KNC 13: Longbeech Wood

Thu 16 Dec 2021

28 hardy souls turned up for a trot around.....

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

Info updated: Sun 19 Dec


Event Report

28 hardy souls turned up for a trot around Longbeech. Muddy in places, the woods were challenging due to brashings from extensive forestry activities currently underway. Hopefully, all competitors managed to avoid the OOB Badger Sett (I'll wait to hear from the land owner as to whether they've captured any orienteers on their movement cameras!). 

The dark caused a challenge for some who struggled to identify veg boundaries in the gloom. Anecdotal reports suggested that CP104 was challenging, mostly due to the extensive brashings and lack of suitable attack points; in fact it took the control collector a few tries befroe finding it!

Thanks to The Wagon and Horses for allowing the use of their car park and for hosting Apres O Lite, and for Woodland Trust for granting access to the woods. 

Thanks also to Simon Blanchflower, Nick Betts and Graham Denney for helping to collect controls. 


Pre Event Info

Come and join us for a trot around Longbeech woods in the dark. This race will play host to the 90's and 100's scoring format with a complusory changeover control and some dog-bone bonuses on offer. Do note the slightly earlier starts window (19:00 - 19:30).

Thanks to The Wagon and Horses pub who have kindly allowed us to make use of their car park. 

We will be hosting an informal Apres O in the pub after the race; rest assured, this will meet all the current No10 guidelines on social gatherings, and may be your last opportunity to wish clubmates a Merry Christmas indoors this year  :-)  Do consider taking a Lat Flow Test if attending. Beer and prizes will be available. You are also welcome to eat too. 

Please Note: The kitchen closes at 20:30, so if you would like to eat afterwards, please make use of the early 19:00 start time. You may also like to book a table and pre-order food. Menu and details can be found here:


Nearest town: Charing

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in the Wagon and Horses car park. Please use the hardstanding area furthest away from the pub. 

W3W location: inner.classmate.tidying  Postcode: TN27-0NR

Public Transport options

Train to Charing. Please ask other attendees for a lift from the Station as there are no taxis. 

Registration & Start Times

Please register online. Starts will be from 19:00. Last start 19:30. Please use the early slots if you would like to eat in the pub afterwards. Last food orders at 20:30. 

Controls will be collected from 20:40. 

Course Information

Standard-ish KNC: 60 minute score event - 10 points per control, 10 points lost per minute (or part minute) over the 60 minute deadline. To make things a little more interesting, this will be a 90's and 100's event with a non-scoring changeover control (Number 111).

In addition, there are two DOG BONE bonuses available, each worth 15 points. These are available for running directly between CP90 and 92, and CP 103 and 106. (i.e. not punching any other controls in between). You can score in either direction.

The DOG BONES are shown with a dashed line on the map. 

SIAC enabled. 1:7500 map with 5m contours. 

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

Enter via Race Sign up only

Terrain Description

Woodland Trust managed forest. Plenty of forest tracks and quite a few new unmapped extraction paths due to recent felling activity. The felled areas offer improved running, but there are some brashings. Extraction tracks have squashed some of the brambles. 

Full leg covering and shin pads advised. 

Controls are placed to avoid the worst of the brambles/brashings.  

PLEASE NOTE the Out Of Bounds area added to the Eastern side of the map near to CP91. This has been added at the request of the Woodland Trust to protect an active badger site in the area. The trees in the vicinity have been marked with a flourescent painted band to warn you. Please don't stray into the area (bottom of the shallow re-entrant). Much better runability is offered parallel to the earth wall and fence running appx N-S. 

The badger sett has a number of motion activitated wildlife cameras surrounding it. If you stray you will be photographed. Transgression may well impact our future use of the area!

Important Event Information

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