Ashford - SingletonThu 2 Nov
Kent Night Cup: 3
Local level event
Explanation of event levels
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.
Terrain type: Urban
Preliminary results are here, please check and let us know if there are any problems.
The MapRun results and tracks have been updated to include missing controls and can be viewed here
note that, by default, MapRun gives 20 points per control but in the
final results we have reverted to the normal 10 points.
Many thanks to Brendon & Simon (Blanchflower) for setting up this first KNC with MapRun!
A new area. Fast paced urban environment with a plethora of intricate paths to keep your brain whirring!
25 MapRun controls with an SI Start and Finish
Near: Ashford (Kent) Lat,Lng: 51.13974,0.84012 OS Grid Ref: TQ986416 Postcode: TN23 5UU What3Words: taped.unwanted.number
Directions / Parking
Parking will be in the car park adjacent to Singleton Health Centre off Hoxton Close. This is the car park opposite the Singleton Barn pub.
Public Transport Options
There are good links to Ashford International station, with buses from there to Singleton.
Map / Terrain
This is our first visit to our newly mapped area of Singleton. The 1: 10 000 scale waterproof map is based on Open Street Map with a number of improvements (yes, I've been around and checked for locked gates, missing paths etc. etc. so it should be good to go). The more adventurous of you may also visit Stanhope and other parts of South Ashford. The terrain is typical urban residential with intricate paths and roads, so plenty of route choice and decision points to keep you thinking. There is a small area of wild/natural parkland that may be visited, the paths of which were relatively dry when checked in mid October. A road shoe with a bit of grip should suffice unless its rained hard recently. Shorts are also okay, but you may need to watch out for the odd nettle on some of the smaller footpaths.
Apres O will be at The County Hotel on the High Street in Ashford. Parking is available behind the pub (13 Park Street, TN24 8LH. W3W: space.wicked.chemistry) Charges may apply. Alternatively, park at the Vicarage Lane Parking (TN23 1QD) which is free after 18:00.
To get a sense of numbers coming, please tick the Apres O box in racesignup.
Yes, there will be prizes!
The course is a 60 minute score. 25 controls that can be taken in any order. No funny business. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes.
Please note: We will be using MapRun for control validation at this event. You will need to have downloaded MapRun to your phone or gps watch prior to the event. Full details on how to do this can be found on the Saxons Website. If you have not used MapRun before I recommend taking a moment to familiarise yourself beforehand.
You will also need to bring your dibber. There will be a mass start, but you are also required to complete an SI punch at the Finish. This is to avoid any issues with MapRun not registering your finish correctly, and act as a safety check.
Regular KNCers will have been aware of a survey made at the end of last season. An outcome was to use MapRun for our Urban KNCs in the 2023/4 season. Please read the document. If you are still unclear on these requirements please contact the organiser.
Juniors (age 15 or younger) are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult (condition of British Orienteering insurance for Street events)
Bright headtorches used by competitors should not be shone in to households potentially upsetting the young or elderly occupants. Move promptly away from the control after visiting. Please be courteous to the public
Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided.
Pre-entry only via www.racesignup.co.uk Entries close 23:59 Wed 1st November
Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £8.
Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO).
Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant) (BO or non-BO).
Dibber loan (non SIAC): Free.
Registration and Start times
Gather at 19:00. Briefing at 19:15. Mass Start at 19:30. Course closes at 20:40
None, go before you arrive. The pub might allow you to use their facilities.
Contacts / Officials
Lead Coach Brendon Howe
Nearest A&E Hospital
William Harvey Hospital Kennington Road Willesborough Ashford TN24 0LZ
NHS Urgent care search
One of the controls is adjacent to Singleton Lake. There is no need to approach the water's edge. Don't fall in.
Wearing a light-coloured/hi-viz top is recommended and as always with Urban events do take care crossing the road. Use marked crossing where appropriate. Watch out for other users on paths and avoid dazzling people.
Organiser's mobile number will be on the map. Do charge your mobile before the event.