NEXT GLOSS event details


Local event kicking off the 2017 inter-club GLOSS (Greater London Orienteering Summer Series) season. (GLOSS was formally known as FROLICS). 

There will be the usual GLOSS light green course plus extension and a Yellow. 

Note,  the event is open to all, not only members of clubs competing for the GLOSS London Bus Trophy.

Details of the 2017 GLOSS competition can be found on the LOK website and in the series flyer

Event flyer


Nearest town: Aveley

Directions / Parking

The simplest approach is via Upminster.

From M25 J29 take the A127 west towards Romford. After 1.25 miles turn onto the first slip road, signed Upminster and Cranham, then turn left at the T junction. Continue through Upminster on the B1421 and then to Corbets Tey. At the point where the road has a sharp left hand bend, turn right, signed Aveley. Turn left at the T junction/mini-roundabout. Follow this road for 1.5 miles then turn left into the Country Park.

You can approach from the south: M25 J30, A13 west, A1306 and B1335 to Aveley then take the Romford Road to Belhus Woods Country Park. Note there are speed humps through Aveley.

There are brown tourist signs to the Country Park from Corbets Tey and Aveley.

Essex County Council car park charges apply.

Public transport: 22A bus ( from Grays bus station (10 minute walk from Grays railway station) to Usk Drive, Aveley then 2.5K walk through Belhus Chase (please stay on paths as this is in the competition area). Or 372 bus ( from Rainham or Elm Park railway stations to St Pauls Close, Aveley then 3K walk. Both bus services are half-hourly on a Sunday.

Ockendon  railway station is about 3K from the Country Park.


Light refreshments and snacks available at the visitor centre. Toilet block adjacent to the visitor centre and car park.

Lakes with plenty of waterfowl (duck food available from the visitor centre - please do not bring bread for the ducks). 

Terrain Description

Parkland with some mature woodland, grassland, young trees that are maturing and lakes (former gravel workings). Courses will be based on the eastern area and will not involve any road crossings.

More information on the Visit Parks website

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10:00 to 12noon

Starts           from 10:30 to 12:30pm

Courses close at  2.30pm

Course Information

Yellow 2.3K (fairly easy)

Light Green 3.5K (fairly hard)

With the Extension 6.6K (hard)


NOTE: the LIGHT GREEN/GLOSS course is printed on the front of the maps with the EXTENSION printed on the back. Competitors continuing on to the EXTENSION must punch control 125, NOT the finish, then turn over the map. Competitors doing only the LIGHT GREEN should ignore control 125 and punch the Finish at the end of their course, then go to Download.

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 Details

Seniors         £6.00 (non-British Orienteering members £8.00)

Juniors         £3.00

Groups         as for seniors

SI dibber hire (electronic timing key) £0.50

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries to:     

Organiser:       Colin Jackson (HAVOC)  

Planner:          Janet Biggs (HAVOC)

Controller:       Graham Batty (HAVOC)

Dogs allowed?

Allowed but to be kept under strict control especially near the waterfowl.

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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