This calendar displays all future known orienteering events to be hosted by CHIG as well as a selection of upcoming events hosted by neighbouring clubs. To view the flyers for CHIG events, click on the event title to see more.

Orienteering at Hainault Forest Country Park
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm


Entries will be taken on the day. While there is no online entry fee payment system, it would be helpful to the organising team if you could complete the map reservation form or sign up for the event on Facebook [separate Facebook event for the Trail Race]. Timing will use EPS-SI and dibbers will be available for hire.

Entry Fees:

Orienteering Courses Seniors Juniors / Students
Members of British Orienteering £6

£7 if dibber hire is required

£2.00 dibber hire is required
Others £8
£9 if dibber hire is required
£2.00 if dibber hire is required
Trail Race Seniors Juniors / Students
All entries £7 includes dibber hire £2.00 includes dibber hire


Seven colour-coded courses (White; Yellow; Orange; Light Green; Green; Blue; Brown) and a 5km mass-start trail run. White, Yellow and Orange courses pre-viewed.

Course information is subject to final planning and controlling.

 Course Distance Controls Climb Suitable For
Brown 8.5 km 21  110m Experienced orienteers with stamina to tackle long courses.
Blue 6.8 km 21  80m Experienced orienteers.
Green 5.4 km 13  40m Experienced orienteers – older juniors and veterans.
Light Green 3.8 km 13  35m Juniors with 3/4 years experience.
Orange 3.3 km 12  25m Juniors with 2/3 years experience, adult novices. Courses occasionally leave the paths.
Yellow 2.0 km 7  25m Juniors, beginners, family groups. Courses generally stay on the paths.
White 1.6 km 9  15m Juniors under 10 or junior beginners. Courses stay on the paths.
Trail Race 4.6km 7  55m Adult novices / runners


Registration Opens First Start Registration Closes Trail Race Start Last Start Courses Close
 10:00  10:30  11:30  11:15  12:00  14:00

Terrain & Map

Map: Hainault Forest Country Park. 1:10,000 updated 2017, Tom Edelsten

Mixed woodland and open parkland.

Woodland Trust are in the process of installing new cattle fences in some of the forested parts. These could affect all courses except White and Yellow. The finished fences are only crossable by the tall and fit, so have been shown by the “High fence” symbol. If cattle have been introduced by the time of the event, it is however unlikely that they will show much interest as you pass them. At the time of updating the map some fences were comprised of just a line of posts, shown by the “Ruined fence” symbol. Unsurprisingly, no cattle were present in these areas. The “Gate/gap” symbol usually indicates a formal gate, but also occasionally a narrow gap.

Where woodland has recently been cleared the debris has been accumulated in linear piles, indicated by the deep green hedge symbol, again difficult to cross except by the more agile.

The ground is very dry at present, and many of the streams and water channels marked on the map have very low water levels and even none in places.


Public toilets are available beside the Car Parks. There will be a charity cake stand. Other regular park amenities include the (free) Foxburrows Farm and Zoo, the boating lake, cafe, adventure play areas and woodland trail.

Dogs welcome if under control.


North: at the junction of the A113 and A1112, turn south on A1112 for c. 2.5 miles. Continue straight on at traffic lights at Chigwell Row. Follow signs to Country Park. Turn left into park, just before traffic lights.

South: at the junction of the A12 and A1112, turn north on A1112 approx 3 miles. Turn right into park, just past traffic lights.

From M25, Junction 28: A12 direction Romford. After c. 4.5 miles, turn right at traffic lights onto A1112, then proceed as above.

Car Park:    Park as directed. Foxburrows car park, Hainault Forest Country Park, Chigwell Row, Essex. Grid ref TQ 478929. Parking charges are £1 for the first hour  / £3 all day.

Not more than 500 metres to start / finish. Allow 5 minutes walk.

Public Transport: Nearest tube station is Hainault (1.5 miles) Central Line. The 150 bus from outside Hainault tube passes close to the entrance to the park. Disembark at Brocket Way, walk down Romford Rd toward the main park entrance. Do not use the pedestrian entrance directly opposite the bus stop as you will be entering the competition area.



Planner Controller Organiser
Alan Brett Neil Speers (DFOK) Harold Wyber
Level A – NWOA/LOC: British Long Championships (UKOL)
May 6 all-day

Organising club: LOC. Event details:

Level A – NWOA/LOC: British Relay Championships
May 7 all-day

Organising club: LOC. Event details:

Level C – SEOA/SO: Southdowns Weekend 1/2. Level C Urban event – Chichester
May 13 all-day

Organising club: SO. Event details:

Level B – SEOA/SO: Southdowns Weekend 2/2. Arundel Estate. SE League / SO Champs
May 14 all-day

Organising club: SO. Event details:

Orienteering Training Evening @ Olympic Park
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn or improve your orienteering skills with this training event at the Olympic Park. We will be using the permanent orienteering courses based in the park and the training should last for approximately one hour. You do not need to be a club member to attend – all are welcome.

Meeting Point

Meet next to the Info Point located adjacent to the Aquatic Centre.


It is recommended to come by public transport where possible, to either Stratford (bus, Central, Jubilee, Overground, TFL Rail, Greater Anglia, DLR) or Stratford International (DLR, South Eastern). Pass through Westfield Stratford crossing over Westfield Avenue near John Lewis (external doors) heading towards the Aquatic Centre. The info point is on the right.

What Will I Learn?

For beginners: CHIG members will be in attendance who can help you interpret the map and offer tips on how to navigate successfully before trying one of the courses available.

For club members: We will focus on various techniques that will help you with urban orienteering, plus you will have an opportunity to learn how to handle challenges such as route choice when there multiple levels and uncrossable features.

Available Courses

The three South Park courses will be used.

Short 1.6km

Medium 2.6km


More advanced orienteers may be interested in the All Controls (score) course.

Kit & Equipment

Wear trainers and something you will be comfortable running (or walking) in. Bring a cagoule if the weather looks like it might be wet! If you have a compass, bring it along, although this is not essential.


We will go for a drink at The Cow afterwards (just across the road in Westfield Stratford) – you are welcome to join if you wish.


There will be further sessions in the Olympic Park later in the summer.

Level D – EAOA/SOS: Ultra Sprints
May 20 all-day

Organising club: SOS. Event details:

Level B – EAOA/SOS: SOS Urban
May 21 all-day

Organising club: SOS. Event details:

Club Training
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Quad Match – Epping East (Baldwins Hill)
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm