Kent Orienteering League 2 - Tunbridge Wells Common
Sat 12 Oct 2019
Kent Orienteering League event 2
Type of event: Local, Schools
Type of terrain: Woodland
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: TN4 8AH
- Latitude: 51.12977
- Longitude: 0.25205
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
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Directions / Parking
Parking and registration will be at the car park at Fir Tree Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8AH. If this car park becomes full please park along Hungershall Park and cross Major York's Road. No parking charge.
Public Transport options
Tunbridge Wells station is about 1km from assembly.
Registration & Start Times
Registration from 10:30 to 12:00
Start times from 11:00 to 12:30
Courses close 14:00
Five courses available:
Yellow. Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners.
Orange. Moderate, controls are on or near paths with more route choice. Good for progressing juniors and beginner adults who are reasonably confident reading a map.
Light Green: Harder. Controls away from paths giving more challenging navigation. For those with some experience.
Short Blue. As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers.
Score. No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit and a possible total of 20 controls. Find as many controls as possible in the hour. Good for adult beginners, those progressing from orange to light green, and those that want to be back in a set time.
Explanation of colour courses
- White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
- Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
- Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
- Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
- Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
- Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
- Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
- Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.
Entry on the day.
Adults: £5 (members of an orienteering club) £7 (non members)
Juniors: £3 (members of an orienteering club) £5 (non members)
Groups (2 or more): £10 (club members and non members), includes 1 dibber hire.
This price includes loan of electronic timing equipment (aka dibber) if required, and a waterproof map per competitor (yours to keep after the event). Dibbers are expensive and a £35 charge will be due if the dibber is lost.
Juniors can be registered separately, compete in a group containing at least one adult, or be ‘shadowed’. Shadowing is explained below.
Juniors and Shadowing:
Whilst many juniors will initially complete a course as part of a group, some juniors may want to progress to be able to run on their own. We understand that many parents/guardians will want to ensure their child’s safety by completing the course with them, or following a short distance behind. We call this ‘shadowing’ and there is more information here. Parents shadowing juniors will be given an extra map at no charge. The entry fee will be the junior entry fee. Alternatively, juniors are also welcome to compete in twos or threes, and will be entered individually.
The Common has wooded and open areas and is crossed by a number of roads.
Contacts / Officials
Planner/Organiser: Sean Cronin
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 email@example.com at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc 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.
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.