Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race
Final Results and Splits, Routegadget and Winsplits now published.
Save the date for next year's Sunny Sussex around picturesque Arundel on 18th and 19th May 2019.
Thanks to everyone who had the staying power to make it to the sprint. We had the ideal car park and assembly area and perfectly situated banks for spectators to sit and watch the park event, but unfortunately the rain meant that no-one got to experience that! We had some fun with the naughty numbers grid and a number of children trying to get faster and faster at it – or did they just want more sweets?
Competitors came back with some good comments and seemed to enjoy the format of the courses.
Once again the band of SO volunteers swung into action including a number of people who just came along to help and not run. Particular thanks to the last minute security patrol provided by Alan Williamson, Penny and David Marsh - we’ve had experience of controls going missing in the past. Thanks to Jill Blount for an extra long stint on first aid and information and Sue Parker for an extra long stint on Entry on the Day. Also thanks to Ralph and Les for another sterling effort on the SI.
Thanks to St Wilfrid’s School for letting us to use their grounds for assembly and to Crawley Borough Council for permission to use Goffs Park.
Anna Chapman and Bridget Hooper - Organisers
Thanks for turning out for our Sprint event at Goffs Park in spite of heavy legs from our physical Middle distance event earlier in the day and the Unsunny Sussex conditions. One advantage of the wet conditions was that we pretty much had the park to ourselves with no lounging sunbathers, zipping kids or runner chasing dogs to negotiate.
Given the low technical difficulty of the area it was difficult to achieve the required winning times. Maxing out the course lengths, the loops and the pond legs just about achieved these times except for courses 4 and 6. Great running by those M65 and M10 speedsters.
My thanks to Vince for his relaxed controlling, Anna for her thorough organisation and her gang of hardy volunteers.
Paul Luttman - Planner
Goffs Park with its parkland, golf course and woodland provides varied terrain which when you add some butterfly loops you have some challenging sprint courses. Paul’s courses made the most of the area and I hope you enjoyed your runs despite the weather. Well done to Anna, Bridget and all of the helpers for their efforts.
Vince Joyce (Controller)
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Pre event info
Goffs Park sprint race takes place in the evening and offers lots of variety within a small area. Many natural features and a selection of man-made features should make for a fast and furious sprint race.
Entry on the day is available, there are plenty of spare maps.
Start list Everyone has open starts.
Sunny Sussex Weekend Series Info
A weekend of orienteering in the High Weald area of Mid Sussex where you can take part in a middle distance at Rivers Wood, sprint at Goffs Park and a long distance event at Worth Lodge, all within 8km of Crawley. Pre-enter all three events and receive a £3 discount per senior. See Event Flyer.
Nearest town: Crawley
- Postcode: RH11 8TL *
- Grid Ref: TQ260361
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.
Directions / Parking
Car parking is at St Wilfrid’s School RH11 8TL / TQ260361 off Old Horsham Road at. The event will be signed from A2220 Junction of Horsham Road and Old Horsham.
Competitors who have a dog with them should turn off along the first road on the right, which will take them into the park, carry on to the house and park just past the large house. This is adjacent to the start and toilets. If you need to visit the assembly area, head back up the road you came down and follow signs to download to get to the assembly area (250m). Alternatively if you have pre-entered you can go straight to the start. Please only park here if you have a dog because space is limited.
Crawley train station is approx. 400m to the east.
Courses C5 and C6 are suitable for beginners. Course C4 is suitable for improvers and C1 to C3 for more experienced Orienteers.
Sprint: C1 3km (M16-40); C2 2.5km (M45-50, W16-35); C3 2.3km (M14, M45-60, W40-50); C4 1.8km (M12, M65-70, W14, W55-65); C5 1.5km (M75+, W12, W70+); C6 1.2km (M10, W10); Naughty numbers maze in assembly area.
Entry On the Day (subject to map availability): BOF seniors £9, Other seniors £11, SO juniors free, Other juniors £3. Family groups going with children will be charged at the junior rate.
£3 discount for seniors entering all three events
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1 per day
17:45 - 19:15
18:00 - 19:30 Courses close 20:30
1:4,000 with 5m contours.
Crawley's oldest park offers lots of variety with many natural features including several areas of broad-leaf wood, a large pond, a small golf course and a selection of interesting man-made features.
No dogs allowed in school grounds (where parking, registration and naughty numbers will be based). Dogs allowed in Goffs Park. Competitors with dogs can be directed to park in the adjacent Goffs Park.
Children's play area, naughty numbers activity in assembly area for children, toilets available in the park adjacent to the start. Goffs Manor Pub (booking advised if dining).
7 min walk to Gatwick Crawley Town Premiere Inn and also very close to Crawley Town West Premiere Inn (10min).
Local attractions include the Bluebell Railway, Tilgate Park with GoApe and Nature Centre, Borde Hill Garden, Wakehurst botanic garden, Nymans NT and Standen NT, http://www.highweald.org.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Paul Luttman
Organiser: Anna Chapman and Bridget Hooper
Controller: Vince Joyce
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