Blean Woods   KOL 2

Kent Orienteering League

Sat 3 Oct 2015

Type of event: Local, Schools
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sun 18 Oct

Results

Pre Event Info

Saxons Orienteering Club

Kent Orienteering League 

2015-16

Event 2 – Blean Woods

Saturday 3rd October

Location

Parking

Directions

Blean Woods, Hernhill, Canterbury 

The Dove Inn –  Plum Pudding Lane, Dargate, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9HB

The Dove is best accessed from the A299 – Thanet Way. Take the A299 Eastbound, exiting at the BP Station. Follow signs back over the bridge to Blean and Dargate along Plumb Pudding Lane. 

Nearest Post code:  ME13 9HB                   Nearest Railway station: Faversham

As many will know, access to Blean Woods is difficult due to the lack of parking options. The Dove Inn have kindly offered the use of their overflow car park and facilities for free, thus enabling access to the Northern part of the woods - a new perspective for many. With this in mind, please do make a point of visiting the pub to show your gratitude.

The Landlady has prepared a special orienteers lunch menu for the event  (see attached)

Map and

Terrain

1:7,500 scale – Updated in 2012

The terrain is mostly runnable deciduous woodland. There are a good number of paths, plenty of contour interest as well as a meandering stream feature. All of which makes for an interesting, fun and stimulating area.

Times Registration:   10:30 to 12:00

 Starts:               11:00 to 12:30                      Course close:  14:00

Courses   Blue              6.4 km   Technical for experienced orienteers    Light Green 4.0 km    Intermediate and less physical

   Orange         3.0 km   Simpler for beginners and improvers

   Yellow          1.8 km   Younger beginners

Fees Adults & family groups: £6                      Juniors: £2

 Saxons/British Orienteering members: £5

 Dibber (timing chip) hire £1

Access and

Registration will take place in the pub garden; the start is a short walk along a country lane and bridleway into the woods. There is a kit drop at the start.

Toilets Competitors will be able to use the toilet facilities in the pub. 

Coaching Is available. Please pre-arrange with the organiser, a week before the event.

Officials Planner/Organiser: Alison and Brendon Howe

Email:  

 Please e-mail the organiser if you’re planning to attend so we can estimate how many maps to print, especially if you are bringing a large group.

Insurance Please note: if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with

British Orienteering (BOF) but have not joined a club which is a member of British Orienteering, you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Updates and results on www.saxons-oc.org

COMPETITORS TAKE PART AT THEIR OWN RISK

Location

Nearest town: Dargate

Public Transport options

Nearest Railway station: Faversham

Registration & Start Times

Times Registration:   10:30 to 12:00

Starts:               11:00 to 12:32                      Course close:  14:00

Course Information

Blue              6.4 km   Technical for experienced orienteers   

Light Green 4.0 km    Intermediate and less physical

Orange         3.0 km   Simpler for beginners and improvers

Yellow          1.8 km   Younger beginners

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.

Entry Details

Fees Adults & family groups: £6                      Juniors: £2

Saxons/British Orienteering members: £5

Dibber (timing chip) hire £1

Terrain Description

1:7,500 scale – Updated in 2012

The terrain is mostly runnable deciduous woodland. There are a good number of paths, plenty of contour interest as well as a meandering stream feature. All of which makes for an interesting, fun and stimulating area.

Facilities

As many will know, access to Blean Woods is difficult due to the lack of parking options. The Dove Inn have kindly offered the use of their overflow car park and facilities for free, thus enabling access to the Northern part of the woods - a new perspective for many. With this in mind, please do make a point of visiting the pub to show your gratitude.

The Landlady has prepared a special orienteers lunch menu for the event  (see attached)

Contacts / Officials

Planner/Organiser: Alison and Brendon Howe

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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.

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