Tett turret, LB of Havering
Tett turret, Source: LB of Havering

Hornchurch CP (SWELL/ESSOL)

Hornchurch, Essex

Sun 24th Jan 2016

Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

Information updated: 26th Jan






"The use of a new area ran smoothly due to Janet's advance preparations and Garry's thoughtfully planned courses.  The HAVOC helpers adapted well to the delayed access to the event centre and parking.  The attendance was excellent, helped by good weather, few local alternatives and the prospect of a new map.  There were parts of the new map that we did not use this time so there is scope for significantly different courses on another occasion."    



"We were in a panic when the school site manager did not arrive to unlock the school at 8.30am as arranged. Fortunately we found we were able to open the outer gates and gain access to parts of the school grounds so could set up Registration and the computer equipment. However car parking and toilet access were a big headache. Apologies to those who arrived early and did not have use of the full facilities. The site manager opened up the rest of the school in the nick of time at about 10am; he was suffering with flu and had had a bad night as his son was ill as well. Apart from some signage going up late, I do not think many people were inconvenienced.

There were a few more competitors than expected who decided to have a longer run and do Brown rather than Blue. Hence we had several Blue maps left but had to recycle some of the Brown maps. If you kindly donated your map and would like a PDF version of the course please email me: .

We did have an issue raised about a possible faulty control box or dibber used on the Yellow course. We did look into the matter but could not find any problems.

At the end of the event two young girls on the White had not downloaded. We phoned the family only to find out that they had gone straight home when one of the girls got tired. Fortunately no harm to the family but there was a group of concerned officials for a while. When we say 'You must report to Download' we really,really mean you MUST, it is in the interest of your own safety. 


Thank you all for attending the event."    


Thanks go to Garry Parmenter for planning and to the team of HAVOC volunteers: Graham Batty, Barbara Beckett, Dale Bennett, Tony Biggs, Chris Burgues, Gillian Edgar, Kerry Enderby, Rob Enderby, Colin Jackson, Steve Kemp, Mike Muggeridge, Chris Shaw and Andrew Welsh.  



This is the fifth event of the 2015-16 SWELL (South & West Essex Local League) and forms part of ESSOL (Essex and Suffolk Schools Orienteering League).

Event FLYER/FINAL DETAILS for printing.

The event is open to orienteers of any ability as well as those competing in the leagues. 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.


Location map

Nearest town: Hornchurch

Directions / Parking

The event centre will be at Whybridge Junior School, Blacksmiths Lane, Hornchurch RM13 7AH. There will be a £1 car park charge. Drivers please take extra care in the car park as other competitors will be walking around.

Nearest railway station is Rainham (National Rail - C2C)  and Elm Park (District Line - TFL) then bus 165 or 372 to the Ford Lane stop. From Rainham Station go to stop C, beyond the Phoenix pub. From Elm Park station go to stop M. (Note, there are toilets at Rainham Station but you have to get the key from the ticket office).  


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. Take the turning on the left immediate after the South Hornchurch Health Centre. The entrance to the school is on the right. NOTE: The car park will close at 2.45pm.


Toilets, Registration and Download will be sited at Whybridge Junior School.

Refreshments are available at the new Essex Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre (RM12 6DF) accessible from the main country park car park off Squadrons Approach (at the junction of Airfield Way and Suttons Lane RM12 6UB - TQ535849).

A first aid kit will be availbale at Download. The Organiser is a qualified first aider.

Nearest A&E department at Queen's Hospital, Rom valley Way, Romford RM7 0AG. location map available from the Organiser.

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.

We are delighted to have a new 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.

The area has not been used for an orienteering event since the mid/late 1990's.

Registration & Start Times

Registration              10.00 to 12noon

Starts                       10.30 to 12.30

Courses close                        14.15

Car park/event centre closes 14.45

Course Information

Standard colour coded courses - White to Brown. Details:-


Course Distance Climb  
WHITE 1.9k 15m Junior beginners
YELLOW 2.5K 25m Junior novices/adult beginners
ORANGE 3.5K 35m Junior  improvers/adult novices   
LIGHT GREEN      4.0K 10m Experienced juniors/adult improvers


3.9K 15m Experienced orienteers
GREEN 5.0K 15m Experienced orienteers
BLUE 6.3K 55m Experienced orienteers
BROWN 8.3K 65m Experienced orienteers


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. The Brown course will have a 2-part map printed back to back.

There is a 650m walk along the road from car parking to the start and 550m back from the finish (allow 5-10 minutes).There are road crossings, initially via a Pelican crossing then two residential roads. Please use the Pelican crossing to cross the busy South End Road. Under 16's must be supervised along the route to the start and back from the finish as none of the road crossings will be marshalled. There will not be a clothing dump or water provided at the finish.

Entry Details

Entry on the day at Registration in the car park. Entry form

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 three British Orienteering registered events before being required to join an affiliated club. See the British Orienteering website for information on how to join.

£1 car park charge. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser:    Janet Biggs

Planner:       Garry Parmenter

Controller:    Paul Beckett 

Dogs allowed?

Sorry, no dogs allowed on the school premises. Parking possible in nearby roads. Dogs in 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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