SOG S4Great Wildgoose Wood & CoachingSat 19 March, 2022

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Laughter at the start

Near: East Grinstead
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



Challenging and enjoyable courses on a beautiful sunny spring day!

Lost Property

Found in the forest: Red and Blue bum bag with MLS Orienteering neck warmer inside.

Found in the car park: Single Vapro gaiter.

Please contact if you think an item is yours.


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Pre event info

We are offering FREE JUNIOR COACHING sessions for those who are learning to navigate the yellow or orange course. It is suitable for primary school age children and those just starting to learn how to get around a course using a map. The sessions are fun and based on learning key skills in short sessions. Please contact Karen Ashworth if you think you may be interested. Parents are welcome to attend too. Meet at 10am at the Social Hub (the green hexagonal tent). You will have time to do a course after the coaching, so please pre-book your course.

The Gt Wildgoose training will be suitable for those who normally run yellow or are just starting to run orange and will focus on identifying and following linear features that are not paths. The course will feature vegetation boundaries, gulleys, earth walls, streams. Please come dressed for slippery mud and low level undergrowth including brambles!

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: East Grinstead

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

Directions / Parking

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We will be using the car park in the Kingscote Shooting Ground at grid reference TQ359349W. This is located on the NW side of Vowels Lane which runs from Selsfield Common to Kingscote, about 300m NE of the entrance to Gravetye Manor. Please follow instructions from parking marshalls.

Course Information

Blue: 4.8km
Green: 2.8km
Orange: 1.8 km
Yellow: 1.2km

Entry Details

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

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

Great Wildgoose Wood, 1:5000. Lidar based map surveyed and drawn to ISOM 2017 by Chris Hooker during Autumn 2019 with some minor updates. Note that currently the undergrowth is denser than mapped in some places.

Terrain Description

Managed woodland with a good, if irregular path network. There has been lots of windfall which will be encountered on all courses. There are some large areas of undergrowth but you should be able to avoid most of this. There are also areas of lovely clean forest with a good number of brown features. There is the potential for a lot of climb but this can be reduced significantly with careful route choices.
Courses have been planned to keep you in the best bits as much as possible.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed in this area





  • 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: Alan & James Yule



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