Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race
Planners report: “I hope you all enjoyed your run around Oldhouse Forest, and to support you doing so, required a surprising large team.
Thanks go to Steve & Thomas Jarvis, Michele Funnell and Danie Bax on Parking; Mo Fitzpatrick, Alan Williamson, Ed Foreman and Andy Parkinson manning the road crossing; Garry Greenstreet, Rob Leathley, Chris Hooker & Ruth Rhodes collecting; Di Turner on the finish, Ffion assisting setting out and running the start; Joe Barrett and the rest of the SI Team on registration/download; Mike Gammon for finalising the competition maps and printing.
Finally, further thanks to Steve J for assistance with planning, and Chris H with OCAD map updates.”
NB There was a multi-coloured hoodie left in a tree by the start. Please contact the secretary on the contact page if it's yours.
Is a web app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.
Pre event info
COACHING We will be running a coaching session for older juniors and adults (anyone running orange and above). Please meet by the download tent by 9:45, for a 10am start. Please let Anna or Rob know if you will be attending either via Spond or Email
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.
Nearest town: Crawley
- Postcode: RH10 4SA *
- Grid Ref: TQ311341
- 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
Parking Is on Whitely Road, with access from its junction with B2110, Paddockhurst Road (TQ311341, RH10 4SA) with one way traffic along Whitely Road and exiting on to the B2036, Balcombe Road.
Parking will be marshalled, please park as directed.
Registration will be adjacent to Whitely Road
Start and Finish are within 100m of each other, and both are on the western side of the Balcombe Road, requiring all competitors to cross the Balcombe Road on their way to the start and again to download.
This road is indicated to be 40mph, but traffic frequently exceeds this, please cross with care and all children must be accompanied while crossing.
The distance from the car parking to the start will be 300m and 600m, unless you need to go via registration.
Yellow 1.9 km, 30m climb
Orange 2.6 km, 90m climb
Short Green 3.0 km, 90m climb
Green 4.4 km, 130m climb
Blue 6.0 km, 170m climb
Pre-entry only via Racesignup
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.
SO/BOF Senior members £5.00 (non-members £6),
Juniors £2.50 (SO Juniors free - use discount code SOjuniors).
'Dibber' hire: Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1. Half price for juniors.
9:45 to 10:45
10:00 to 11:00. Courses close at 12:30.
The terrain is a mixture of deciduous and coniferous forest blocks, with a regular ride network in places. Last year’s bracken although dead, is quite high in places.
There are no significant streams crossed by any of the courses, but there is a lake and a pond on the area.
Significant felling has occurred recently, marked on the maps as large areas of rough open and is generally slow going due to the remaining brashings.
In the event you are lost, please head south to the main east-west bridleway, then east back to the road crossing.
Please note that the barbed wire fence dividing the area from the east-west bridleway is marked as uncrossable. Please do not attempt to use the bridleway whilst competing.
However, if you are retiring or lost please find a suitable crossing point. The condition of the fence is variable, and in places fallen trees have created easy crossing points. Beware of dog walkers, mountain bikes and horses along the length of the bridleway.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Barry Jones
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