Tilgate + YBT SE HeatSun 03 March, 2019

Near: Crawley
Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race



Final results posted.

Controller's Comments
Thank you to Nick and Alan for running a well organised and planned event and to the many Southdowns volunteers who made it all run smoothly. Given that Tilgate has been used for three significant events in the last year the challenge for Alan was to try and create courses which were sufficiently different than previously. I believe Alan achieve this – hopefully you did too.

Congratulations to all the juniors who competed in the YBT Heats and, in particular, to Southdowns for winning the YBT Trophy Heat and Mole Valley for winning the YBT Shield Heat. Good luck in the finals.

Gordon Parker

Organiser's Comments

Thank you very much to all the helpers at today's Tilgate Park event. It was great that so many volunteered, especially in view of the weather.
It meant we were able to successfully give everyone a good run, despite the rain and mud, then get cleared away before the really high winds arrived.
Thanks again - see you all soon
Nick Care

Planner's Comments

All competitors deserve admiration for their determination to take part in today’s wet (albeit mild) weather conditions. As a planner my main issue was to try and provide variety in orienteering technique: with the added constraint that major events have been held here relatively recently. I hope I succeeded. Notably, on Brown some half a dozen runners finished within a couple of minutes of each other near the top. I encourage them (and others) to put up their routes on Route Gadget. Early in the planning stage, I decided to have Start and Finish near the car park. This gave a chance for the general public to see the sport in action – it’s unfortunate that the weather rather reduced their numbers! It also gave the opportunity for a classic route-choice problem for orienteers on Blue and Brown. Their first control was on the opposite side of the lake. Younger competitors taking part in the Yvette Baker Trophy deserve special praise for navigating their courses, especially under the weather conditions. We all need to thank the controller Gordon Parker who was hugely supportive. I learnt a lot about course design under his gentle advice. The Southdown’s support network ran as clockwork. On your behalf, I thank Nick Care and his team. For download and results: Mike Ralph and his team.

Alan Williamson

SI Results Team

Thank you to Mike Ralph for setting up the SI results software, assisted by Ralph Philips Joe Barrett and Paul Wilson.

Thanks to organisers and competitors for a nice event.


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.

Pre event info

FINAL DETAILS now available.

This event also incorporates the qualifying heat for the Yvette Baker Trophy, a national junior orienteering competition, named after Britain's first World Orienteering Champion. Juniors of every ability can run on courses from Yellow to Green, with less confident juniors able to run in a pair with another junior. Every run counts, so this is a great time to get involved and compete for your club. Entries for the junior competition are via your club captain.

Regional Series Info

Open to everyone. These events offer a larger range of colour coded courses (including the usual yellow, orange, green, blue) and attract a wider group of people from different clubs. Regional events often offer a white course which is easier than a yellow and ideal for juniors wishing to try it on their own for the first time as there should be a control at every decision point. Seven colours are used with each representing a certain level of difficulty (both technical and physical). The darker the colour, the longer and harder the course. For cheaper prices and to ensure a map, pre-entry is recommended via Fabian 4.

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Location Info

Nearest town: Crawley

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

Directions / Parking

Easily accessible from the M23/A23 by taking the Pease Pottage exit and following the brown tourist signs to Tilgate Park. Parking: TQ276345, Postcode: RH10 5PQ

Pay and display parking.

Public Transport

Nearest trains at Three Bridges or Crawley. Buses to Tilgate.

Course Information

Brown 9.5km 195m climb

Blue 6.6km 140m climb

Green 4.5km 90m climb

Short Green 3.7km 75m climb

Light Green (YBT Light Green) 3.6km 60m climb

YBT Green 4.6km 90m climb

Orange (YBT Orange) 2.9km 35m climb

Yellow (YBT Yellow) 2.5km 30m climb

Note that Green and YBT Green are separate courses.

Entry Details

FINAL DETAILS now available.

Yvette Baker Trophy Qualifying Heat for juniors - entry via your club captain

This year the competition divides into two separate categories for larger and smaller clubs. The Yvette Baker Trophy is for larger clubs and requires 9 juniors to make a team. The Yvette Baker Shield, held at the same event, is for smaller clubs and requires only 5 juniors to make a team.

In the South-East, clubs divide as follows:

YB Trophy: GO, HH, SLOW, SAX, SN, SO


It would be great to get as many teams as possible participating this year and celebrate junior orienteering in the South East.

Our South East Junior Squad is performing very strongly these days, so we all need to match this and do our best to develop junior orienteering in our clubs as well. The Yvette Baker event gives a good opportunity to rally the troops and offers an excellent team experience to juniors and families at all levels of experience. We would like to challenge every SE club to try and raise a team this year and come along to the event on 3rd March.


Registration 9.30 – 11.30.

Start Times

Starts 10.00 – 12:00. Turn up and run if pre-registered. Courses close: 14.00.

Map Details

We have a new map with survey and cartography by Neil Crickmore 2018. Drawn to ISOM 2017 using a LIDAR base.

Terrain Description

Fast runnable forest with areas of technical detail.

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed


Lots to do in the Park including Nature Centre (small entry charges), children’s play area, Café, Pub, Walled Garden with maze, GoApe, GoApe Junior. See Tilgate Park website for further info.


This event takes place on both Forestry Commission land and Crawley Borough Council land.

Access to the CBC part has been granted by kind permission of Crawley Borough Council.

Access to the Forestry Commission part 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: Alan Williamson

Organiser: Nick Care

Controller: Gordon Parker

Photo Gallery

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Go Ape Junior

Go Ape Junior

Crawley's Millennium Beacon

Crawley's Millennium Beacon

Land forms near the old Canadian Army Camp

Land forms near the old Canadian Army Camp

Tilgate Lake "Campbell's Lake"

Tilgate Lake "Campbell's Lake"

Tilgate Woods

Tilgate Woods

Titmus Lake

Titmus Lake