KNC 17 Haysden Country Park & Tonbridge

Thu 23 Feb 2023

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

Info updated: Tue 28 Feb


Event Report

I hope everyone who took part, including the Broadwater Scouts groups, enjoyed the run around Haysden, the Racecourse Sportsground and Tonbridge Castle environs. Brendon did very well to pick up all 20 controls within the 60 minute time limit.
Thanks to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council for the permissions to allow the event to proceed; and the control collectors, Phil, Graham, Peter, John and Brian for their invaluable assistance.
I guess a special mention might be made of the Saxons member who climbed the path up to the top of the 'Castle Mound' (which has the only contours (a good few) on the map) - thinking that this was a control point! I must admit that the map print does make the contours look reddish and it was dark after all!  I am far too gallant to mention the person by name!


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tonbridge

Directions / Parking

Please note: Event parking is not at Haysden Country Park!

Parking is at Lower Castle Field Car Park, The Slade, Tonbridge TN9 1HR. No charge after 6.00pm.  w3w///crowds.swung.cubs

Railway station: Tonbridge 500m.

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 by midnight Wed 22nd February (day before event). This will require details for safety purposes. Note that juniors (aged 15 or below) are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult, as a condition of British Orienteering rules for events involving running on roads.

No Registration on the night.

Meet at the southwest corner of the car park by 7.20pm for a 5 minute walk to the start for a safety briefing.

Mass start 7.30pm (consider social distancing)

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls in two sets of 10 (90-99 and 100-109). Visit as many as you can in either series in any order, before switching to the other series. No set change-over control. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected 60 minutes after the start time (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.

You take part in this event at your own risk.

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

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. As the course will involve some road running, please wear bright or reflective clothing. Carrying a whistle is mandatory (as a casualty, blow six short blasts, wait 1 min, repeat). A cagoule may be required in inclement weather. 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. An emergency contact number will be printed on the map.

Terrain Description

Mixed parkland with some wooded areas and roads. The area contains both lakes and rivers/streams which must not be crossed; and safety should be exercised near all water features. Due care should be taken when running on roads/pavements.


The nearest toilets are in the Sportsground very close to the start.

Apres-O & prizegiving: The Humphrey Bean, Weatherspoons, 94 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1AP (a short walk from the car park). No pre-ordering necessary.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: David Kingdon tel: 07539 661728

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.

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.