SOG A3Great Walstead and Henfield WoodSat 13 October, 2018

Near: Haywards Heath
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



Great Walstead is a lovely little area with a complex path network and some tricky areas of vegetation, which can easily catch out the unwary. I was keen to keep you navigating through the forest and off the paths as much as possible, and judging by the comments at the end most of you enjoyed your runs. It’s not an easy area to map, and Les Hooper did a sterling job with updates, making multiple visits to the area. Julia Jarvis reviewed my courses and suggested some helpful improvements.

Unfortunately we had an issue with courses crossing a newly sown field - later runners were warned to go round but earlier runners were not, so we have had to remove the relevant legs (16-17 on Blue and 9-10 on Green).

Many thanks to Steve and Tom Jarvis for taking the initiative to go out and warn competitors to avoid crossing this field, and apologies that I didn’t pick up on the issue. The SI team (Ralph, Joe and Mike) did their usual efficient job on SI, and I had a top team of control collectors in Neil, Chris and Roger. Many thanks also to SO members who volunteered to help at the last minute - Bridget, Sue and Steve Blount on map sales, and Jim, Jill and Les on car parking.

Planner - Alan Velecky


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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: Haywards Heath

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

Directions / Parking

Parking in the school grounds, follow signs and marshals’ directions.

Car Parking £1.

Public Transport

Nearest trains to Haywards Heath.

Course Information

Blue - 5.6k, 165m climb
Green - 3.5k, 235m climb
Orange - 2.6k, 65m climb
Yellow - 1.9k, 50m climb

Entry Details

SO members fees: SO Seniors £5.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £6.00, Juniors £2.50. Extra maps 50p.

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

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

Map 2007 with updates to August 2018. Scale 1:7500 5 metre contours

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed but they must be on leads, owners must pick up after their dogs and they are not allowed in areas open to children; playgrounds, sports fields, the climbing frame area.




Safety Bearing north-west. Blue and Green courses cross a steep slope - please take care. The area is shared with walkers, cyclists and horse riders - please show consideration to others using the area

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Alan Velecky