Summer Series No 8 MaldonWed 17 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



Planner’s Report

It turns out that i organised my event for the start of summer and ant flying day!
Despite that, everyone seemed to enjoy the courses and managed the heat well. I wanted to take people to the new estates on the South side, but as there is no pub in the South of Maldon, it meant that it was downhill to the first control and then uphill for the last control and the finish!

However we were well rewarded by the excellent hospitality of James and his team at the Queen Victoria and the beers and food were well received. Many people commented on how good everything was.

Thank you all for turning out for the last of the series. It certainly helps lift the organiser when there is a good turnout.

Have a great summer and see you all again in the autumn.


Coordinator’s Report

Well this brings the summer Series to a close but for the Catchup runs over the next fortnight. As it stands on the Long course, Paul Beckett has just pipped Jackie Sibthorp for the title with Chris Prince hard on their heals. However this could all change with the Catchup runs. Chris Prince, Chloe Fowler or Lyn West can all shake things up. On the Short course Colin Jackson will be the clear winner with Alan Sibthorp and Barbara Beckett completing the podium line up.

Thanks to everyone who took part. Again I think it has been a very successful series and hope you all enjoyed it. Of course my particular thanks to those in SOS and HAVOC who organised and planned these events. Clearly without them it wouldn’t happen. Without exception the courses have all been excellent and the social gathering thereafter has provided a convivial end to the evenings.


Last updated: Thu 18 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: Maldon
Lat,Lng: 51.72776,0.66837
Postcode: CM9 6ED

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

Directions / Parking

The Queen Victoria Public House
100 Spital Road
Maldon CM9 6ED

Parking in the pub car park is very limited so most will need to park in adjacent streets. Suggest Acacia Drive opposite pub.

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map including control descriptions on water resistant paper.
Scale 1:10,000 Long Course and 1:7,500 Short Course

This event uses MapRun software. Please use a smartphone or Garmin watch and ensure you have the latest version of MapRun installed on your phone.
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

The courses are:
South Maldon Long
South Maldon Short

The course map will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. You do not need the PIN number to run using a Garmin watch. Your result will be automatically downloaded when you finish. The full procedure will be explained at Registration. If the app fails to register your visit to a control, you need to note the lower number on the H sign, or other reference as directed. If a control is missed then the software will show your result as Mispunch, but in the 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 very welcome to take part by completing the control card with pen or pencil, but be aware that this is a slower method. You will be timed by clock, and written answers will be checked. Please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Course Information

Long Course approx 6km
Short Course approx 3km
These are approx direct distances between controls.

Controls are fire hydrants and lamp posts with home made hydrant signs.

There are a few road crossings across potentially busy roads. Most suitable crossing points will be marked on the map, though not obligatory. Please take care.

Entry Details

Enter this event via Racesignup on line here

£5 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students, £1 discount for senior orienteering club members

Entries close at 12:00 noon on Tuesday 16th July.

For late entries email series coordinator.

Registration and Start times

Start times will be between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 9:00pm.


The Queen Victoria PH

Toilets available
Food served until 8:30pm. Some may wish to order before your run.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Kevin Machin 07875 648864
SOS Series Coordinator: Chris Childs 07847 501560

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford CM1 7ET
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 street orienteering participants will be required to cross roads and you are asked to take due care and attention at all times. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended.

There may be dog walkers, cyclists or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority.

It is a condition of entry that participants agree to follow the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.


This event will be the last in the Summer Series