KNC 6 Betteshanger Park

New KNC venue, Apres-O with soup on site!

Thu 24 Nov 2022

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

Info updated: Sun 27 Nov


Event Report

We had 24 runners brave the wind and rain of the first Betteshanger Park KNC event. The runners set off following the Christmas fairy lights up the hill in the gloom, but the rain stopped and we finished the hour under starlight!

Many congratulations to Sean Cronin and Alan Hickling for completing all the bonus points and to everyone for their excellent pacing with only one person just 4 seconds over the hour. The course did prove surprisingly challenging for such a small area with some tough rough areas, the numerous informal bike tracks and the dinosaurs.

We all enjoyed the excellent facilities of the Betteshanger Park with a nice covered area for the Apres-O warming soup and cakes, free parking and possibly the best toilets on the KNC circuit.

Our thanks go to DFOK for loan of the controls.

Brian Henry

Photos courtesy Brian & the support team: Renate Henry & Dinah Blanchflower.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Betteshanger

Directions / Parking

Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Rd, Deal CT14 0BF

Large car park. Note: car park fee £3.50, payable by card or coins on the spot, or online within 48h (as per Park website). This goes towards upkeep of the Park. The normal activity fee has kindly been waived for this event.

Nearest Railway station: Deal 2.9 miles

The start will be near the middle section of the car park and through the covered area of the building.

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 23rd November (day before event).

This will require details for safety purposes

No Registration on the night.

The start will be near the middle section of the car park and through the covered area of the building

Mass Start 7.30pm (consider social distancing)

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109; visit as many as you can, in any order. 10 points per control + a 10 point bonus if you visit two controls with the same last number (i.e., 91 followed by 101 or 109 followed by 99)

10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected from 8.55pm (course closing time).

Map: Betteshanger Park at 1:7,500 scale, 2.5m 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 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.

Terrain Description

Parkland course; road, paths, mixed vegetation, rough open areas and woodland.


Toilets available near the start and car park.

Apres-O & prizegiving: Soup, bread and cake will be available to all after the race in a covered area by the download desk - donations to a couple of local charities will be appreciated (details supplied on the evening).  Water will be available and please bring your own hot drink if required.

Prizes will be presented after soup!

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Brian Henry 07976 600478

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.