KNC 7 Hargate Forest

Thu 1 Dec 2022

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

Info updated: Sun 4 Dec


Event Report

We are grateful to the Woodland Trust for allowing us to hold this round of the KNC at Hargate. It was inevitably a bit wet, muddy and slippery after the rain recently, and no one managed to get the max 220 points. As I had intended, many went for the dumbell bonuses. These control pairs were selected so you had the opportunity to sample the nicer parts of the forest, if using a straight line route.

Our thanks to the control collectors Hal, Neil, Sean & Andrew, and it was nice to have a chat at the Opera House afterwards with those who could make it.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Roadside parking is along Broadwater Down in Tunbridge Wells. The entrance to the forest is towards the western end of Broadwater Down. Nearest postcode TN2 5PE. w3w///winemaker.hippy.perfume Railway station: Tunbridge Wells 2.5km.

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.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only - see Entry Details

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

No Registration on the night.

Gather at the junction of Broadwater Down and the forest access road at 7:20pm for the short walk to the Start.

Mass Start 7.30pm (consider social distancing)

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls in two series 90 – 99 & 100 – 109. Choose either 90’s first or 100s first then switch series whenever/wherever you wish.

There will be two ‘dumbell’ pairs denoted by a red line between the controls – going directly from one end of the dumbell to the other earns bonus points.

10 points per control, 10 points bonus per dumbell pair. Max score 220 points

10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected after 70 minutes (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 by midnight Wed 30 November (day before event).

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

Mixed forest that slopes down to Sprat’s Brook. Likely to be muddy & slippery underfoot after recent rain.


The nearest toilets are at Sainsbury’s TN2 5QL

Apres-O & prizegiving: Opera House (Wetherspoons), 88 Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RT. 2 miles/10 min distant. Food served until 11pm.

Crescent Rd car park TN1 2LU is nearest. £1.50 Night rate (after 6pm), register at Pay Point on arrival or use RingGo.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Mark Glaisher 07895 087298 knc"at"

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

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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.

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