Hargate ForestSat 20 Jan
Kent Orienteering League, event 5
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: Woodland
Kent Orienteering League events are organised by Saxons and DFOK and take place on Saturday mornings. A range of courses are available to suit all abilities including newcomers with no experience. League tables are published after each event.
Near: Tunbridge Wells Lat,Lng: 51.11616,0.24350 Postcode: TN2 5NY What3Words: ///goose.bungalows.evenly
Directions / Parking
Hargate Forest, owned by the Woodland Trust, is a 61.7-hectare (152.5-acre) site at the southern edge of Tunbridge Wells on the Kent/East Sussex border. It is part of the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
What3Words: ///goose.bungalows.evenly (this is the entrance to use for the event)
Parking will be on the surrounding streets, please park considerately.
Public Transport Options
The closest train station is Tunbridge Wells, there are infrequent bus services (#29) that serve Brighton that will stop at the junction with Broadwater Down
The start is approximately a 30 minute walk from the station.
Map / Terrain
1:7500 scale map, contour intervals 5m. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.
Mainly woodland with some rough areas and some open terrain. There have been recent thinning works, so can be rough underfoot.
Out of bounds: Normal OOB rules and map markings apply
Clothing & footwear: Full body cover is required and studded or spiked shoes are advised. Cagoules may be compulsory in the event of bad weather. Competitors will be advised on the day.
Five courses available:
Yellow - Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners. Approx distance 1.5 to 2.5 km.
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. Approx distance 2 to 3 km.
Green - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers requiring a shorter run than the blue course. Approx distance 4 to 5 km.
Blue - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. Approx distance 5.5 to 6.5 km.
Score - No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 21 controls as possible in one hour. Good for adult beginners, those progressing from orange to green, and those that want to be back in a set time. Additional rule for Hargate: the course will be split into odd / even numbered controls. Find as many controls as you want to in one set before switching to the other set.
Pre-entry only. This will be via http://www.racesignup.co.uk
Senior (member/non-member): £5/£8
Junior/Student (member/non-member) £3/£5
Group (member/non-member): £8/£13
Basic non-SIAC dibber (electronic timing device) available for hire free of charge. SIAC dibbers available for hire for £1.50.
Entries close the day before the event.
Registration and Start times
Registration opens at 10.30 to collect hire dibbers and yellow course maps that will be made available in advance. There will be experienced orienteers on hand to help newcomers.
Start times will be from 11:00 to 12:30. Courses close at 14:00.
There are no facilities in the wood. Closest toilet location is at Sainsburys.
Contacts / Officials
Nearest A&E Hospital
Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Tonbridge Road, Pembury, TN2 4QJ
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