Bedgebury. Kent Night Cup 4

Event report.... Read more (below)

Thu 13 Oct 2016

Type of event: Local, Night, Score
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sun 16 Oct


Event Report

No one managed to get the max 30 points, but Brendon Howe came close, only missing the 94-104 combo (1km apart), and Sarah Howes cherry-picked the pairings to get 6 bonus points and win the Ladies competition. A point of detail on Neil Crickmore's bonus score: he also received a bonus for 107-97 (went 103-107-97-94-F as per splits printout, but the AutoDownload presentation ignores the second visit to 107).

It was pleasing to see people spread out at the start, and looking at the Results, there was a good variety of routes (note: 111 in the results is 106).

I think this format does make it difficult to plan your route, and if used on another occasion it would be worth adopting Ian Ditchfield's suggestion to add a tail at each control circle that indicates the direction of its pair. 

Thanks for coming!

Note: It was disappointing to hear that someone climbed over a gate into an OOB area. This has the potential to jeopardise future use of the area, apart from making the competition unfair. This competitor would have been disqualified, if identified.

Mark Glaisher

KNC coordinator

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Hawkhurst

Directions / Parking

Parking is at Bedgebury Forest Office (1km N of the Visitor Centre entrance), Park Lane, Goudhurst TN17 2SL

From the B2079 turn east into Park Lane (green FC Forest Office signs). The Office is 1km along this road.

Note that there are extensive roadworks on the A21 between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, so this may not be the quickest approach.   Railway station: Etchingham 10km

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 19:00 to 19:15. 

Briefing and mass start at 19:30 sharp.

NOTE: there is a 500m walk to the Start so we will be leaving Registration at 7.25pm - please don't be late!                                                   

Order food for apres-O at Registration

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109; visit as many as you can. Controls may be visited in any order. 1 point per control. Bonus point if you go directly between controls with the same last digit, for instance 93 to 103 or 100 to 90. Maximum score 30 points. Penalty of 1 point per minute or part minute beyond 60 minutes.

If you are new to Night Orienteering and would like someone to help you get started please email the organiser or make yourself known on the night.

1:5,000 scale map with 5m contours, updated 2013. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

Explanation of Score courses

You don't have to visit all the controls! There is usually a time limit, instead of a set course. Points are scored for visiting controls, and deducted for finishing over the time limit. You decide which controls to visit, and in which sequence. Sometimes controls have different points values. You will need to carry a watch or phone, so you know how long you have been out.

Entry Details

Entry on the Day: Seniors £4, Juniors £1. Dibber hire £1.

Please email the organiser if you intend coming so we know how many maps to print.

SPORT IDENT dibbers to hire if you don’t have one. Some sort of torch essential plus a small backup/reserve. Carrying a whistle is mandatory (as a casualty, blow six short blasts, wait 1 min, repeat).

Terrain Description

Mixed forest


Apres O & Prizegiving: The Green Cross Inn (post code TN17 1HA), which is a 10 min drive from the event parking. To reach it drive north from the parking, along the B2079, to Goudhurst, then turn left onto the A262, (towards the A21) for about a mile and the pub is on the left at the bottom of the hill. Food to be ordered at registration.

Prize giving (not just for the winners!) will take place in the pub afterwards.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Mark Glaisher

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

If you have pre-existing helath issues that you feel the organiser should know about please fill in this medical form.



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Please move away from the map box after collecting your map.

At control sites do not touch the control, and move through quickly.

Do not congregate at the Finish.

At Download please get your breath back and recover before downloading.

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