KNC4 Paddock Wood

KNC League placings after 4 events are now available

Thu 22 Oct 2020

Planner Sarah Howes comments 'I hope you enjoyed this informal......

Type of event: Local, Night, Score, Street

Info updated: Sun 25 Oct


Event Report

Planner Sarah Howes comments 'I hope you enjoyed this informal level D event in Paddock Wood which was put together at quite short notice after permission for the scheduled Trosley & Vigo event was withdrawn, rather than there being no event at all this week.

There was some lively discussion after download about a couple of the controls so in the interests of fairness everyone has been credited with 10 points for all control points, that they indicated on their control sheet, they had visited.

There’s a huge amount of new housing development going on in Paddock Wood at the moment so a return visit in 2-3 years’ time could be on an entirely different looking map.'


The KNC League table shows the placings after the first 4 rounds, taking your best 2 results. For those unfamiliar with the scoring you will see it explained in the Header.

Apologies for the delay in presenting these - it should be straightforward, from now on!

We are grateful to Simon Holford for the continued use of the KNC League programme. It has served us well, being simple to use and presenting the Results in an attractive format.

Mark Glaisher

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Paddock Wood

Directions / Parking

Commercial Road WEST car park, Paddock Wood; nearest postcode TN12 6EL. The car park can ONLY be accessed from the southern end of Commercial Road.

Entrance to car park: what3words ///

Parking is free after 6pm but you’ll still need to display a ‘free’ ticket.

Nearest railway station: Paddock Wood <500m. Consider using your own transport and not public transport. Travel alone or with people you have already had close contact with (i.e. family).

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.

Registration & Start Times

Registration: Pre-entry only, as below 'Entry Details'. No registration on the night.

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.

Allocated start times 7pm – 7.30pm, punching start observing social distancing.

The start will be in the car park.

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 the case of an emergency. Bring the sealed envelope to the first KNC you attend and place in the marked cardboard box at the event. 

The envelopes & Forms will be shredded at the end of the 2020-21 KNC season.

All participants should read the Participant Code of Conduct here 

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. The 20 control sites are lampposts and (one) telegraph pole. There are no SI units on the lampposts or telegraph pole. Please bring:-

your own dibber to register your Start and Finish times
your own pen
your own control sheet. It is available here (and can be provided to you by email upon request). Please add your name. For each checkpoint, note the LAST digit (only).

Format: Single person relay!

There will be 2 versions of the course map, one with controls numbered 90 – 99 and the other with controls numbered 100 -109. It’s about the same distance to visit all 10 controls on each map.  Maps will be distributed randomly at the start.

Visit as many controls on your first map as you wish, then return to the start/carpark. DO NOT PUNCH THE START AGAIN AND DO NOT PUNCH THE FINISH! Leave your first map on your car – maybe under the wipers – then collect a new map for the other series. Again visit as many controls as you wish on your second map in your remaining time and then punch the finish.

NB new unused maps will be provided for the second part of your run, not ones that have already been used by someone else.

After punching the Finish to complete your run please download at the Download point and leave your completed control sheet in the box provided, 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.

10 points per checkpoint, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Course closing time: 8:50pm.

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.

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, A4 size, waterproof paper, minor updates 2020

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

Entries close Tuesday 20th 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 refund will be available.

Terrain Description

Terrain description and important information

Urban and almost entirely hard surfaces. Wearing high visibility clothing is strongly advised.

Carrying some sort of torch is also advised since there are one or two areas with few street lights.

Special requests - please:

- slow down, be courteous, allow 2 metres social distancing space for members of the public and give way at pinch points
- take care not to shine torches into house windows
- respect residential areas
- maintain quietness and move away from checkpoints promptly.

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


Hand sanitiser will be available at the Start/Finish. There are 24 hour public toilets in the Commercial Road EAST carpark.  what3words ///nature.labs.plausible.

Waitrose Supermarket Church Road Paddock Wood TN12 6EX has toilets and is open until 20:00.

No après-O is planned for this event.

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

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

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Sarah Howes

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.