KNC 8: Mote Park

Thu 11 Nov 2021

Our thanks go to Maidstone Borough Council for permission to......

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

Info updated: Mon 15 Nov


Event Report

Our thanks go to Maidstone Borough Council for permission to put on the event, and to Sean for Planning and Organising.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Maidstone

Directions / Parking

Parking will be in the Burning Ground Car Park in the NE quadrant of the area at ME15 8JW. Entry is off Willington Street; turn west into the Park and Ride entrance and then immediately right into the road leading to the car park. Parking charge £2. What 3 Words: ///ticket.talent.expand  

Nearest railway station: Maidstone East or Bearsted 1.5km.

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 orienteering gear and depart still wearing it.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only via by midnight Wed 10th November (day before event) or when 45 entries have been received.

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

No Registration on the night.

The Start will be near the South West corner of 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. Some controls will be ‘easy’ on big features fairly easy to find (for night time), some will be further into the woodland and harder. Nowhere is really hard at Mote Park as you are never far from a big path, road or lake.

The course is split into two series of controls, 90-99 & 100-109, to give the faster orienteers a further run (optimum route to find all 20, 9km straight line distance).

Start with one of the two series. Do as many controls as you wish within the series, then (if you have time) switch to the other series. Then no changing back.

No changeover 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).

1:10,000 scale map with 5m contours. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

When you visit the controls, record your visit using electronic punching (‘SIAC’ technology). If you haven’t got a dibber (electronic timing device) for electronic punching one can be loaned to you. Just request one when you enter online.

Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided, these will be on the map.

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 (this will be an old style, slightly slower non SIAC dibber): 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

Large 440 acre park. A mixture of open parkland, woodland and semi open land, plus a large lake. A good challenge for the experienced orienteer, and an ideal venue for a first (non-street) night event as there are plenty of obvious features to relocate on.


The nearest toilets are at Grove Green Tesco ME14 5TQ.

Apres-O & prizegiving: not on this occasion.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Sean Cronin publicity"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.

Privacy: when entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports. Read our privacy policy to see how we look after your personal data.

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.