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Thu 25 Feb 2016
Type of event: Local, Night, Score
Type of terrain: Woodland
This Blean Wood (there are several around Canterbury) is relatively small (1.5km * 1km) but the difference in height across the area is over 100m. Much of the area is very pleasant runnable forest, but it seems little-visited by the public perhaps because it has just two, separate Rights of Way. This means that footpaths are easy to miss, or veer off, in the dark.
The position of the Start straightaway offered several direct or path routes to nearby controls. The opportunity to switch whenever/wherever one wanted gave a nice freedom to one's route planning. A key judgement for me was to choose the best balance of distance vs. climb - it was hard work ascending some muddy slopes!
The good turnout - nice to see some newcomers, welcome! - made Simon's efforts worthwhile. Thanks Simon, control collectors and those sorting out the Results.
Next week it's the final Street event in this season's KNC series, hosted by Southdowns at Crawley (Maidenbower) - a new KNC venue. Hope you will be able to make it.
Mark Glaisher KNC coordinator
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Canterbury
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: ME13 9HB
- Latitude: 51.31525
- Longitude: 0.98592
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Meet at the Dove Inn, Dargate (postcode ME13 9HB). The landlady has kindly given us permission to park in the field adjacent to the pub but if it is very wet it might be advisable to park on the road nearby, if so please park considerately as the roads are narrow.
Directions - from A229 eastbound (continuation of M2) exit left at Highstreet (just before garage & services) signed Dargate and brown signs for The Dove Inn, very soon turn left again going back over the main road, at the end of this short road turn right to Dargate. Pub is on left with field just before (very sharp turn).
Registration & Start Times
Registration: 19:00 to 19:15 (please don't be late).
Briefing at 19:20 followed by short walk to the mass start at 19:30
60 minute score event (i.e. find as many controls as possible but be back to the finish within 60 minutes). One point penalty for each minute or part minute late. Controls will be numbered in two series, 90-99 and 100-109, you may start with either series and when you have done enough then swap to the other series but once you have done so you cannot swap back. Full explanation at briefing.
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 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. Whistle essential.
Blean woods is a delightful area of mainly deciduous woodland with a hill and small stream valley. It was recently used for a Sunday ranking event but this will be a very different experience using a different meeting point and a start location nearest to the finest runnable forest.
Apres O and prizegiving will be in the Dove Inn. Full menu as well as lighter meals such as pizza, pies, soup and sandwiches will be available, please place your order beforehand. Please join us to discuss your run and compare route choices.
Contacts / Officials
Planner/organiser: Simon Blanchflower
Health, safety and other important information related to events.
Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following government lockdown rules. To enable us to maintain social distancing requirements, we will not be offering coaching to beginners at the start. If you havent tried orienteering before and need guidance please contact our head coach in the first instance.
To ensure that we comply with Government and British Orienteering guidelines and make our events Covid secure and safe for participants and volunteers, all events will be pre-entry and pre-payment only.
During the on-line entry process, you will select your preferred start window from those available for your course. You must then make payment to reserve your start window. Please do not turn up at the event unless you have pre-entered.
On event day turn up for your allocated start slot
Always respect others & social distance even when orienteering
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 ensure you are drip and spittle free before downloading.
Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.
Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.
Data Protection: Your personal information provided for this event or obtained from registration databases will be used to process your entry, publish results, check for missing runners and trace missing SI cards.