KNC 4: Vigo & Trosley Country Park

Thu 14 Oct 2021

KNC 4 of this season saw a return to Vigo Village and.....

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

Info updated: Sun 17 Oct


Event Report

KNC 4 of this season saw a return to Vigo Village and Trosley Country Park on a newly updated map - thank you Dave Kingdon.  My planning for this event started as long ago as October 2020 but then, unfortunately, permission to use the Country Park wasn't forthcoming due to Covid.  The upside of that meant it didn't take too long to get things in place for this year's event once we had a new date.

It's pleasing to see that there was a good variety of routes and that at least half the participants visited at least one set of dumbbells.  As always, for the participants it's all about the tactics and the challenge for the planner is to get the course length right for the fastest navigators.  It was great to have the scouts along too - hopefully they all had a fun time and we'll see them at some more of our events soon.  

Finally thanks to Mark for putting out controls, running the event on the evening and to all our control collectors.

Sarah Howes

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Borough Green

Directions / Parking

Vigo Village Hall & Shops car park, off Erskine Road, Vigo; nearest postcode DA13 0TD.

Access to car park: what3words ///career.vine.paid

There is no charge for parking.

Nearest railway station: Snodland 7.3km. Consider using your own transport and not public transport. Travel alone or with people you have already had close contact with (i.e. family).

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 13 October.

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

No Registration on the night.

The Start will be in the car park

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. 24 controls numbered 90 – 99, 100 – 109 & 62 – 65. Visit as many as you can whilst observing the following format.

Format: 90 & 100 series plus 2 dumbbell pairs:-

  90s first or 100s first; changeover when & where you wish (no changeover control) 10 points per control; 

  PLUS 2 dumbbell pairs (62 & 63, 64 & 65). Dumbbell pairs can be done at any time, 20 points for completing a dumbbell, 0 points if only 1 control of a dumbbell pair is visited.

Max score 240 points.10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected after 8:55pm (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)

You are reminded to maintain 2m distance apart at control sites and, if running close to another competitor, BOF advises that you remain at least 10m apart, ahead or behind, to avoid aerosol inhalation.

Controls will be SIAC enabled. Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided.

1:7,500 scale map, A4 size, waterproof paper, minor updates 2021. The Vigo village part is in Street-O format (roads & footpaths, mainly black & white), the Country Park is a normal forest map in full colour.

After your run please Download as normal, considering social distancing. We plan to provide timing printouts 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

This event has a hybrid format – Street and Country Park.

Trosley Country Park comprises woodland of varying runnability and a steep scarp slope which is partly open land. The Country Park is a popular area so there are numerous major & minor paths.  Vigo village is almost entirely hard surfaces. Wearing high visibility clothing is strongly advised.

Special requests for Vigo Village in particular - please:

slow down, be courteous, allow 2 metres social distancing space for members of the public and give way at pinch points.
take care not to shine torches into house windows.
respect residential areas.
maintain quietness and move away from checkpoints promptly.


Hand sanitiser will be available at the Start/Finish.

Nearest toilets: probably at the Shell Filling Station, London Road, Wrotham TN15 7RR.  what3words ///

No après-O is planned for this event although there are nearby eateries at Vigo Village Shops for those in need of sustenance

A & E: Maidstone Hospital Hermitage Lane Maidstone ME16 9QQ

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Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Sarah Howes treasurer"at"

On the day: Mark Glaisher 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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