KNC 15 Perry Wood
Thu 9 Feb 2023
Type of event: Local, Night, Score
Type of terrain: Woodland
What a pleasure it was to be walking around Perry Wood putting out controls on such a glorious winter day. The sunset just before 5pm was spectacular and if we could have frozen time and held the event then it would have been a joy. Perhaps we should do the same course again one summer evening? As it was, the sky darkened and it grew colder, but without any wind, standing outside the pub during the event and watching a lot of cheerful orienteers scurry this way and that was just as much fun (for me!).
Everyone seemed to enjoy a dry overhead and largely dry underfoot run, and I was especially gratified, and relieved, that only one person got all the controls and in just under the one hour time limt as I had visions of many finishing rather early. All in all, it went like clockwork (including the pub coping with the 9pm tsunami of hungry runners); all bar me asking two people to collect the same control...sorry. But many thanks for all those who came, and extra thanks to those who also collected controls, and to Mark for all his time and guidance behind the scenes.
Photo courtesy Peter Martin
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Faversham
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: ME13 9RY
- Latitude: 51.25967
- Longitude: 0.92443
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Parking is at the Rose and Crown PH, Perry Wood, Selling ME13 9RY (01227 752214) – car parks to the rear (west side) or to the side (south side via short track passing from the front of the pub to the left). Access from J6 of M2 or J9 of M20 and then via A251 turning east at two miles south of M2 and passing The White Lion PH before taking the next right and then continuing straight on (southwards) at the cross roads/post box by the normal Perry Wood public woodland car park. Rendezvous/organiser will be at front of pub.
Nearest postcode ME13 9RY w3w///these.circus.cricket
Railway station: Selling, 2.6km
Observing British Orienteering and Government guidelines:-
Please be respectful of other people’s wishes to observe social distancing from the time you arrive at the event until you leave.
Registration & Start Times
Registration: Pre-entry only via http://www.racesignup.co.uk by midnight Wed 8th February.
This will require details for safety purposes
No Registration on the night.
The Start will be a two minute walk away from front of pub so departing at 7.25 for walk and safety briefing.
Mass Start 7.30pm (consider social distancing)
As the area includes road crossings, under BOF rules, no competitor under 16 years old may run unaccompanied by an adult, and neither they nor their adult companion will be eligible for KNC points.
60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 21 controls numbered 90 – 109 and 111. Two sets 90s (90 to 99) and 100s (100 to 109). Visit as many in either set (in any order) as you wish before visiting the mandatory change over control 111 (non scoring) and visiting as many as you wish in the second set. No going back to the first set once you have changed over. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Max score 200 points. Controls will be collected 70 minutes after the last start (course closing time).
1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours. 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. Timing printouts will be provided and the results will be available on the website.
If you are able to help collect controls in afterwards, please do volunteer.
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.
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.
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. 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 and mandatory for newcomers. You can let us know if you are lost or late, and we can contact you if you have not returned.
Mixed forest with steep slopes in places. Minor roads (sometimes with high banks) cross the area requiring multiple crossings but these roads are very narrow and quiet at this time of night.
The nearest toilets will be at the Rose and Crown via the front corridor (no need to enter the bar area) but clean shoes only please.
Apres-O & prizegiving: At the Rose and Crown (see http://roseandcrownperrywood.co.uk). If you would like food there please see the menu to be displayed before the start at the event (on red car outside front of pub) and sign up with your name and order. Orders will be given to the pub during your run and you should request your choice and pay for it when entering the pub
Contacts / Officials
Planner & Organiser: Graham Thomas 07900 257347 knc"at"saxons-oc.org
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.
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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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