Wickford SouthWed 2 Nov

SOS/HAVOC Mid-Week Winter Series 2022/23

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

MapRun courses now loaded and available for Anytime runs for the next two weeks and then for the MapRun bonus.

A tricky area, with lots of small streets, footpaths and twists and turns! Made all the more difficult by the darkness and lack of working street lights in some areas.

I left the short course on the West of the railway, with the long course making a brief trip into the more industrial areas to the east.

Sorry for the lack of clarity on the map – made the northern railway crossing a bit indistinct, and potentially made seeing whether paths met up a little more difficult.

I also mapped one control (11) on the Long course on the wrong street. Luckily, the normal approach was to the south and the software normally recorded a visit as you passed. Apologies if this didn’t happen for you and you wasted any time here. I have marked everyone as visiting that control as can see from the tracks that you were in the right location on the map.

The average times were slightly longer than normal – I could have maybe trimmed a little distance from the courses, but then I would have lost some of the tricky navigational challenges which are sometimes difficult to get into an urban event, and I like to avoid the procession of running an obvious route if I can.

The weather wasn’t great, and that potentially meant that some runners didn’t make it to the start, but luckily I didn’t see any fully disintegrated maps at the end, so well done for bringing map bags, or keeping things dry!

Congratulations to Chris Prince on the Long and Gary Chandler on the Short for the fastest times on the night. Melanie Sirett and Veronica Jeffries won on handicap on the short, and Chris just held on to the handicap win on the long course.

Overall, after two events in the series, it is Melanie Sirett (Short) and Colin West (Long) who hold top spots. Top 6 scores to count over the 10 race series of course.

For those who didn’t make last night, or if you want to try the courses again, I will be putting them on MapRun in the next day or so – I just need to adjust the Long map first to put 112 in the right place! They will be available for points in the league (with a 10 minute anytime penalty) for the next two weeks.

The next event is at Rayleigh, hosted by SOS, planned by Jackie Sibthorp, on Wednesday 16th November. Details here.

Full details of the series, including results of races so far, and details of upcoming races, can be found here.

Last updated: Fri 04 November, 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 minute penalty. Best 6 results from the series will count.

Location Info

Near: Wickford
Lat,Lng: 51.61258,0.52264
Postcode: SS11 8AW
What3Words: gangs.bake.ropes

Open an interactive map in:
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Directions / Parking

Start is to the North side of the main car park in Wickford, SS12 9AJ

What 3 words for the start is gangs.bake.ropes

Map / Terrain

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 > Wickford South

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 nuber 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 6.7km
Short Course 3.7km
Note: subject to final controlling
These are direct line distances – optimal route will be longer.

Open Orienteering Map style. 1:10,000 (long), 1:7,500 (short). Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs

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. If you are not using MapRun, then please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Entry Details

Pre-entry and pre-payment are required using www.racesignup.co.uk
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students.

Enter all events in the series, at a reduced rate, using the Golden Ticket

Registration and Start times

Start times between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 8:45pm.


No toilets at the start

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – David Float Email: streeto@orienteering-havoc.co.uk Tel: 07801 216634
Series Coordinator – David Float Email: streeto@orienteering-havoc.co.uk Tel: 07801 216634
Covid 19 Officer – Graham Batty Email: membership@orienteering-havoc.co.uk Tel: 07985 609719

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 which requires participants to cross roads, you are asked to take due care and pay attention at all times. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended. You will require a torch or head torch. There may be dog walkers, cyclists or residents on pavements and footpaths – be aware and give them priority.


Following events in the Series:

3. Wed Nov 16 SOS Rayleigh Jackie Sibthorp
4. Tues Nov 29 HAVOC Basildon Chris Prince
5. Wed Dec 14 SOS Bocking Colin & Lyn West

Christmas Break

6. Wed Jan 04 HAVOC Brentwood Graham Batty
7. Wed Jan 18 SOS Colchester Chris Panton
8. Wed Feb 01 HAVOC Brentwood Paul Beckett
9. Tues Feb 14 SOS Kevin Machin
10. Wed Mar 01 HAVOC Shenfield David/Colin/Dale