Haysden Country Park Summer Series Trail Challenge

Thu 12 May 2016

Type of event: Local, Course
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

Info updated: Fri 13 May


Pre Event Info

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

some spares will be printed if you forget to email us.


Apres "O"

After the event we will be meeting at the neaby Humphrey Bean on Tonbridge High Street, Weatherspoons.


Nearest town: Tonbridge

Public Transport options

Tonbridge Station 1km

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 6.30 in the car park at the end of the Slade.

You will be given your map before you start, so that you can check the course.  

Help will be given to explain the map and the course.


Start at 7.15 to 7.45 from the same place that Tonbridge Park Run starts, just inside the park.

Course Information

Two Trail challenge courses, 10k and 5k approx, starting from the Tonbridge Park and leading through into Haysden Country Park.  Long Orange standard.

Mass start at 7.15pm, but you can start later up to 7.45pm.

Courses close 8.45pm

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

Enter on the day  adults £4,  juniors £1,  dibber hire £1

You can run in groups of 2 or 3 if you prefer.

You will be given a map showing the course, which is easy navigation on flat trail paths. You will check in at each control with a dibber, which will show you your leg times when you finish.  

Terrain Description

Easy flat trail paths around the lakes of Haysden Country Park.

A TRAIL CHALLENGE is a mass start cross-country race over tracks and trails with a difference. The course is not marked out by marshals but is instead defined by checkpoints that are marked on a professionally made colour map. The TRAIL CHALLENGE arises from choosing the fastest route between them.



Contacts / Officials

Planner- Organiser: Jerry Purkis

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.



Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following British Orienteering guidelines. 

To ensure that we comply with these 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. If you need help with the registration process please contact the event organiser.

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

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.

Saxons volunteers are very happy to help beginners understand the courses, maps and timing equipment used at our events. To get advice please contact coaching@saxons-oc.org at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc and ask questions there. It may be possible to arrange for somoene to meet you before your start.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.

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