Kent Night Cup 1 Haysden Country Park

Inaugural event of the 2019-20 series

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Our thanks go to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council for use of the Country Park, and....

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

Info updated: Fri 4 Oct


Event Report

Our thanks go to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council for use of the Country Park, and to Graham Thomas and Phil Norris for hosting the event.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tonbridge

Directions / Parking

Parking is at the main car park at Haysden Country Park.
From the A26, turn west into Brook St at the roundabout 500m to the south of Tonbridge station (look for the Shell petrol station). Continue for about 600m past the college on the left and turn right into Lower Haysden Lane. The park entrance is on the right after a further 600m.  
The country park is open to the public until 7pm, so a parking fee of £1.20 will be payable if you arrive before then (machines accept coin or use Parkmobile app).
Nearest postcode to the car park entrance is TN11 9BB.   Railway station: Tonbridge 2km

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 18:45 to 19:15 (please don’t be late). 

Please bring your SI dibber to Registration (if you have one). For event safety purposes you will be asked to fill in a KNC Registration Form 2019-20 season. Please note: Everyone will need to fill in a form for this first event (forms from last season have been destroyed). To speed the Registration process you could download the Registration form here Reg Form and bring the completed form along, please.  A medical form is here if needed Medical Form                                                                                   

Briefing and mass start at 19:30 sharp.                                                          

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109; start with either the 90s and change to the 100s or vice-versa; no mandatory changeover control. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. The full Haysden map will be used with the eastern section printed on the reverse of the main map. Controls will be collected after 70 minutes (course closing time).

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.

1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours, updated 2017. Maps will be printed double sided on A4 waterproof paper.

Controls are not SIAC enabled. Separate/loose control descriptions are not provided.

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 (British Orienteering members) £4, Non-members of BO £6.      Juniors & students £3. Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant).    Dibber loan: Free

Please email the organiser   if you intend coming so we know how many maps to print. Offers to collect controls will be greatly appreciated.

SPORT IDENT dibbers to borrow 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). A cagoule may be required in inclement weather.

An Emergency contact number will be printed on the map. Carrying a mobile phone is strongly recommended, especially for newcomers. You can let us know if you are lost or late, and we can contact you if you have not returned.

Terrain Description

Country park - mostly open with patches of woodland and undergrowth. Extensive path network. There are lakes, ponds and the River Medway.


There are toilets at the Country Park, but they will be locked shortly before 7pm when the park closes to the public.

Apres O & Prizegiving

Pizza Express in Tonbridge High Street (post code TN9 1DR), 5 min drive from Haysden

We have been asked to pre-order food BY MIDDAY TUESDAY. If you wish to eat, please choose from the website & let us have your order when you book your map. It would be helpful if you could then pay for your food to us at event registration - it will save time at the end of the evening.

To get to Pizza Express drive east into Tonbridge, then turn left at the roundabout onto the A26 through Tonbridge centre, for 1km; Pizza Express is on the right where you cross the River Medway TN9 1DR. There are public car parks (free after 6pm) in Castle Street TN9 1EP which is the first left after Pizza Express, or TN9 1SF.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/Planner: Phil Norris

Organiser/Planner: Graham Thomas 01795 422212 before 9pm please

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 at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page 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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