Sun 06th Jan 2019
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland
Leagues: SWELL, ESSOL
We were expecting about 80-90 people but got over 140. We ran out of BLUE and GREEN maps - thank you to those people who kindly donated their map for recycling. If anyone would like a PDF file of their course please contact Janet Biggs stating which course map you require.
There were a number of favourable comments about the courses and the fine and fairly dry underfoot conditions on the day were a blessing. I deliberately made the Short Green course on the short side and I avoided extra climb for the more mature orienteers. I then made the Light Green on the longer side to give younger people more of a leg-stretch and, as Bedfords Park is at best only a TD4 area, an option of a longer course to that of the Short Green. It looks as though a few people took this option. Any feedback on this strategy would be welcomed. Perhaps the Blue needed to have been a bit longer but that would have meant having a two-part map which is not really welcomed by most people. I hope you felt you got your money's worth.
Thanks go to the band of HAVOC members who made the event happen:
Colin Jackson (Organiser), Janet Biggs (Planner), Dale Bennett (Assistant Planner), Graham Batty (pre-event Controller), Paul Beckett (on the day Controller), Barbara Beckett, Tony Biggs, Gillian Edgar, Guy Lidbury, Charlie Maule-Lidbury, Hugo Maule-Lidbury, Mike Muggeridge, Garry Parmenter, Chris Shaw, Andrew Welsh.
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This is the fourth event of the 2018-19 SWELL season and fifth event in the 2018-19 ESSOL league. The event is open to orienteers of any ability as well as those competing in either or both leagues. By taking part in a SWELL event you automatically qualify for entry into the league.
Standard colour coded courses (White to Blue) will be on offer including a Short Green.
Nearest town: Romford
- Grid Ref: TQ520924
- Postcode: RM4 1QH
- Latitude: 51.61576
- Longitude: 0.19053
- Google Map (aerial)
- Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
Parking is on hardstanding within the park and beside the main access road. Please share transport where possible. Groups intending to enter should advise the organiser in advance to arrange alternative parking.
Car park entrance off Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford RM4 1QH, GR TQ 520 925.
From the Gallows Corner roundabout, A12/A127 junction (about 3 miles west of J29 of M25), turn north (3rd exit) along Straight Road then at the roundabout, continue straight onto Broxhill Road, towards Havering-atte-Bower, entrance to the park is on the left in about 1 mile.
Other routes: Approach along the B175 towards Havering-atte-Bower. The Park is signposted from the village green, where there is a sharp bend in the B175 road.
The visitor centre within the park has toilets, light refreshments and a gift shop. No mud inside please! A donation to the Essex Wildlife Trust, who manage the visitor centre, will be welcomed; there is a collection tin on the counter. There are good views over London from the visitor centre and there is a deer park with red deer.
Parkland with pockets of mature woodland, deer park, small fishing lake, open and rough open areas. Map (1:7500, 5m contours) updated Winter 2018.
Some areas to the south of the area have been fenced to permit animal grazing. However, there are numerous gates some of which may be open, while others are easy opening "kissing gates", however, a few are latched and are more difficult to open. Competitors must not climb over the stock fencing, which does contain barbed wire, instead please use a suitable nearby gate.
Registration & Start Times
Registration 10.00 to 11.45
Starts 10.30 to 12.15
Courses close at 14.00
White to Blue.
Courses will be suitable for beginners, improvers and experienced orienteers. Help and coaching will be available for beginners/improvers (please ask at Registration). Maps will be overprinted on waterproof paper.
Explanation of colour courses
- White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
- Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
- Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
- Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
- Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
- Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
- Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
- Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.
Entry on the day at Registration near to car parking.
Senior members £7
Senior non-members £9
Juniors (under 21's) £3
"Dibber" (SI card - electronic timing key) hire 50p (£30 charge for lost dibbers)
Note member means an individual holding a current subscription to British Orienteering. Non-members are allowed to compete in up to three British Orienteering registered events before being recommended to join. See the British Orienteering website for information on how to join.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Colin Jackson (HAVOC)
Planner: Janet Biggs (HAVOC)
Controller: Graham Batty (HAVOC)
Dogs welcome if kept under strict control especially near the dear enclosure.
Safety and Risk
A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
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