Summer Series 3 Great BaddowWed 25 May

SOS/HAVOC Summer Mid-Week Series

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 & Woodland



Organiser/Planner’s Report

Thank you to everyone who came along to the 3rd event in the SOS/HAVOC Summer 2022 series. We had a total of 35 entrants, 14 on the short course & 21 on the long course.

It was lovely evening, the earlier wind having died down, and many of the runners came back looking very hot & sweaty!

The event was held at the Blue Lion in Great Baddow and it provided a nice mix of roads, alleys and housing estates, which didn’t seem too much of a challenge for most people. Although the two controls close together on the long course caused a bit of confusion, and the start & finish seemed a problem for one or two others!

Well done to Chris Prince who was the quickest on the Long Course, beating Gary Chandler by just a minute, and Melanie & Sandra who were victorious on the Short Course, just pipping Dave Game into second place by 6 seconds. An extra well done to Dave Game – who wanted to clock up some miles, so actually ran both events.

We hope you agree that the Blue Lion was a great venue, with friendly service, good beer & food. It provided a perfect place to stop for chat afterwards, and reminisce about where you went right & wrong on the evenings course.

We thank you all for coming along and making the event successful.


Last updated: Fri 27 May, 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. Full details here

Location Info

Near: Great Baddow
Lat,Lng: 51.71843,0.49904
OS Grid Ref: TL727052
Postcode: CM2 7BT
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Directions / Parking

The Blue Lion, Tabors Hill, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7BT. The start & finish will be in the decking/gazebo in the pub garden (weather permitting!).

The pub car park is really small – so there are two alternate locations for parking. The first is at the end of Buckleys, CM2 7DY. This is an area of parking for about 20 cars, adjacent to a local park, just behind where the pub is. After 6pm you can park for as long as you like.

The second option is the parking for the shops at Vineyards, The Causeway, CM2 7JX. Parking here is for 2 hours only, up until 8pm when there are no restrictions.

Map / Terrain

OOMap 1:7,500
Long Course 5.3k, 19 Controls, Short Course 3.4k, 14 Controls (subject to change). These are direct distances between controls.

Course Information

Controls are fire hydrant signs (note - one on the long course is homemade). You will be asked to record the lower number on the hydrant sign. (Clue :- in the woodland, keep left & follow the bark path).
The course is on roads, pavements & trails.
Please bring a pen or pencil to mark the control card and map bag if it is wet.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on line via Racesignup
Enter on line by midnight 23th May on

Event no.3 - Great Baddow
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students

Registration and Start times

Start at times between 6.15pm and 7.15pm
Competitors must report to the finish by 8.30pm


There are toilets available in the Blue Lion pub.

Newcomers welcome. Help and guidance available

Why not stay behind at the end for a drink in the Blue Lion, there is also food available.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Jackie Sibthorp
SOS Series Coordinator – Chris Childs

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital 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 urban orienteering this requires participants 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. In consideration for others please do not attend if you show symptoms of covid 19.


Wed/Thurs 8th/9th June HAVOC TBC
Thurs 23rd June SOS Chelmsford
Thurs 7th July HAVOC Billericay North
Tues 19th July SOS Colchester
Thurs 4th August HAVOC Ingatestone