Mystery event - DRAFT
Fri 25th Dec 2020
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Local event with 4 courses.
Nearest town: Brentwood
- Grid Ref: TQ570940
- Postcode: CM14 5QJ
- Latitude: 51.62138
- Longitude: 0.26892
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- Bing Map (OS)
Directions / Parking
One mile from M25 J28/A12 junction at the ‘Cricket Field’ car park, off Weald Road, opposite the junction with Weald Park Way. Grid Ref. TQ 573940, postcode CM14 5QJ. Essex County Council car parking tiered charge of £2.20 for 1 hour, £3.30 for 2 hours, £4.40 for 3 hours, £5.50 for over 3 hours, "pay & display" (no change given, 5p coins and above accepted including new £1 coins). Alternatively pay upto a week in advance via the "Pay for parking option" at:- https://secure.mipermit.com/essexcountryparks/Application/home.aspx
The car park charges go towards maintaining and improving the park and visitor facilities.
Permanent toilet block adjacent to the car park. Note, there is a "one out"/"one in" queuing system.
Visitor Centre with light refreshments 500m.
Other attractions: Lake with wildfowl, a deer enclosure and a picnic area. Stick Man play trail for the young and young at heart.
OCAD map of the former grounds of the Weald estate with recent updates, 1:10,000 scale. Terrain is gently contoured and comprises undulating mature woodland, a deer park, lakes, landscaped open and rough open areas. Map drawn to ISOM 2017 standard with the following special symbols:- black X = hide or seat; black O = vent or play equipment; green X = significant rootstock; blue sqaure = water trough; green O = distinctive tree.
Registration & Start Times
Starts 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Courses close 2.30 pm.
Four colour coded courses: Yellow (2.5k approx), Short Green (3.5k approx), Green (5K approx), Blue (7.5k approx). Maps will be overprinted on waterproof paper.
There will be two pre-start areas: (A) for Blue and Yellow and (B) for Short Green and Green. See attached map for locations.
Only if it is less than 10 minutes before your start time should you go to your pre-start. DO NOT gather around the pre-start areas! You may only join the pre-start queue when there is space available and the marshal invites you.
At each pre-start up to 5 competitors will be allowed to queue 2m apart, marked by small cones, then every three minutes, Upto 2 competitors will be allowed to check their dibbers then to go to the start box which are approximately 150m away, please do no linger on the marked route. Upto 2 waiting competitors will then be allowed to join the pre-start queue after clearing their dibbers. NOTE, your start time will be the approximate time you leave the pre-start to go to the start box not the time you actual start your course. Hired pre-cleared dibbles can be collected from a box at the pre-start.
At each start box competitors should wait until the marshal allows you to start when you can punch the start control and pick up your map.
Note rabbits are a problem in the area, keep a look out for rabbit holes. Deer and a small herd of redpoll cattle roam freely, do not approach them and make sure gates are closed.
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.
Entry limited to BOF members only
Please read BOF's latest "Code of Conduct". By entering you agree that you will abide by the rules and guidance it contains.
PRE-ENTRY ONLY via Fabian - NO ENTRY ON THE DAY
Seniors £8 upto Sunday
Seniors £9 from
Juniors £3 (under 21's)
Electronic punching will be used at this event – non-SIAC SI ‘dibber’ hire fee £1.
Pairs of juniors or a junior and one adult only from the same household or social bubble may compete together. The name and contact details of the second person must be entered in the comments box when entering. All other competitors are only allowed to compete as individuals. Groups of more than two will not be allowed.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Andrew Welsh (HAVOC)
Organiser: Janet Biggs (HAVOC)
Controller: Paul Beckett (HAVOC assisted by Graham Batty (HAVOC)
Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Safety and Risk
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