HAVOC/SOS Winter Series Event 4 - Pilgrims Hatch
Tue 14th Dec 2021
Type of event: Local, Night
Type of terrain: Urban
Event 4 in the HAVOC/SOS Winter night street event.
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 should take due care and pay 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. Some alleys and footpaths that are not lit - extra caution needed.
A head torch or hand-held torch is essential.
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.
The event will form part of the 8 event HAVOC/SOS 21/22 Winter Series. 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 series will count. 50 bonus points added for undertaking any one of the Essex MapRuns - just confirm run to Coordinator. Full results will be emailed and published on the SOS and HAVOC websites.
Nearest town: Pilgrims Hatch
- Grid Ref: TQ 592954
- Postcode: CM15 9NN
- Latitude: 51.63436
- Longitude: 0.29973
- Google Map (aerial)
- Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex
O.S. Grid ref: TQ 592954 Postcode: CM15 9NN Latitude/Longitude: 51°38′06″N, 000°17′58″E
The Brentwood Centre (sports centre) car park. Park at the SW corner, on the right-hand side, furthest from the building. Organiser’s car/admin table; Start and Finish will be nearby.
N.B. The Centre is in use for covid booster jabs and PCR tests. Park in the SW corner away from such activities
Toilets are available in the sports centre (wear a mask to enter).
Registration & Start Times
Start at times between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Please arrive and be ready for your agreed start time. Competitors must report to the finish by 8.45pm.
Long Course 6.1km, 22 controls; Short Course 2.9km, 11 controls. These are direct-line distances between controls; the actual distance run is longer. Courses include lit streets and some unlit footpaths, so a torch is essential. Controls are fire hydrant ‘H’ signs or post boxes. Record the lower number on the H sign or the postcode of the post box. Please bring a pen to mark the control card and a map bag if it is wet. Open Orienteering Map style; 1:7,500 scale.
Explanation of colour courses
- White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
- Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
- Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
- Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
- Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
- Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
- Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
- Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.
By email to the Series Coordinator for HAVOC events
You will need to provide the following information in your email:
Short or Long Course
Gender/Age Category (if unsure about age category just state your age this year)
Club (and BOF no. if applicable)
Preferred start time slot: 6:30-45; 6:45-7:00; 7:00-15; 7:15-30. (not guaranteed)
Amount paid £3 Seniors, £1.50 under 21 or students for just one event, or,
Confirm £10 paid for all 4 SOS events and/or £10 paid for all 4 HAVOC events
Contact Tel No. – solely for the purpose of the Government’s Test and Trace system.
The HAVOC series coordinator will respond to emailed pre-entry requests by advising you of your allocated start time block and will send you the HAVOC bank account details for you to make an electronic payment before the event. Please reference your electronic payment with your name and the event date.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser/Planner – Paul Beckett Email: Tel: 01277 213758
Series Coordinator – David Float Email: Tel: 07801 216634
Covid 19 Officer – Graham Batty Email: Tel: 07985 609719
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.
Privacy: when entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.