St Martha's HillSat 24 Apr, 2021

St Martha's copse

St Martha's copse from below the church
Photographer: Nick Green

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: Forest



It was a glorious day , perfect conditions for our small event, which turned out not to be so small, probably reflecting itchy lock down feet, the iconic venue and the fine weather.

Thanks to all the competitors for turning up, the helpers for their dedication to the cause and all for your patience with the car parking arrangements.

We have one piece of lost property, a red vapo arm control sleeve.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next similar event, a level D on the nearby Chantries, Saturday 15th May.

Marion Payne-Bird, Organiser

Our planner, Tom Edelsten writes:

St Martha’s Hill: we received a few remarks about a hilly course – but then the clue is in the name.

In planner mode you might view a leg as too simple, e.g. just “blast up the hill to a massive linear feature – no prob.” In competitor mode we know that we have to maintain a clear head and to analyse each leg that the planner has set, but Ha! Ha!, it’s easier said than done.

Running the Score you also have to do your own planning job at the same time. So those controls separated horizontally by only 30m are also separated vertically by about 20m; this becomes increasingly important as you get older…

We hope you considered that St Martha’s in Spring sunshine was a Saturday morning well spent.

And Finally...

Thanks to Robin Smith we can share with you the map and results of the St Martha's Bluebell Event 50 years ago, almost to the day. Robin was there again today, and also Charlie Turner... 50 years of rivalry!

Last updated: Mon 25 October, 2021


Level D Event : Colour Coded and Score courses

Online Entry only via Race Signup

This event will take place with the kind permission of the Albury Estate and Surrey County Council.

There are very limited car park spaces so that is the ultimate decider of how many can enter. Please don't book two drivers for the same car as it uses two car park spaces.

If you can come on foot or by bicycle there are fewer limits. Please enter as Passenger.


You must not attend if you or a member of your household has COVID-19 symptoms, if you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or if you are required to quarantine having been on holiday.

Please make yourself aware of and abide by the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct (revised February 2021).

Location Info

Near: Guildford
Lat,Lng: 51.22465,-0.52912
Postcode: GU4 8PY

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Directions / Parking

With highly limited car park space you are encouraged to where possible to avoid travel by car. There is a station at Chilworth, a 1.5 mile walk away. Trains arrive there at 9:07 and 11:23 from Guildford (10 minute ride), or at 9:37 and 11:37 from the other direction (Dorking and beyond).

Car Parking

If you bring a car you must book and pay for a car parking space (£1 "Booking fee"). Choose one of the 2 shifts, am or pm. You have the opportunity to say if you are flexible and are willing to be moved to the other shift. If you are moved you will be contacted to ensure that you and your passengers all have the opportunity to update your Course Start times.

There are 2 different car parks. You will be allocated to one of them, an email will be sent to you before the event stating your car park location and timing. The parking area will be tight; please stick to your booked time and leave by 11:30 (am parking) or you risk getting blocked in by the second shift!

Map / Terrain

High in the Surrey Hills. This area of chalk grassland, woodland and remnant heath features a 19th century church and stunning views.

Course Information

Score (40 minutes)
(4.27km) 4.3km 160m climb
Light Green
(3.06km) 3.1km 150m climb
(1.38km) 1.4km 60m climb

Entry Details

Entries close Friday 23rd April

Online entry only via Race Signup

Entrant with car, parking 9:30-11:30
Senior: £6.00
Senior Chip hire: £1.00
Booking Fee: £1.00
Junior: £3.00
Junior Chip hire: £1.00
Entrant with car, parking 12:00-14:30
Senior: £6.00
Senior Chip hire: £1.00
Booking Fee: £1.00
Junior: £3.00
Junior Chip hire: £1.00
Entrant in someone else's car (or self-propelled)
Senior: £6.00
Senior Chip hire: £1.00
Junior: £3.00
Junior Chip hire: £1.00

Juniors are under 21 on 31st December.

Registration and Start times

Block 1: 9:30-11:30

Block 2: 12:00-14:30

Entrants select 1-hour start blocks. You will be allocated a Start time in a 15-minute block within the period that you have selected.

The start is a short walk from the parking area. You should stay in your car until 20 minutes before your start time. Hired dibbers will be given out at the Start.

Please arrive at the event in your orienteering kit, and where possible travel home to change. If you arrive early at the start or are accompanying juniors to the start, please observe the rule of 6 and apply appropriate social distancing. Do not approach the Download/Enquiries tent unless absolutely necessary.

Note that pre-hired dibbers will be handed out at the Start.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are permitted but please not at the Start or on your course.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Marion Payne-Bird and Jeremy Wilde
Email: organiser at

Planner: Tom Edelsten

Nearest A&E Hospital

Royal Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XX


During your run

At the start and during your run please remember to maintain 'social' distancing. Please move promptly away from the start and each control. At control sites try to avoid touching the control, move through quickly. Above all be extremely considerate to the non-orienteering public.

Event is SIAC enabled but no SIAC hire available.

After your run

Do not congregate at the Finish. Download promptly and leave as soon as you reasonably can. Move your car out of the event part of the car park if you are staying for other activities.


Results will not be on display at the event but will be published here after the event.

Refund Policy

This event is currently permitted under the BOF Covid-19 guidance. If for some reason this changes we will do our utmost to postpone to a date within the following weeks; if you inform us that you are unable to attend on that date you will get a credit for the full value you have paid against a future GO event, or you can request a refund. If we cannot hold the event on a postponed date and we have to cancel you will also get a credit for the full value you have paid against a future GO event, or you can request a refund.