Farley FrolicSat 14 May, 2022



World Orienteering Day

Local level event

Explanation of Event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Training are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.

Terrain type: Woodland



Planners Comments

A planner can worry about many things, but the one thing that I feel I definitely got right was the weather!

It was a wonderful, sunny spring day – we didn’t even need a tent for download.

I love Farley Heath/Blackheath and have really enjoyed my wanderings there planning the courses – I hope that everyone enjoyed running there too.

There is varied terrain - from the rather overgrown and dark forestry blocks in the south west, passing through a complex lumpy area in the middle, to the glorious heathland and runnable forests in the north.

One of the big challenges of starting near the Roman Temple is that there are several long, straight paths heading due north, with restricted connection between them – much of the terrain being very overgrown with brambles and holly bushes. I tried to give a bit of route choice here and to move runners quickly up to the more open and less overgrown area to the north.

Another serious challenge was the rapid growth of bracken, nettles and brambles which astonished me at every visit! I certainly found that in the week between putting tapes out and checking them just before the event, many had vanished under a sea of new growth. Unfortunately some of the control sites were less obvious, even with a kite in them than I had first imagined they would be. I wasn’t too worried about the Green and Blue courses and hope that experienced runners liked the added challenge. However, I think that this lack of visibility through the bracken made a few of the Orange controls a bit too difficult at that level.

Control hanging went very smoothly with Phil and Keiko Conway taking charge of the northern part and Richard Collyer helping me with the south before running round to check everything.

Thanks to all of you for making my task much easier. As a not-particularly-fast W65 it was wonderful to have Richard to check my courses throughout the planning process and to check controls on the day – even running up to the far end of the area at the last minute to tape a dangerous fence which crossed a path.

Thank you too to all control collectors – Phil, Adam, Jeremy, Sophie and Geoff who got the job in double quick time. Thanks too to the whole GO team headed by James Thornton (on his first appearance as organiser) for making the whole event run so smoothly.

Helen Rivers

Last updated: Thu 19 May, 2022


A local fun family event on Farley Heath with courses for all levels of experience (Yellow to Blue).

Farley Frolic Final Details

Location Info

Near: Guildford
Lat,Lng: 51.19291,-0.49665
OS Grid Ref: TQ052449
Postcode: GU5 9DP
What3Words: ///fame.lectured.hunches

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Directions / Parking

Roman Temple car park. post code GU5 9EW

Course Information

Yellow 1.7km 30m climb. Easy; controls on paths; aimed at beginners. Recommended if it's your first event as a family with children under 10.

Orange 3.1km 70m climb. A little more technical than Yellow; controls are off the paths. Recommended if it's your first event as a family with children over 10.

Green 4.5km 120m climb. Technical, for experienced orienteers.

Blue 5.9km 135m climb. Technical, for experienced orienteers.

Entry Details

Online via RaceSignup

Registration and Start times

Start times : 10:00 to 11:00

Entry (online only) is available up until 10:45am on the day of the event, subject to the availability of pre-printed maps for each course.

Entries can be amended online until Thursday 12th May. After that please contact the Organiser for amendments.

Contacts / Officials

Marion Payne-Bird : eventorganiser@guildfordorienteers.co.uk