Kent Night Cup 19 Blean

Thu 7 Feb 2019

A night score event in Blean Wood using a new assembly point giving access from a novel direction.

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

Info updated: Sat 9 Feb


Event Report

Hope everybody enjoyed Blean Wood on a lovely, not too cold, starry night. Everyone found at least some controls and no-one found them all.

Thanks to the Mount Ephraim estate for permission to use the area and to Mark, Sam, Andrew and Tom for collecting the controls.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Canterbury

Directions / Parking

Note....not the usual entry point for Blean Wood.

We are meeting on the SE edge of Blean Wood on Courteney Road between Dunkirk and Denstroude. TR088608 post code CT2 9LB. This is about 7km from the east end of the M2.

Directions when travelling eastbound on the M2:

Exit M2 at Brenley Corner (as the M2 ends and becomes A299) and take roundabout to follow A2 to Canterbury and Dover. Keep left on A2 and immediatly leave onto minor road to Boughton Street and Boughton-under-Blean. Keep left onto "The street" and continue through Boughton. Go up long straight hill to Dunkirk and turn left at the top (signed Dargate and Whitstable) - if you miss it you risk re-joining the A2). This is Courtney Road, contine over many speed bumps for 2km to registration.

Parking is on the west (woodland) side of the road. The road is fairly wide and straight so some cars travel very fast, take care! For this reason please assemble in the woods rather than in the road (but beware of fly tipping).

Public Transport options

Not easy! If needed contact organiser who will try and arrange a lift.

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 18.45 to 19.15

Leave for start at 19.20

Start 19.30

Please bring your dibber (if you have one) to registartion to speed the process.

Everyone must have completed a KNC registartion and safety form.

Course Information

60-minute score, suitable for all abilities. 20 scoring controls numbered 90-99 and 100-109; do as many as you can from one set (i.e. 90s or 100s) then punch the change-over control (110) before continuing with the other set. All controls are worth 10 points (except the change-over). Lose 10 points per minute/part minute late back.

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 recently updated.

Head torch, small emergency light and whistle essential. Mobile phone recommended (organiser's number printed on the map).

Please come with equipped for the weather, a hooded, waterproof jacket may be compulsory in bad weather – you will be advised at registration if this is the case.

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 e-mail the organiser if you are coming to help us judge map numbers (don't worry if you forget as we will have spares).

Terrain Description

Blean Wood has a small stream valley surrounded by lovely runnable woodland with interesting depressions and platforms. On the hill there are some rhododendron clumps which can make route choice interesting. There has recently been quite a lot of felling and thinning so the map has changed somewhat. The worst of these areas have been avoided because of thick brashings.


Apres O & Prizegiving: Afterwards, do join us for food (many main courses <£10), drink and prizes at the Three Horseshoes, Staple Street, Hernhill ME13 9UA (less than 5 mins drive). Food orders taken at registration.

Pub web-site

Directions - south on Courteney Road to first junction, turn right and continue 1.5 km to T-junction, turn right to reach pub on left after another 1 km.

Prize giving will take place in the pub afterwards.

Dogs allowed?

Well behaved dogs allowed.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser/planner: Simon Blanchflower

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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