S' Series No.7 Sth OckendonThu 11 Jul

SOS/HAVOC Summer Mid-Week Series 2024

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 & Parkland



Organiser’s Report

Thank you to those of you who ran at South Ockendon tonight. The weather was kind - sunny and warm, although there were a few drops of rain later in the evening. Graham had planned some good courses, taking in the new country park with views of the wind turbines, the intricate estate near the start/finish with its multitude of paths and alleys, and plenty of other open areas.

Colin Jackson was (just) fastest round the Short course, and Guy Lidbury recorded the shortest time on the Long. They both held on once handicaps were applied to take the wins. This was the seventh race of the series, so the top 6 calculation now comes into play for those who have entered every event so far.

Colin leads the way on the Short course overall table, with Alan Sibthorp in second. It is very close at the top of the Long course table, as we approach the final race. Any of the top 4 can take the series championship. Currently Chris Prince holds the lead, with Chloe Fowler, Paul Beckett and Jackie Sibthorp all battling for top spot. Guy Lidbury, currently in 6th could also get to the top of the table depending on results at that final race.

Details of the scoring can be found at this link.

Details of the all the results in the series can be found on the series homepage.

The final event of the series is in Maldon. Details on the SOS website.

Any questions you have about the event or your entry please contact the event organiser: streeto@orienteering-havoc.co.uk

Last updated: Fri 12 July, 2024


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 8 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.

League rules and points calculation available here

Location Info

Near: South Ockendon
Lat,Lng: 51.52343,0.29822
Postcode: RM15 6SH

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Directions / Parking

The Royal Oak public house, The Green, South Ockendon. RM15 6SD

Competitors may park in the pub car park and registration will either be in the beer garden (if warm and dry) or inside near the entrance nearest the car park.

IMPORTANT – register car inside the pub, at the bar, to avoid fines.

Map / Terrain

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 software (MapRun 6/7) installed and the course is downloaded to your phone/watch before you arrive. Please note that all competitors will also be given a paper copy of the course map just before they start.

Details of how to obtain a copy of the app and how it works can be found here.

There is also a HAVOC user guide here.

Download the course onto the app by clicking on ‘Select Event', in the app, and following the menu path UK > Essex > South Ockendon Long or South Ockendon Short

The course map will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. (Note – you do not need the PIN number to run using a Garmin watch). 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 Mispunch, but in the official results we will add the usual penalty for a missed or incorrect control. Please ensure you notify the organiser that you have finished, so that safety checks can be completed.

If you are 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 13 controls 6.2km Short Course 9 controls 3.5km.

These are direct line distances – optimal route will be longer.

Open Orienteering Map style: 1:10,000 scale (long), 1:7,500 scale (short). Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs, actual or home-made.

If you are using MapRun then you will not need to record answers on a control card. However, if the app doesn't register your visit, then you need to record the lower number on the H sign. If you are not using MapRun, then please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Entry Details

£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students.
Pre-entry and pre-payment are required using www.racesignup.co.uk
Additional £1 payable if not a BOF member, to cover insurance costs.

Registration and Start times

Start times will be between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 9pm.


The pub has toilets for pre-race preparations. It can provide hot food afterwards with last orders at 8pm.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Graham Batty Email: membership@orienteering-havoc.co.uk Tel: 07985 609719

Series Coordinator – David Float Email: streeto@orienteering-havoc.co.uk Tel: 07801 216634

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Safety Notes

Participation is at your own risk. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Course routes will be on road pavements, footpaths, grassland and woods. Bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions. Shorts are not recommended due to vegetation scratches/stings. As with any urban orienteering which requires participants to cross the road, you are asked to take due care and to always pay attention. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended. There may be dog walkers, cyclists or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority. All competitors must report in the pub they have finished by 9pm even if they wish to retire.


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