Summer Series No.1 – BraintreeTue 26 Apr

HAVOC-SOS Summer 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 & Parkland



Planner's Report

It was good to welcome some new faces last night for this the first of the SOS-HAVOC 'summer' series. Turnout overall was 13 on the short and 25 on the long course. 3 people decided to change from long to short after realising that the actual distances would be around 40%+ further than the straight-line distances. Optimum route for the short was 4.5km and for the long 8.0km.

I tried to maximise the amount of footpaths on the routes, and give some varied route choice, but could not avoid crossing some busier roads.

The newly pedestrianised area of Braintree town centre seemed to pose a particular challenge. The wiser heads slowed down and carefully read the maps here! Some later runners encountered locked gates at the George Yard shopping centre. Fortunately, everybody found a way to escape and get to the finish safely!

Congratulations to Roger Gooding on the long course and to Melanie Sirett on the short course: both fastest overall and on handicap.

Eddie Banks

Last updated: Thu 28 April, 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: Braintree
Lat,Lng: 51.87040,0.54307
Postcode: CM7 2AS

Open an interactive map in:
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Directions / Parking

The start/finish area will be in Marshalls Park, Braintree.
There is a small car park on London Road for Marshalls Park postcode CM7 2AS. If full park on street, south side of Tortoiseshell Way.

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map 1:7,500 scale.
Roads paths footpaths and parkland

Course Information

Long course 5.7k or Short course 3.2k
Controls are Fire Hydrant Signs. Write down the lower number.
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

Event No.1 - Braintree
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students for each event

or Golden Ticket Enter all eight events with discount
Seniors £24 (£3 per event) Juniors £12 (1.50 per event)

Registration and Start times

Starts between 6.00pm and 7.00pm
Finish by 8.30pm


No toilets available.
Help available for new comers.
A venue for post-race refreshments will be nominated.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Eddie Banks Email;
SOS Series Coordinator – Chris Childs Email:

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.


Other events in the series
Thurs 12th May HAVOC Bentley, nr Brentwood

Wed 25th May SOS Great Baddow

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