Canvey Island

Tue 16th Nov 2021

Type of event: Local, Night

Information updated: 2nd Mar



Thank you for all that came to run around Canvey Island last night.
Firstly, reassurance that John Pettifer who took a fall during the run, and had to go to hospital after suffering severe bleeding, is fine, and was out running again tonight!  Big thanks to those runners who stopped to help - specifically Roy Read and Jackie Sibthorp.  I have credited the actual run times that you told me in the results.
It was a small field as the location was a bit far south - but I thought the density of roads would make for some interesting route choices and orienteering challenges in the dark.  Hopefully that was the case, and I had some appreciative comments to suggest that you enjoyed the challenge.
Graham Batty took the top spot in the short course, and held onto the lead after handicaps were taken into account.  On the long course it was Seb Parris with the fastest time, a few minutes ahead of Roy Read in second.  However, once handicaps are factored in, Roy gets the 100 points, just ahead of Paul Beckett in second and Seb Parris in third.
Looking at the overall tables, and we have Veronica Machin leading the way in the short course, 3 points clear of Colin Jackson in second.  It's even closer in the Long course, as Paul Beckett leads Roy Read by a single point.



Event 2 in the SOS/HAVOC Winter Street O league.

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 SOS/HAVOC MapRuns during the course of the series - just confirm run to the Coordinator.  Full results will be emailed and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.


The event will be run strictly in accordance with the published BOF and Government guidance. It is a condition of entry that all participants agree to adhere to the BOF COVID19 Participant Code of Conduct.

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 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.  Some roads do not have pavements so take extra care. Also, there are alleys and footpaths that are not lit - extra caution needed.

A head and/or hand-held torch is recommended.


Location map

Nearest town: Canvey

Directions / Parking

Labworth Cark Park, 11 Western Esplanade, Canvey Island SS8 0AY


There are toilets available at the start/finish.    

Terrain Description

The course is mainly on roads, pavements and footpaths.  There is one route choice involving a potentially muddy footpath (depending on weather).

Registration & Start Times

Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm as confirmed by Event Coordinator. Please arrive and be ready for your agreed start time. Competitors must report to the finish by 8.45pm.

Course Information

Long Course  5.7k            Short Course  3.0k     These are direct distances between controls (and are subject to final controlling)


OOMap 1:10,000


Controls are Fire Hydrant Signs.  You will be asked to record the lower number on the hydrant signs

Please bring a pen or pencil to mark the control card and map bag if it is wet.


The course is mainly on roads, pavements and footpaths.  There is one route choice involving a potentially muddy footpath (depending on weather). Please wear suitable footwear.

Entry Details

By email to the Series co-ordinator for HAVOC events 

You will need to provide the following information in your email:

Short or Long Course
Gender/Age Category (if unknown your age at your birthday this year)
Club (and BOF no. if applicable)
Preferred time slot, 6:30 – 6:45, 6:45 – 7:00, 7:00 – 7:15, or 7:15 – 7:30 (not guaranteed)
Payment details will be sent with confirmation of entry, or please confirm £10 paid for all 4 HAVOC events
Contact Tel No. – solely for the purpose of the Government’s Track and Trace system


£3 Seniors, £1.50 under 21 or students for just one event, or,£10 paid for all 4 HAVOC events


Electronic Pre-payment is required.  Details will be sent with the confirmation of entry.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – David Float   Email: Tel: 07801 216634

HAVOC Series Coordinator – David Float   Email: Tel: 07801 216634

Covid 19 Officer – Graham Batty   Email: Tel: 07985 609719

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed, but should be kept on a lead at all times, and not interfere with other competitors / park users.

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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