Kent Night Cup 13 Ightham: Oldbury Hill

Thu 20 Dec 2018

Using the wooded area owned by the National Trust (to whom thanks for permission) either side of a .....

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

Info updated: Sat 5 Jan


Event Report

Using the wooded area owned by the National Trust (to whom thanks for permission) either side of a quiet lane for such a variation of ages, technical skills and physical ability was in our minds when we approached this event fully knowing that with Christmas a few days away spirits and numbers attending could be high as schools had finished for the holiday so more younger people might also enter. 41 competitors set out plus one bravely testing out his knee, after recent surgery.

Dumb-bells, we decided, was the solution, but for some these might also be the problem unless they were of great variation in length. One of them was as long as the area would allow, just a fraction under a kilometre and then the next two longest were not too far behind. Additionally the long ascent from the lane towards the east was another handicapping element, but all part and parcel of the energetic evening,

It is always good to see, at the start of score event, competitors setting off in all directions and in this case five first controls encouraged this situation, although 96 and 98 were the most popular. The longest dumb bell was selected by just one challenger to start with. “Get that one out of the way and it’s downhill all the way after that” might have been the strategy here!

The Crown Point Pub proved to be a good venue for the post-race prize giving and Secret Santa and that rounded off a lovely evening. Thank you to everybody who helped us on the evening and prior to the event and of course to all those happy runners on the night.

Tony and Heather

Photos courtesy Brendon Howe & Mark Glaisher

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Sevenoaks

Directions / Parking

Parking is at National Trust car Park in Styants Bottom Lane, off the A25 on the right just before the Crown Point pub when travelling from east. Nearest Postcode TN15 0ET which is 700m N of the car park. If car park gets full then park considerately in the narrow lane.   

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). For event safety purposes you will be asked to fill in a KNC Registration Form 2018 (if you haven’t done so at a previous event).                                                                                                                           

Briefing and mass start at 19:30 sharp.                                                          

Order food for apres-O at Registration. See note about carvery below

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 21 controls numbered 90 – 110; visit as many as you can. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes.

Extra points are available for collecting dumbell pairs. 10 bonus points for going direct from the lower numbered dumbell end to the higher number eg 91 >101 or 96 >106 (Descending order no bonus points). Dumbell point pairs and/or single controls can be collected in any order. Each control may only be visited/dibbed once.

Maximum points 310

21 controls (210) + 10 dumbell bonus points (100)

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.

1:5,000 scale map with 5m contours. 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 (British Orienteering members) £4, Non-members of BO £6.          Juniors & students £3. Groups: £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.

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.

Terrain Description

Mixed forest with some nice contour details.


Apres O & Prizegiving: The Crown Point pub (post code TN15 0HB) only 500m away.   Food to be ordered at registration. The carvery has been arranged especially for our post run Christmas Celebrations so do take advantage of this. Prize giving will take place in the pub afterwards.


Secret Santa in the pub so bring along a wrapped gift approximate value £4 if you wish to take part. One gift for each person taking part.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Heather Brown

Planner & Organiser: Tony Connellan

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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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.

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