Rodings Rally General Information
Rodings Rally is an all night orienteering-style / map reading competition that takes place annually in Epping Forest.
The Rally follows a route through Epping Forest along a variety of paths, tracks and trackless scrub, including holly. There is a choice of two events where competitors are asked to find either five or ten checkpoints located within the forest. The final checkpoint is situated at High Beach Village Hall.
Routes cover approximately six or twelve miles respectively, 'as the crow flies'! The route is based on a map (17" x 12") specially prepared for the Rally, which covers all of Epping Forest used on the night; scale 1:20,000. One map for each team is included in the entry fee and is posted to entrants with details of the start location and start time, upon receipt of an entry form and remittance. Extra copies of the map are available at a cost of £1.50, either in advance or on the night.
The entry fee includes a £1.00 donation to a charity and hot/cold drinks at a refreshment point along the route and on arrival at the finish. Hot dogs and chocolate bars may be purchased at the refreshment point. Breakfast (including a vegetarian option) is available from 4.30 am at High Beach Village Hall if ordered in advance using the Entry Form.
Teams must consist of 2, 3 or 4 competitors. No entrant below the age of 16 will be allowed to compete unless he/she is in a team with an adult.
The checkpoints, which may be lit but are more usually unlit, are usually tents, and must be found in the prescribed order. Their location are deduced from a clue sheet which is handed to the team at the start point. The Marshal must sign team cards at each checkpoint, excepting any unmanned checkpoints.
2016 was our 60th Rodings Rally, and it took place on Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th November.
For full details and entry forms, refer to the Rules & Information for the current year - Click Here
The date for the 2017 Rodings Rally will be announced at a later date.
Rodings Rally is on Facebook - here
2016 was the 60th Anniversary of the Rally. In commemoration of the event we had souvenir mugs for sale. These finely made mugs cost £5 and proved to be very popular.
The following results and comments are downloadable as .doc files:
A list of all the Rodings Rally trophy winners from 1972 - 2014 is avaliable HERE
From the point of view of a non-EFOG member who offered to help out manning a checkpoint in 2013 - click here
For another view - from a member who spent the night in a checkpoint in 2010 - click here
For a light-hearted look at at what's involved - from the viewpoint of an EFOG member who helped present the 2009 rally - click here
and comments from the Rayleigh Rockets - competitor's since 1989 - click here
For a Youtube video that gives something of the flavour - at least of the start! click here
and for another - start, event, finish - click here