Summer Series 4 Langdon HillsThu 9 Jun

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



Event 4 Langdon Hills Report

Thank you to the runners last night for the fourth of our summer series, this time at Langdon Hills and the Plotlands. We used the same start for a winter series run, but this one ventured more into the off street areas of the Plotlands and other woodland. A good mix of street and off street running, some interesting route choice and some tricky homemade controls made for some good running. There were some long times, probably due to a couple of areas where the map was a bit vague, and searching for some of those tricky homemade signs. The weather wasn’t great for early runners, but for those of us who got caught in the traffic chaos through the tunnel the weather had cleared up by the time we got there! Thanks to Graham Batty for planning, and organising on the night, helped out by Colin Jackson.

Congratulations to Rachel Read on the Short, a couple of minutes quickest. On the long it was Gary Chandler who took the win, posting the fastest time by a couple of minutes from Chris Prince with the rest of the field 10 minutes further back.

The two winners were the same after handicaps were considered. In the overall tables, those runners who have claimed their 50 point MapRun bonus are obviously doing well, and David Game takes advantage of this to lead by 7 points from Melanie Sirett. With his 3rd win in a row, Gary Chandler moves into the top 7, but at the top it is David Float leading thanks to his map run bonus, 4 points clear of Jackie Sibthorp in second.

Both the short and long courses from last night will be up on MapRun later today, so if you didn't make it last night, then there is still an opportunity to try the courses, and even score points for the league. The courses are available for scoring points in the league until the next event in the series, and then subsequently, along with all the other Essex MapRuns for your 50 point MapRun bonus for the series leaderboard. Just let me know if you do a run, so I don't miss it when calculating the leaderboard scores.

The next event is in Chelmsford, on Thursday 23rd June. Further details of this can be found on the SOS website.

Last updated: Sat 11 June, 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: Laindon
Lat,Lng: 51.56425,0.40752
Postcode: SS16 6RX
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Directions / Parking

Langdon Hills Medical Centre, Nightingales, Langdon Hills, Basildon SS16 6SA
If no spaces there is plenty of room along Nightingales and side streets

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map style.

Course Information

Long Course TBC
Short Course TBC

Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs. You need to record the lower number on the H sign. Please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on line via Racesignup

Event no.4 - Langdon Hills
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students

Registration and Start times

Starts between 6:15pm and 7:15pm
Competitors must finish by 8:30pm



Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Graham Batty Email: Tel: 07985 609719

Series Coordinator – David Float Email: Tel: 07801 216634

Covid 19 Officer – Graham Batty Email: Tel: 07985 609719

Nearest A&E Hospital

Basildon University Hospital. Nethermayne, Basildon SS16 5NL
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Safety Notes

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Remaining events:
Thurs 23rd June SOS John Collyer Chelmsford
Thurs 7th July HAVOC David Float Billericay North
Tues 19th July SOS Colin & Lyn West Colchester
Thurs 4th August HAVOC Dale Bennett Ingatestone TBC