Summer Series No. 2 BentleyThu 12 May

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.



Event Coordinator’s Report

Thank you to the runners last night for the second of our summer series, this time at Bentley. We used a slightly different format last night to ensure that people could choose their own course around the controls, and indeed choose which to miss out and incur a time penalty on. Thanks to Paul Beckett for planning, and organising on the night. The weather was lovely, and the fields, footpaths and woods of the area provided some good navigational challenges. There were a couple of footpaths that were easier to spot in one direction rather than the other and a couple of tricky controls, especially the telegraph pole in the woods!

Congratulations to Chloe Fowler on the Short, seven and a half minutes quickest. On the Long it was Gary Chandler who took the win, missing out control 8, but posting the fastest time after penalties. Guy Lidbury was fastest gathering all the controls.

The two winners were the same after handicaps were considered. In the overall tables, people entering the two events to date are obviously ahead, so Melanie Sirett leads David Game and Rachel Read in the short course, and Roy Read leads the way in the Long course, ahead of Jackie Sibthorp and David Lumby.

Both the short and long courses from last night are now up on MapRun, so you can try and visit any controls you missed or try to improve your time if you made any errors last night. Or 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 leader board. Just let me know if you do a run, so I don't miss it when calculating the leader board scores.

The next event is in Great Baddow, on Wednesday 25th May. Further details of this can be found on the SOS website.

Last updated: Sat 14 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: Brentwood
Lat,Lng: 51.64712,0.26338
OS Grid Ref: TQ566976
Postcode: CM14 5RZ
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Directions / Parking

Start/Finish St.Paul’s Bentley churchyard NE corner. 28 Mores Lane CM14 5RZ

Parking north and east side of churchyard. Access from A128 via Mores Lane
Driving north from Brentwood on the A128 turn left on to Mores Lane just after Bentley Primary School on the right and just before Bentley Golf Course on the right.

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map style.
Long course 1:10,000 Short course 1:7,500
Pavements, public footpaths through fields and The Mores ancient woodland.

Course Information

Long Course 8.3k 20 controls
Short Course 4.6k 13 controls (actual routes about 10% longer)

Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs plus some home made similar to the official 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.

NB. Both the Short and Long courses are Score courses – the score format is to give you more route choice. Most competitors will be able to visit all controls on the short course. Long course competitors will need to choose which controls not to visit unless they are fast enough to attempt them all.
Fastest finisher will win, though a missed or wrong control incurs a 5-minute time penalty.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on line via Racesignup

Event no.2 - Bentley
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students for each event

or Golden Ticket to enter all events with discount
£24 Seniors, £12 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
Early starts are recommended if you think you might take more than one hour.


There are no toilets available at the start/finish. Nearest evening toilets at Brentwood railway station 3 miles SE along A128.

Post event refreshment: The eagle PH Ongar Road Kelvedon Hatch CM15 0AA. 1 mile north along Ongar Road A128. Food till 8.00pm, real ale and garden.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Paul Beckett
HAVOC Series Coordinator – David Float

Nearest A&E Hospital

Basildon Hospital SS16 5NL
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. Full leg cover recommended. As with any urban orienteering this requires participants to cross roads and you are asked to take due care and attention at all times. Take extra care crossing A128 Ongar Road and when running along roads without pavements. 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
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