Summer Series No.4 HighwoodsWed 29 May

SOS/HAVOC Summer Mid-Week Series 2024

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 & Woodland

Last updated: Sat 27 April, 2024


The event will form part of HAVOC/SOS Mid-Week Winter 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 8 event series will count.
'Anytime' catch-up for some events available for 2 weeks after the event, subject to an Anytime time penalty on MapRun.
Bonus points for running on the night compared to Anytime.
You are welcome to run together as a group, but in order to be fair we ask that you keep together, as when running as a group the least advantageous handicap is applied.
100 points will be allocated to the course organiser/planner for each event planned.

League rules and points calculation available here

Location Info

Near: Colchester
Lat,Lng: 51.90443,0.91882
Postcode: CO4 9RY

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

Directions / Parking


Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map. Scale 1:10,000

This event uses MapRun software. Please use a smartphone or Garmin watch and ensure you have the latest version of MapRun installed on your phone.
Details of how to obtain a copy of the app and how it works can be found here. There is also a HAVOC user guide here.
Download the course onto the app by clicking on ‘Select Event' in the app, and following the menu path UK > Essex

The courses are:
Highwoods Country Park Long
Highwoods Country Park Short

The course map will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. You do not need the PIN number to run using a Garmin watch. Your result will be automatically downloaded when you finish. The full procedure will be explained at Registration. If the app fails to register your visit to a control, you need to note the lower number on the H sign, or other reference as directed. If a control is missed then the software will show your result as Mispunch, but in the 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 unable to use MapRun, you are still very welcome to take part by completing the control card with pen or pencil, but be aware that this is a slower method. You will be timed by clock, and written answers will be checked. Please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Course Information

Short course TBC ( ....controls)
Long Course TBC ( ....controls)

All measured as direct distances between controls. Controls are fire hydrants in street sections and park furniture/features in Highwoods Country Park.

The course is on footpaths, woods and parkland.

Entry Details

Enter this event via Racesignup on line here

£5 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students, £1 discount for senior orienteering club members

Entries close at 12:00 noon on Tuesday 28th May.
For late entries email series coordinator.

Registration and Start times

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


Toilets available at Tesco Store Highwoods Square CO4 9ED.

Newcomers are welcome. Help and guidance will be available.

Post event refreshment and deliberations: Rovers Tye Ipswich Road CO4 9BA. TBC

Contacts / Officials

Dean Pepper 07817 558216
Chris Childs 07847 501560 christopher

SOS Series Coordinator:
Chris Childs

Nearest A&E Hospital

Colchester Hospital Turner Road Colchester CO4 5JL
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 street orienteering participants will be 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.

It is a condition of entry that participants agree to follow the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.


SOS/HAVOC Summer Series Following Events

Event 5 Thurs June 13 HAVOC Rainham Seb Parris
Event 6 Wed June 26 SOS Colchester Tim Hull & John Allen
Event 7 Thurs July 11 HAVOC Sth Ockendon Graham Batty
Event 8 Wed July 17 SOS TBC Kevin Machin