Thorndon South Colour Coded
Herongate, Brentwood Essex
Sun 30th Sep 2018
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
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.
Nearest town: Brentwood
- Grid Ref: TQ634898
- Postcode: CM13 3LH
- Latitude: 51.58432
- Longitude: 0.35531
- Google Map (aerial)
- Bing Map (OS)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seniors £7 (£2 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
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
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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