Ightham Forest North. KNC26 (Series final)

Thu 23 Mar 2017

Results, final League placings and Nick Hope Cup winner have been declared

Type of event: Local, Night, Score
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Fri 24 Mar


Event Report

The final round of the KNC 2016-17 gave competitors the opportunity to run in the rarely-visited Ightham NW. The Start was so positioned that this was an option for many taking part. Thanks Sean for this idea, and for putting the event on, assisted by Phil Norris.

The Crown Inn was an ideal venue for apres-O and the prizegiving, and it was pleasing that many were able to stay for this. The League winner was Brendon Howe and Alison Howe won the Women's Cup. Leaders in the categories were Jane Lambert, Neil Crickmore, Beryl Pring and Ian Ditchfield - Well Done all.

This season Jane Lambert was the clear winner of The Nick Hope Cup, having taken part in every one of the 25 events that were fulfilled. The Cup was presented by Monica Hope.

Many thanks for the bottle of wine I was presented with, and I hope you will be able to make it for the 'start of term' next September!

Mark Glaisher

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Borough Green

Directions / Parking

Parking is at the national trust car park at Styants Bottom Road, Ightham. From the east turn right off the A25 just before the Crown Point Inn between Borough Green and Sevenoaks, and from the west turn left just after the Crown Point Inn. If this car park is full, there are a few spaces on passing spaces on Styants Bottom Road. If these are full as well please park at the Crown Point Inn and walk 300 metres to the national trust car park (please take great care crossing the road).   Nearest postcode TN15 0ET which is 700 metres north of the car park.  Nearest railway station: Borough Green 2.5km

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 19:00 to 19:15 (please don’t be late). 

Please bring your SI dibber to Registration (if you have one).                                                            

Walk to start 19.25. Briefing and mass start at 19:30                                                          

Order food for apres-O at Registration

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109 in two groups, 90’s and 100’s. Start with either the 90’s or the 100’s and visit as many in this group as you like. When you have done enough of this group crossover to the other group, but there is no going back to the first group. There is no crossover control.

Some controls will be sited in the North West portion of Ightham Common which has not been used for a few years. It’s small but really good, very runnable with complex mine workings. Juniors and parents need to be aware that to get there from the main competition area, competitors must run along a single track country lane. The lane is very quiet, but unlit.

If you are new to Night Orienteering and would like someone to help you get started please email the organiser or make yourself known on the night.

1:10,000 scale map with 5m contours, updated 2014. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

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 Details

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. Carrying a whistle is mandatory (as a casualty, blow six short blasts, wait 1 min, repeat)

Terrain Description

One of Kent’s best orienteering areas. Mostly runnable forest with some complex mine workings and an iron age fort.


Apres O & Prizegiving: The Crown Point Inn (post code TN15 0HB), which is 300 metres from the national trust car park on the A25

http://www.greatbritishcarvery.co.uk/our-pubs/crown-point Normal range of pub food, plus they have promised to keep the carvery open late for us.

Prize giving for both the event and the League will take place in the pub afterwards. 

League prizes: will be awarded to the leading Man and Woman, first/next Man and Woman Veteran (40-55) and first/next Man and Woman SuperVeteran (60+). Only one prize per person, note! 

The League leader will be presented with KNC Cup, and the leading Woman the Women's KNC Cup.

We are pleased that Monica Hope plans to come, to present The Nick Hope Cup, This is for the person attending the greatest number of events in the season.

The documents found in Club Info - Kent Night Cup section explain what happens in the event of a tie.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Sean Cronin

Assistant: Phil Norris

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.



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