SOG 4SlindonSat 18 November, 2017

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



Planners Comments

Having planned at Slindon during the same time of year for the past 3 years I always wondered if the location has enough on the ground for it to be a challenge for competitors. I happy to say the comments I received from competitors I did achieve in my planning to give you courses with enough route selection to make it stimulating to come back for more. One observation on the blue course that controls 6 and 9 were north and south of each other and caused a few competitors to go to 9 before 6. I will keep this in mind when I plan my next event. One vehicle had to be pushed out of its parking bay by a few of us, which left a skid channel, which I tried to fill in.
It was great to see so many non-club juniors from the scout and cubs taking part and parents getting their direction so wrong because they wouldn't listen to their responsibilities they were escorting.
Many thanks to the Scout Active Support team for their parking control, could do with them at every event. SI team leads Les Coles and aided by Anna Chapman, Joe Barrett and Mike Ralph. Start team of Ray, Sophie, James Kingdom and Penny Parker. EOD Lyn Phillips and Vikki Sampson. Control collectors, Jill and Steve Blunt, Ed Cox, Robin Smith SOC and Chris Pritchett WIGHTO

Ralph Phillips

Cubs and Scouts Event Comments and Results

This was our largest ever entry for this district event 28 cubs teams from five packs (1st Birdham and Witterings, 5th Chichester, 12th Chichester, Funtington and West Stoke and 1st Southbourne, and 8 scout teams from three troops (12th Chichester, Funtington and West Stoke and 1st Southbourne Sea Scouts) (Two junior teams and six senior teams)

The cubs did the orange course but with the benefit, perhaps, of an adult keeping an eye on them!

Adding on the Southdowns Orienteers entries, there were 146 entries in total.

The actual cubs and scouts taking part it was 97! This ignores any parents.

The top places in each section were:-

Cubs (orange)

1st 12th Chichester 24m 18 sec

Scouts Under 12 (yellow)

1st 12th Chichester 24m 29 sec

Scouts - Under 14 (orange)

1st 1st Southbourne 21m 58 sec

Thanks to Scout Active Support for car parking Alfie, Philip, Karen, Derek and Mike, to Sue for supplying tea and coffee, to George Barrett for crowd control at the start and to Suzanne Barrett for helping me with the administration.

Finally a big thank you to Southdowns Orienteers for getting land permission and for letting us use their courses and in particular the planner Ralph Phillips who planned the courses and was out at the crack of dawn putting them out when most of you were still in bed and the computer (SI) team.

Michael Merritt
On behalf of Chichester District Cubs and Scouts


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.

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 10 events each. Electronic timing (SI) is used.

Help on the day always appreciated.

Volunteer here

Enquiries here

Location Info

Nearest town: Slindon

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

Directions / Parking

From the west on A27 heading east towards Fontwell take minor road (Britten's Lane) - Aldingbourne Country Centre turning - just before A29/A27 junction and head north. Take second right signed to Slindon and then just before Slindon village turn right up a track to Slindon Camping and Caravanning Club Site and follow the directions of marshals. Please be aware that pedestrians will be sharing the same entrance into the site. Postcode is BN18 0RG, Grid SU 958085.

From the east proceed north on A29 at Fontwell and turn left at Slindon crossroads. Go along Reynolds Lane, up School Hill and into Top Road passed Catholic Church and Slindon College. On leaving Slindon shortly after derestriction signs look out for turning on the left which will be route signed.

From north turn right at Slindon crossroads and follow instructions above.

Public Transport

Nearest trains at Barnham.

Course Information

Yellow 1.5km 40m climb 9 controls, Orange 2.5km 75m climb 10 controls, Green 3.65km 80m climb 14 controls and Blue 5.4 km 100m climb 25 controls.
The start is 350 metres from the camp-site (parking area) gate.

Entry Details

SO members fees: SO Seniors £4.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £5.00, Juniors £2.00. Extra maps 50p.

'Dibber' hire: 
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire.  SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

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

Map Details

Scale: 1:7500 5m contours updated autumn 2016.

Terrain Description

In places thick woodland, prominent main tracks and many minor tracks. Generally undulating with a little rise to the North of the map. Many parts of the green areas have nettles and brambles.

Dog restrictions

Yes, though there may be many local dog walkers present.


None. Please bring your own requirements.


The parking area is a camping site over lush grass and drivers are requested to take care when driving onto and leaving the site.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Ralph Phillips

Organiser: Michael Merritt

Controller: Mike Gammon