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.
Nearest town: Balcombe
- Postcode: *
- Grid Ref:
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* 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.
Nearest stations Balcombe and Haywards Heath.
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.
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.
A4. 1:5000 with 5m contours. Surveyed by Roger Maher 2018.
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 www.so.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/#320. 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!).
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