Kent Night Cup 6 Hindleap Warren

Results and Event Report

Thu 26 Oct 2017

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

Info updated: Mon 30 Oct

Results

Event Report

Although it is one of Saxons most westerly areas, the fine terrain and good map make it worth the trip, and 34 took part. At this time of year the bracken impedes progress, and Simon took particular care to choose control sites that meant people could avoid the worst of it. 

Placing the Start and Finish near the centre of the map gave plenty of route choice, and being mid-slope it didn't have to be an uphill finish (for a change!). There were two complications, however - the fenced area with single access point (worked OK), and the road that bisected the area. There was a control at each side of the road. This had two purposes: to have a single crossing point with good visibility, and to reduce the risk of a last-dash finisher running straight across. With quite a lot of information to be imparted at the start briefing, this first objective was not clear to everybody, unfortunately. 

After a brief consultation we have decided to deduct 10 points from the score of anyone who didn't visit 111 when crossing the road (note: the AD output presented does not display subsequent visits to a control - but the raw data does).

For next time, we will try to make sure everyone understands the key points at the briefing, and I think a red line along the length of the road, with a gap at 111, would have made it clearer on the map. Also try to schedule the event in the winter!

Thanks everyone for coming, and to Simon for putting on the event.

Mark

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Forest Row

Directions / Parking

Parking is on Priory Road 1.5 miles south of Forest Row. Park on the west side of the road south from grid TQ 404333 (OS sheet 187). Nearest postcode is RH18 5JE .   Nearest railway station East Grinstead 5 miles.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 19:00 to 19:20 (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 Card (if you haven’t done so at a previous event).                                                                                                                           

Briefing and mass start at 19:30 sharp.                                                          

Order food for après-O at Registration

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109; visit as many as you can starting with either 90’s or 100’s changing anywhere. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes.

There will be two extra controls:-

110 on the gate into the Hindleap Warren Activity Centre Area. This area is surrounded by a fence which we are not allowed to cross. Entry and exit from this area is only permitted via the gate. This control must be punched each time you enter or leave the fenced area. The control will only be scored once but failure to punch will lead to the loss of the points scored inside the area.

The competition area is divided by Priory Road. This is fairly quiet but traffic can be fast. The road is out of bounds and can only be crossed at the start/finish point, both of which are on the east side of the road. Control 111 will be on the west side and must be punched each time the road is crossed, including when finishing. This control will also be scored once and failure to punch when crossing will lead to the loss of any points scored after crossing. Take particular care if crossing to get to the finish in a hurry.

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.

1:10,000 scale map with 5m contours, updated 2017. 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 £4, Juniors £1. Dibber hire £1.

Please email the organiser if you intend coming so we know how many maps to print.

SPORT IDENT dibbers to hire 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 open areas. The event was planned to avoid the extensive bracken. This is now largely dead but is still a barrier to rapid progress.

Control Collection.

Volunteers are requested for control collection – four will work well.

Facilities

Apres O & Prizegiving: The Red Lion, Chelwood Gate (post code RH17 7DE), which is a 5 min drive from the event parking. To reach it drive south from the parking, along Priory Road, left at the crossroad, right at Wych Cross, right on A275 and the pub is on the left after 1 mile. Food to be ordered at registration. A copy of the menu for the night will be at at registration. A sample menu can be found at https://www.redlionchelwood.co.uk/sites/default/files/08-08-2017.pdf

Prize giving will take place in the pub afterwards.

Medical.

A first aid kit and directions to the nearest A&E will be held at registration.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Simon Greenwood

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Insurance: Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with British Orienteering and not joined an orienteering club which is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance

Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.

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