The Havering and South Essex Orienteering Club (HAVOC) is a small and friendly club which welcomes new members of any age and ability. Most of our members live within the London borough of Havering or the area of South Essex (e.g. Romford, Brentwood, Billericay, Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend). We encourage junior participation and, as orienteering is an open sport, women can compete at events alongside the men.
From time to time there are special Try Orienteering events which are designed for beginners. However, if you cannot get to one of these events, you are welcome to come to any local event before you join the Club.
No pre-entry is required for local (colour coded) and informal events. Unless otherwise stated, local events have Registration from 1000 to 1200 and starts from 1030 to 1230. Courses normally close at 1430. The cost is normally between £6-£7 for adults and £2-£3 for juniors. Dogs are often welcome at events providing they are kept under control, but if the event details do not specify this please check with the organiser before taking a dog.
If you have not orienteered before and wish to know more about orienteering, visit the British Orienteering web pages where you will find more information; you might like to start with the Newcomer's Guide which provides a useful overview of our sport.
You do not have to be competitive to take part in orienteering. However, after a few events you may wish to improve and be a little more competitive. As a starter, HAVOC, jointly with CHIG (Chigwell and Epping Forest Orienteering Club) runs a local league: SWELL (South and west Essex local league). See the Leagues page for more information.
For details on how to join HAVOC, see our Membership page.