Summer Series No. 6 StanwayWed 28 Jun

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: Urban



Planner’s Report

33 participants turned up at The Live & Let Live Pub in Stanway; 20 on the LONG and 13 on the SHORT.

The event was run in two ways:- The SHORT using traditional Purple Pen/oomap and clues and the LONG on MapRun.

The weather was a warm 25C with high humidity which made it a bit uncomfortable so a credit to everyone managing to get round the courses. It was mostly urban with a couple of green areas to break up the hard running and some tricky routes choices to maximise use of interconnecting tracks.

Congratulations to Allen Smalls on the Long and Colin West on the short who both posted very creditable times.

It was good to see so many staying on and taking advantage of the pub garden on such an evening and enjoying the good range of beers/ales and typical 'pub grub'.

Well done everyone and look forward to seeing you on the next event.

John Allen

Last updated: Thu 13 July, 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: Stanway
Lat,Lng: 51.88700,0.84072
OS Grid Ref: TL956248
Postcode: CO3 0PS
What3Words: ///handed.risks.bars

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Directions / Parking

Live & Let Live PH garden (weather permitting)12 Millers Lane Stanway Colchester CO3 0PS

Map / Terrain

The SHORT will be traditional Purple Pen/oomap and clues. You will be provided with a map and clue answer sheet. Please bring a pen/pencil.

The LONG will be 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.
HAVOC have kindly provided a 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 Long course is: Stanway 2023 Long.

The course map will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. (Note – you do not need the PIN number to run using a Garmin watch). There are no written answers required with MapRun and your result will be automatically downloaded when you finish. 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.

Course Information

Long Course 6 km (optimal 8.2km)
Short Course 3 km (optimal 4km)

Purple Pen/Open Orienteering Map style. 1:10,000 (long), 1:7,500 (short). Controls are generally fire hydrant ‘H’ signs (lower number) except for one post box (control 8) on the Long (record last four digits of postcode).

If you are using MapRun then you will not need to record answers on a control card. However, if the app doesn't register your visit then you need to record the lower number on the H sign, or other reference as directed. If you are not using MapRun, then please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.


Entry Details

Enter via
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students
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 9;00pm.


Toilets available in the pub

Participants are warmly invited to join us after at the The Live & Let Live Pub for post run rehydration and discussion

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – John Allen Email: Tel: 07929 424626
Series Coordinators:
SOS – Chris Childs Email: Tel: 01206 574748 Mob 07847 501560
HAVOC – David Float Email: Tel: 07801 216634

Nearest A&E Hospital

Colchester General, Turner Road, CO4 5JL tel: 01206 747474
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 which requires participants to cross the road, you are asked to take due care and pay attention at all times. N.B. There is a tricky multiple junction crossing on the long between controls 8 & 9. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended. There may be dog walkers, cyclists, scooters or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority.

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 7 July 12 HAVOC Chafford Hundred
Event 8 July 26 SOS Galleywood