Winter Series No. 5 BockingWed 11 Jan

SOS/HAVOC Winter Mid-Week Series 2022/2023

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/Organiser’s Report (results do not yet include Brentwood South Mapruns)

Finally got this event to take place! Our first choice of pub in Bocking closed 2 weeks before the original date. The Bell was on our courses so we transferred the start location. The original date was moved to avoid a clash with England’s World Cup semi-final which they then failed to make. In any case it snowed and with sub-zero temperatures and ice we postponed the event on safety grounds. We managed to slot the event in between Havoc’s event last week and SOS event next week.

Trevor, the temporary landlord at the Bell made us very welcome although his beer stocks were a bit low as this is his last week with a new person starting next week. It was great seeing so many people enjoying the hospitality afterwards. The courses seem to have been appreciated with a couple of comments about how tricky it was and the need to concentrate. We like to give you plenty of route choice to exercise the brain and the maze of roads and interconnecting paths provides plenty of scope. Throw in a couple of open areas which become a lot more difficult in the dark and it makes for a good event. There was some discussion about No.6 on the long course and the roads marked on the map. The most westerly road is more of a gravel track and I think some people didn’t see it easily in the dark. About half the runners found no number and half recorded 2. We have allowed both. The notes have very specific details about siting the control but we didn't write the number down. Must go back and look.

Congratulation to Melanie on short and Chris on long for recording the fastest times of the night. Thank you all for coming and see you next week at Colchester.

Colin & Lyn West

Last updated: Sat 14 January, 2023


Event rescheduled from December following adverse weather conditions.

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

Location Info

Near: Braintree
Lat,Lng: 51.88611,0.57000
Postcode: CM7 9UL
What3Words: ///joins.bottle.slope

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Directions / Parking

Start and finish in The Bell, 110 Mountbatten Road, Braintree, CM7 9UL
Limited parking in car park by pub. Otherwise park on Mountbatten Road.

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering map 1:10000 printed on waterproof paper

Course Information

Long Course 6.3k
Short Course 3.5k

Controls are all fire hydrants. You will need to record the lower number.
Please bring a pencil or pen

The course is on roads, pavements, footpaths and parkland.

Entry Details

Pre-entry via
£4 Seniors, £2 under 21 or students.

Registration and Start times

Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 8.45pm.


Toilets available in The Bell
Why not stay behind at the end for a drink and discuss your course
No food in the pub but kebab/burger van in car park. You may bring food into the pub.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organisers Lyn West 07974 391283
Colin West
Series Coordinator Chris Childs

Nearest A&E Hospital

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford 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. This is a night event. A head torch or hand torch is mandatory.

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.

The event will be run strictly in accordance with published BOF and Government guidance. It is a condition of entry that participants agree to follow the BOF COVID19 Participant Code of Conduct.


Following events in the Series:

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