Kent Night Cup 20 Hargate Forest

Thu 14 Feb 2019

Thanks, Sam & Andrew for the Valentine's Day special!, and also to the Woodland Trust for permission to hold the event.


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

Info updated: Fri 15 Feb


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Parking is on Broadwater Down, near the A26. Nearest postcode for the Hargate Forest entrance is TN2 5PE. Please park on the south side of the road only, the right-hand side if you entered Broadwater Down from the A26.  This road has a few driveways, please be considerate of local residents. Nearest Railway station: Tonbridge Wells 2.2km

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.

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 (111) 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.  Bonus Points: Each control will have a valentine token on it, collecting the token will earn you 10 points.  Each competitor can only collect one token!

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.

New map by Peel Land Surveys, Autumn 2018. 1:7,500 scale 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. 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 (we will print some extras for any deciding to come at the last minute).

SPORT IDENT dibbers to borrow if you don’t have one. Some sort of torch essential plus a small backup/reserve. Mobile phone recommended (organiser's number printed on the map). 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

The majority of the forest runnable with a good path network, but there is plenty of denser forest with lots of features for controls.  Don’t forget to look out for the half buried antique tractor! There is a small river which crosses south end of the map, the river has many streams feeding it.


Apres O & Prizegiving: Afterwards, do join us for food (main courses from £10), drink and prizes at the The Nevill Crest & Gun, Eridge Road, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JR.  This is about 5 min drive from the event.

Prize giving will take place in the pub afterwards.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Andrew Derrick

Planner / Organiser: Samantha Prior

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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