SOG S7Friston Forest West & CoachingSat 20 April, 2024

Near: East Dean
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 or anyone wanting to run 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 coaching flag 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

From A27 between Brighton and Eastbourne turn South at Drusillas roundabout. Follow Alfriston Road, Litlington Road, The Street, Litlington Road, in total approx. 2.9 miles. Entrance to Friston Forest Car Park on the left.
From A259 between Seaford and Eastbourne turn North at Exceat and follow Litlington Road approx. 0.4 miles.
Please park as directed by marshals.
Parking fees:
0 - 2 hours: £ 2.50
2 – 4 hours: £ 4.00
All day: £ 5.00
You can pay by card or RingGo, location 31023 or call 02030460063. No coin payment.

Public Transport

Bus route 12 goes along A259 between Eastbourne and Brighton and stops at Exceat which is approx. 0.4miles south of Friston Forest West Car Park.

Course Information

Blue 6.2km

Green 4.7km

Short green 3.4km

Orange 2.4km

Yellow 1.5km.

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

Friston West, Scale 1:10.000 with 5m contours. Updated February 2024 by Chris Hooker

Terrain Description

Beech wood within South Downs Nature Park. Several rides and tracks. Mostly open forest but some areas with thicker undergrowth which can be avoided. Some brambles, gaiters recommended. Height difference 70m between lowest and highest point. Possibilities for fast running.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed if on a lead


Public toilets near car park. Picnic area.


There are usually some dog walkers, might be some mountain bikers. Please be considerate. The area is crossed by South Downs Way Long Distance Footpath.

Safety bearing: North to ride/track then West to road and South to assembly.

There is a cafe at Exceat.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Einar Solgaard



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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