RayleighWed 16 Nov

SOS/HAVOC Winter Mid-Week 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



Organiser’s Report

Thank you to everyone who came along to Rayleigh on a wild, wet & windy night, well done for turning up!! There were 13 on the Short Course & 19 on the Long Course – and despite the weather most people came back saying that they had enjoyed their run! From the feedback it would seem that generally the courses were not too tricky – and that there was a bit of route choice along the way.

The hydrant sign in the High Street (18 on the Long & 8 on the Short) seemed to cause the most discussion, in that the control was perhaps not quite right on the map – although it was found by most people, high up on a telegraph pole. And the ‘home made’ hydrant was found by everyone, thanks to it flapping around in the wind – hopefully most of you spotted it was right next to the Rayleigh Windmill!

Back at the Half Moon pub and everyone shared their stories! We had the case of the lost pen – which caused Julia to have to beg & borrow a pen from a passing schoolboy! Clare brought along some delicious cakes, which were shared with those who returned early enough! We had 4 newcomers to the event, two of whom had come from Australia! A few people took advantage of the ‘bring your own food’ – and purchased pizzas which went down well, but no-one took advantage of the karaoke!

Well Done to Chris Prince who was fastest on the Long Course and Gary Chandler who was quickest on the Short Course. The scorecards were quite challenging to mark – once they had dried out – as some were nearly unreadable and at least a couple had results which were practically ‘engraved’ into the cardboard with the nib of the pen!

Anyway – a big thank you for coming along – see you at the next event in the series, which will be a Score event run by HAVOC at Northlands Park, Basildon, using MapRun, on Tuesday 29th November.


Last updated: Fri 18 November, 2022


The event will form part of HAVOC/SOS Mid-Week 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 series will count. 50 bonus points added for undertaking any one of the Essex MapRuns during the series - just confirm run to Coordinator. Full results will be emailed and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.

Location Info

Lat,Lng: 51.58758,0.60800
Postcode: SS6 7EQ
What3Words: ///brands.score.limes

Open an interactive map in:
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Directions / Parking

Half Moon pub, 1-5 High Street Rayleigh, SS6 7EW. This is opposite the main Church at the top of Rayleigh High Street.
The pub doesn’t really have a car park, so the nearest parking is at The Market Car Park, 12-16 Hockley Road, Rayleigh, SS6 8EB. This is a very short walk to the pub. Alternative car parks are Websters Way or Mill Hall – but these are a bit further to walk. They all have the same fees. They are free after 7pm, or 70p for 30 minutes, or £1.20 for an hour. The machines take coins (not cards), or you can pay on the ‘paybyphone’ app on your phone (Market car park is ref 79939).

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering map
1:10,000 scale Long course
1:7,500 scale Short course

Course Information

Long Course 5.5k 19 controls
Short Course 3.3k 9 controls

Controls are all fire hydrants (one is homemade). You will need to record the lower number
Please bring a pencil or pen and a map bag if it is wet.

The course is on roads, pavements, footpaths and trails Please wear suitable footwear and a head torch.

Entry Details

Pre-entry and pre-payment are required using www.racesignup.co.uk
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students.
Enter all events in the series, at a reduced rate, using the Golden Ticket. See separate Winter Series listing on Racesignup event page
Entries close midnight Monday 14th November. Late entries please contact Organiser.

Registration and Start times

Start times between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 8:45pm.
The start & finish will be in bar nearest the traffic lights.


The Half Moon has said we can use the top bar for our event, there will be a Karaoke event in the other bar!. They will not be serving food, but you are welcome to bring your own food into the pub – there is a takeaway pizza place opposite, and fish & chips are available in the High Street
There are toilets available in the pub

Contacts / Officials

Organiser Jackie Sibthorp jackie_sibthorp@hotmail.com
Series Coordinator Chris Childs christopher.childs@tiscali.co.uk

Nearest A&E Hospital

Southend Hospital, Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RY
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 urban orienteering which requires participants to cross roads, you are asked to take due care and pay attention at all times. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended. You will require a torch or head torch. There may be dog walkers, cyclists or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority.


Following events in the Series:

4. Tues Nov 29 HAVOC Basildon Chris Prince
5. Wed Dec 14 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