KNC 1: Wigmore & Parkwood

The first round of the 2021-22 Kent Night Cup season

Thu 23 Sep 2021

Choose your own route along the pavements and footpaths of Wigmore and Parkwood.

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

Info updated: Thu 23 Sep

Results

Event Report

I hope you enjoyed this first round of the Kent Night Cup! I was pleased to be able to make use of the fruits of a lockdown project, ie the Central Parkwood map.

It was nice to see that everyone managed to find half the controls or more - no one quite managed a full house.though.

The volunteers to help collect the controls were appreciated. Thanks Alison, Karen, Neil S, Rob L and Graham D.

Mark

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Gillingham

Directions / Parking

Nearest Postcode ME8 9LH      

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Large car park for Parkwood Shopping Precinct. It’s at the opposite side of Deanwood Drive from Foxburrow Wood.

Please do not use the small car parks for Spice Fusion or Parkwood Health Centre which are both adjacent. Nearest Railway station: Rainham  2.5km.

The Start will be near the SE corner of the car park.

In these Covid times:-

Please consider social distancing from the time you arrive at the event and until you leave.

To minimise the time for interaction with others please arrive in your O gear and depart still wearing it.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only via http://www.racesignup.co.uk by midnight Wed 22nd September.

This will require details for safety purposes, a declaration about Covid-19, and your start window preference. No Registration on the night.

The Start will be near the SE corner of the car park

Start windows 7.30pm – 7.34pm, 7.35pm – 7.39pm, 7.40pm – 7.44pm

Punching start (please consider social distancing)

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109; visit as many as you can, in any order. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected from 8.55pm (course closing time).

Juniors (age 15 or younger) are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult (condition of British Orienteering insurance for Street events)

Note:- There are two maps, printed back-to-back, based on OpenOrienteeringMap.

Side 1: Wigmore & Parkwood at 1:10,000 scale, 10m contours.

Side 2: Central Parkwood at 1:5,000 scale, 10m contours, to show sufficient detail for the 10 controls in this area. Note: narrow alleyway cul-de-sacs (for access to back gardens) are not shown.

Public open spaces are shown in Yellow. Any other grassed areas you may encounter are private property, eg front gardens, and must not be crossed.

Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

Controls will be SIAC enabled. Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided.

After your run please Download as normal, considering social distancing. We plan to provide timing printouts and the results will be available on the website.

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

Pre-entry only via http://www.racesignup.co.uk  

Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £7.         

Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO).

Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant) (BO or non-BO).   

Dibber loan (non SIAC): Free.

Carrying some sort of torch is advised since there are areas with few street lights, and some woodland.

Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly advised. You will need to look after your car keys yourself (eg carry in zipped pocket or waist strap).

An Emergency contact number will be printed on the map. Carrying a mobile phone is strongly recommended. You can let us know if you are lost or late, and we can contact you if you have not returned.

Terrain Description

Urban area – streets, paths, grassed public open spaces and small areas of woodland. Parkwood was reputed to be the largest private housing development in Europe in the 1960s.

Facilities

The nearest toilets are at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre (Centre toilets or Sainsbury’s) ME7 3PD

Apres-O & prizegiving: not on this occasion.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Mark Glaisher knc"at"saxons-oc.org

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

Covid-19:

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 ensure you are drip and spittle free 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 coaching@saxons-oc.org 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.

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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.