HAVOC-SOS Summer Series 2024 No.1 - Gloucester Park

Wed 17th Apr 2024

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

Information updated: 18th Apr



Event 1 of the HAVOC/SOS Summer 2024 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 events hopefully available for 2 weeks after the event, on MapRun.  See series website for links to maps and instructions.  Bonus points for running on the night compared to Anytime.  Full results will be emailed via RaceSignUp and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.

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 Honeypot Harvester, Festival Leisure Park, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, SS14 3TJ


Location map

Nearest town: Basildon

Directions / Parking

The event starts and finishes at The Honeypot Harvester, Festival Leisure Park, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, SS14 3TJ

What3Words location: plank.forget.maple


Newcomers welcome. Help and guidance available.

Terrain Description

Map OOM V3 urban   Scale 1:10,000

Controls will be fire hydrants; will likely also use other park furniture or home made signs. You need to record the lower number on fire hydrants; where otherwise it will be made clear.

Registration & Start Times

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

Course Information

Long Course     TBC

Short Course    TBC

subject to final planning

Short course TBC ( controls) 1:10000

Long Course TBC ( controls) 1:10000 

all measured as direct distances between controls. Controls are fire hydrants in street sections and park furniture within Gloucester Park, individually marked on map. 

Both course will feature a regular line course to and from Gloucester Park with the section within Gloucester Park consisting of a score format to promote route choice.

The score section will be in a 1-2 order, control numbers will be three digit numbers in the following format either 1X1 or 2X2

You cannot visit control 131 and then immediately got to 141,

Could however go from 131 to 222 and then 141.


The course is on roads, pavements, footpaths and parkland.

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, or other reference as directed.  Please bring a map bag if wet.  If you are not using MapRun, then please also bring a pen to mark the control card.

Entry Details

On RaceSignUp.

£4 Seniors, £2.00 under 21 or students.  Additional £1 levy if not a member of BOF, to cover insurace costs.

Golden ticket option available on the RaceSignUp website, for entry at a reduced rate (£22 BOF/£30 non-BOF), 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 (MapRun6/7) 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:

Gloucester Park Long

Gloucester Park 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 –  Chris Prince

Series Coordinator – David Float   Email: Tel: 07801 216634

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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