Knole Park KNC14

The Event Report has been posted - see Read more below

Thu 17 Dec 2015

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

Info updated: Sun 20 Dec


Event Report

Some red faces and plenty to explain away! I think there were a couple of milestones at this round of the KNC - the best turnout in recent years and the greatest number of people (32) late back. I wonder if the simple format - get as many controls as you can with an 8.6km run needed to get them all - meant that brains were switched off, and many over-reached themselves. With the map folded to see the eastern controls it was easy to think that it was just a run across to the west to get to the Finish. The Finish in the SW corner, at almost the highest point in the Park, together with the muddy conditions underfoot, suddenly seemed a long way away.  Paul Couldridge was the winner with 16/20 controls and Bryony Crickmore won the Ladies competition with 12. Particular mention should be made of Adam Conway M12 of GO who came 6th in his first KNC event - Well Done. Thanks Nick for an enjoyable event, and to Neil Speers for running Auto Download.

The next event in the series is at Tilgate nr Crawley, hosted by SO on 7th January. Hope to see you there.

Mark Glaisher  KNC coordinator

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Sevenoaks

Directions / Parking

South Sevenoaks, Southern part of Knole Park. Park by the junction of Gracious Lane and Tonbridge Road (A225). Nearest Post code: TN13 1SJ. Enter park by gate opposite this junction = Start/Finish area. Take care crossing road.

Public Transport options

Nearest railway stations Hildenborough (3.2miles), Sevenoaks (2.2miles) Contact Organiser for lifts.

Registration & Start Times

Registration:19:00 to 19:15 (it is difficult to accommodate late arrivers).

Briefing and mass start at 19:30 sharp.

Course Information

60 minute score suitable for all abilities. Visit as many controls as you can. Planners optimal route for taking all = 8.6km. 20 controls. 1 point per control. No funny business!

1pt deducted for each minute or part minute late. The nearer controls will have a couple of chocolate sweets attached to the SI Unit. Take 1 only. No more. Leave any others you  see if you have already taken one.

1:10,000 scale map with 5m contours, updated Spring 2014. Maps will be printed on nonwaterproof A4 paper and bagged for a change.

If you are new to Night Orienteering and would like someone to help you get started please email the organiser or make yourself known on the night.

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

Entry on the day. Please email the organiser if you intend coming so we know how many maps to print.

Christmas Special! Seniors £3, Juniors £1. Dibber hire £1.

SPORT IDENT dibbers to hire if you don’t have one. 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)

Terrain Description

Oh deer! - 15th Century Deer Park with 400 of the prancing darlings. Mixed forest, big rides and valleys, grassed areas and Golf Course at North end. Those getting to Golf Course controls, Greens are strictly OOB (marked) and avoid running down the middle of fairways - stick to edges/use paths. You will need to exit the park to get all controls. Use marked gates ONLY. No crossing fences - all marked on the map.) Vegetation mapping is variable. New unmapped paths can occur. Generally very fast running, high visibility.


Apres-O: Sennockian Wetherspoons in Sevenoaks: 139 - 141 High Street, TN13 1UX (Opposite Pizza Express/Wagamamas).

Paid Parking in the area - sorry - but pub is cheap! Serves Food till 11pm.

Prize giving will take place in the pub afterwards. This will be a Secret Santa so bring a wrapped present. £2 - £3 value is fine.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: Nick Barrable (07720 952241) NickBarrable AT

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.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.

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