Langdon Hills SWELL & ESSOL
Sun 03rd Nov 2019
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Leagues: SWELL, ESSOL
(04/11/2019) For the juniors/schools entries the software appears to be mixing up BOF age classes and school year age classes. To avoid this, generally under the Age Class column B or G's indicate the orienteering age class NOT the school year. The school year is given in the School Year column sometimes suffixed by the BOF age class.
Thank you to all those who attended, whether competing, helping or cheering on friends and family. We were blessed with a fine day which helped to keep everyone's spirits fairly high. Chris produced some testing courses. Unfortunately the brambles have taken an ever strenghtening hold on the area, obliterating many of the technical control sites and making access to other sites difficult.
Thanks to all the competitors who gave us feedback whether good or pointing out a few deficiencies. We have noted the comments.
The event was supported by our much valued volunteers: Chris Shaw (Planner), Colin Jackson (Organiser), Janet Biggs (Controller), Graham Batty (Assistant Controller), Barbara Beckett, Paul Beckett, Dale Bennett, Tony Biggs, Chris Brolly, Steve Kemp, Guy Lidbury, Charlie and Hugo Maule-Lidbury, Mike Muggeridge, Garry Parmenter and Chris Childs (SOS) who helped to collect in some of the controls.
[01/11/2019 Printable final details added. Link to entry forms added]
Nearest town: Basildon
- Grid Ref: TQ680865
- Postcode: SS16 6HU
- Latitude: 51.55248
- Longitude: 0.42195
- Google Map (aerial)
- Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
From M25 Junction 29: Head east along the A127 towards Southend for 6 miles. Take the slip-road at the Dunton interchange and turn right onto the B148 (West Mayne). Turn right at the first roundabout (with the clock) onto the B1036, signed Superstore (Tesco) then left at the next roundabout. Continue for about 1 mile then turn right at the roundabout, signed Langdon Hills then right again at the next roundabout. After passing through Langdon Hills village, turn right at the T junction onto the B1007 (Staneway). Pass the Miller and Carter restaurant and in 250m turn left onto Dry Street then right into the car park
Free car parking.
NB. Approaching by car from the east along Dry Street is not recommended.
Nearest railway station is Laindon, on the London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness line, about 1 mile from the car park.
Toilets 300m from the centre of the car park, crossing Dry Street at the NE corner of the car park. Miller and Carter restaurant nearby is open from 12 noon.
Map 1:10,000 using ISOM 2017, resurveyed by Tom Edelsten autumn 2017 with 2019 updates.
The area is divided into six sections separated by tracks, roads, housing and farmland. The terrain includes mature woodland, open and semi-open areas with significant hills (for Essex).
Come and experience some Essex contours!
Registration & Start Times
Registration: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Starts: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Courses close: 2:30 pm
Start and finish are close to the car park field.
White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown.
A course suitable for all abilities. Help available for beginners.
Blue and Brown have road crossings and a 95m run along a road. Neither this nor the road crossings will be marshalled. Therefore, under 16's must not enter these courses.
Orange, Light Green and Short Green have a timed-out marshalled road crossing.
White, Yellow and Green do not have any road crossings. White has some "smiley faces" to keep competitors on the right path.
There is a separate finish for White and Yellow in the SW corner of the car park field. All other courses will use the main finish in the S of the car park field.
Maps are 1:10000 with 5m controls, A4 size pre-printed on waterproof paper. Brown will have a 2-part back-to-back map,
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.
Pre-entry available on Fabian until midnight on Thursday 31 October:-
Seniors £8 (£1 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
SI ‘dibber’ hire fee £1
Entry on the day:-
Seniors £9 (£1 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
Electronic punching will be used at this event – SI ‘dibber’ hire fee £1.
Pairs and groups pay one senior fee only but should take only one map.
Entry fees include car parking, levies and access charges.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Chris Shaw (HAVOC)
Organiser: Colin Jackson ()
Controller: Janet Biggs (HAVOC)
Dogs must be kept on a lead.
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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