Winter Series No.1 WithamWed 18 Oct

HAVOC-SOS Mid-week Street O Winter Series 2023-24

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



Organiser/Planner's Report

Well done to all of you who braved the atrocious weather to run your course on the night. Amazingly, I actually had a couple of people say they had enjoyed it! You have all earned your on the night bonus.

There seemed to be more problems with maprun on the night than usual. Whether this was down to the weather conditions or inexperienced planner. It was the first time I had set up maprun and I didn't find it easy getting the controls in the correct place although it seemed to work ok when we checked the sites. Tracks showed that both mp at control 3 on short course had visited the correct site. Interesting this was also control 10 on long course with no mp. The tracks for 2 single mp on long course showed parallel errors and the correct site not visited. A number of people retired - given the conditions I don't blame you. You still get a time and penalties for the missed controls.

The waterproof paper stood up well to the conditions and a lot of people who hadn't seen it tested to the extremes were surprised. Apologies to the one person who's map fell apart. Not sure whether he got a paper copy by mistake. Thank goodness we were using maprun. I would hate to be trying to decipher soggy control cards and half written numbers where pens had refused to write!

Hope to see you at the next event and hope for better weather!

Lyn West

Last updated: Tue 07 November, 2023


The event will form part of HAVOC/SOS Mid-Week Winter O’ League. 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 10 event series will count.
Anytime catch-up for some events available for 2 weeks after the event, subject to an Anytime time penalty on MapRun.
Bonus points for running on the night compared to Anytime.
You are welcome to run together as a group, but in order to be fair we ask that you keep together, as when running as a group the least advantageous handicap is applied.
100 points will be allocated to the course organiser/planner for each event planned.

Location Info

Near: Witham
Lat,Lng: 51.80588,0.63771
Postcode: CM8 2DE
What3Words: ///pipes.parsnips.movies

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

Directions / Parking

The Railway, 2 Chipping Hill, Witham CM8 2DE

Parking in pub car park. Make sure you enter your registration number at the bar to avoid fine.

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map 1:10,000 printed on waterproof paper

The course is on roads, pavements, foot paths.

Course Information

Long Course 6.2k Short Course 3.3k measured as direct distances between controls.

Controls are all fire hydrants. The event will be run using Maprun Please download maprun app and the event to your phone before the event. Courses are Witham North Long/Short Oct23. Ensure you have 18/10/23 version.

The courses can still be completed conventionally. You will need to record the lower number. Please bring a pencil or pen.

Entry Details

Enter this event on line at
£5 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students, £1 discount for orienteering club members
Enter all ten events at a discount via the Racesignup ‘Golden Ticket’
£40 for non-club members and £30 for orienteering club members.
Entries close at 12:00 noon on Tuesday 14th November.
For late entries email series coordinator.

Registration and Start times

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


Toilets available in the pub

Newcomers are welcome. Help and guidance will be available.
Why not stay behind and join us for a drink in the pub.
Food is served until 9pm.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Lyn & Colin west
Email: Tel: 07974 391283

Series Coordinator – Chris Childs
Email: Tel: 01206 574748 Mob: 07847 501560

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford CM1 7ET
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

Participation is at your own risk. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions.
A head torch or hand torch is essential. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended.
As with any street orienteering, participants will be required to cross roads and you are asked to take due care and attention at all times.
There may be dog walkers, cyclists or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority.


Following Events:

Event 2. Wed Nov 1 HAVOC Chris Prince Noak Bridge
Event 3 Wed Nov 15 SOS Marc Owen & CC Moulsham
Event 4 Wed Nov 29 HAVOC Graham Batty Corringham
Event 5 Wed Dec 13 SOS Jackie Sibthorp South Woodham Ferrers

Christmas Break

Event 6 Wed Jan 10 HAVOC Paul Beckett Pilgrims Hatch
Event 7 Wed Jan 24 SOS John Allen & Tim Hull Colchester
Event 8 Wed Feb 7 HAVOC Seb Parris Hornchurch East
Event 9 Wed Feb 21 SOS Dave Game Hatfield Peverel
Event 10 Wed Mar 6 HAVOC Colin Jackson TBC