Winter Series No. 7 ColchesterWed 18 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/Planner’s Report

Thank you to all of you who braved the cold evening to run around Northern Colchester, and extra thanks to Chris, Lyn and Colin for their help planning my first event. Firstly, apologies for the slightly incorrect checkpoint, for those who I didn’t explain on the night it was in fact on the next little cul de sac 50m north. Very similar looking, but very much in the wrong place. On checking my notes I did have it in the right place on first draft so doubly frustrating from a planning perspective and thank you all for understanding. Needless to say that one incurred no penalty. At least one benefit of the cold was the mud freezing on the Recreation field made it quite runnable for the few that braved it, but understandably most put their head down and took the extra 200m on the roads. Probably wise. I hope this was one of a number of interesting choices I tried to throw into the mix as you toured the 3 hospitals and many little alleys that are dotted around the Myland area. Congratulations to Chris Prince for the fastest time on the Long, Lyn for another great run bagging the 100 points, and to Gary for getting the double on the short course. Lastly I hope you enjoyed the warm down in the Bricklayers arms who kindly agreed to host us.

Chris Panton

Last updated: Tue 24 January, 2023


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: Colchester
Lat,Lng: 51.90199,0.89428
Postcode: CO4 5AA
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Directions / Parking

Bricklayers Arms, 27 Bergholt Road, Colchester CO4 5AA
Limited parking at pub NB REGISTER YOUR CAR INSIDE PUB
Overflow parking on Mile End Road, also Asda carpark at CO4 5TU.
Colchester North Station close by for alternative transport options.

Map / Terrain

Open Orienteering style Map 1:7500 scale printed on waterproof paper

Course Information

Long Course 7.3km Short Course 3.8km These are direct distances between controls. Your route will be longer.

Controls are all fire hydrants. You will need to record the lower number.
Please bring a pencil or pen and a map bag if it is wet.

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

Entry Details

Pre-entry via (entries close 16th January)
£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 Bricklayers
Why not stay behind at the end for a drink

Newcomers welcome. Help and guidance available.

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organisers Chris Panton
Series Coordinator Chris Childs

Nearest A&E Hospital

Colchester Hospital, Turner Rd, Colchester CO4 5JL
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:

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