Winter Series No. 6 BrentwoodWed 4 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



Organiser’s Report

Thank you all for running in the Brentwood South Street O last night. We hope you enjoyed your run.

The weather was unseasonably mild, and the rain that threatened early in the evening didn't persist, so good conditions for all. A couple of off road route choices broke up the street running, and a few hills added to the physical challenge. Looks like everyone got round without any penalties last night, so reassuring that the software "pinged" in the correct places.

We had 21 runners in total - if you didn't manage to get to the event, it will be put up on MapRun, and runs in the next couple of weeks will count for league scoring. After that it will be available for the series MapRun bonus. Don't forget that any Essex MapRun attempted during the series gets a 50 point bonus - just let me know when you have run, so I can update the scoring tables.

Fastest on the night were Jenny Chandler (Short) and Sebastian Parris (Long). Same winners on Handicap, although Paul Beckett gets the same 100 point score on Long, after only being a handful of seconds behind.

It is Gary Chandler and Chris Prince who lead the overall series standings at the halfway stage.

Details of the scoring can be found at this link

Next up is the rearranged Bocking event, next Wednesday, hosted by SOS (Lyn and Colin West). Full details on the SOS website, and the series page

Lost Property:
There was a headtorch left in the pub last night. If it is yours then please let me know and we will bring it to the event next week.

Last updated: Thu 05 January, 2023


Event 6 of the HAVOC/SOS Winter Street O Series

The event will form part of the 10 event HAVOC/SOS Winter Night Street O series. 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: Brentwood
Lat,Lng: 51.60897,0.30757
OS Grid Ref: TQ598925
Postcode: CM14 5AL

Open an interactive map in:
GoogleMap - OpenStreetMap - BingMap (OS 50k)

Directions / Parking

Event centre is the Brave Nelson public house, 138 Woodman Road, Brentwood CM14 5AL. Grid Ref TQ 598925. Free car parking in the pub car park or on-street.

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.

Note: All competitors will still receive a paper map - no need to squint at your phone to see the route!

Details of how to obtain a copy of the app and how it works can be found on the HAVOC website. There is also a HAVOC user guide there.
Download the course onto the app by clicking on ‘Select Event', and following the menu path UK > Essex > Brentwood South 2023
The course 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.

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 TBC
Short Course TBC
Open Orienteering Map style. Controls are mostly fire hydrant ‘H’ signs. Some of these may be handmade.

Entry Details

Entries via Racesignup
£4 Seniors £2 Juniors

Registration and Start times

Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Competitors must report to the finish by 9pm.


Toilets suitable for changing and car parking at the Brave Nelson public house. No toilets at start/finish.

Post race: Brave Nelson public house, 138 Woodman Road, Brentwood CM14 5AL.
Drinks and bar snacks but no hot food. However, you are welcome to order hot food to be delivered to the pub by Deliveroo, etc.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Graham Batty Email: Tel: 07985 609719
Series Coordinator – David Float Email: Tel: 07801 216634
Covid 19 Officer – Graham Batty Email: Tel: 07985 609719

Nearest A&E Hospital

Basildon University Hospital Nethermayne SS16 5NL
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

As this is a night event a head torch or other torch is strongly suggested.

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 street orienteering you are required 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. Some roads do not have pavements so take extra care.

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:

5. Wed Jan 11 SOS Bocking (Rearranged due to adverse weather conditions in December) Colin & Lyn West
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