Summer Series No.6 BillericayThu 7 Jul

SOS/HAVOC Summer Mid-Week 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 & Woodland



Organiser’s Report

Thank you all for coming to tonight's event. I hope you enjoyed it. Good to see so much discussion of routes after the event, helped no doubt by the fact that you could see your GPS tracks. Sorry for the slightly longer courses, but I wanted to use both bits of woodland and the only real way to do this was to extend the running length a little. Hope it wasn't too bad. Everyone got round (apart from one phone that ran out of power), although I understand there were some troubles in the forest and up by 5 and 6 on the long, where I missed the fact that the route line obscured some roads. Sorry for that and any other vagaries of the mapping. There were a few additional paths in Norsey Woods which weren't mapped - I added a lot but obviously missed some. Where MapRun has indicated a miss punch but I can see from your track that you were close then I have credited a visit. There were a couple where I couldn't really see how the track (even if the GPS was out a bit under the tree cover) was close enough to the control to realistically think you were in the right place. Hopefully you were and you wrote down the answer as indicated on the map, and I can credit you with the visit. Just let me know.

All in all, I thought the use of MapRun was fairly successful - if you have any comments then please let me know.

MapRuns will be available along with all the other HAVOC courses from the series on the HAVOC website. There is also a selection of other courses - both street and hybrid, available on HAVOC and SOS websites. Don't forget your 50 point MapRun bonus for attempting an Essex MapRun during the series.

Next event is in Colchester, on Tuesday 19th July.

Last updated: Fri 08 July, 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: Billericay
Lat,Lng: 51.63917,0.41935
Postcode: CM12 0YW
What3Words: ///diary.miss.reap

Open an interactive map in:
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Directions / Parking

Start is opposite 22 Dorchester Road, on the east side of Queens Park Ave. Note Dorchester Road is to the north of this, and the nearest postcode (CM12 OYW) is for Dorchester Road, but the start will be on Queens Park Avenue.

Parking is easiest on side streets to Queens Park Avenue to the south (Marlborough Way) and the north (Portman Drive).

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map style.

Course Information

Long Course 7.1k
Short Course 3.9k

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.

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 > Billericay North

The course map will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. There are no written answers required with MapRun and your result will be automatically downloaded when you finish. If the app doesn't register your visit then you need to record the lower number on the H sign.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.

Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs - there are a couple of handmade signs in the wooded part of the course. If you are using MapRun then you will not need to record answers on a control card. Otherwise 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.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on line via Racesignup

Event no.6 - Billericay
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students

Registration and Start times

Starts between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
Finish by 8:45pm


No toilets at start. Nearest are in Lake Meadows.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – David Float Email:
HAVOC Series Coordinator – David Float Email:

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. 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
Tues 19th July SOS Colchester
Thurs 4th August HAVOC Ingatestone