Summer Series No.8 HuttonThu 4 Aug

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



Organiser’s Report

Thank you all for running in the final event of the HAVOC/SOS Summer Street O series. Sorry for the late change of venue, forced on us by roadworks, but we hope you enjoyed the area and the mix of on and off road running, taking in Hutton Country Park, as well as the local streets of Hutton.
The MapRun software seemed to work a little better on the streets - only one missed control for all competitors.

Details of the scoring can be found at this link:

This was the final event of the series, so the series table is almost finalised. You have 2 weeks to record a MapRun and gain a 50 point bonus if you haven't already, and two weeks to run the Hutton course if you haven't already, and score points for the league.

It is very close at the top of the Long course table, so things could still change there. It looks a bit more clear for the short course, but that could also change depending on what happens in the next two weeks.

The HAVOC website will also show details of the final results at this link:

Any questions you have about the event or your entry please contact the event organiser:

Event Coordinator’s Report

Thanks to everyone who raced in the joint summer series this year. We had eight races in various locations throughout Essex. We had various formats including score, line, trivia questions and MapRun enabled courses. We experienced street running, park running, and off street areas including footpaths and woodlands. The weather was generally kind to us – some very hot conditions even, and little rain. After the runs we enjoyed local pubs for some post race analysis and refreshment.

Thanks to all who planned and organised an event – Eddie Banks, Paul Beckett, Jackie Sibthorp, Graham Batty, John Collyer, David Float, Colin & Lyn West and Dale Bennett. Without these volunteers we could not run these events. Thanks also to Chris Childs for assisting with the co-ordination of the series.

We used RaceSignUp this year of course, which hopefully worked well for everyone. It certainly made things a little easier for me.

The MapRun experiment went pretty well. We hosted all the HAVOC events on MapRun after the event for scoring in the league for a couple of weeks, and also held the last two HAVOC events on MapRun on the night, which allows for instant results and the ability to have post race discussions including route choice and splits analysis.

We also continued with the MapRun bonus of 50 points for running in Essex MapRun during the series. This has definitely increased the usage of our MapRuns, and between the two clubs we now have over 50 courses to choose from.

In total, we had 31 entries for the short course, and 47 for the long. This includes people who ran in both series, most notable being David Game of course who ran both courses most events. There were 222 runs overall, including MapRun catchups, and 15 people grabbed their 50 point MapRun bonus. Congratulations to David Game, Colin Jackson, Colin West, Lyn West, David Float, Lorna Pettifer, and Chris Childs who ran in all eight events.

The final league tables were calculated based on the best six scores from the eight races.

On the short course, David Game won the series, top scoring in three races. Reigning winter series champ Melanie Sirrett took second in this series, just ahead of Colin Jackson, who consistently scored between 72 and 88 points at all eight of the events.

It was really close in the long course series. Gary Chandler had three wins from the first four races, and scored 91 points in the last race at Hutton to take him one point clear of Jackie Sibthorp. Jackie missed that last race, and didn’t do the MapRun catchup, so stayed in second. Colin West scored highly in the last event, but couldn’t quite close the gap and finished the series in third, just 8 points behind.

Thanks everyone, for making the series a success.

We are currently planning the next winter series, which will start towards the end of October/early November when the clocks go back. If you can volunteer to organise and plan an event then please consider doing so. Melanie Sirrett and Roy Read are the defending champions. Look out for further details on both the HAVOC and SOS websites.

Last updated: Mon 22 August, 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: Hutton
Lat,Lng: 51.63320,0.34165
Postcode: CM13 1YX
What3Words: ///sides/curving/online

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Directions / Parking

The event starts and finishes on Hutton Poplars Green. Parking is available on the boundary Road to the green – Bannister Drive.

Address: Bannister Drive, Shenfield, Essex CM13 1YX

Latitude/longitude: 51°37'58.8"N 0°20'28.8"E

What3Words location of start:

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering Map style.
The event will be run 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.
Note: All competitors will still receive a paper map - no need to squint at your phone to see the route!
Download the course onto the app by clicking on ‘Select Event', in the app, and following the menu path UK > Essex > Hutton
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. 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

Controls are mostly fire hydrant ‘H’ signs. Some of these are handmade. You need to record the lower number on the 'H' sign. There are a few controls using other pieces of street hardware - the map shows what you are looking for.
Please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet. 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.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on line via Racesignup

Event no.8 - Hutton
£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/finish. Nearest toilets at the BP garage on the roundabout linking the A12 with the A1023.

Contacts / Officials

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

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital 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. 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


This event is the last in the Summer Series
Results will be published on SOS and HAVOC web sites