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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.

Aims and Objectives

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.

Mapped areas

alt Admirals Park and Central Park
TL694073, Town parks along the River Can in Chelmsford
alt Baddow Ridge
TL780060, Conservation woodland to the north of Danbury
alt Broaks Wood
TL790306, Forestry Commission access woodland near Halstead.
alt Castle Park
TM000255, Formal gardens, parkland, riverside and urban, Colchester.
alt Chalkney Wood
TL880280, woodland near Earls Colne.
alt Danbury Park
TL770050, parkland and woodland in Danbury.
alt Fordham Hall Estate
TL928286, New Woodland Trust woodland to the west of Colchester.
alt Great Notley Country Park
TL734214, Braintree
alt Hatfield Forest
TL547203, ancient royal hunting forest managed by the National Trust, near Bishops Stortford.
alt High Woods
TL998271, woodland and open areas to the north of Colchester.
alt Hockley Woods
TQ830920, access woodland near Southend.
alt Hylands Park
TL680048, Repton-designed parkland and woods near Chelmsford, with Hylands House at its centre.
alt Layer Wood
TL907177, Mature woodland near Tiptree.
alt Maldon Promenade Park
TL860065, parkland along the estuary.
alt Middlewick and Donyland
TL010210, army training area and ranges to the southeast of Colchester, accross the B1025 from Roman Valley.
alt The Naze
TM265234, coastal heath near Walton.
alt Roman Valley
TL986217, army training area to the south of Colchester, locally known as Friday Woods.
alt Tiptree Heath
TM884148, Heathland and woodland near Tiptree.
alt Wivenhoe Park and Woods
TM030240, parkland (University of Essex campus) to east of Colchester, now extended to Wivenhoe Woods.
alt Writtle Forest
TL648025, private woodland to the SW of Chelmsford.

Permanent Courses

An introduction to permanent courses is on the Beginners Guide page.

Wivenhoe ParkMaps are available from the University Sports Centre, 01206-873250.
Tiptree HeathMaps 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 EstateMaps are available from John Collyer, and from the village shop.
Hylands ParkMaps are available free of charge from the Stables Visitor Centre shop.
High WoodsMaps 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 ParkMaps are available free of charge from the Activity Centre on the Prom, or download from the Maldon DC website.
Great Notley Country ParkMaps 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.

Club Champions

2019Eddie Banks (Open) and Oliver Prince (Junior)
2018John Collyer (Open) and Taylor Gooding (Junior)
2017Nick Pugh
2013Clive Tant
2012Nick Pugh
2011Jenny Collyer
2010Jenny Collyer
2009John Collyer
2008Chris Sellens
2007Martin Sellens
2006James Lyne
2005Kevin Machin
2004Jenny Collyer
2003Martin Sellens
2002Kevin Machin
2001Steve Robertson
2000Chris Sellens
1999Steve Robertson
1998Chris Sellens
1997Jenny Collyer
1996Martin Sellens

Mike Powell Davies Celebration Award

Club member of the Year
2018Rachel Barford
2016Steven Partridge
2015John Russell
2014Kevin Machin
2013Andrew Cordle
2012Dave Skinner
2011Julie Laver
2010Martin Sellens
2009Julia Robertson
2008Derek Keeble
2007Jack Isbester
2006Lyn West
2003Derek Ladkin
2002John & Jenny Collyer
2001Pauline Stevens

Mark Johnson Trophy

Oustanding Junior - personal achievement and contribution to the club
2012Daisy Partridge
2011Rhiannon Ware
2010Nick Harrison
2007/08James Lyne
2006Jo West

Stragglers' Relays Winners

Thanks to Tim Pribul of CHIG for much of this information. Let me know if you can fill in any of the missing information!
2015Wivenhoe ParkCHIGCHIGnition (Harold Wyber, Tony Maycraft, Alan Brett, Tom Edelsten)
2014High WoodsSUFFOCNormally Open (Andrew Elliot, Sarah Mansell, Paul Lowe, John Webb)
2013Danbury ParkSOSCrossing the Lyne (Lucy Fryer, Eddie Banks, Rebecca and James Lyne)
2012High WoodsNORNORForever (John Ward, Mick Liston, Phil Brown and Les Jarrald)
2011Wivenhoe ParkSOSTeam Tantalising (Clive Tant, Karen Ezard, Hilary and Martin Sellens)
2010Hylands ParkSUFFOCFlying Monkeys (Bryn Wilkinson, Louise Walker, Goff Hill, Roderick Mansel)
2009The NazeSOSWest Barclay (Colin and Lyn West, Tracey Apperley and Richard Barker )
2008High WoodsCHIGThis Little CHIGgy (John and Carol Pearce, Ray Weakes, Tim Pribul)
2007Danbury Country ParkWAOCEclectic WAOC
2006Broaks WoodWAOCJabberlets
2005Wivenhoe ParkHAVOCEscargots (Paul Beckett, Barbara Fothergill, Chris Shaw and Garry Parmenter)
2004No event--
2002Hylands ParkWAOCWagglers (Simon, Helen and Nicola Gardner, David Gresham)
2001High WoodsSOSWestern front (Jo, Colin, Lyn and David West)
2000Broaks WoodSOSSoSpeedy
1999Brandon ParkCHIGJosh and Sam Jenner, George and Tim Pribul
1998Chalkney WoodsWAOC Weeds Beware (Simon, Mike, Helen and Peter Gardner)
1997Broaks WoodCHIGGeorge Wormald, Carol Pearce, Josh Jenner, Tim Pribul
1996Marks HallCHIGGeorge Wormald, Carol Pearce, George and Tim Pribul
1995Hatfield ForestCHIGHelen and Carol Pearce, George and Tim Pribul
1994Wivenhoe ParkHAVOCBrian (Barry Straight, Robert Baker, Tony Fletcher, Claire Daniel)
1993Hylands ParkCHIGRay Weekes, Jennifer Taylor, Rowanne and Tim Pribul
1992Broaks WoodCHIGTony Maycraft, Tom Edelsten, Rowanne and Tim Pribul
1991Hatfield ForestHAVOCHavocets (Steve Hayter, Ruth Hayter, Robert Baker and Barry Straight)
1990Roman ValleyCHIGTony Maycraft, Carol Pearce, Philippa and Tim Pribul
1988Baddow RidgeCHIGJames, Carol, Helen and John Pearce
1987Wivenhoe ParkCHIGJames, Carol and Helen Pearce, Tim Pribul
1986Hockley WoodsHAVOCRaleigh Rompers (Cath Shipley, Ted Stacey, Steven and David Hayter)
1985Hockley WoodsCHIGJames, Carol and Helen Pearce, Tim Pribul
1984Roman ValleyCHIGAlex Kerr, Carol and James Pearce, Tim Pribul
1983Roman ValleyCHIGAlex Kerr, Carol, James and John Pearce
1982Friday Woods/Roman Valley
1981Hatfield ForestCHIGAlex Kerr, Nigel Burvill, Tim Pribul(Straight relay format)
1980Hylands Park



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