SOG 7St Leonards Forest + CoachingSat 21 April, 2018

Near: Mannings Heath
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race, Coaching



SI event results, Routegadget, WinSplits and SOG League table now posted.

Planners Comments.

Thank you all for coming. I think we were very fortunate to have St Leonards at a time when the undergrowth has only just started growing and the worst of the mud has dried out a bit. The encouragement from the Forestry Commission to allow us to park on the middle of the forest made planning a whole lot easier. It meant I could use the best part of the forest with shorts walks to the start and from the finish. The Yellow and Orange were straightforward to plan because of the path network. I managed to get both Green and Blue into the fiddly old iron ore mining areas in the north. Julia gave me some helpful tweaks especially the avoidance of a long run back on the Green. By the look of Routegadget there was enough route choice. Particularly pleasing was the 15-16 leg on Blue where there appear to have been 3 distinct choices and many variations of those.

The Blue was slightly shorter than advertise due to a late change on Friday evening. Control 10 on Blue was meant to be further north. After placing the kite I was asked by the local resident to move it as it was on his land which he said had been sold to him by the Forestry Commission 20 years ago. I had no evidence to doubt this. A quick recce for another suitable control site (a very large knoll), a dash back home to logon to Purple Pen, create and print off 50 map segments, make use of scissors and Pritt Stick and the map was ready to go.

I was very concerned about mixing the normal dog walkers, bikers and horse riders with cars. This all went very smoothly. Thank you to every driver who made that go without a hitch.

Thanks also to:

Mole Valley for allowing us to use the area and their map

Forest Commission for giving permission and for allowing us to park in the forest.

All the helpers from SO: Andy, Jannion, Penny, David, Marion, Bridget, Julia, Julie, Richard, Chris, Barry, Pete, the SI team, Karen, Mike.


SI Team

Beautiful day in the forest, thank you Robin for planning a really good event in a new SOG area for SO.

A big thank you to all SI team for today's effort.



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Pre event info

Coaching at 9.15 for newcomers, juniors and those wanting to brush up on their skills. Read more....

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: Mannings Heath

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

Directions / Parking

Directions and Parking From the south-east on the A281 follow signs to Mannings Heath Golf Club and then turn left along Hammer Pond Road. Roosthole is on the right.

From Horsham on the A281 follow signs to Mannings Heath Golf Club. Roosthole is on the left.

Parking is on the made-up forest track (Mick Miles Race) running North-South through the forest. Access is through the Roost Hole car park. You will be directed to follow the track for 800m.

The track is used by the public. Please exercise extreme caution as there will be walkers, dogs off leads  and cyclists on the track leading to the parking area. Please obey all marshall’s instructions. You must not exceed 15mph.

There is a height restriction barrier which will not be open.

No cars will be able to leave before 11.30 as a one-way system will be in operation.

Car park fee is £1.00 – please have the money ready at the end of the track.

Please arrive before 10:40 as after this time the gate will be locked and it is around 15 minutes walk to registration from the Roosthole car park.

Public Transport

Horsham Rail Station; Bus Services to Mannings Heath

Course Information

Yellow:   2.0 km  30m  climb 8 controls

Orange:  2.2 km  60m climb 8 controls

Green:    3.9 km  80m climb 13 controls

Blue:       6.0 km  90m climb 16 controls

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

Mixed woodland with a ride and path network. The northern area contains a complex pitted area (Green and Blue will visit this area)

Steep slopes on the eastern side.

Mixed woodland with a ride and path network. The northern area contains a complex pitted area (Green and Blue will visit this area)

Steep slopes on the eastern side.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed.




Mole Valley have kindly allowed us to use this area using the map that was created for 2017 JK.

Access for this event has been granted by kind permission of the Forestry Commission. Access is normally restricted to public rights of way. Please respect these restrictions at all other times

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Robin Wilson