KNC 16 Sittingbourne & Milton Creek CP
Thu 16 Feb 2023
Type of event: Local, Night, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland, Urban
Thanks to: Swale Borough Council for allowing us to set up our event in the Country Park; Holy Trinity Church for use of their car park; Mark for overseeing yet another KNC event; Richard for sense checking the control planning; Graham and Simon for adopting a new trainee planner and making lots of encouraging noises; the control collectors (Neil, Sean, James, Nick & Simon).
Despite the slightly disappointing number of entries - half-term and sunnier climes, eh - everybody managed to achieve a fair degree of success and satisfaction, with varying combinations of visiting the pairs of controls or just the single controls. That said there were quite a few eager participants in the three groups ably led by Barbara, Karen, and Nicola.
I noticed one of the guys, who cleared all the controls, spent a good few minutes planning his route after the start. I was getting a bit worried he had an issue, but obviously careful planning brought success!
Congrats to first placed David, who discovered a near optimum route, starting with a pair of controls close by. Then whilst doing a long leg between controls, he worked out the rest of his strategy to cover off all the pairs with just a few seconds to spare.
The few, who made it to the pub, mopped up and scoffed all the prizes, and hatched plans for summer evening events...
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Sittingbourne
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: ME10 2HA
- Latitude: 51.35514
- Longitude: 0.73945
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- Streetmap (OS 50k)
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Directions / Parking
Nearest Postcode ME10 2HA what3words ///fired.dusty.sides
We have been kindly granted permission to park in the Green Porch Parish Hall car park, immediately adjacent to the current main entrance to Milton Creek Country Park, at the end of Green Porch Close, just off Saffron Way (B2005), Kemsley, Sittingbourne, ME10 2HA. There is no car park charge. There is also a limited amount of on-street parking in Green Porch Close itself.
Note that the M2 junction 5 at the A249 is now fully open, from all directions. There are though various roadworks from the A249 at Bobbing turn-off towards Sittingbourne, so local advice is to ignore that junction, and continue northwards on the A249 for about 1.5 miles to the junction signposted to Kemsley/Grovehurst, and then follow that towards Sittingbourne.
Nearest Railway station: Sittingbourne - 1.2ml (2.0km).
Please be respectful of other people’s wishes to observe social distancing from the time you arrive at the event until you leave.
Please don’t deliberately bang off mud from your shoes in the car park or road.
Registration & Start Times
Registration: Pre-entry only via http://www.racesignup.co.uk by 23:59 Wed 15 February (day before event).
This will require details for safety purposes
No Registration on the night.
Mass Start 7.30pm (consider social distancing). Please arrive in good time (by 7:20pm), as the Start will be a short walk inside Milton Creek Country Park.
60 minute Score Course suitable for all abilities.
20 controls: numbered 90 – 109; visit as many as you can. 10 points per control.
Paired Controls Bonus points: Each control in the range 90 – 99 is paired with its respective number in the range 100-109 (ie 90 with 100, 91 with 101 etc). Visiting both controls in the pair together in either sequence (without any other controls in between), will earn a bonus of 10 points per pair. So that’s 100 Bonus points to be had, in addition to the regular 200 points, thereby a maximum of 300 points in total.
10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes.
There will be a one-off novelty B prize for the best finishing competitor who gets absolutely NO Bonus points (either accidentally or deliberately).
Controls will be collected from 8.40pm (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)
Map: Milton Creek Country Park at 1:4000 scale, 2.5m contours. Paired controls will be shown joined by a line.
Maps will be printed on A3 waterproof paper.
Controls will be SIAC enabled. Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided.
Bright headtorches used by competitors should not be shone in to households potentially upsetting the young or elderly occupants. Move promptly away from the control after punching. Please be courteous to the public.
After your run, please Download as normal, considering social distancing. Timing printouts will be provided, and the results will be available at the pub afterwards, and on the Saxons website (normally next day).
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 (eg headtorch) is essential, plus a small backup/reserve light, eg on a mobile phone. There is limited street lighting in some parts of the Urban areas, but no lighting in the Country Park itself.
Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly advised – due to the various minor road crossings that you will undertake. 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.
Approximately half Urban and half Parkland – so road running shoes may be a preferable choice of footwear.
Urban area – streets, tarmacked pavements, paths, grassed public open spaces and small areas of woodland.
Parkland – established gravel and grass paths, amidst small areas of woodland. Some paths in the Country Park can become very waterlogged during wet weather, and there are a couple of muddy minor paths in one particular woodland area.
Toilets are adjacent to the Start in the Country Park itself.
Apres-O & Prizegiving afterwards: from 8:45pm at the Apple Bobbing Brewers Fayre pub. Bobbing Corner, Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, ME9 8RZ. This is 1.9ml (3.0km) from the Country Park. Please state on race entry form, if you expect to come to the pub, so we can adjust the numbers on the provisional booking.
Classic pub food menu: https://www.brewersfayre.co.uk/en-gb/main-menu/brewers_fayre_main_menu_band5.pdf Order and pay for food and drinks at the bar. Food is served until 10pm.
Contacts / Officials
Planner & Organiser: John Cross 07594 441089
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.
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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.
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.