Forest Evasion 2017

Thetford Forest

21st - 23rd April

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What is Forest Evasion?

Forest Evasion is our annual competition with the aim of meeting and interacting with other like-minded clubs. 2017 will be the 5th year the competition has run. This page is designed to give an overview of what to expect from Evasion, full rules will be sent to participants ahead of the competition.

The Competition

Evasion is a 24 hour competition designed to appeal to outdoor societies, Scout Networks and SSAGO clubs with teams of 'Evaders' (4-7 people) or 'Catchers' (working in pairs or as a team). The Evaders' task is to navigate between a number of given checkpoints while the Catchers attempt to find them. Each time a catching team catches an evading team they gain points and the Evaders lose a life. Ultimately the teams with the most lives or the most points after 24 hours are the winners.

When is it?

In 2017 the competition will take place on the weekend of 21st-23rd April, with the actual competition taking place on the Saturday - Sunday


This year we're really excited to be going to somewhere new, Thetford Forest, a beautiful location which presents a great competition area. Following on from 2 years in the New Forest and 2 years in the Forest of Dean we thought it time to try somewhere new.

How much does it cost?

The cost for this years competition will be £12.50 per person which includes overnight camping at Two Mile Bottom Campsite, a badge and some minimal (but delicious) snacks along the route. It also covers hiring the forest. We have tried to reduce costs as much as we can and we do not aim to make any profit from the event.

How do I sign up?

Sign up for 2017 is now closed. Simply fill out the form online or download and email it back to and you'll be ready to go. Sign up closes on April 9th.
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Rules and Kit List

  • Teams of Evaders consist of 4-7 people
  • Competitiors must be between the ages of 18 - 35 and part of a registered organisation such as University, Scouts or Guides
  • Evaders must navigate between given checkpoints. Catchers aim to 'catch' (tag) evading teams. Evaders lose 1 life if caught. Catchers gain points depending on how many lives a caught team has. The evading team that completes the course with least lives lost will win the evaders trophy. The catching team with most points will win the Catchers Trophy. After a team is caught they will have 15 minutes free time from any catching team and 30 mins from the same catching team.
  • There will be a number of optional checkpoints along the route that allow you to gain extra lives. If attempting to get one of these checkpoints teams must remember to get to the next checkpoint at a given time.
  • Teams cannot be caught within 500m of a checkpoint whilst that checkpoint is open. If an evading team does not reach a checkpoint before it closes it must contact HQ1 phone with a 6 digit grid reference.
  • Team members must be within line of sight of one another and must be no further than 200m away from each other.
  • Anyone who is unable to show that they have any kit on the compulsory kit list may not be allowed to enter. All entrants must read the H&S briefing.
  • You are responsible for your own safety and that of your team.
  • All clothing, including shoes, should be suited to cover a long distance.
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Base layers
  • Insulation
  • Outer shell (waterproof)
  • Socks
  • Spare socks
  • Hat, gloves, scarf, suncream etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • Food (you may buy additional food whilst competing, but we cannot guarantee where will be open, especially on sunday)
  • Torch
  • Map (O/S 229)
  • Compass
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tent (Will be left at the campsite)
  • Sleeping equipment
Time Activity
Friday Evening People Arrive / Set up tents / Campfire
Saturday Morning Teams cook breakfast and prepare, teams release around 10 am. If arriving on Saturday morning please ensure you arrive before 9:30 am so that you can be signed in.
Saturday Evening Teams finish day 1 and cook dinner. If you'd rather not cook then Thetford is only 10 mins drive and has a Wetherspoons (amongst other things). Another campfire. Teams will camp at the campsite not in the forest.
Early Sunday Morning Teams leave site early hoping to evade capture and arrive at the first checkpoint before 9AM
Early Sunday Afternooni (Estimated finish at 3 pm) Competition ends, prizes awarded, people go home exausted but happy

Previous Winners

The competition first ran in 2013, the winners to date are as follows:


2016 - Southampton City Network (Tom Candy, Peter Ogilvie, Arshad Emmambux )

2015 - Cambridge University Hillwalking Club (Philip Withnall, Vicky Ward, Joe Hobbs, Chris Arran, Tom Leach)

2014 - Bath University Mountaineering Club (David Clare, Jon Ridley, Strachan McCormick, Martin MacDonald)

2013 - Southampton's Duke of Edinburgh Society (Rachel Manson, Charlotte Callaway, Alex Manning, Georgia Howes)

2016 Video

Forest Evasion 2016 Forest Evasion is run by SUHC (Southampton University Hillwalking club)