates for non-SO members capped at the rate of 2 adults plus 1 child. Enter the first three competitors as normal, then second, third child etc. using discount code 'Family'.

SO juniors use discount code 'SOjuniors'.

Adults entering all three events use discount code 'All3' for each event to receive £3 discount.

Start Times

10:00 - 12:00. Start is 700m from assembly up a rough chalk track (10-20min) Courses close 14:30

Map Details

Updated in 2020 1:10,000 with 5m contours

Terrain Description

Friston Forest is within the South Downs National Park between Lulington Heath National Nature Reserve and Seven Sisters Country Park. It is the largest area of recently established forest in South East England. The woodland comprises runnable beech forest crossed by rides and cycling trails.

In the last 10 days, undergrowth has appeared along the edges of the rides and open paths. Gaitors are strongly advised.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are permitted in the car park on a lead at the event, but no dogs on the course please.


Food will be provided by British and Continental Catering.
Orienteering merchandise by Compass Point.


Based around the vibrant seaside town of Eastbourne and on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park. The weekend will offer a whole host of attractions to keep you entertained all weekend.

Beachy Head, Birling Gap, Seven Sisters, Redoubt Fortress, Sovereign Harbour Marina, miniature steam railway. Waterfront restaurants at Sovereign Harbour are a must for eating with discounts offered for event participants. Also nearby are Knockhatch Adventure Park and Drusillas Zoo Park.

Convenient campsite at Bramley Park Camping.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Robert Lines

Organiser: Anna Chapman

Controller: Andrew Evans

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.

Covid Prevention: Please follow these control measures:

- 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.

Insurance: Please note that if you have participated in three orienteering events/activities and not joined an orienteering club that is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

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