Blean Sunday Series event
Sun 9 Jun 2019
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Woodland
A grand day out
The good weather held out for us at Blean. If the previous day was anything to go by, it was looking like it would be yet another wet and windy Blean event but in the end the threatening clouds melted away, allowing some to take advantage of the sunshine and bring out the gardening bonnets.
Numbers were down on previous events at Mount Ephraim but for those that did attend, they were rewarded with challenging and satisfying courses designed by Simon Blanchflower. The ongoing forestry work and recent low cover growth testing his planning skills, kept in check by the watchful Neil Speers should he become too devious. The Howe family, yet again cement their dominance, taking the top slots in Brown, Light Green and Yellow. There were a nice number of novices, both indiviuals and groups, some of whom had been before to Blean and enjoyed it enough to have another go. The "Meeters and Greeters" and novice lane on Start proving their worth by showing we are a welcoming club, willing to take the time to explain the intricacies of orienteering.
The location of the car park, being some distance to the Start does mean that for some courses, they have already done the distance and navigation before they even start but does give an opportunity to admire the orchard and to warm up or down.
As always, the event would not have gone so well had it not been for the “helpers” who volunteer and give up their time in amongst fitting in a run. It’s an excellent way to meet other members of the club whilst learning the different aspects of what is involved in orienteering.
Pre Event Info
This is one of the events that will be included in a British Orienteering Participant Satisfaction Survey. Participants will be invited to share their views and comments by completing a short questionnaire after the event that should take no more than 8mins to complete.
Nearest town: Faversham
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: ME13 9JX
- Latitude: 51.30144
- Longitude: 0.95934
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Parking is at Mount Ephraim Gardens, Staple Street, Faversham.
Access to the car park is via Church Hill at ME13 9JX.
Mount Ephraim is signposted from nearby major roads (including the A299 close to the junction with the M2). The approach lanes are narrow, so please drive carefully and watch out for horses, walkers etc.
Public Transport options
Railway stations: Faversham 5km, Canterbury 9km
Registration & Start Times
Registration from 10:00 to 12:00
Start times from 10:30 to 12:30
Courses close 14:30
There is a 1.7 km walk from Registration to the Start – Follow the tapes. Clothing dump will be available close to Start / Finish.
The walk to the start is mainly through orchards and grounds of Mount Ephraim. There is a short section of road to follow. The road is narrow and has no footpath, though the traffic flow is low and visibility is good. The road will not be marshalled; parents are responsible for accompanying their children to and
from the start.
Yellow. Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners.
Orange. Moderate, controls are on or near paths with more route choice. Good for progressing juniors and beginner adults who are reasonably confident reading a map.
Light Green. Harder. Controls away from paths giving more challenging navigation. For those with some experience.
Green; Blue; Brown. As technically difficult as we can make it, for experienced orienteers.
Score. No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit and a possible total of 20 controls. Find as many controls as possible in the hour. Good for adult beginners and those that want to be back in a set time.
Course lengths (subject to final controlling)
|Light Green||3.6 k|
Map: 1:7500 with 5 m contours
SIAC (contactless 'dibbing') will not be enabled for this event
Explanation of colour courses
- White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
- Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
- Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
- Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
- Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
- Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
- Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
- Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.
Pre-enter on-line with Fabian 4 - Entry is now live.
Seniors £8 (plus £2 for non BO members)
Juniors £3 (plus £2 for non BO members)
Entry on the Day
as above plus £2.
Group entry only available on the day; £15 (club members and non members), includes 1 dibber and up to 4 maps per group.
Entry fee includes loan of electronic timing equipment (aka dibber) if required, and a waterproof map per individual competitor (yours to keep after the event). Dibbers are expensive and a £35 charge will be due if the dibber is lost.
Juniors can be registered separately, compete in a group containing at least one adult, or be ‘shadowed’. Shadowing is explained below.
Juniors and Shadowing:
Whilst many juniors will initially complete a course as part of a group, some juniors may want to progress to be able to run on their own. We understand that many parents/guardians will want to ensure their child’s safety by completing the course with them, or following a short distance behind. We call this ‘shadowing’ and there is more information here. Parents shadowing juniors will be given an extra map at no charge. The entry fee will be the junior entry fee. Alternatively, juniors are also welcome to compete in twos or threes, and will be entered individually.
Blean Wood has a small stream valley surrounded by lovely runnable woodland with interesting depressions and platforms. On the hill there are some rhododendron clumps which can make route choice interesting.
There has been some thinning of the woods leaving brashings on the ground but the courses have been designed to avoid the worst of these areas. Inevitably this time of year the brambles are beginning to grow but, again, courses avoid the worst, there are also wood ant nests, for these reasons full leg cover is strongly advised.
Coffee, tea, biscuits available at registration with honesty box.
The toilets in Mount Ephraim Gardens will not be available to orienteers, so there are no on-site toilets.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Nick Betts
Planner: Simon Blanchflower
Controller: Neil Speers (DFOK)
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. Normally Saxons volunteers are very happy to help beginners understand the courses, maps and timing equipment on the day at our events. Social distancing requirements for Covid have put a stop to this on the day help for now, but we are very happy to explain things before the event electronically. To get advice please contact email@example.com at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc and ask questions there.
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.