Epping North – Sun 20 Nov – Final Details

“Michael Brandon” Mitre Regional Event

Epping North

CM16 5EN


Please check that you have been entered on the correct course. If you wish to change course,  please email entries@chig.org.uk with your name, club, SI number, and the courses you wish to change to/from. Start blocks are now uploaded on Fabian4.

Late Information

Please check the CHIG website or twitter account (CHIG_OC) for any updates before traveling.


Parking will be at St John’s High School, Tower Road, Epping (Grid Reference TL455022, see map below.)


Car parking fee = £1, collected at the entrance.
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O signs from Wake Arms roundabout and junction Tower Road, Epping town.

From M25: Leave the M25 at Junction 26, signed Epping A121. After approx 1.5 miles at (Wake Arms) roundabout, take first exit signed Epping B1393. Continue for 2 miles, then straight on at the traffic lights, over mini roundabout, then third left (Opposite Shell garage and before Gates Ford car showroom) to Tower Road. St John’s School is approx 100m on left past two sharp bends.

From M11: Leave at Junction 7 signed Epping B1393. Travel through Epping town; at Shell garage turn right into Tower Road. O sign.
Proceed as above.

Public Transport

Epping Underground Central Line station is approx 1100 metres distant.
Head up Station Road to town and turn left along High Street. Just past Shell Garage turn right into Tower Road. Proceed as above.

While there are no planned closures on the Central Line on the day of the event, please check your journey before setting off, as there are planned closures on other Tube Lines and on national rail (National Express East Anglia services to/from Essex are subject to alternation).

Event Centre & Facilities

This is at St John’s High School, CM16 5EN.

Most facilities and services will be available there including Entry on the Day, Dibber hire, Ultrasport, string course, download and on-the-day results.

There will be facilities to leave your keys and cash safely while you compete. There will be: homemade cakes, juice, fruit and snacks to buy.

Toilets are located at the School.

If your shoes are muddy or you have super-long spikes, please leave these at the entrance door. Please do not use the basins for washing shoes or clothing after your run.

Medical & First Aid

St John Ambulance will be in attendance at the start/ finish area, but basic first aid facilities are available at registration.

The nearest hospital with A&E facilities is Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, CM20 1QX.
Directions – B1383 through Epping town to M11 junction 7. Take first exit, A414 Harlow, then follow A&E signs. Approx 8 miles from event centre.

Entry on the Day

10.00 – 11.30am at Registration at the Event Centre. Print out your EOD form: PDF or Word versions.

There will be limited EOD for the Badge courses, subject to the availability of maps (see Courses table below for guide to availability). Please ensure you collect your start slip and hand in at the start.

  • EOD BOF & SEOA Seniors £15; Non BOF Seniors £17; Juniors/Students £4
  • EOD White Course – BOF & SEOA Seniors £5; Seniors £7; Juniors/Students £4

String course free, and suitable for pushchairs.


Epping Forest North is undulating deciduous woodland with a flat plateau. It provides both a physical and technical challenge. Leaf fall is most likely to obscure minor paths. “Walk” on the map may indicate thick clumps of holly or occasionally hawthorn. These areas should be treated with respect; blind alleys may catch out the unwary. Slow run generally has good visibility and narrow “white” runnable tracts provide route choice. The undergrowth symbol normally indicates bracken or bramble. The dry summer has rendered some features quite dry, though they may have been mapped as wet (marshes, minor streams etc). Rootstocks are not mapped, whatever their size. In general, knolls over half a metre are mapped.


1:10,000. 5m contours. Updated 2011 by Tom Edelsten/ Pete Cheetham. All maps, size A4, will be pre-marked and on waterproof paper. Plastic bags will NOT be provided.
The black course will have a map unit containing two copies of the map, back-to-back, to assist with clarity of the overprinting of the two parts of the course.

Control descriptions

Control descriptions will be on the front of the map. All courses will have IOF descriptions.
Yellow and white will have text descriptions in addition. Loose copies will be available at the Event Centre.

Electronic Punching

SI on all courses. Dibbers will be available for hire (£1 each) at Registration. For those who have pre-booked a hired Dibber, please collect it (and pay for it if necessary) from Registration before catching the bus to the Start.

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


Course Distance Climb Class Maps (Pre-Entries)
Black 10.1km 190m M21 30 (16)
Brown 9.3km 190m M35, M40 35 (17)
Short Brown 7.4km 155m M18, M20, M45, M50, M21S, W21 65 (48)
Blue 6.3km 145m M16, M55, M60, M35S, M40S, W18, W20, W35, W40 95 (65)
Short Blue 5.6km 100m M65, M18S, M20S, M45S, M50S, W45, W50, W21S 70 (37)
Green 3.9km 80m M70, M55S, M60S, W16, W55, W60, W35S, W40S 75 (41)
Short Green 3.3km 70m M75, M80, M65S, M70S, W65, W70, W18S, W20S, W45S 45 (18)
V Short Green 3.0km 70m M75S, W75, W80, W50S, W55S, W60S, W65S, W70S 10 (2)
Light Green 2.8km 75m M14, W14, M16B, W16B 25 (7)
Orange 3.1km 50m M12, W12, M14B, W14B 25 (7)
Yellow 2.1km 40m M10, W10, M21B, W12B 25 (5)
White 1.4km 30m M10B, W10B, & Entry on the Day 25 (1)



Starts will be available from 10.30 – 12.30. Courses will close at 2.30pm.

Start and finish

Shuttle bus service to/ from Theydon Bois.
Approx 300m walk to Start/Finish from bus stop.
Allow 25 – 30 minutes from St John’s School 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 Epping Forest.

We are using a start block system. (early 10.30 – 11:09; middle 11:10 – 11:49; late 11:50 – 12:30;). Runners will be allocated a start block and called forward at -4 minutes.
If you turn up early or arrive late for your start block you may be permitted to start once a suitable slot becomes available.
Blank maps will be available for inspection at -2 minutes.
Runners on white and yellow courses will collect their maps before the start.
Start lists will be displayed at Registration.
If EOD, please hand in your start slip to event officials.

Clothing Dump

Approx 20m from bus drop off point en route to start.


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.

Road crossing

Courses Black to Short Blue will cross and recross a busy  60mph main road.

This crossing will be marshalled, but you must be extremely careful. These competitors visit a common control prior to the road crossing and follow a taped route. After crossing, there will be a further control at which competitors must punch before continuing on their course. When returning the same procedure will be followed in reverse.
There will be a maximum 3 minute time allowance between the two controls in both directions.

Taped Routes

The autumn leaf fall has necessitated some taped routes. The white course will have a taped route between controls as appropriate. Yellow will also have a taped route between controls 6 & 7.


There is a punching (dibbing) finish for all competitors. Do not forget to punch!
Drinks are next to the finish.
Download is back at St John’s High School, via shuttle bus.

You must visit the Download even if you are retiring.

Forest Etiquette

Epping Forest is used and enjoyed by members of the public. Please show them consideration. In particular take care when near horses, and avoid frightening them.

There are several areas in the forest that are ecologically sensitive. They are marked Out of Bounds on competition maps. Courses have been planned to avoid these.


Dogs are permitted in Epping Forest if kept under control.


Thanks To the Superintendent of Epping Forest and his staff. Epping Forest is owned by the Corporation of London.


These should be made to the Organizer, 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 organizer, 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.


Organiser: Ray Curtis, tel: 01279 418699 (eve); email: curtis.rosemount@sky.com
Planner: Pete Cheetham
Assistant Planner: Charlotte Cheetham
Controller: Bruce Marshall (WAOC)

All competitors take part in this event at their own risk.