Thorndon South Map extract,
Thorndon South Map extract

Thorndon South Colour Coded

Herongate, Brentwood Essex

Sun 30th Sep 2018

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

Information updated: 1st Oct



This event incorporates the first round of the 2018/19 SWELL (South & West Essex Local League) season plus a round of the ESSOL schools competition.

We welcome CHIG (Chigwell & Epping Forest), DFOK (Dartford) and SOS (Essex Stragglers) Orienteering Clubs for their respective club championships.  

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



Location map

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 1hr £2.20; 2hrs £3.30; 3hrs £4.40 or over 3hrs £5.50 (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.


Toilets adjacent to the west end of the car park; unfortunately the cafe is currently closed.
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. There is a Light Green but no Short Green as the area has insufficient detail to support the more technical course. Provisional course information is given below:


WHIITE 1.7K 12 Easy - Junior beginners
YELLOW 2.5K 14 Fairly easy - Junior improvers, adult beginners
ORANGE 2.9K 12 Moderate - competent juniors; adult improvers 
LIGHT GREEN 3.9K 13 Fairly hard - experienced juniors; competent adults
GREEN 4.8K 15 Experienced orienteers
BLUE 7.5K 21 Experienced orienteers


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. Loose control descriptions will be available from Registration.

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.

Individual entry form

Group entry form

Contacts / Officials

Planner:     Doug McTurk (HAVOC)
Organiser:  Colin Jackson (HAVOC)
Controller:  Paul Beckett (HAVOC)

Dogs allowed?

Not permitted on the courses because of livestock. Dog exercise circuit around the grass field south of the car park.

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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