Kent Night Cup 1 Knole Park

Thu 20 Oct 2022

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

Info updated: Wed 2 Nov


Event Report

It was great to see so many of you back for the first KNC of the season and the first for a couple of years with a mass start and pub visit. I hope you enjoyed the event; it was made somewhat more exciting/scary due to the huge number of grunting stags and their harems (it's the rutting season). I was sitting calmly at download when out of the corner of my eye I saw a large shaggy ‘thing’ leap over the bank towards me. I’m not sure who was most surprised, me or the stag but after his initial jump at my squeal he walked away slowly with antlers aloft.

Knole Park often surprises orienteers and the same was true this time, with seven late returners. Only six people attempted a ‘dumbell’ and they all went for the same one, 96/109.

Apologies to participants who went to the pub expecting preliminary results and prizes; due to several issues Mark was still collecting controls at 22.00.

Our thanks to Knole Estates for allowing to use the Park.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Sevenoaks

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in Gracious Lane off the A225 to the south of Sevenoaks. Nearest postcode TN13 1TD.   w3w///onions.march.spray

Observing British Orienteering and Government guidelines:-

Please be respectful of other people’s wishes to observe social distancing from the time you arrive at the event until you leave.

Public Transport options

Railway station: Sevenoaks; approx 2 miles from parking area.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only via  by midnight Wed 19 (day before event).

This will require details for safety purposes

No Registration on the night.

The Start will be near the SW corner of the car park. To get to it you will need to cross the A225.

Mass Start 7.30pm (consider social distancing)

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109; visit as many as you can. 10 points per control, There will also be 2 ‘dog bones’ (linked control sites) where, if you visit them consecutively in either direction, you can score an extra10 points. Ten point penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected 70 minutes after the start (course closing time).

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

Controls will be SIAC enabled. Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided.

After your run please Download as normal, considering social distancing. Timing printouts will be provided and the results will be available on the website.

If you are able to help collect controls in afterwards, please do volunteer.

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

Pre-entry only via

Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £7.         

Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO).

Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant) (BO or non-BO).   

Dibber loan (non SIAC): Free.

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. You will need to look after your car keys yourself (eg carry in zipped pocket or waist strap).

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

Terrain Description

Mixed runnable forest and parkland.


Apres-O & prizegiving at the Sennockian (Wetherspoons) High St Sevenoaks TN13 1UX. This is close to the Suffolk Way car park.  Please sign up for the pub when you register with RaceSignUp.

Contacts / Officials

organiser: 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 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.

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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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