Thorndon South SWELL & ESSOL
Herongate, Brentwood Essex
Sun 29th Sep 2019
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Leagues: SWELL, ESSOL
(30/09/2019 17.55 Results by course and Splits updated to remove duplicate entries for competitors who mis-punched but subsequently completed their course).
Thank you for attending the event. Despite the weather forecast there was thankfully little rain after the organising team got soaked while setting up everything prior to the arrival of the competitors. Fortunately we managed to pack away everything before the rains came back.
Some new temporary fencing appeared only a day or two before which we were unaware of until the morning of the event. All we could do was to make a note of it at the Start.
Most people seem to have enjoyed their run which always makes all the hard work that goes into staging an event worthwhile.
Thanks go to the organising team: Graham Batty (Planner), Colin Jackson (Organiser), Paul Beckett (on the day Controller/control checker), Janet Biggs (Controller) and volunteers: Barbara Beckett, Dale Bennett, Tony Biggs, Guy Lidbury and family (Charlie, Hugo and Amelie), Michael Muggeridge, Garry Parmenter, Chris Shaw, Andrew Welsh, Richard Wilkes and Olive.
We welcome Chigwell and Epping Forest Orienteering Club (CHIG) and Dartford Orienteering Klubb (DFOK) for their respective club championships.
The event is open to all orienteers and newcomers are especially welcome to come and try some orienteering in a friendly atmosphere.
Final details updated 26/09/2019 to include a note about the width restriction in the car park.
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)
NB. 6’6” width restriction to the main part of the car park. Wide vehicles need to park before the pinch-point.
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 near to the west end of the car park. Kiosk/cafe is expected to be open for light refreshments.
Start and Finish both within 300m from the western end of the car park.
Other attractions: Lake with wildfowl. The barbecue area is currently closed.
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. There is a Light Green and Short Green. Course information:-
|WHITE||1.6K||45m||11||Easy - Junior beginners|
|YELLOW||2.3K||50m||11||Fairly easy - Junior improvers, adult beginners|
|ORANGE||3.5K||75m||10||Moderate - competent juniors; adult improvers|
|LIGHT GREEN||3.6K||60m||12||Fairly hard - experienced juniors; competent adults|
|SHORT GREEN||2.5K||50m||14||Experienced orienteers wanting a shorter course|
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 at the Start.
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.
Pre-entry on Fabian4 upto Friday 27 September:-
Seniors £8 (£1 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
Entry on the day (EOD):
Seniors £9 (£1 surcharge for non-British Orienteering members.)
Electronic punching will be used at this event – SI ‘dibber’ hire fee £1.
Pairs and groups pay one senior fee only but should take only one map.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Graham Batty (HAVOC)
Organiser: Colin Jackson (HAVOC)
Controller: Janet Biggs (HAVOC)
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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