Chalkney WoodSun 17 Sept

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.

Terrain type: Woodland




I must firstly thank all of the club members who volunteered on Sunday to fill all of the roles and performed them wonderfully. I must also thank Roger, Taylor-Finnen, JP and Clive for the planning and controlling, the fact that we were able to open courses early is a great testament to their efforts putting out and checking controls. Thank you all!

Having the use of Lamberts Farm is a massive advantage, affording us a dry room, electricity, water, toilets and ample parking. Our thanks go to Sally once again for allowing us to use her farm and for continuing to support our events in Chalkney Woods.

This was Roger’s and Taylor-Finnen’s first time as planners for a full regional event and judging from the feedback from the runners on the day they were both very successful in planning an interesting and challenging series of courses.

Thanks to all who bought tea and cake from the cake stall in support of the Club Juniors.

Jeff Patteson


I eventually gave in to Julie Laver (SOS) Coordinator’s requests & agreed to plan Chalkney Woods with Taylor-Finnen (Taylor-Finnen = White - Light Green & Roger = Short Green - Brown). After the first couple of Recces it soon became evident that the Base Map needed some serious updating with a big area of felled trees, new paths etc. We were also conscious of not using the same Controls as the last two previous events, so new Controls were found. Also, to utilise the Sloping North Eastern Area & the Navigationally Challenging ‘Chalkney Triangle’ in the Centre. Big thanks to Eddie Banks (SOS) for updating the Base Map & to Steve Partridge (SOS) for overseeing our Planning & helping sort the Course Maps as I’m not very ‘techy’ at all and would have been totally lost without him! Also, Clive Wilkinson (SUFFOC) for Controlling. I thought I was a perfectionist, but he’s something else! And to Jeff Patteson (SOS) for Organising having arrived at the Farm for 8am & therefore having everything ready for the 9am/ 9.30am SOS Helpers to arrive. Also, to JP Carraud (SOS) for a bit of a return favour in helping him at some unearthly hour of the morning at Writtle Forest putting out Controls! Plus all the other SOS Members that Volunteer throughout the day to make it all happen. We had all x 49 Controls out by 7.45am with Clive back from Controlling at 9.15am & the Start ready 1 hour early at 9.30am, which led to a more relaxed feeling around the Farm for Enquiries, Download & more importantly the Cake Stall! Great to see people from as far & afield as Cornwall & Derbyshire too! 😊

I feel like I gave it my all & made x15 trips to Chalkney Woods so feel like I know it like the back of my hand now, so should be in for a win at the next event! 😉

Roger Gooding

A good experience which helped me understand what goes into planning a course and an appreciation for planners in general due to the amount of work involved. Found making up different routes the most fun especially trying to push the orange in particular with some harder controls and route choice for this area.

I decided to vary yellow and white from previous years and create two new courses using different controls and slightly different areas.

I also learnt the rules/ necessities in yellow and white (Steve said these where usually the hardest to plan, due to all the rules) like the fact that a white control is on every decision point and there kite is positioned to lead them in the right direction.



It is always good to work with the stragglers team on events. I was pleased with the positive reactions to Roger's course planning which encouraged orienteers to run across the grain. Chalkney is steadily becoming a better area to orienteer in.

Clive Wilkinson

Last updated: Mon 25 September, 2023

Location Info

Near: Earls Colne
Lat,Lng: 51.91106,0.72862
OS Grid Ref: TL877271
Postcode: CO6 1AP
What3Words: What3Words:///pounds.presented.trout

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Directions / Parking

Parking at Lamberts Farm, Lamberts Lane, Great Tey, CO6 1AP

Google Maps / Grid Ref: TL877271 / Lat: 51.911158 Long: 0.72836459 / What3Words:///pounds.presented.trout

O signposted from B1024 (A120 to Earls Colne), A1124 (Halstead to Colchester) & Chappel Road, Great Tey

Car parking is limited – please car share if possible. Car park charge £1 (Cash Only - please have change ready)

Please contact the organiser if you are bringing a coach or other large vehicle.

Map / Terrain

Mature mixed woodland.
1:7,500, 5m contours, printed on waterproof paper.

The various Out of Bounds areas MUST be respected to ensure continued use of the woods.
The wood is open to the public and you may meet walkers, dogs and horses. Please give plenty of room when passing.

Carrying a whistle and full leg cover are compulsory. Please ensure that your clothing and footwear is appropriate for the time of year, terrain and anticipated weather conditions.

Course Information

Colour coded courses White to Brown.


No. Controls

Course Length




1.7 km

15 m



2 km

15 m



2.8 km

35 m

Light Green


3.4 km

45 m

Short Green


3.4 km

55 m



4.8 km

85 m



5.8 km

115 m



6.9 km

120 m

Entry Details

Online registration only via RaceSignup - Chalkney Woods - Information and sign up (

Deadline for entries Thursday 14thth September at midnight.

Late entries may be available by e-mailing the organiser and will be subject to map availability.

Please contact the organiser in advance of the entry deadline if you are bringing a large number of competitors or school/youth group.

Level C events - £10 seniors (£8 members of British Orienteering), £3.00 juniors (under 21) and students.

SI card (dibber) hire £1. Hired dibbers will be available for collection from Enquiries at the Event Centre.

There will be a £1 per car parking charge which will be collected on arrival (cash only).

Final Details can be downloaded HERE

Registration and Start times

Start between 10.30 to 12.30.

Courses close at 14:30. You must report to download even if you retire to ensure all participants are accounted for. Download is located at the event centre.


Guidance for beginners available from the Enquiries point.

Refreshments available from onsite cake stall. Funds raised are used to support the activities of the SOS Juniors. If possible please bring your own cup as we have limited numbers.

Toilets are located near car park.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser Jeff Patteson M:07805076011

Planner Roger Gooding (SOS)

Controller Clive Wilkinson (SUFFOC)

Nearest A&E Hospital

Colchester Hospital, Turner Road Colchester CO4 5JL
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

Entry into this event is at your own risk.

First Aid will be available at the Enquiries Point

If you have a medical condition that we need to know about please download, print, and complete a medical form. Place it in a sealed envelope with your name clearly on the outside. Hand this to the Enquiries point in the assembly area where the First Aiders will keep it in confidence for the duration of the event; to be collected unopened at the end of the event. Forms can be downloaded using the following link:

Please do not attend this event if you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.