The Chantries and St Martha'sSun 20 Feb, 2022

Pilgrims Races

Regional 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.



Organiser's Comments

First and foremost I thank my official colleagues, Sophie and Charlie, for being so calm and thoughtful (and friendly!). Things got a bit taut in the last few days but the ship sailed serenely on to a successful event (with some superb support from the ever-responsive GO team paddling furiously under the water).

I hope the result was enjoyable to all. Certainly I heard lots of happy comments about Sophie's courses. There were small glitches in our delivery of them and I'm impressed (and grateful) that you all took them in your stride. Many thanks to the two of you who reacted so quickly when some mindless vandal moved control 105, finding it and restoring it to its proper station.

And finally... weren't we lucky with the weather!

Jeremy Wilde

Planner's Comments

The Chantries and St Martha's are tricky areas to plan on without quickly accumulating a lot of climb, as the interesting route choices usually necessitate a bit of zig-zagging over the hills! I hope that the mental stimulation made up for the extra physical challenge, especially with some additional fallen tree obstacles.

Thanks very much to Nick and Charlie for their feedback on the courses. I was very disappointed that covid isolation, storms and train cancellations all conspired to prevent me from getting back to Guildford in time for the day! But I hope everyone enjoyed their runs.

Sophie Gordon

Controllers Comments

Well done GO for putting this event together and giving everybody a good day out. I hope the few early runners on the two longest course were not too inconvenienced by the switching of 140/147; unfortunately when something like this happens if often turns out that the controls are the furthest away from assembly and in this case the route choice decision was take the car and drive meandering roads or run 3k? The forest run route won but this is not on RouteGadget!

Both Jeremy and Sophie made my controlling task quite straightforward. Sophie is relatively new to planning and quickly sorted out lots of my suggestions and for the longer courses created the back-to-back maps, which if you have not done it before, how to this is not immediately obvious. Sadly due to a combination of Covid isolation, followed by cancelled trains she was stuck in Derby for the event, so she did not witness your fun.

Charlie Turner

Last updated: Mon 21 February, 2022


A classic set of (full distance) colour coded courses on Chantry Wood (around which the Pilgrims Way skirts) and St Martha's Hill over which the Pilgrims Way wholeheartedly goes past St Martha's church which is up there close to the heavens.

Pilgrims Races Final Details

Location Info

Near: Guildford
Lat,Lng: 51.22545,-0.56381
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Directions / Parking

Travel to the event
There are 2 railway stations in Guildford. The event centre is about a 1.5 mile walk from the mainline station or the smaller London Road station. There is also a station at Shalford which is a slightly shorter walk away.

Car Parking (there is no organised parking for orienteers)
It should be possible to find parking in Guildford that is within a mile of the event, without upsetting local residents (please park sensitively). The Millbrook Car Park, A281, Guildford GU1 3XJ and the Castle Car Park, Sydenham Rd, Guildford GU1 3RW are both within a mile.

Course Information

A range of colour-coded courses from White to Brown

Entry Details

Online entries only via RaceSignup

Juniors are under 21 on 31st December.

"Enhanced chip" hire means SIAC dibber

The lower senior entry fee is for BOF-affiliated competitors. Senior full-time students may have a 40% discount - please email organiser before you enter.

From 18th January:

Senior: £9.00/£11.00

Senior Chip hire: £1.00

Senior Enhanced Chip hire: £2.50

Junior: £5.00

Junior Chip hire: £1.00

Junior Enhanced Chip hire: £2.50

From 14th February:

Senior: £10.00/£12.00

Senior Chip hire: £1.00

Senior Enhanced Chip hire: £2.50

Junior: £5.00

Junior Chip hire: £1.00

Junior Enhanced Chip hire: £2.50

Registration and Start times

Online entry only. The event will use SPORTIdent punching, SIAC will be enabled.

Start Times 10:00 to 12:00



There will be portaloos at the event centre.

Dog restrictions

Well-behaved dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead while you are attending and running in the orienteering event. Please be particularly careful to control dogs in the Start area.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser :

Planner: Sophie Gordon (GO)

Controller: Charlie Turner (SLOW)

Nearest A&E Hospital

Royal Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XX