HAVOC-SOS Summer Series 2023 No.3 - Doddinghurst

Thu 25th May 2023

Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland, Urban

Information updated: 9th Jun



Event 3 of the HAVOC/SOS Summer 2023 street O series

The event will form part of HAVOC/SOS Mid-Week Summer 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-minute penalty.  Best 6 results from the 8-event series will count.  Anytime catch-up for some events available for 2 weeks after the event, on MapRun.  Bonus points for running on the night compared to Anytime.  Bonus points available for running an Essex MapRun during the series.  Full results will be emailed via RaceSignUp and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.

The event will be run strictly in accordance with published BOF and Government guidance.  It is a condition of entry that participants agree to follow 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 you are required 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.

Post race: The Shepherd Inn, 34 Blackmore Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex CM15 0AT.  1 mile west of Doddinghurst in Kelvedon Hatch.


Location map

Nearest town: Doddinghurst

Directions / Parking

Event centre is the Doddinghurst village playing fields beside the Village Hall, Church Lane, Doddinghurst, CM15 0NG. Grid Ref TQ 589990. What3Words: mats.placed.motel

However, do not park in the village hall car park which is private, is being used by others, and is locked up at 9pm. Instead, park off-street beside the village shops opposite the village hall, accessed from All Saints Close, Doddinghurst. (CM15 0NG, TQ 589990). What3Words: gangs.limes.plan

Directions: From A12 southbound turn off at Mountnessing junction and take the B1002 NE to Mountnessing which is 3 miles SE of Doddinghurst. At the Mountnessing village crossroads turn left onto Thoby Lane, then after 1 mile turn left onto Wyatts Green Road, then after another mile turn left onto Church Lane which takes you to Doddinghurst village centre.

Directions: From the east end of Brentwood High Street turn left at the mini-roundabout onto Ongar Road (A128). Follow the A128 for 3 miles through Pilgrims Hatch. On approach to Kelvedon Hatch village turn right onto Blackmore Road which is sign-posted for ‘Doddinghurst/Stondon Massey/Blackmore’. If you pass the Eagle Tavern on your left you have missed the turning. About 100m after passing the Shepherd Inn, Kelvedon Hatch on your right, turn right into Stocks Lane. At the next T junction turn left onto Church Lane which will take you to Doddinghurst village hall, shops and car parking.

Registration, Start and Finish will be at the Doddinghurst village playing fields on the south side of Church Lane. Parking is beside the village shops on the north side of Church Lane.


No public toilets available in Doddinghurst.  Nearest alternatives are the two pubs in Kelvedon Hatch which is a mile to the west.    

Newcomers welcome. Help and guidance available.

Terrain Description

Open Orienteering Map style.  1:10,000 (long), 1:7,500 (short).  Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs. 

Registration & Start Times

Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.  Competitors must report to the finish by 9pm. 

Course Information

Long Course     c.6 km     Short Course    c.3.5 km

These are direct line distances – optimal route will be longer, approximately 8 km long and 5 km short.  Start & Finish will be in the Doddinghurst village playing field.    

Open Orienteering Map style.  1:10,000 (long), 1:7,500 (short).  Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs. 

If you are using MapRun then you will not need to record answers on a control card.  However, if the app doesn't register your visit then you need to record the lower number on the H sign.  If you are not using MapRun, then please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if wet.

Entry Details

On RaceSignUp.

£4 Seniors, £2.00 under 21 or students. 

Golden ticket option available on the RaceSignUp website, for entry at a reduced rate, into all series events.

We are going to run this event using the MapRun software.  Therefore, please, if possible, use a smartphone (or Garmin watch) and ensure you have latest version of MapRun (MapRun6) installed and the course is downloaded to your phone/watch before you arrive.

Note: All competitors will still recieve a paper map - no need to squint at your phone to see the route!

Details of how to obtain a copy of the app and how it works can be found on the HAVOC website. 

There is also a HAVOC user guide on the HAVOC website.

Download the course onto the app by clicking on ‘Select Event', in the app, and following the menu path UK > Essex

The courses are:

Doddinghurst Long

Doddinghurst Short

The course map will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. (Note – you do not need the PIN number to run using a Garmin watch).  There are no written answers required with MapRun and your result will be automatically downloaded when you finish. The full procedure will be explained at Registration.  Note, that if a control is missed then the software will show your result as Mispunch, but in the official results we will add the usual penalty for a missed or incorrect control.  Please ensure you notify the organiser that you have finished, so that safety checks can be completed.

If you are really unable to use MapRun, you are still welcome to take part by completing the control sheet with pen or pencil but be aware that this is a much slower method. With this approach, timing will be manually by a traditional clock, and written answers will be checked as per previous events.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner – Paul Beckett   Email: Tel: 07485 129192

Series Coordinator – David Float   Email: Tel: 07801 216634

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

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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