KNC 26: Oldbury Hill & Fishponds Wood

Results, League winners & Prizegiving

Thu 24 Mar 2022

We are grateful to the National Trust (Oldbury) and the landowner (Fishponds Wood).....

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

Info updated: Tue 5 Apr


Event Report

We are grateful to the National Trust (Oldbury) and the landowner (Fishponds Wood) for permission to hold Thursday evening's event. Everyone seemed to enjoy the course - many thanks, Graham Denney, who couldn't make it on the day. Control collection was speedily carried out by Phil, Graham T, Neil, Andrew P and Andrew & Sam - much appreciated!

The Oldbury Hill and Fishponds Wood event was the final round of the season.

Joel and Rachel were clear winners of Men's and Women's Cups but in the other categories it hinged on the results for the last couple of events. The prizewinners:-

Men: Joel Hallberg

Women: Rachel Collins

Veteran Men: Neil Crickmore

Veteran Women: Sarah Howes

SuperVeteran Men: Simon Blanchflower

SuperVeteran Women: Heather Brown.

Nick Hope Cup: Andrew Pitcher, who came to an impressive 25 of the 26 events

Congratulations to all

The presentations will be made at the Buckmore Park KOL on 9th April at 2pm.

We are pleased that Monica Hope plans to come, to present the Nick Hope Cup


Looking back on the series our thanks go to:

  • The Planners/Organisers from Saxons, Dartford & Southdowns for the events
  • The club officers for sorting out land permission
  • The landowners
  • and last but not least, the control collectors 

This season the pandemic led to the KNC format being adapted. Online entry only, timed starts rather than a mass start, and absence of Apres O at a pub were the principal changes. We plan to review the season and canvass opinion on the best arrangements for next autumn.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Sevenoaks

Directions / Parking

Please note! Parking is not at the National Trust car park on Styants Bottom Road.

Roadside parking along the loop of road that gave access to the Crown Point Inn (as used at daytime events). Signed ‘Crown Point’ at each end.

Important notes:

1. The loop road can be accessed from either end, but the only vehicle exit is at the north end.

2. The route to the Start is from the south end of the loop road (details below).

3. The former Crown Point Inn is closed and its car park is not accessible.

4. Please do not attempt to park along the roadside in Styants Bottom Rd – additional posts have been put in to discourage this and we do not want to upset the locals and the National Trust, which has granted permission for us to hold the event.

Nearest postcode: TN15 0HB will get you close

What3Words: ///stones.racks.lance

Grid ref.: TQ 577557

Railway stations: Sevenoaks: 7km / Kemsing: 3.5km / Borough Green & Wrotham: 4.5km

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 23 Mar (day before event).

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

No Registration on the night.

Directions to Start (400m):

The Start is in Oldbury Hill woods on the east side of Styants Bottom Road. 

From the south end of the loop road walk 150m along the verge until opposite Styants Bottom Rd.

Cross the A25 with care and follow Styants Bottom Rd passing the (locked) NT car park entrance. Continue along the road for 100m and the Start will be obvious, on the right.

Start period 7.30pm – 7.45pm.

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

Punching start (consider social distancing)

You may leave a cagoule at the Start – the Finish (& Download) is at the same place.

Loan dibber collection at the Start.

Course Information

60 minute score. 21 controls in total. 90 – 109 and safety control 111; visit as many as you can in any order. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Maximum score 210 points.

Controls will be collected from 8:55pm (course closing time).

Out of bounds areas: please observe all OOB areas shown on the map.  All minor roads apart from Styants Bottom Road are OOB.  The A25 is entirely OOB except for the mandatory road crossing (if visiting Fishponds Wood) which is shown on the map. Please use this road crossing and watch for traffic as this is a fast section of road.

Safety control: If visiting Fishponds Wood, punch control 111 (south side of the A25) when entering and leaving Fishponds Wood. 

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 will open shortly

Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £7.         

Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO). Please note that Under 16s may only visit the Oldbury Hill woodland (British Orienteering safety ruling)

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

Oldbury Hill (N of A25) and Fishponds Wood (S of A25): Mixed forest.


Apres-O: not on this occasion.

I am anticipating that the League prizegiving will take place at the next KOL (Buckmore Park, Sat. 9th April, DFOK). At Oldbury Hill it would all be a bit awkward - the parking is separate from S/F/Download, some leaders can't make it, and it's a 15 min start window.

End of season awards:-

The Men’s and Women’s Kent Night Cups will be presented to the first Man and Woman in the League.

KNC League Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female, first (or next) male and female 40+ (‘Veteran’) and first (or next) male and female 60+ (‘SuperVeteran’) in the League. Only one prize per person, note!

The Nick Hope Cup, presented to the person attending the greatest number of KNCs in the season.

More details (eg in the event of a tie on points) are on this website under Club Info: Kent Night Cup.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Graham Denney

On the day: Mark Glaisher 07895 087298 knc"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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