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This event incorporates a round of the 2017/18 SWELL (South & West Essex Local League) season. 

The event is open to all orienteers and suitable for newcomers.

Location

Nearest town: Brentwood

Directions / Parking

From the M25 J29 junction:  Take the A127 east for 3 miles.  Turn north at the A127/A128 junction towards Brentwood; after a quarter mile turn left into the country park indicated by a brown and white tourist sign. (OS Grid Reference TQ 634898   Postcode CM13 3LH) 

The car park is hard standing or on well drained grass areas. There is a tiered Essex County Council "Pay and Display" charge: upto 30mins £1; 1hr £2; 2hrs £3; 3hrs £4 or over 3hrs £5 (coins and cards accepted), you will need to enter your car registration number before paying.

Public Transport:The nearest railway station is at West Horndon, 3 km to the south:  half-hourly service from Fenchurch Street. There are no local bus services on a Sunday.

Event registration will be next to the car park.

Facilities

Toilets and cafe adjacent to the west end of the car park.
Start and Finish within 200-300m of the car park.
Other attractions: Lake with wildfowl and a barbecue area.

Terrain Description

Thorndon Park South is a compact mixture of gently sloping established and re-planted woodland, streams and a lake, open meadows and pasture fields, with some steeper slopes and contour detail

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10:00 am to 12 noon.
Starts 10:15am to 12:30 pm.
Courses close 2.30 pm.

Course Information

A range of colour coded courses, White to Blue. 

 

Courses will be suitable for beginners, improvers  and experienced orienteers. Help and coaching will be available for  beginners/improvers (please ask at Registration). Maps will be overprinted on waterproof paper.

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 Details

Seniors £7 (£2 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
Juniors £3.
Electronic punching will be used at this event – SI ‘dibber’ hire fee 50p.
Pairs and groups pay one senior fee only but should take only one map.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: 
Organiser: 
Controller:

Dogs allowed?

Welcome if kept under control. There is a dog exercise circuit around the grass field south of the car park but avoid runners.

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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