KNC Tunbridge Wells (Covid tier 3 area)

Thu 17 Dec 2020

A Christmas tree decked with lights....

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

Info updated: Sun 27 Dec


Event Report

A Christmas tree decked with lights greeted finishers at this round of the KNC, with the bonus of a chocolate treat after Download! The controls were nicely distributed such that 21/25 was the winning score, but 10+ were within reasonable grasp.

Our thanks to Fiona and Mike for hosting the event, and including part of Tunbridge Wells that's not been visited before.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Start is on Bishops Down Road, just N of its junction with A264, to W of Tunbridge Wells town centre. Grid Ref TQ 576 392. what3words /// mull.sooner.lions  Nearby Postcode TN4 8YA.

Parking will be on residential roads leading from Bishops Down Road (Hurstwood Lane, Manor Close). Please park discreetly to avoid annoyance to residents and maintain at least 2m distance from others.

In the event of these spaces filling up, there is parking along some of the roads on Tunbridge Wells Common (Castle Rd, Major Yorks Rd, Fir Tree Rd); these may be accessed by driving 250m E along A264 and turning S onto Castle Rd.  

Nearest Railway station: Tunbridge Wells, 1.2km.

Observing 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.

You are reminded to maintain 2m distance apart at control sites and, if running close to another competitor or a member of the public, BOF advises that you remain at least 10m apart, ahead or behind, to avoid aerosol inhalation.

Please also:

avoid busy streets.  Main shopping streets will be marked as out of bounds.
give way at ‘pinch points’
take care not to shine torches into house windows
move away from checkpoints promptly.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only - See Entry details.

Allocated start times 6.45pm – 7.39pm, punching start observing social distancing.

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities.

As a Yuletide gesture there are 25 controls numbered 31 – 55; visit as many as you can. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes.

Punching start and finish only.  Control sites are all numbered lamp posts. 

There are no SI units at control sites. Register your visit to each control site by recording the LAST digit of the lamp post code on your control sheet. 

Please bring a pencil (although it will be possible to punch a hole in the score sheet, should you forget or lose your pencil)

Control score sheets are available for download here.

Please print a copy of the control sheet and add your name (we will provide some in case required).

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)

1:10,000 scale map, 10m contours, Open Street map format. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

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

Pre-entry only via   : Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5.     Juniors & students (British Orienteering members) £3. Entries close Wednesday 16th December at midnight or when 55 have entered.

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.

No Registration on the night.

Allocated start times 6.45pm – 7.39pm, punching start observing social distancing.

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


Hand sanitiser will be available at the Start/Finish.

There are no public toilets listed as open but toilets can be accessed at Sainsbury’s supermarket, Linden Park Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2

No après-O is planned for this event.

A & E: Tunbridge Wells Hospital Tonbridge Road Pembury Tunbridge Wells TN2 4QJ

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Mike Solomon (07799 418525)

Planner & Organiser: Fiona Wilson (07754 992494)

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.