HAVOC-SOS Winter Series 2023/24 No.6 - Pilgrim’s Hatch

Wed 10th Jan 2024

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

Information updated: 25th Jan



Event 6 of the HAVOC/SOS Winter 2023/24 street O series

The event will form part of the HAVOC/SOS Mid-Week Winter 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 10-event series will count.  Anytime catch-up for some events available for 2 weeks after the event, subject to an Anytime time penalty, on MapRun.  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.

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.  As the race will take place i the dark, it is recommended to bring a torch/head torch.

Post race: The Rose and Crown public house, 390 Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, CM15 9JH


Location map

Nearest town: Pilgrim's Hatch

Directions / Parking

Event centre is the Rose and Crown public house, 390 Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, CM15 9JH.  Grid Ref TQ 578956.  Competitors may park in the pub car park on the front or around the back.  Registration will be at the Rose & Crown pub.  Start and Finish will be on the east side of the zebra crossing outside the pub

What3Words location: chairs.woods.again

Directions: From A12 southbound turn left at M25 J28 up the hill towards Brentwood (A1023).  Drive straight through Brentwood town centre, then turn left at the double mini roundabout at the east end of the town onto Ongar Road (A128).  Follow this road for 1½ miles, passing over the A12 on a bridge, before reaching the pub on the left. 


Toilets in pub

Pub can provide hot food afterwards with last orders at 9pm.  See pub website for menu and advance booking:  www.theroseandcrownbrentwood.co.uk

Newcomers welcome. Help and guidance available.

Terrain Description

Map: OOM urban   Scale 1:10,000.

Controls will mostly be fire hydrants; will likely also use other street 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     6.0km

Short Course    3.7km

Note: these are straight line distances, optimal route will be longer.

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

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

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.

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:

Pilgrims Hatch Long

Pilgrims Hatch 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

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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