KNC2 Canterbury Urban

Thu 8 Oct 2020

The Planner's comments on this opportunity for an individual run around the paths & streets of Canterbury, choosing ......

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

Info updated: Sun 25 Oct


Event Report

The Planner's comments on this opportunity for an individual run around the paths & streets of Canterbury, choosing your own route:-

Well done to the 38 competitors who hunted down mysterious numbers on the lamp posts of Canterbury while maintaining social distance. We started in a park beside a small embankment that, 190 years ago, had the world’s first passenger train running along it. Some competitors walked off slowly studying the large 1:4000 map while others charged off like a steam train but everyone was back within the hour so no penalty points were deducted in the results!

Peter Martin

Please note! A red light stick with pocket clip was left at the start - please contact me if it is yours.

Mark ()

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Canterbury

Directions / Parking

Start/Finish in Beverley Meadow (park) adjacent to the east side of Beaconsfield Road, nearest postcode CT2 7LQ. From M2 take A2 then A2050 signed for Canterbury. At the first roundabout turn left into London Road. Follow this to the end, turn left and almost immediately right into Forty Acres Road which becomes Beaconsfield Road. Park in Beaconsfield Road or turnings off. Please allow sufficient time to find a parking space.

Beverley Meadow is accessed via a narrow gap in the fence, just north of the bus stop on the E side of the road.  what3words ///echo.stone.snail

From Ashford/A28 turn left at the first roundabout onto Rheims Way (A290), left at the second roundabout (Rheims Way A2050) then at the third roundabout turn right into London Road then as above.

Nearest railway stations Canterbury West 700m, Canterbury East 1.5km. Consider using your own transport and not public transport. Travel alone or with people you have already had close contact with (i.e. family).

Observe British Orienteering and Government guidelines.

Please observe 2m 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

Pre-entry only as below 'Entries' No provision for registration on the night.

Please note: If you have a medical condition of which the Organiser should be aware, please complete the British Orienteering Medical Form here. A hard copy of this will be kept in the KNC folder and taken to Saxons KNC events. The form is normally kept in a sealed envelope with your name on; it is only opened in case of an emergency. The sealed envelope could be put in another envelope and posted to the KNC coordinator Mark Glaisher, 14 Leafy Glade Gillingham ME8 0PJ. Alternatively, either bring the sealed envelope to the first KNC you attend and place in the marked cardboard box at the event; or, if you are happy to do this, email the form to Mark () and he will print it out and place in an envelope & seal.

We are restricting entry to Members of British Orienteering only, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All participants should read the Participant Code of Conduct here

Please note that for this event we will be using allocated specific start times 7pm – 7.30pm (NOT start periods/windows). It will be a punching start. Please do not approach the Start until it is very close to your start time. Observing 2m social distancing. Do not handle the Clear, Check and Start boxes.

You will need to look after your car keys yourself (eg carry in zipped pocket or waist strap).

The northern part of Beverley Meadow can be used as a warm-up area. It can be accessed from Beaconsfield Road (as for the Start) or from Saint Stephen’s Green. 

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. Bring your own dibber to register your Start and Finish times. Bring your own pen. The 20 control sites are all numbered lamp-posts. For each one, note the LAST digit (only). There are no SI units on the lampposts. Visit as many as you can. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Course closing time: 8:50pm.

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)

1:4,000 scale map to Urban ISSOM 2007 specification, slightly over A3 size, 5m contours, waterproof paper, updated 2018.

Please print, add your name and bring your control sheet. It can be downloaded here and/or will be provided to you by email.

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

Dib the Finish to complete your run then return your completed control sheet observing social distancing. Do not handle the Finish box or Download Station. Timing printouts will not be provided. Results will be available on the website in due course.

An Emergency contact number will be printed on the map and on the control sheet. 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.

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 website: This will require details for safety purposes, a declaration about Covid-19, and your start time preference.

Entries close Tuesday 6th October midnight or when 45 have signed up. Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5. Juniors & students (British Orienteering members) £3.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, who is living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or who has been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace should not attend this event.

A full refund will be available to anyone who needs to withdraw their entry because they or a member of their household has COVID-19 symptoms, or because they have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

If the event has to be cancelled or postponed at short notice eg as a result of a change in local or national restrictions, a full refund will be available.

Please see 'Registration and start times' above for further important details.

Terrain Description

Urban and almost entirely hard surfaces. All control sites can be accessed without the use of narrow alleys, bridges and pathways although such route choices are available in a few places. Please slow down, be courteous, allow 2 metres social distancing space for members of the public and give way at pinch points.

Carrying some sort of torch is advised since there are one or two areas with few street lights. Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly advised.


Hand sanitiser will be available at the Start/Finish. No nearby open public toilets have been identified. Sainsbury’s Superstore, Kingsmead Rd CT1 1BW has toilets and is open until 22:00.

No apres-O is planned for this event.

A & E: 

William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, has full A&E services
Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent TN24 0LZ
01233 616207

There are no Emergency Department services at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital but there is a Minor Injuries Unit, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NG
01227 864244

Rather than handle hard copies on the night, the Risk Assessments are available here and here 

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Peter Martin (078117 746355)

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.