KNC Angley Wood - in tier 3 area

Thu 10 Dec 2020

Our thanks go to Tom Dobra for putting on this round......

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

Info updated: Sun 27 Dec

Results

Event Report

Our thanks go to Tom Dobra for putting on this round of the KNC - it was good to get back in the forest!

The event was held during the period when Kent was in tier 3. Although the results are included in the League for the time being, they will be deleted if we are able return to normal. For more details see 'KNC League and the effect of inter-tier travel advice'

 

Mark Glaisher

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Cranbrook

Directions / Parking

Parking is in Cranbrook High Street car park, which is on the south side of the High Street and also signposted to Co-op Food. Free of charge. Postcode TN17 3DQ is in the car park. No orienteering signs, volunteers or equipment will be in the car park. Do not congregate in the car park. Watch out for other vehicles. 800m walk to start/finish.

Bus: Arriva 5, Maidstone-Sandhurst, alight at Cranbrook fire station. Or Hams Travel 297, Tunbridge Wells-Tenterden, alight at New Road, but there are no buses back to Tunbridge Wells. Both bus stops are on the walking route from the car park to the start/finish.

Train: Staplehurst 10km, served by bus route 5.

Cycle/Foot: Go direct to the start/finish area.

Start/finish/download are along the public footpath at TN17 2PG, TQ768359, ///trimmer.baffle.unsecured.

Route from car park to start/finish (800m) – largely unsigned/untaped: Left out of car park along High Street. Take third right after 400m onto New Road, which has a broken tarmac/gravel surface and a footpath sign – there will also be tape streamers at this turn. At the end, cross A229 and follow track opposite into woods - take care at road crossing. Please remain on the pavement and watch out for traffic. Children under 16 must be accompanied for the whole route. Map showing route to Start

Observe British Orienteering and Government guidelines:-

Please observe social distancing from the time you arrive at the event and 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 see Entry Details. 

No Registration on the night.

Allocated start times 18:45-19:39, punching start at 1 minute intervals, observing social distancing. You must use the hand sanitiser in the start lane prior to clearing your dibber. Do not approach the start area until 3 minutes before your time. Use the pavement along A229 or New Road for warming up.

Course Information

60 minute score with 20 controls suitable for all abilities. Two sets – 90s and 100s – start with either set then switch to the other when ready; you may change over anywhere. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes.

Courses close at 20:45. You must report to download by this time to avoid initiating an emergency search. Controls will be collected from this time.

1:10,000 scale map with 5m contours, limited updates 2020, ISOM 2000. Recent felling and regrowth may not be mapped, although we do not expect this to affect the course fairness. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

Controls are SIAC enabled, except for start and finish. Separate/loose control descriptions are not provided.

After your run please download as normal, observing social distancing. Timing printouts will not be provided – the results will be available on the website.

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

Please note the latest guidance from British Orienteering about travel into a Tier 3 area:- 

‘People should not travel into or out of tier 3 areas (very high alert) in order to participate or volunteer in an orienteering activity or event’.

Reference: https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/news/5392

The effect of this is that the event becomes unfair in terms of counting in the KNC League. There is a separate News item on the website 'KNC League and the impact of inter-tier travel advice' that explains how this will be handled. Please read this!

 

Pre-entry only via https://www.racesignup.co.uk/ British Orienteering members only: Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5. Juniors & students (British Orienteering members) £3.  Entries close Tuesday 8th December at midnight or when 55 entries have been received. This will require details for safety purposes, a declaration about Covid-19, and your start time preference. We have to restrict entry to Members of British Orienteering only, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 waterproof jacket with taped seams and a hood/hat may be required in inclement weather.

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.

Offers for control collection are gratefully appreciated.

Terrain Description

Mixed forest with a good path network, much of it delightful beech woodland. Some areas contain brambles, bracken or are recently felled, which are not nice to run across. Some hills and steep, slippery slopes. There will be mud. Marshes are avoidable with good route choice. Watch out for ruined wire fences

Facilities

An uncovered clothing dump will be provided near download. Please leave your items separate from others’ to avoid someone else touching them while trying to collect theirs.

There are toilets at the car park but these are unlikely to be open. At the Wood, if you must, stay out of sight of nearby houses, and you may go 50m beyond the start kite.

No après-O. Sad times.

Risk Assessments: Rather than handle paper copies at the event, the RAs can be viewed here (main) and here (Covid specific).

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Tom Dobra

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

Covid-19:

On 12 October a new system of Covid restrictions was introduced which means that local areas in England have been placed in one of three tiers. Anyone taking part in an orienteering event or activity must ensure that they are aware of the local Covid alert level both in their home area and at the intended venue for their activity, and act in line with the restrictions that apply. When travelling to orienteering events, please take into consideration that this may involve travelling into an area in a different tier, and also that tier definitions may change.

To ensure that we comply with Government and British Orienteering guidelines and make our events Covid secure and safe for participants and volunteers, all events will be pre-entry, pre-payment and for Saxons and BO members 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. 

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

Always respect others & social distance even when orienteering

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 ensure you are drip and spittle free before downloading.

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.