SE League & SWELL – Wormley Woods

  1. “Michael Brandon” Mitre National (Level B) Event

SE League and SWELL Event

Wormley Woods

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From M25: Leave the M25 at Junction 25, signed Hertford (A10). Drive N and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout after 3/4 mile. Follow the signs to Paradise Wildlife Park EN10 7QA. ( The south (overflow car park) will be O signed.

Public transport: Broxbourne Railway station is 3 miles away on the London Liverpool Street to Hertford East, Stansted Airport and Cambridge lines. A shuttle bus operates to Paradise Wildlife Park, approximately every 30 minutes. Fee £1 each way.

Service Alterations on Greater Anglia – If travelling from Cambridge, please not partial rail replacement between Cambridge and Audley End till 09:45.

Car Park: Parking for cars will be in an area to the south of the Paradise Wildlife Park entrance. Charge £2.  GR TL338067 .

Event Centre: This is at the edge of the car park. Most facilities and services will be available there: Registration slips, EOD (take money!), Dibber hire (take money if not pre-paid with entry), download and on-the-day results. Single portaloo (more toilets below). There will be facilities to leave your keys and cash safely while you compete.

Facilities Café and indoor toilets are located at Paradise Wildlife Park (PWP). Take care crossing the road.

Basic first aid facilities are available at registration, using a trained First Responder, with a back up at PWP.

Special offer    Discounted entry to Paradise Wildlife Park – £9.50 per adult/ child. Present your map at the Ticket Office for discount. 

Start Times: Starts will be available from 10.30 – 12.15. Punching start. Courses will close at 2.15pm. Please check your start time beforehand on Fabian4. You will be called up at start time minus 4 minutes.

Electronic punch: EPS-SI on all courses. Dibber hire £1.00/ juniors free.

Should any SI units in the forest fail to function (no bleep or flashing light, or vandalised) there will be a pin-punch on the stake. Please punch your map and advise download accordingly.

Entries: Preferably via:, or by SEF (cheques to Chigwell & Epping Forest OC) to: Mitre 2017, 11 Rosemount, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4 HS.

Closing date for receipt of advance entries: Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 23:59. 

Limited Entry on the Day: 10.00 – 11:30 at Registration. Please note limited map availability.

Entry Fees:

  • Up to 31/10/2017 BOF Seniors £12: Non BOF Seniors £14; Juniors £5.
  • From 1/11/2017 to 14/11/2017 BOF Seniors £14: Non BOF Seniors £16; Juniors £5
  • Entry on the Day: BOF Seniors £16: Non BOF Seniors £18; Juniors £5
  • Entry on the Day (White Course): Seniors £8; Juniors £5.

Map: 1:10,000.  5m contours. Updated 2017 by Tom Edelsten. All maps, size A4, will be pre-marked and on waterproof paper. Plastic bags will NOT be provided. Short Brown and Brown courses have back to back maps.

Control Descriptions:  Control descriptions will be on the front of the map. Loose copies for all courses will be available in the start boxes:  Orange, Yellow and White will have both IOF and English descriptions.

Terrain: Wormley and Derry Woods is an area of undulating, mixed (mostly deciduous) woodland with a plateau at the southern end. It provides both a physical and technical challenge. Leaf fall may obscure minor paths. The undergrowth symbol normally indicates bramble, and/or bracken. Rootstocks are not mapped, whatever their size. In general, knolls and pits over half a metre are mapped.

Courses: The SE League recommended age classes are offered. S and B runners please select your own course.

Please note no black course.

 Course  Distance Climb Controls Age Classes
 Brown  10.3km 235m 27 M21, M35, M40
 Short Brown  8.6km 155m 22 M18, M20, M45, M50, W21
 Blue  6.8km 130m 20 M16, M55, M60, W35, W40
 Short Blue  5.1km 115m 17 M65, W18, W20, W45, W50
 Green  4.5km 105m 15 M70, W16, W55, W60
 Short Green  3.3km 90m 14 M75, M80, M85, W65, W70, W75, W80, W85
 Light Green  3.3km 90m 10 M14, W14
 Orange  2.7km 80m 10 M12, W12
 Yellow 2.3km 65m 9 M10, W10
White 1.6km 50m 12

Sorry, no string course.

Start & Finish: Approx 850m walk to Start /Finish from car park entrance. Please allow 12 to 20 minutes.

The  route will involve leaving the car park at the front gate and walking along White Stubbs Lane for approx 150m before entering the forest, just west of the “Thank You” sign. No fences to cross.

This road is 60mph and does have fast moving traffic, so competitors need to walk this section in single file. The road crossing to the main part of PWP will be marshalled, which is the beginning of the route to the start.

Note that there are no toilet facilities at the start/ finish area. Please do not relieve yourselves in this area as it is open and frequently used by the general public. Any transgression of this could jeopardise our future use of Wormley Woods.

Clothing dump: On East side of West End Road, approx 80m from the finish. This is also on route to the start.

Roads All main roads are out of bounds – and are marked as such on the map. Marshals are instructed to disqualify any competitors running along main roads.

Finish: There is a punching (dibbing) finish for all competitors. Do not forget to punch! Download is back at the car park, next to registration. You must visit the Download even if you are retiring.

Forest Etiquette: Wormley Woods is used and enjoyed by members of the public. Please show them consideration. In particular take care when near horses, and avoid frightening them. Mountain bikers may be present. Please take care.

Dogs Dogs are permitted if kept under control.

Hospital/A&E: The nearest hospital with A&E facilities is Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, CM20 1QX. Directions – A10 north, A414 east, A414 Harlow town centre, then follow A&E signs. Approx 12 miles from event centre.

Complaints: These should be made to the Organiser, preferably in writing, stating the grounds for complaint and the name of the complainant. Written complaints can be left at Enquiries and will be dealt with by the organiser, who will give an adjudication on the complaint as soon as possible. If the complainant is not then satisfied, he/she may submit a protest against the decision to the controller. This will be dealt with according to BOF rules. There is no fee for making a complaint or protest.

Thanks To Woodland Trust and Paradise Wildlife Park. Also to all the CHIG volunteers who made this event happen.


  • Organiser: Ray Curtis Tel: 01279 418699   Email:
  • Planner: Mark Ford
  • Controller: Ronan and Julie Cleary (LOK)

N.B. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.

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