Junior Orienteering Festival

Sat 26 May 2018

Type of event: Local, Schools

Info updated: Mon 4 Jun


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Cranbrook

Directions / Parking

Car parking will be in the grounds of Bethany School. The school is in Jarvis Lane, Curtisden Green, Cranbrook.

Curtisden Green is a lane on the East side of the A2079 half way between Marden and Goudhurst

Registration & Start Times

Register in advance please.

Starts are between 11.00 and 12.00

Course Information

This festival is a junior only event for all keen orienteers, school groups or any young person who has had a little experience of the sport.  In the school grounds competitors can feel confident to run by themselves, pass others as they run and are never far from the start or finish. Adults wearing yellow bibs will be patrolling the grounds and will be available to give proportionate guidance to competitors should they need it.

Courses will be allocated according to your school year group as follows; -

Year 4, 5, 6 = White course              

Year 7, 8 = Yellow course   

Year 9, 10 = Orange course                   

Year 11 and upwards – Light Green

However if you would like to compete at a more challenging level you can elect to run with older boys or girls and join with the youngest group of the next colour. So e.g. Y7s could decide to run with Y9 on orange course.

After the main line course we are planning to have another fun event which could involve parents as well. So parents bring your trainers and be prepared to join in the fun.

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

Although entry payment of £2 will be taken on the day we need to ensure that sufficient maps are available, so send the organiser an e-mail saying that you would like to join in this fun event. Before 23rd May please!

Your email should give the following details

[1] your name

[2] School year

[3] The course you want to run, if different from allocated one as above 

[4] Do you need to hire a dibber? Or if you have your own dibber please give the number

Terrain Description

School grounds and playing fields, buildings and small areas of woodland.


We hope to have a small refreshment stall and the grounds of the school will be ideal for a picnic.

Dogs allowed?

As this event is in the grounds of a school please do not bring your dog

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Tony Connellan

Planner: Jean Fitzgerald

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.

For full BO Covid guidance click here

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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