Summer Series No. 2 ChelmsfordWed 10 May

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: Parkland



Planner’s Report for Admiral’s Park event – 10/05/2023

Thank you to everyone for taking part in the Admiral’s Park event. We hope you enjoyed it.

Despite the dire weather forecast and storms the night before, we escaped with only a smattering of rain, which was a relief.

There were 38 runners in total, which included several locals, youngsters and relative newcomers to the sport. Fastest times were John, Denise and Lee on the Short Course and Chris Prince on the Long Course. Well done!

As a very recent returnee to orienteering after a 30 year break, I had considered an ‘old school’ event, providing participants with a red pen to copy control locations from a master map, onto their non-waterproof and unmarked map. Given the forecast of wet weather, the use of pin punches rather than a SIAC was probably enough nostalgia for a single evening. Perhaps another time.

Thank you to everyone that helped and made the event possible, including Jo Sylvester at Chelmsford City Council, plus the Straggler stalwarts: Steven, Kevin, Colin and Lyn, John and Geraldine. Finally a huge thank you to Chris Childs for the many hours he spent guiding me, updating the maps and improving my ideas, sacrificing his own competitive run.

Last updated: Thu 11 May, 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.
Best 6 results from the series will count. Full results will be emailed and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.

Location Info

Near: Chelmsford
Lat,Lng: 51.73415,0.45857
Postcode: CM1 2QY
What3Words: ///scars.locals.cone

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Directions / Parking

Start and finish is at the west end of Central Park, 75 metres south west of the fire station in Rainsford Lane. What3Words ///scars.locals.cone
The Waterhouse Lane car park in Meteor Way is free from 18:00 and located a 200 metre walk from the start. Postcode is CM1 2RL, What3Words ///code.agree.signal
Please note that there are 4 speed/ traffic signal cameras within 1km of the car park

Map / Terrain

Maps are standard orienteering maps, originally produced in 2009 which have been updated for the event. It is the first time that the Central Park map has been used. Only significant man-made objects have been mapped.
Map scale 1:4,000.
The course is on paths, tracks and over grassland.

Course Information

Long Course 5.1 km, Short 3.5 km, these are direct distances between controls. Actual routes are longer.
All controls for the short course will be in Admiral’s Park, on a single sided A4 sheet.
Controls for the long course will be in both Admiral’s and Central Park on both sides of an A4 sheet.
Controls will be hanging marker boards, chained to fixed objects, with pin punches.
Controls must be visited in the order shown and correctly punched on the control card.
Each missed or incorrect control will receive a 5 minute penalty.

Entry Details

Enter online by midday on Monday 9th May on
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students
or go to Racesignup ‘Golden Ticket’ to enter all eight events discounted to £22
Any late entries after that date contact organiser/planner to check availability of maps’

Registration and Start times

Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 8.45pm.


Toilets adjacent the cafe in Central Park open in day light hours.
The closest pub is The Globe at 65 Rainsford Road, CM1 2QJ ( ///pretty.clay.plants) approximately 5 minutes drive from the car park. They serve food until 21:00 and will take bookings in advance. There is parking to the rear of the pub, but note the requirement to record the vehicle registration with staff on arrival to avoid charges.

Dog restrictions

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but the course cannot be completed on a bicycle.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Marc Owen Email: Tel: 0796 111 7909
Series Coordinators:
SOS – Chris Childs Email: Tel: 01206 574748 Mob 07847 501560
HAVOC – David Float Email: Tel: 07801 216634

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford 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.
There is no requirement to cross over a public highway. There is a subway linking Admiral’s and Central Park, which must be used for both routes, rather than attempting to cross Rainsford Lane.
You may need to cross a small car park on the north side of Admiral’s Park and if so, take care.
There will be dog walkers, cyclists and pedestrians in the park – be aware and give them priority.
In the event that cricket or football matches are taking place, do not cross the pitches.
It is a condition of entry that all participants agree to adhere to the BOF COVID19 Participant Code of Conduct. Please do not attend the event if you have symptoms of Covid.


Future Events:

Event 3 May 24 HAVOC Doddinghurst
Event 4 May 31 SOS Colin & Lyn West Colchester
Event 5 June 14 HAVOC Leigh-on-Sea
Event 6 June 28 SOS John Allen Colchester
Event 7 July 12 HAVOC TBA
Event 8 July 26 SOS TBC TBA