Kent Night Cup 13 Kings Hill
Thu 19 Dec 2019
Our thanks go to Liberty Estates for allowing us....
Type of event: Local, Night, Score, Street
Type of terrain: Urban
Our thanks go to Liberty Estates for allowing us to hold the event at Kings Hill, and to Sarah Howes for devising the course.
The Kings Hill display of Christmas lights and requests for ‘Santa to stop here’ didn’t seem to distract many people at this year’s Christmas KNC with many people achieving good scores. The results show a real variety of routes both before and after changeover which is always pleasing to see.
On reflection, maybe a couple of more dumbbells would have stretched the fastest runners to the full 60 mins. On the other hand, the results indicate that some runners were tempted by a dumbbell but might have scored higher by just visiting single controls – as always, it’s all in the tactics!
Merry Christmas all.
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: West Malling
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: ME19 4JF
- Latitude: 51.27174
- Longitude: 0.40241
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
REGISTRATION (and toilets) at Liberty Square car park, Queen Street, West Malling, nearest postcode ME19 4JF Mark Glaisher will be running Registration - look for blue Audi A2 with control flag.
IMPORTANT: There may be some parking for a few participants in Liberty Square but most people will have to park in the large car park next to the Asda superstore (see below) and walk through the shopping centre to Liberty Square. HOWEVER - VERY IMPORTANT- there is a 3hour time limit in the ‘Asda car park’ otherwise the risk of a £70 fine. The sign shown below reads that if you need longer, you should ‘see a customer service colleague in store with your full, correct registration details.’
The store normally closes at 10pm on a Thursday evening so make sure you get your car park extension before you go to the pub (or move to Liberty Square car park at this time, space permitting).
DIRECTIONS: From M20 J4 take A228 southwards for ~4km then turn left into Tower View; turn right at the third roundabout into Fortune Way then turn right into Queen Street. Liberty Square car park is on the righthand side after a short way. If full, continue west along Queen Street until you reach the roundabout and turn right; turn right at the next roundabout and left at the next one into the ‘Asda car park’. Asda postcode ME19 4SZ
what3words.com: ///official.suspect.ratio Nearest Railway station: West Malling 4.5km
Registration & Start Times
Registration: 19:00 to 19:15 (please don’t be late). Mark Glaisher will be running Registration from a blue Audi A2 with a control flag.
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 (if you haven’t done so at a previous event).
Briefing and mass start at 19:30 sharp
60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 21 controls numbered 90 – 99, 100 - 109 (all 10 points each) and 111 (non-scoring changeover control); visit as many as you can.
90s first or 100s first then visit the compulsory changeover control 111 before switching to the other series. Switch whenever you wish. PLUS TWO dumbbell pairs (90 & 91, 100 & 101). Dumbbell pairs can be done at any time and in either direction, but must be done within the appropriate series. 10 extra points for completing a dumbbell. Max score 220 points.
Penalty: 10 points per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected after 70 minutes (course closing time).
Juniors (age 15 or younger) are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult (condition of British Orienteering insurance for Street events)
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.
1:4,000 scale map, 5m contours, extended and updated 2019. Maps will be printed on A3 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 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.
SPORT IDENT dibbers to borrow if you don’t have one. Carrying some sort of torch is advised since there are areas with few street lights. Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly advised.
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.
Urban area – streets, paths and alleyways
Toilets: At the western end of Liberty Square parking. No opening/closing times are displayed!
Après O & Secret Santa: Après-O at The Spitfire in the Liberty Square shopping complex. Less than two minutes’ walk from the car park. Menu website https://www.spitfirekingshill.co.uk/menus - select ‘Main Menu’. As it’s Christmas the pub has asked for pre-orders.
We have exclusive use of the Function Room (upstairs).
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO EAT, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR FOOD CHOICES TO THE ORGANISER BY 9PM ON MONDAY 16 DECEMBER.
As per the Christmas KNC ‘Secret Santa’ tradition, please bring a wrapped present to the max value of £5.00 and please remember - the spirit of Christmas is in the giving so bring something you’d be pleased to receive and not just something lying around at home!
Contacts / Officials
Planner & Organiser: Sarah Howes
Health, safety and other important information related to events.
On 12 October a new system of Covid restrictions was introduced which means that local areas in England have been placed in one of three tiers. Anyone taking part in an orienteering event or activity must ensure that they are aware of the local Covid alert level both in their home area and at the intended venue for their activity, and act in line with the restrictions that apply. When travelling to orienteering events, please take into consideration that this may involve travelling into an area in a different tier, and also that tier definitions may change.
To ensure that we comply with Government and British Orienteering guidelines and make our events Covid secure and safe for participants and volunteers, all events will be pre-entry, pre-payment and for Saxons and BO members 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.
On event day turn up for your allocated start slot
Always respect others & social distance even when orienteering
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 ensure you are drip and spittle free before downloading.
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.
Data Protection: Your personal information provided for this event or obtained from registration databases will be used to process your entry, publish results, check for missing runners and trace missing SI cards.