SOG A4Rivers WoodSat 29 October, 2022

Near: Balcombe
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



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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: Balcombe

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

Directions / Parking

Approach via Borde Hill Lane. The turning is immediately to the north of the railway bridge.

Public Transport

Nearest stations Balcombe and Haywards Heath.

Course Information

Blue: 5.3km 150m Climb

Green: 3.7km 100m Climb

Short: Green 2.9km 80m Climb

Orange: 2.3km 62m Climb

Yellow: 1.4km 30m Climb

Loose control descriptions will be provided in start lanes.

Entry Details

Pre-entry via 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.

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

A4. 1:5000 with 5m contours. Surveyed by Roger Maher 2018.

Terrain Description

Rivers Wood is a beautiful working woodland, part of the much larger Balcombe Estate, comprising both deciduous and evergreen trees with an extensive network of paths and rides.
A previous map can be viewed at Ground conditions are very firm at the moment with many of the small streams and ditches currently dry. The bracken is dying back but there is still a lot of bramble, some of it impassable, much of it awkward. All courses avoid the worst of it. The wood is in its full autumn glory, the leaves tumbling down, but all paths should still be obvious.
All courses (except Yellow and orange) enter a small area of open farmland which is bordered by the River Ouse to the north. The ground here can be wet, muddy and uneven as cows, until very recently, have been grazing on it. A public footpath runs north/south through the middle of the woods, otherwise it is private land entertaining everything from forestry to shooting to police dog training (not, I should hasten to add, while we’re running on it!).

Dog restrictions

Well behaved dogs on leads in parking areas only. Please clean up after your dog.




Safety Bearing: South then follow fence back to car park

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Alan & James Yule