Tett turret, JBiggs
Tett turret, Source: JBiggs

Hornchurch CP

EA Schools Championships & final event of SWELL 2016/17

Sun 14th May 2017

Type of event: Regional, Schools
Type of terrain: Parkland
League: SWELL

Information updated: 15th May



Congratulations to all the medal winners and to those who took part or came to support competitors at this year's East Anglian Schools Championships. Unfortunately due to examination demands there were fewer competitors than in previous years so may be it is appropriate to consider an alternative time of year for holding this competition.

On the day medals were awarded to the individual winners and to the winning category teams where there were a sufficient number of entrants. However there are some overall team medals still to be awarded. On the day Barnardiston were given third place but on checking, St Andrews have an equal number of points but are awarded third place on count-back. So, St Andrews are due to receive bronze medals and The Perse School silver medals for their second place. Brentwood School were presented with the trophy and four medals but are due a fifth gold medal as they had two competitors tying on equal points as the final scorer.   


Thanks go to the band of HAVOC helpers who made the event happen: Barbara Beckett (Organiser), Graham Batty (Planner), Janet Biggs (Controller) Paul Beckett (Assistant Controller), Dale Bennett, Tony Biggs, Colin Jackson, Charlie Lidbury, Guy Lidbury, Garry Parmenter, Chris Shaw and Andrew Welsh.


The recent drop of rain and slightly warmer weather caused a rapid growth in the vegetation during the few days leading up to the event. We hope this did not spoil your day. It was pleasing to receive a number of compliments and thanks from competitors.   


Janet Biggs




This event incorpoates the 2017 East Anglian Schools Championships and is also the final event of the 2016-17 SWELL (South & West Essex Local League) season.




The event is open to orienteers of any ability as well as those competing in the school championships and SWELL; beginners are welcome. By taking part in a SWELL event you automatically qualify for entry into that league.

Standard colour coded courses (White to Brown, including Short Green) will be on offer:-






Schools Champs







junior beginners 





Year 7&8

junior improvers

adult beginners





Year 9&10

competent juniors 

adult improvers





Year 11+

experienced juniors

competent adults





experienced orienteers





experienced orienteers





experienced orienteers





experienced orienteers


Location map

Nearest town: Hornchurch

Directions / Parking

Free car parking in the country park, adjacent to the Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre (run by the Essex Wildlife Trust), Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, RM12 6DF.

Note this postcode may not be recognised. Access to Squadrons Approach, and the car park, is from the bend at the meeting point of Airfield Way and Suttons Lane - RM12 6UB / TQ535849. The car park has a 6'6" height restriction. Space may be available on nearby roads. Single yellow lines do not apply at weekends. Car park grass area will be locked at 2.30pm; use the hard-standing area if staying after this time.

DIRECTIONS: From M25 J30 take the A13 westward towards London. At the next interchange take the A1306 towards Rainham: 3rd exit at first roundabout and 1st exit at the second. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit towards Rainham then, at the "Dovers Corner" roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A125 towards Romford. At the cross-roads/traffic lights turn right onto South End Road, signed Hornchurch. Continue for about 1.4 miles then 120metres after a zebra crossing turn right at the traffic lights onto Airfield Way, signed to Hornchurch Country Park. Continue passed Tesco then, at the sharp left hand bend, turn right onto Squadrons Approach then left into the country park.

From M25 J29 take the A127 west towards Romford. After 1.25 miles and just before the overbridge, turn onto the slip road, signed Upminster and Cranham, then turn left at the T junction. Continue to Upminster. At the crossroads/traffic lights turn right onto the A124 towards Hornchurch. Continue to the Hornchurch one-way system keeping left onto Station Lane. Continue passed Hornchurch Station and the disused St Georges Hospital then, at the sharp right hand bend, turn left onto Squadrons Approach & left into the country park.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: the nearest railway station is Hornchurch on the District Line - 1.4K. The 252 bus (15 min Sunday service) runs from outside of the station, over the Pelican crossing. Take the bus to the Hornchurch Country Park stop.


Toilets and refreshments are available at the Visitor Centre close to the car park. Please avoid taking any mud into the Visitor Centre. (From the entrance door, the toilets are past the reception counter then second door on the left and on the left). 

Terrain Description

On the site of the former RAF Hornchurch, this country park has a mixture of ecological interest as well as heritage. The area has been landscaped with blocks of woodland, lakes, open and rough-open areas. A mountain biking trail has been created along with a horse-ride in the south-western part of the area, known as Ingrebourne Hill. There are surfaced and unsurfaced paths throughout the park. Some structures from the RAF days can still be seen including pillboxes and Tett turrets. To the east is the Ingrebourne River and its flood plain which is a haven for birdlife. Further east are the Berwick Glades and Woods. The former is a relatively newly planted woodland and the later the site of old gravel workings much of which is overgrown by scrub.

Map at 1:10,000 with 2.5m contours surveyed and drawn by Tom Edelsten. The mountain bike trail is indicated by a smaller than standard footpath symbol. A black X indicates play equipment and a wide H a seat. A green dot indicates a small isolated tree or thicket. There are many mown paths which are indicated by narrow yellow strips. 

Registration & Start Times

Registration              10.00 to 12noon

Starts                       10.30 to 12.30

Courses close                        14.30

It is hoped to be able to present EASC medals as soon as possible after 1.30pm, near to the Download tent. 

Course Information

Standard colour coded courses - White to Brown, including Short Green. 

Start 200m from car park; 220m from the Visitor Centre; Finish 120m north of the Start.

Courses will be suitable for beginners, novices, improvers  and experienced orienteers. Help and coaching will be available for  beginners/improvers (please ask at Registration). Maps will be overprinted on waterproof paper. Loose description sheets (not waterproof) will be available at Registration. 

To be competitive in the EA Schools Championships, pupils need to enter the appropriate course. See the EASC rules for more details.

Entry Details

Entry on the day at Registration close to car parking.

Senior members £7

Senior non-members £9

Juniors (under 21's) £3

"Dibber" (SI card - electronic timing key) hire 50p (£30 charge for lost dibbers)

Note member means an individual holding a current subscription to British Orienteering. Non-members are allowed to compete in up to three British Orienteering registered events before being recommended to join. See the British Orienteering website for information on how to join.

Individual event entry form

Group event entry form for schools and other groups with entrants competing as  individuals or in pairs or threes.

For those people entering the EA Schools Championships(EASC) please use B (boy) or G (girl) plus their school year as the school age class; EASC rules  

Contacts / Officials

Organiser     Barbara Beckett (email via )   

Planner        Graham Batty

Controller     Janet Biggs

Dogs allowed?

Dogs allowed in the competition area if under control.

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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