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About the club
The Stragglers started orienteering during season 1966/7 from a base at the Robert Beard Youth Centre in
Hornchurch Essex. An invitation to tell me more prompted this
informative email from Derek Keeble.
Membership is drawn from north and east Essex (the areas furthest from London) and from south Suffolk.
We serve a smaller population than many of the larger orienteering clubs, but we are always keen to expand our membership. We have members of all ages, backgrounds and abilities - you will be made most welcome. See the
Membership page for details on how you can join.
The club's aims are to provide the best quality events on the areas available to us, to develop every
member's orienteering, to introduce lots of new people to the sport, and to have fun. These objectives are
described in a rather dry form in the Society's Constitution.
Each year we try to arrange -
- One East Anglian League event.
- Four or more Essex and Suffolk Schools Orienteering League
(ESSOL) events. Together with our neighbours Suffolk Orienteering Club and other local clubs,
we provide an annual series of about eight local events in term time, offering courses suitable for less experienced primary and secondary students, as well
as more challenging courses where the terrain allows.
- The Stragglers Relays in July. Teams of four run four yellow, three orange, and two light green courses. Beat the handicapper! Great fun! Pre-entry please.
- The Club Championships, held in the Autumn.
- A Summer and a Winter series of informal mid-week evening events.
- New Years Day Fun Event - the Hangover Handicap. A score event with some additional rules to make life more interesting on the morning after. Great fun!
- Some introductory events in the spring and summer.
- Introductory schools end-of-year events, aimed at Years 7 and 8.
- Events with other bodies, e.g. local authority festivals of sport, scout/guide camps etc.
- Coaching sesions for our improving juniors, and anyone else who hasn't perfected their technique and fitness.
- Social evenings at multi-day competitions.
- The Annual Dinner/Social.
Admirals Park and Central Park
TL694073, Town parks along the River Can in Chelmsford
TL780060, Conservation woodland to the north of Danbury
TL790306, Forestry Commission access woodland near Halstead.
TM000255, Formal gardens, parkland, riverside and urban, Colchester.
TL880280, woodland near Earls Colne.
TL770050, parkland and woodland in Danbury.
Fordham Hall Estate
TL928286, New Woodland Trust woodland to the west of Colchester.
Great Notley Country Park
TL547203, ancient royal hunting forest managed by the National Trust, near Bishops Stortford.
TL998271, woodland and open areas to the north of Colchester.
TQ830920, access woodland near Southend.
TL680048, Repton-designed parkland and woods near Chelmsford, with Hylands House at its centre.
TL907177, Mature woodland near Tiptree.
Maldon Promenade Park
TL860065, parkland along the estuary.
Middlewick and Donyland
TL010210, army training area and ranges to the southeast of Colchester, accross the B1025 from Roman Valley.
TM265234, coastal heath near Walton.
TL986217, army training area to the south of Colchester, locally known as Friday Woods.
TM884148, Heathland and woodland near Tiptree.
Wivenhoe Park and Woods
TM030240, parkland (University of Essex campus) to east of Colchester, now extended to
TL648025, private woodland to the SW of Chelmsford.
An introduction to permanent courses is on the Beginners Guide page.
|Wivenhoe Park||Maps are available from the University Sports Centre, 01206-873250.|
|Tiptree Heath||Maps are available from Joan Pinch, Tiptree Heath Community Warden, mob. 07842 110051.|
|Brandon Park (Thetford Forest)||Administered by East Anglia Orienteering. Maps are available from the
Visitor Centre at Brandon Country Park, price £2. The forest is always
accessible but there may be limitations om some areas at certain times of the year. There are three graded courses suitable for beginners and intermediate orienteers.|
|Fordham Hall Estate||Maps are available from John Collyer, and from the village shop.|
|Hylands Park||Maps are available free of charge from the Stables Visitor Centre shop.|
|High Woods||Maps are available for £1 from the
Visitor Centre at the Turner Road entrance/car park. Courses - Easy/Short 1.5km, Moderate/Medium 3.1kn, moderate/Long 5km.|
|Maldon Promenade Park||Maps are available free of charge from the Activity Centre on the Prom, or download from the
Maldon DC website.|
|Great Notley Country Park||Maps are available from the Discovery Centre in the Park. White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners and
Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience.
Get directions to these Permanent Courses here.
Details of more Permanent Courses in East Anglia are here,
and throughout the country here.
|2019||Eddie Banks (Open) and Oliver Prince (Junior)|
|2018||John Collyer (Open) and Taylor Gooding (Junior)|
Club member of the Year
|2002||John & Jenny Collyer|
Mark Johnson Trophy
Oustanding Junior - personal achievement and contribution to the club
Thanks to Tim Pribul of CHIG for much of this information. Let me know if you can fill in any of the missing information!
|2015||Wivenhoe Park||CHIG||CHIGnition (Harold Wyber, Tony Maycraft, Alan Brett, Tom Edelsten)|
|2014||High Woods||SUFFOC||Normally Open (Andrew Elliot, Sarah Mansell, Paul Lowe, John Webb)|
|2013||Danbury Park||SOS||Crossing the Lyne (Lucy Fryer, Eddie Banks, Rebecca and James Lyne)|
|2012||High Woods||NOR||NORForever (John Ward, Mick Liston, Phil Brown and Les Jarrald)|
|2011||Wivenhoe Park||SOS||Team Tantalising (Clive Tant, Karen Ezard, Hilary and Martin Sellens)|
|2010||Hylands Park||SUFFOC||Flying Monkeys (Bryn Wilkinson, Louise Walker, Goff Hill, Roderick Mansel)|
|2009||The Naze||SOS||West Barclay (Colin and Lyn West, Tracey Apperley and Richard Barker )|
|2008||High Woods||CHIG||This Little CHIGgy (John and Carol Pearce, Ray Weakes, Tim Pribul)|
|2007||Danbury Country Park||WAOC||Eclectic WAOC|
|2005||Wivenhoe Park||HAVOC||Escargots (Paul Beckett, Barbara Fothergill, Chris Shaw and Garry Parmenter)|
|2002||Hylands Park||WAOC||Wagglers (Simon, Helen and Nicola Gardner, David Gresham)|
|2001||High Woods||SOS||Western front (Jo, Colin, Lyn and David West)|
|1999||Brandon Park||CHIG||Josh and Sam Jenner, George and Tim Pribul|
|1998||Chalkney Woods||WAOC|| Weeds Beware (Simon, Mike, Helen and Peter Gardner)|
|1997||Broaks Wood||CHIG||George Wormald, Carol Pearce, Josh Jenner, Tim Pribul|
|1996||Marks Hall||CHIG||George Wormald, Carol Pearce, George and Tim Pribul|
|1995||Hatfield Forest||CHIG||Helen and Carol Pearce, George and Tim Pribul|
|1994||Wivenhoe Park||HAVOC||Brian (Barry Straight, Robert Baker, Tony Fletcher, Claire Daniel)|
|1993||Hylands Park||CHIG||Ray Weekes, Jennifer Taylor, Rowanne and Tim Pribul|
|1992||Broaks Wood||CHIG||Tony Maycraft, Tom Edelsten, Rowanne and Tim Pribul|
|1991||Hatfield Forest||HAVOC||Havocets (Steve Hayter, Ruth Hayter, Robert Baker and Barry Straight)|
|1990||Roman Valley||CHIG||Tony Maycraft, Carol Pearce, Philippa and Tim Pribul|
|1988||Baddow Ridge||CHIG||James, Carol, Helen and John Pearce|
|1987||Wivenhoe Park||CHIG||James, Carol and Helen Pearce, Tim Pribul|
|1986||Hockley Woods||HAVOC||Raleigh Rompers (Cath Shipley, Ted Stacey, Steven and David Hayter)|
|1985||Hockley Woods||CHIG||James, Carol and Helen Pearce, Tim Pribul|
|1984||Roman Valley||CHIG||Alex Kerr, Carol and James Pearce, Tim Pribul|
|1983||Roman Valley||CHIG||Alex Kerr, Carol, James and John Pearce|
|1982||Friday Woods/Roman Valley|
|1981||Hatfield Forest||CHIG||Alex Kerr, Nigel Burvill, Tim Pribul||(Straight relay format)|