HAVOC-SOS Winter Series No.8 - Brentwood

Wed 01st Feb 2023

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

Information updated: 17th Feb



Event 8 of the HAVOC/SOS Winter street O series

The event will form part of the 10 event HAVOC/SOS Winter Night Street O 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 minutes 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.


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 this is a night event, headtorch or other torch is strongly suggested.

Post race: Gardeners’ Arms public house, 27 Hart Street, Brentwood CM14 4AX


Location map

Nearest town: Brentwood

Directions / Parking

Event centre is the Gardeners’ Arms public house, 27 Hart Street, Brentwood CM14 4AX.  Grid Ref TQ 592936.  Car parking in the Chatham Way public car park CM14 4BG (fee payable).   

Directions: From A12 southbound turn left at M25J28 up the hill towards Brentwood (A1023).  Turn right at traffic lights at top of hill onto Kings Road heading towards the rail station.  After 50m turn left at the roundabout into Chatham Way and park in the public car park. 

Parking fees:  First half hour free with displayed ticket.  £1 per hour after that.  £2 all night after 7pm.  Pay by cash, phone or card. 

Registration, Start and Finish will be at the Gardeners’ Arms pub on Hart Street which is north of the car park, about 150m on foot.  From the car park go north east on foot via Crown Street and Hart Street, or north west on foot via Chatham Way, Kings Road and Hart Street.  

What 3 words: fuel.soil.milky


Toilets suitable for changing at the Gardeners’ Arms public house.   

Terrain Description

OpenOrienteeringMap 1:10,000 (Long), 1:7,500 (Short)

Mostly street running.

Registration & Start Times

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

Course Information

Long Course     6.2 km     Short Course    3.7 km

These are direct line distances – optimal route will be longer, approximately 8.0 km long and 5.3 km short.  Start & Finish will be at the front door of the pub on Hart Street. 

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.

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

The course will be Brentwood Central.

The course will not be visible on your phone until you receive the PIN number at Registration on the night. 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.

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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