Summer Series - 5 Leigh-on-SeaWed 14 Jun

SOS/HAVOC Summer Mid-Week Series 2023

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 all for running in the Leigh on Sea event on Wednesday.

I really like this town, from the bustling sea front to the nature reserve on the hill and plenty of streets in between. Gave some interesting, if physically challenging, courses. The Long was maybe a shade too long, but I wanted to get three areas (sea front, hilly green area, and off road run through the golf course) in, so I thought it was worth it. With the wall to wall sunshine and the clear views out over the estuary, and down to Southend pier, it made for some pleasant running (and in my case, walking) I thought. And, I had to include a bit of street counting right at the end to tax the minds. Definitely caught one runner out there! I hope you enjoyed the courses. There were some nice comments after in the (cheapest pub I have been in for years) pub.

Seb Parris was quickest round the long, the only person to break the hour mark. He narrowly held on to the win after handicaps were taken into account. Top three finishers on the Short were all new names to the series, so well done there - hope you enjoyed it.

We move on to Stanway (SOS) for the next event in a couple of weeks. After that people will start to drop scores from the leader board, as it is only your top 6 scores to count. You will hang on to your on-the-night bonus though. And, don't forget the 100 point bonus for running an Essex map run before the end of the series. Three people have got that bonus in the bag so far.

David Game has used that to extend his lead at the top of the Short course standings. Paul Beckett continues to lead the way on the Long course. The top 6 on the Long have all attended all the events in the series so far.

Any questions you have about the event or your entry please contact the event organiser:

Last updated: Sun 02 July, 2023


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.
You are welcome to run together as a group, but in order to be fair we ask that you keep together.
When running as a group the least advantageous handicap is applied.
100 points will be added for running one declared Essex Maprun during the series.
100 points will be allocated to the course organiser/planner for each event planned.
Anytime catch-up for some events available for 2 weeks after the event, on MapRun. Bonus points for running on the night compared to Anytime. Bonus points available for running an Essex MapRun during the series.
Best 6 results from the series will count. Full results will be emailed and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.

Location Info

Near: Leigh-on-Sea
Lat,Lng: 51.54759,0.65648
Postcode: SS9 3LB
What3Words: flute.erase.areas

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

Directions / Parking

The Elms PH, 1060 London Rd, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3ND

Map / Terrain

Map OOM V3 urban Scale 1:10,000 for the long and 1:7,500 for the short.

Course Information

Long Course TBC Short Course TBC Subject to final planning
Note: these will be straight line distances, optimal route will be longer.

Controls will be fire hydrants; will likely also use other park furniture or home made signs. You need to record the lower number on fire hydrants; where otherwise it will be made clear.

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 (MapRun6) installed and the course is downloaded to your phone/watch before you arrive.
Note: All competitors will still receive a paper map - no need to squint at your phone to see the route!
Details of how to obtain a copy of the app and how it works can be found on the HAVOC website.
There is also a HAVOC user guide on the HAVOC website.
Download the course onto the app by clicking on ‘Select Event', in the app, and following the menu path UK > Essex
The courses are:
Leigh 2023 Long
Leigh 2023 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 really 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. If you are not using MapRun, then please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Entry Details

On RaceSignUp.

£4 Seniors, £2.00 under 21 or students.

Registration and Start times

Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 8:45pm.


Toilets available in pub

Newcomers welcome. Help and guidance available.

Venue for refreshments: The Elms, 1060 London Rd, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 3ND

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Guy Lidbury Tel 07850 309505
Series Coordinator – David Float Email: Tel: 07801 216634

Nearest A&E Hospital

NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser but 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 you are 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. Some roads do not have pavements so take extra care.

The event will be run strictly in accordance with published BOF and Government guidance. It is a condition of entry that participants agree to follow the BOF COVID19 Participant Code of Conduct.


Future Events:
Event 6 June 28 SOS Stanway
Event 7 July 12 HAVOC Chafford Hundred
Event 8 July 26 SOS Galleywood