Basildon - Northlands ParkWed 7 Dec

SOS/HAVOC Mid-Week Winter Series 2022-23

Local 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.

Terrain type: Urban



Coordinator’s Report

Thank you all for running in the event at Basildon - Northlands Park on Wednesday. Although pretty cold, the weather stayed dry, and the tricky area of multiple small roads and paths caused some good route choice and ensured you had to keep close contact with the map to avoid getting confused, or worse!

Sorry for the short delay in results being published, but I went down with COVID on Thursday, so have been asleep since then!

There have been a couple of Anytime runs since Wednesday, so I have included those in the results. I will hopefully get the courses up on MapRun soon for anyone who wants to run. There is a 10 min penalty for running anytime, but you do get to run in the daytime, and study the map before your run.

Also sorry for the PIN not clearing from the Long course. If you want to look at tracks on the MapRun results page, then the PIN is 6104.

Gary Chandler won the short course, 13 mins clear of Colin Jackson in second. These same positions were replicated in the Handicap results.

Similar situation on the Long course, where Campbell Walsh beat Guy Lidbury by a convincing margin, and again those results repeated after handicaps applied.

Gary Chandler extends his lead in the Short course overall table, and in the Long, Chris Prince takes over from Colin West at the top.

The next event in the series is this week, Tuesday, at Bocking, Braintree.

Details of the scoring can be found at this link:

Last updated: Mon 12 December, 2022


NB Event date has been amended to avoid clash with England v Wales world cup match

Event 4 of the HAVOC/SOS Winter street O series

The event will form part of the 10 event HAVOC/SOS Winter Night Street O series. Points will be awarded based on finishing times adjusted using an age/gender handicap system. Each missed or incorrect control will incur a 5 minutes penalty. Best 6 results from the series will count. 50 bonus points added for undertaking any one of the Essex MapRuns - just confirm run to Coordinator. Full results will be emailed and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.

Location Info

Near: Basildon
Lat,Lng: 51.57863,0.49865
Postcode: SS13 1XP
What3Words: stat.goat.send

Open an interactive map in:
GoogleMap - OpenStreetMap - BingMap (OS 50k)

Directions / Parking

North side of Northland Park near the play area and cafe.
Main car park on Felmores approximately 100m from start/finish
Alt car park to north

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map 1:10,000 scale Long course 1:7500 Short course

We are going to run this event using the MapRun software. Therefore, please, if possible, use a smartphone (or Garmin watch) and ensure you have latest version of MapRun (MapRun6) installed and the course is downloaded to your phone/watch before you arrive.

Note: All competitors will still receive a paper map - no need to squint at your phone to see the route!

Details of how to obtain a copy of the app and how it works can be found on the HAVOC website. There is also a HAVOC user guide there.
Download the course onto the app by clicking on ‘Select Event', and following the menu path UK > Essex > Basildon Northlands Park
The course will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. There are no written answers required with MapRun and your result will be automatically downloaded when you finish. The full procedure will be explained at Registration. Note, that if a control is missed then the software will show your result as Misspunch, but in the official results we will add the usual penalty for a missed or incorrect control.

If you are really unable to use MapRun, you are still welcome to take part by completing the control sheet with pen or pencil but be aware that this is a much slower method. With this approach, timing will be manually by a traditional clock, and written answers will be checked as per previous events.

Course Information

Long course 6.2k Short course 3.5k (direct distances)

Mostly street running.
Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs. If you are not using MapRun you need to record the lower number on the 'H' sign. Please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Entry Details

On RaceSignUp.

£4 Seniors, £2.00 under 21 or students.

Registration and Start times

Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 8.45pm.


No toilet facilities are available.

Post event: Jolly Friar Whitmore Way

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Chris Prince Email: Tel: 07884 649591

Series Coordinator – David Float Email: Tel: 07801 216634

Covid 19 Officer – Graham Batty Email: Tel: 07985 609719

Nearest A&E Hospital

Basildon University Hospital Nethermayne SS16 5NL
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

Participation is at your own risk. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions. As with any street orienteering you are required to cross roads and you are asked to take due care and attention at all times. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended. There may be dog walkers, cyclists or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority. Some roads do not have pavements so take extra care.

As this is a night event, headtorch or other torch is required.


Following events in the Series:

5. Tues Dec 13 SOS Bocking Colin & Lyn West

Christmas Break

6. Wed Jan 04 HAVOC Brentwood Graham Batty
7. Wed Jan 18 SOS Colchester Chris Panton
8. Wed Feb 01 HAVOC Brentwood Paul Beckett
9. Tues Feb 14 SOS Kevin Machin
10. Wed Mar 01 HAVOC Shenfield David/Colin/Dale