Near: Wych Cross
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race, Night
- Postcode: RH18 5JP *
- Lat,Lng: 51.07256,0.04719
- Grid Ref: TQ435323
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Directions / Parking
We will be using the large ‘Broadstone’ car park on Coleman’s Hatch Road which runs east from the Wych Cross traffic lights on the A22 about 2 miles south of Forest Row.
Post code RH18 5JP.
The usual Ashdown Forest parking fees apply which are £2.50 for 2 hours and £4 for 4 hours. Pay by parking app such as RingGo, etc, or use the ticket machine in the adjacent Forest Centre car park about 200m to the west.
60 minute score event.
Entry via Race Sign Up
BOF members fees: Seniors £6.50, Juniors £3.25, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £7.00, Juniors £3.25
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1
Briefing and walk to start at 7.25pm
Rolling mass start at 7.30pm. Courses close 8.45pm
North Ashdown 1:10,000
By Roger Maher 2020, with updates to Feb 2024
We will be using North Ashdown to the north of Coleman’s Hatch Road only so there will be no road crossing. However, be aware that competitors may cross a quiet driveway at least twice during their run so please be alert to vehicles.
The area itself is predominantly open heathland on a north facing slope with a few small blocks of forest. It is mostly runnable with bracken now having died back, and areas of heather that will impede progress are shown with the undergrowth screen. There are a host of features providing plenty of attack points and a good path and ride network to aid navigation.
Controls have been placed on a variety of features with varying degrees of technicality and the changeover control is on an obvious junction. The course has been planned to give everyone the opportunity to collect plenty of controls whilst, hopefully, maintaining a suitable level of challenge for the fastest runners
No dogs allowed at this event.
Start and finish will be close to the car park. There will be a briefing and short walk to the start at 7.25pm. It will be a rolling mass start with a punching start. Course is 2 sets of controls (70’s and 80’s) with a compulsory changeover control 90, located within 200m of the start.
Juniors under 16 on day of event must be accompanied by an adult.
Competitors will need some form of lighting (torch or headlamp). Whistles and backup lighting are strongly recommended.
Cagoules may be made compulsory in poor weather.
This is a public access area so you might come across members of the public. If so, please be courteous as usual, they are likely to be more surprised than you!
Conservation of the Forest
Ashdown Forest, as many of you will know, is a very special place. It is managed by the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest, an independent body. In recognition of the ecological importance of Ashdown Forest and to ensure its protection, it is designated as a European Natura 2000 site and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest under UK legislation. Ashdown Forest is also within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Conservators have duties laid down by statute which include the following:
- To regulate and manage the forest as an amenity and place of resort
- To conserve it as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty
The Conservators are keen to raise the public’s (and hence our) awareness of their legal duty and, within this, their aim of balancing the interests of all users of the forest.
Please have particular regard therefore to the other users of the area, including all walkers, dog walkers and riders, all of whom are also seeking to enjoy their activities peacefully. Slow to a walk, keep especially quiet and keep a wide berth at any point where you meet horse riders.
Flora: Please be mindful of the plant life on the Forest and avoid cutting through any dense areas of growth/shrubbery/gorse.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Chris Hooker
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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