SOG A6Southwater Country ParkSat 10 November, 2018

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



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Planners Comment

Thank you all for braving the country park for an event that was far drier than forecast.

Hope you enjoyed the courses. I saw various runners return muddied and some bloodied, but thankfully no complaints.

Thanks must go to Neil, Steve J & Karen for assistance during the planning process and to my helpers on the day, Michele and Dave for running maps sales and assisting with setting out, to Sam and Barry M for control collection, to Ffion for running the start and finally to the SI team for everything else.


For SI
A surprisingly nice morning (following the rains) for event at Southwater Park. Well done to Barry and Ffion Jones and helpers for a really good event.



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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: Southwater

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

Directions / Parking

Event parking and registration are at the Southwater Country Park car park Mill Straight, . Nearest postcode is RH13 9EY

The car park charging period is 10:00 – 16:00, with rates of 50p for up to 1hr, £1.50 up to 3hrs and £3 all day. The car park operates as pay and display, although a payment by phone option is available.

There is additional parking at the Station Road car park, adjacent to the watersports centre & café, which also has toilets.

Both these car parks have a 2m height restriction. Vehicles exceeding this height are most likely to find parking on the access road to the old IBM factory at the northern edge of the park, accessible from the Worthing Road. ( proceed north along Mill Straight which becomes Worthing Road, then first right)

The start and finish are adjacent to the main event car park.

Public Transport

Nearest trains at Christs Hospital or Horsham. Buses from Horsham station to Southwater.

Course Information

Courses available are

Yellow 1.3km 30m climb

Orange 2.7km 65m

Green 3.1km 125m

Blue 4.3km 155m

The Blue course has been planned to maximise the use of the western wooded area of the park, and as such make significant use of the steeper, and potentially slippery ground.

The Green course makes significant use of this western area, but far less on the steeper sections.

All courses except yellow, are using 2 sided maps.

Entry Details

SO members fees: SO Seniors £5.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £6.00, Juniors £2.50. 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


Terrain Description

Country park surrounding former gravel pits. Some steeply sloping wooded areas and other areas of wood or open grassland. Path network.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed.


Toilets, children's play area and cafe in park.


The park is a public area, so please respect other users of the park.

The ground may be slippery in places especially if wet - please wear appropriate footwear.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Ffion and Barry Jones