KNC 22: Blean Wood

Thu 24 Feb 2022

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

Info updated: Sat 26 Feb


Event Report

Despite the threat of more hail the weather held and the evening was dry but cold. The woods offered some tricky night orienteering with many minor paths covered with leaf fall. A special thanks to our control collectors Mark Collins, Mark Glaisher, Simon Blanchflower, Brian Henry and Brendon Howe. It was nice to see Brendon back at a KNC and back in winning form!


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Canterbury

Directions / Parking

Parking is along Courtenay Road, please park on one side of the road and pull over, using the grass verge where you can, to allow other vehicles to pass. Please be careful when you exit your vehicles and make your way to the start, you will have to walk along this narrow rural road. From the M2, A299, A2 junction, at the roundabout take the A2 junction toward Canterbury, choose the left lane and 100m after exiting the roundabout take the left hand exit towards Dunkirk & Boughton. After 2 miles you will reach the village of Dunkirk, the first left is Courtenay Road, parking is 1 mile further along this road. Nearest postcode CT2 9LA. W3W ///pass.when.glorified

Railway station: Whitstable 6.3km, Canterbury East 6.3km (both straigtline distances).

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.

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 by midnight Wed 23rd Feb 2022 (day before event).

This will require details for safety purposes and a declaration about Covid-19.

No Registration on the night.

The Start will be near the parking on Courtenay Road, about 150m SW of the minor road junction (with Dargate Rd & Denstroude Lane).

Start period 7.30pm – 7.45pm.

Please read the Start briefing displayed (event safety & event details)

Punching start (consider social distancing)

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 21 controls. Two series, 90-99 & 100-109 plus changeover control 111. Start with one series (any order within the series, do as many as you wish) then visit 111 (mandatory) to switch to the other series. No changing back. 111 is a non-scoring control. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Max score 200 points. Controls will be collected from 8:55pm (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.

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. 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. You can let us know if you are lost or late, and we can contact you if you have not returned.

Terrain Description

Mixed forest, plenty of climb, a good path network, a stream network on the east side and plenty of brambles!


The nearest public toilets: Faversham, Whitstable or Canterbury, not very close to the event, apologies.  There are several local public houses near to the event area.

Apres-O & prizegiving: not on this occasion.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Andrew Derrick 07791 288986 andrew"at"

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.