HAVOC Regional and SWELL - Thorndon Park South

Sun 23rd Apr 2023

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Forest

Information updated: 27th Apr



Regional, SWELL and ESSOL forest event.


Lost Property:

Two compasses were left at download on Sunday.  Please contact the organiser () if they are yours.


Location map

Nearest town: Herongate

Directions / Parking

From the M25 J29 junction:  Take the A127 east for 3 miles.  Turn north at the A127/A128 junction towards Brentwood; after a quarter mile turn left into the country park indicated by a brown and white tourist sign.

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NB. 6’6” width restriction to the main part of the car park. Wide vehicles need to park before the pinch-point.

The car park is hard standing or on well drained grass areas. There is a tiered Essex County Council "Pay and Display" charge: £2.50 for up to 1 hour, £3.80 for up to 2 hours, and £5.10 for up to 4 hours. (coins and cards accepted), you will need to enter your car registration number before paying.

Public Transport:The nearest railway station is at West Horndon, 3 km to the south:  half-hourly service from Fenchurch Street. There are no local bus services on a Sunday.


Toilets near to the west end of the car park. Unfortuantely, the Kiosk/cafe is not expected to be open.
Start and Finish both within 300m from the western end of the car park.
Other attractions: Lake with wildfowl.

Terrain Description

Thorndon Park South is a mixture of ancient and re-planted woodland, streams and a lake, open meadows and pasture fields with some steep slopes and contour detail.  Ancient woodland is very runnable.  1990s Woodland Trust plantings have now matured into pleasant woodland. 

Map, A4 1:10,000 scale, re-surveyed Feb 2023 for this event.

Registration & Start Times

Starts 10:30am to 12:30 pm.
Courses close 2.30 pm.

Course Information

A range of colour coded courses.  Course information:- 

  Distance Climb Controls
Brown 9.0km 180m 30
Blue 7.5km 125m 26
Green 4.6km 95m 21
S Green 3.3km 85m 14
L Green 3.7km 85m 12
Orange 3.2km 65m 12
Yellow 2.6km 50m 14
White 1.7km 40m 13

All courses will use a 1:10,000 scale, one-sided A4 size colour map.

White, Yellow and orange have written descriptions. All other courses have pictorial descriptions. Loose descriptions will be available at the Start.

SIAC will be enabled.  However, all Competitors will need to punch the Check, Start and Finish controls.

Entry Details

Entries in advance via Racesign-up.

Entry Fees -

For entries up to Sunday, April 9 - Seniors £9 ( £11 for non- BOF members), Juniors £4,
SI dibber hire (non SIAC) £1.

For entries post April 9 - Seniors £10 ( £12 for non- BOF members), Juniors £4,
SI dibber hire (non SIAC) £1.    

Entries close on Friday, April 21.

Hired Dibbers will be available for collection at the Enquiries / Download tent, adjacent to the car park.

Contacts / Officials

Planner:  Paul Beckett (HAVOC)
Organiser:  Colin Jackson ()  
Controller:  Graham Batty (HAVOC)

Dogs allowed?

Not permitted on the courses because of livestock. Dog exercise circuit around the grass field south of the car park.

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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