First event of the 2015/16 SWELL (South & West Essex Local League) season incorporating the 2015 CHIG Club Championships and DFOK Club Championships.

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




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.


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 (1.4k 25m climb 11 controls) 

Yellow (2.3k 45m climb 14 controls)

Orange (3.3k 45m climb 12 controls)

Light Green (3.5k 60m climb 14 controls)

Green (4.8k 80m climb 17 controls)

Blue (6.8k 95m climb 21 control)

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 £6 (£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.

Entry form

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Janet Biggs
Organiser: Graham Batty
Controller: Graham Batty

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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