Rodings Rally General Information

Rodings Rally is an all night orienteering-style / map reading competition that has been organised by the Epping Forest Outdoor Group and taken place annually for 62 years.

rodings_rally_logoThe 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 17" x 12", 1:20,000-scale map, specially prepared for the Rally, which covers all of the area of Epping Forest used on the night;  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.

For more information and the rules of the rally (as per 2018) CLICK HERE


The 2018 (62nd) Rodings Rally took place on Saturday 17th/Sunday 18th November and was the last to be organised by the Epping Forest Outdoor Group. 
The Results are available HERE as a downloadable .doc file (about 25Kb), and for a Report on the rally CLICK HERE


For results and comments on past rallys, click on the year:

2017, 2016, 2015, 20142013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

The following results and comments are downloadable as .doc files:

2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004


A list of all the Rodings Rally trophy winners from 1972 - 2014 is avaliable HERE


Mug web2016 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.


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