Kings Hill   Kent Night Cup10

Event Report & Results

Thu 24 Nov 2016

For Sean Cronin's comments, Read more.....

Type of event: Local, Night, Score, Street
Type of terrain: Urban

Info updated: Wed 30 Nov


Event Report

Thank you for coming. The streets of Kings Hill are great for Orienteering with their many alleyways and interesting road networks. Compared to the last event at Kings Hill, times were a little slower. Of course there are more streets to navigate now, plus starting in the middle of the map may have caused more confusion (that was the aim in any case).


For those of you who aren't local, the good news (for street Orienteering) is that Kings Hill is getting even bigger - with Phase 3 underway, and planning applications rumoured for the farmland just to the north. In fact the whole Medway valley area is being developed with other "spagetti road" style housing estates, often with country parks mixed in. Hopefully we can look forward to events in places like Leybourne Chase, Peters Village and Orchard Fields in future.

Sean Cronin

Note: David Float also receives 10 bonus points - these are not shown in the AutoDownload Results, but are included in the KNC points and League

Pre Event Info

After Event:

There is food and post-race chat in The Spitfire. Food orders taken at registration.

Prize giving will take place in the pub afterwards. Full results will be on the Saxons website a day or so later. 


Nearest town: Kings Hill

Directions / Parking

Please park your car at the Asda car park, 1 Alexander Grove, Kings Hill, ME19 4SZ. If the weather is dry, registration will be outside ‘The Spitfire’, Kings Hill’s only pub about 50 metres from Asda (walk through a small shopping arcade). If it’s raining, registration will be close by at the organisers car near the Asda car park entrance. Look for the red and white orienteering flags.

Registration & Start Times

Start: 7.30pm, but please could everyone register by 7.20. Registration will open at about 7 - Please bring your dibber (if you have one) for speedy registration.

Course Information

A 60 minute score orienteering race around the streets of Kings Hill.

There will be 20 checkpoints (controls) spread around the streets of Kings Hill. Find as many as you can in an hour using the map provided. Score 1 point for every control you find, lose one point for every minute or part minute you are late. You choose your route through the streets. You can run as an individual or as a team of 2 or 3. No experience is necessary as street orienteering is quite straightforward. The race format and timing equipment will be explained at the start


Faster runners and more experienced orienteers can complete a lap of Kings Hill in well under an hour. To give these people an extra challenge there will be two bonus points available for visiting controls 90 and 100 consecutively (or visa versa) and for visiting controls 91 and 101 consecutively (or visa versa). Visiting these controls in order will add considerably to the distance! If you visit another control between 90/100 or 91/101 you won’t get your bonus.


You'll be given a waterproof map before the start. You do not need to be an experienced orienteer to understand the map. You can see the map (without the controls) before the start. Kings Hill has grown since the last orienteering event here. There are new roads and alleyways to visit which have not been used for orienteering before.


The race will use Sport Ident electronic timing. Each individual or team will have an SI unit (sometimes called a dibber) and will swipe the dibber at each control. You can hire one at the event. At the end of the race you will receive a printout of your split times. The equipment is very easy to use. You need to bring some kind of torch to read the map. High visibility clothing is strongly recommended. Most of the alleyways in Kings Hill are well lit, but a few are not. You don’t need to choose these routes or visit these controls


Most competitors run between 7 and 14km, and will have time to score between 7 and 22 points.

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

No need to pre-enter. Enter on the night. However it would be helpful if you could email the organiser so we can print enough maps. We will print a few spare in any case. . Or sign up to the Saxons event on Facebook


Seniors £4, Juniors £1,  Dibber hire £1.


British Orienteering insurance rules require that under 16’s are non-competitive for this race. Under 16’s may take part in the race provided they are non-competitive and accompanied by an adult for the race.

Terrain Description

urban roads and allyways

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Sean Cronin

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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Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.

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