Hylands Park ChelmsfordSun 30 Oct

SOS Colour Coded SWELL 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: Parkland & Woodland



Organiser’s Report:

Hylands Park is familiar territory to me so I was happy to be able to organise the event here, especially with Chris as Planner and Paul as Controller, whom I knew to be extremely efficient and helpful. This made the job much easier, as Chris had already thought of nearly everything and acted upon it, so not only were his courses enjoyed by everyone, he was even there to help put the download tent up!
The only thing I couldn’t organise was the weather and unfortunately the heavens opened at the beginning of the day, meaning rather a lot of mud around the download area, and an extremely wet tent, but thanks to a fabulous team of volunteers, everything worked as it should and the event went smoothly. Later runners even enjoyed a rain-free run, even if Chris the Planner had to have a complete change of clothes.
We are aware of a streaky pink area on the maps, which is being rectified, but this did not cause any problems – the main issues arising were the number of dogs being walked in the park.
I would like to thank our team of volunteers, without whom the event would not have been able to run at all, let alone being as successful as it was, as well as the sterling effort made by Chris and Paul to ensure the courses were accessible and enjoyable.
Rachel Barford

Planner’s Report:

I hope everyone enjoyed their run. A wet start for many participants but it was not long before the rain subsided and all could enjoy the picturesque grounds of Hylands Park. Navigation across the park can be surprisingly tricky as groups of trees merge into a mass of indistinct foliage, but most seemed to cope quite well and that is in spite of all the brambles.

My sincere thanks to Tim for helping to plan and set out the courses, to Kevin for considerable work in updating the maps, to Paul as controller for his thorough attention to detail adding some interesting refinement to some of the courses, and finally to Rachel for doing such a great job as organiser ensuring everything ran so smoothly. Two of my grandsons thoroughly enjoyed their first go at orienteering so I think we have two more recruits to our sport.

Chris Childs

Controller's comments:

The event ran smoothly and competitors seemed to enjoy themselves despite
the damp weather. The clocks changing confused the laptops initially, but
also provided an extra hour of daylight for preparation and Rachel's team
was ready to let some begin before the advertised start time. The parkland
venue was always going to favour the fast, direct runners who could also
keep in touch with the map , but Chris's thoughtful courses caught out a few
who struggled to distinguish between the many copses or to navigate through
the path and ditch network in the wood.

Paul Beckett

Last updated: Wed 02 November, 2022

Location Info

Near: Chelmsford
Lat,Lng: 51.71637,0.43087
Postcode: CM2 8FS
What3Words: tonic.vivid.hurray

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Directions / Parking

Parking in Hylands Park via the Greenberry Way entrance.

Normal charges apply. £5 all day https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/...
Please note that machines do not accept cash. Payment may be made by card including contactless or via MiPermit app

Map / Terrain

Open parkland with wooded areas and scattered trees around Hylands House
Map updated for the event.
Light Green - Brown 1:10,000 scale
White Yellow and Orange 1:7,500 scale
Brown map double sided

Course Information

Colour coded events (subject to final control):
White 1.7k 13 Controls
Yellow 2.6k 13 Controls
Orange 3.4k 14 Controls
Light Green 3.8k 13 Controls
Short Green 3.8k 13 Controls
Green 5.2k 18 Controls
Blue 7.3k 20 Controls
Brown 9.7k 25 Controls

Controls are SIAC enabled with punching Start and Finish

Entry Details

Pre-entry only via Racesignup.co.uk https://racesignup.co.uk/
Enter by midnight on Thursday 27th October
Late entries may be permitted subject to map availability. Contact Organiser.

BOF Members £8.00 Non-members £10.00
Juniors £3.00
Dibber hire £1.00

Registration and Start times

Start times from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Courses close at 2:30pm. You must report to download by then, even if you do not finish.


Café and toilets are located in the park:
Mauro’s Castle Kiosk & The Stables Cafe

Dog restrictions

Dogs allowed - observe notices

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Rachel Barford email: rachel.archer@talk21.com
Planner: Chris Childs/Tim Hull
Controller: Paul Beckett (HAVOC)

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford CM1 7ET
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Safety Notes

First aid is available at Download

Medical forms and envelopes will be available for the confidential disclosure of health problems of which the organiser needs to be aware.

The event will be run strictly in accordance with any published BOF and Government covid guidance. Please do not attend the event if you are showing any symptoms of Covid19.

Courses involve running within areas of woodland and open grassland. Surfaces are uneven, with many potential obstructions and trip hazards. Vegetation has also yet to die back. Competitors are advised to ensure they are dressed appropriately. Leg and arm coverings are recommended. All competitors take part at their own risk.

The site is a country park open to the public and is popular with families, dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders, kite flyers etc. Please take care to be aware and considerate of other park users.

There should be no need for participants to cross car parks but the longer courses cross access roads with slow moving traffic. Take due care.