Baddow RidgeSun 5 Nov

SOS Colour coded and ESSOL

Regional level event

Explanation of Event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships.



Planners comments

The event of two organisers, two planners, and one controller calm throughout the changes - Eleanor Evans started the planning process earlier in the year, with a fallback of father assuming the role if family changes intervened, which they did. So the courses owe a lot to Eleanor (thanks) with development by me, and sage comments from Peter as controller. I claim the club record for the number of Finishes at an event (three if you didn’t know).

Baddow Ridge is a mosaic of ownership and of orienteering terrain, the little valleys and open woodland are a delight. The western parts are in need of a detailed map update, with holly growth more extensive than the map displays, amongst other changes. One overgrown field was mown in the days prior to the event which made the map update out of date. Climb is greater than other Straggler areas, which drew comment from some runners about the physicality of their course, reflected in longer times than other events.

Our assembly area was fine, with a drawback of the 1k walk to the start. Various options were explored, with the scout camp winning out. Long courses were finished in the west, to limit the dead running and to allow use of all parts of the map.

Heavy, persistent rain during the week onto wet ground had filled some depressions with water and restarted streams in usually dry gullies, ditches and sloping footpaths. We were fortunate to run the event in dry conditions with a moderate temperature during the day.

The variety of fungi in the woods was remarkable and beautiful. Squirrels were clearly enjoying the chestnut harvest. The woodland still bears witness to the storm of 1987, with some rootstocks now rotting into small knolls but lying tree trunks still presenting a hazard to navigation.

That wraps up terrain events for 2023, great thanks to the Stragglers who have volunteered so much and in so many ways to deliver orienteering
challenges and pleasure and to the runners, whose enjoyment and feedback make it all worthwhile.

May you run in sunlit forests throughout 2024.

Colin West SOS

Controller’s Comments

Baddow is a tile puzzle of richly featured woodland separated by residential blocks and out of bounds areas. Hence Colin’s decision to have 3 finishes to allow the longer courses to explore as much as possible of the different “tiles” with a minimum of dead running.

We were lucky to have good weather on the day, but rain in the days preceding did turn many “dry” features into wet ones. This led to confusion in finding control 136, especially for Green runners, as the mapped wet and dry ditches were both very wet at the event.

I must own up to not noticing the discrepancy between map and ground at control 122 (knoll near a fence corner). Ahead of the event I was more concerned about the vegetation, with high bracken in some areas tending to obscure features. Control 215 was re-located during the planning process to avoid being unfairly hidden in vegetation, but ended up being hung a bit further from the stream than many expected.

It was not anyone’s intention to make the courses unusually demanding, but winning times were on the long side, with some participants getting excellent value for money in terms of minutes spent orienteering per pound of entry fee. I hope you all enjoyed the experience nevertheless.

The final results have been adjusted so that the timed-out road crossing is fully “timed out” for everyone, and thanks to Lyn West for laboriously correcting split times to compensate for a couple of controls that were left on BST.

Finally, thanks to the SOS team for staging the event, especially Julie for stepping in as organiser at a relatively late stage and Colin who similarly took over the planning.

Peter Woods (WAOC)

Last updated: Sun 12 November, 2023


Mature woodland over a wide area; a full range of colour coded courses available.

Location Info

Near: Danbury
Lat,Lng: 51.72923,0.57121
OS Grid Ref: TL777065
Postcode: CM3 4AU
What3Words: ///buzzer.faced.blown

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Directions / Parking


Signposted from A414 at Eves Corner (double roundabout in centre of Danbury).

Follow Little Baddow Road/The Ridge north from Eves Corner. After a mile, turn left into Riffhams Chase. After half a mile, turn left into the Scout & Guide premises - look for SOS flag.

The car sharing option on Racesignup has been facilitated.

Map / Terrain

Mature woodland.

Maps at 1:10,000 for Green to Brown courses.

1:7,500 for White to Short Green

Course Information












Short Green



Light Green












Courses suitable for all levels of ability and experience - contact the Organiser if unsure.
electronic punching will be used (SIAC enabled)

All courses are punching Start, punching Finish.

Note to Green, Blue, Brown runners

You have a timed-out road crossing with 1 minute allowed for crossing and punching. There is another road crossing on Blue and Brown, which is not manned as the road is not busy.

You may see a Finish during your course that is not yours: do not punch it! Finishes are not SIAC enabled.

Note to all runners

There is a 900m walk to the start which crosses The Ridge, a busy road. This crossing will be manned, please obey the marshal’s instructions. Courses White to Short Green also cross here after running, en route to Download.

Entry Details

Entry online via Racesignup

Fees until 23.59 pm on Thursday 2nd November £10 seniors (£8 for members of British Orienteering) and £3 juniors (under 21) and students.

Late entry after until 23.59 pm on Thursday 2nd November £12 seniors (£10 for members of British Orienteering) and £4 juniors (under 21) and students.

Entries close at 16:00 on Saturday November 4th as long as maps are available. EOD subject to map availability. Number of maps left at close of entries will be displayed on Racesignup.

Dibber hire £1. Collect hired dibber from Enquiries at event centre.

Registration and Start times

Registration/enquiries open from 10am.

Please contact the organiser if you are bringing a coach or other large vehicle. Entry forms for school groups are available.

Start times from 10.30 to 12.30. Courses close at 2.30 pm. You must report to download by 2.45.

Allow a 20 minute walk from parking/event centre to the Start (shorter on return journey).


VERY LIMITED PARKING - car share strongly encouraged

Toilet at event centre.

Cake stall & hot drinks available at event centre - fundraising for Juniors' activities.

Bring your own mug if possible.

Dog restrictions

Sorry no dogs allowed at this event

Contacts / Officials

Organiser Julie Laver

Planner Eleanor Evans/Colin West

Controller Peter Woods (WAOC)

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford CM1 7ET
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

Brown, blue and green courses have a road crossing which will be timed out but not marshalled. Please take care. Do not cross at any other point. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult (over 18) on these courses.
The wood is open to the public and you may meet walkers, dogs, mountain bikers and horses. Please give plenty of room when passing.
Please ensure that your clothing and footwear is appropriate for the time of year, terrain and anticipated weather conditions. Full leg cover is advised.
Entry into this event is at your own risk.

First aid available at the Enquiries point, based at event centre. If you have a medical condition First Aiders might need to know about, please ensure a BOF medical form is completed and left in a sealed envelope at Enquiries. This will be kept in confidence for your return.


Download details HERE