KNC 8 Tenterden

First KNC in Tenterden, featuring a super-detailed map

Thu 8 Dec 2022

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

Info updated: Sun 11 Dec


Event Report

What a wonderful birthday treat to organise this street event at Christmas, yes it was my birthday on Thursday! Tenterden was lit and decorated festively, which helped take the mind off the cold. Thank you to the 20 competitors that braved the cold, it was about -4°C at the start of the race, so I hope my briefing was short enough for you. The competitors bring these races to life which such a great spirit and friendship, all organisers appreciate this. The map was a glorious full colour A3 sprint-O map produced by Bill Griffiths, and updated by Simon and Mark. I always plan these courses without showing Sam the map and so she acts as a unofficial controller. This means we run the course putting out the controls, in this occasion we ran it as if we were clearing the course and the course length turned out to be 12km!!! So what a great run by Jonathan Wells who scored 190 points! The cold eventually got to control 90 which died, if you visited it and don’t think you got credited please check the results and email Mark. This just leaves the pub report, thanks to Sam for finding a pub that serves after 9pm, 11 of us attended a cosy and warm Vine Inn and enjoyed some lovely food.

Our thanks to the control collectors Sean, Graham, Phil, Brian, John, and Mark.

Andrew & Sam

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tenterden

Directions / Parking

Nearest Postcode TN30 6RA       what3words /// 

Large car park front and rear of Tenterden Leisure Centre. There is no car park charge after 6pm.

Nearest Railway station: Appledore 7.5 miles, Ashford International 12.6 miles.

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: See Entry Details. Pre-entry only via  by midnight Wed 7th December (day before event).

This will require details for safety purposes

No Registration on the night.

The Start will be near the NW corner of the front car park, at the edge of the playing field.

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, no switching back.

10 points per control, max score 200 points. 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected after 70 minutes (course closing time).

All controls are on lamp posts, control 100 is close to a fenceline, you can access it from the path. Please do not enter the adjacent allotment, this is out of bounds and the entrance is marked as such on the map. There are a few private estates in Tenterden, the road detail is shown on the map and in some cases the entrances are gated (not shown). You will not need to access these areas, they are all dead ends.

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)

Map: Tenterden & St Michaels at 1:5000 scale, 5m contours. Full colour sprint map.

Maps will be printed on A3 waterproof paper.

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

Bright headtorches used by competitors should not be shone in to households potentially upsetting the young or elderly occupants.  Move promptly away from the control after punching.  Please be courteous to the public

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.

Carrying some sort of torch is advised since there are areas with few street lights, and some woodland.

Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly advised. 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

Urban area – streets, paths, grassed public open spaces and small areas of woodland.


The nearest toilets are 150m away in the playing field to the north. Alternatively we maybe able to use the Lesiure Centre, I will let you know on the day.

Apres-O & prizegiving: At the The Vine Inn pub, If you would like food there take a look at the menu and email  with your order by Wednesday 7th Dec. It will be phoned through to the pub.

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Andrew Derrick 07791288986

Important Event 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.

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 someone to meet you before your start.

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.