West MaldonTue 18 Jan

SOS/HAVOC Winter Midweek Series No.5

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/Planner's Report

Thanks to everyone who turned out on such a cold night. I was keen to use this part of Maldon as it had not been used before.

A number of people commented on the tricky nature of running through the southern estate while knowing where you were on the map. I tried to keep it interesting and all your comments were favourable.

I think I should apologise for the length of the Long course, longer than I would have ideally liked but I was concerned that the middle section was a bit 'pedestrian', so I needed to go to the High Street

to maximise the interest.

I took photographs of all the hydrant signs, so I was able to resolve a couple of errors and satisfy myself that they had been visited. Which just left two wrong and two missing. Not bad. Well done everybody. Looking forward to warmer climes in Brentwood and South Woodham!

Kevin Machin

Last updated: Fri 21 January, 2022


The event will form part of the 8 event 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. 50 bonus points added for undertaking any one of the Essex MapRuns - just confirm run to Coordinator. Full results will be emailed and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.

Location Info

Near: Maldon
Lat,Lng: 51.72031,0.66436
Postcode: CM9 6GG
What3Words: https://w3w.co/mammals.hockey.pausing

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Related events or Information

SOS-HAVOC Winter 2021/22 Mid-week series

Directions / Parking

Morrisons, Limebrook Way, Maldon CM9 6GG.

Morrisons Car Park. Free parking for 3 hours. The start will be from a car positioned mid-way along the Eastern edge of the car park.

Map / Terrain

OOMap OCAD format 1:10,000

Course Information

Long Course 6.0k Short Course 3.0k approx. Course lengths subject to final controlling.

These are direct-line distances between controls; the actual distance run is longer.

Controls are all fire hydrants. Positioning of the signs varies between ground level and 2.5m up. Please bring a pen to mark the control card.

NB. Please note that if a marked path does not join an adjacent road or path, then the route is blocked. Do not try to force a way through, find an alternative route.

Entry Details

Senior: £3, Junior: £1.50

By email to the SOS Series Coordinator christopher.childs@tiscali.co.uk

You will need to provide the following information in your email:


Short or Long Course

Gender/Age Category (if unsure about age category just state your age this year)

Club (and BOF no. if applicable)

Preferred start time slot: 6:15-6:30; 6:30-6:45; 6:45-7:00; 7:00-7:15; (not guaranteed)

Contact telephone number for track and trace

Amount paid £3 Seniors, £1.50 under 21 or students for just one event, or,

Confirm £10 paid for all 4 SOS events

Electronic Pre-payment (ie. not cash) is required to:

Co-operative Bank

Sort Code 08-90-31

Account No. 50 42 36 24

Account Name: Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society

Reference Your name

Registration and Start times

Start at times between 6.15pm and 7.15pm as confirmed by Event Coordinator. Please arrive and be ready for your agreed start time. Competitors must report to the finish by 8.30 pm.


Toilets available in Morrisons. You will need a mask.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Kevin Machin

Series Coordinator – Chris Childs Email: christopher.childs@tiscali.co.uk Tel: 07847 501560

Covid-19 Officer – Lyn West

Nearest A&E Hospital

NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

The event will be run strictly in accordance with the published BOF and Government guidance.

Please do not attend the event if you or anyone you live with are showing any symptoms of Covid19 even if mild or if advised to isolate by NHS track and trace.

Participation is at your own risk. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions.

This is a night event. Some paths are unlit. A torch is essential and a head torch is strongly recommended as is high visibility clothing.

As with any street orienteering you are required to cross roads and you are asked to take due care and attention at all times. There may be dog walkers, cyclists or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority.