Knole Park SE Score Champs
Sun 28 Oct 2018
Final details updated 23 October
Type of event: Regional, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Pre Event Info
Runability is generally fast except where bracken is present. The bracken screen should not be relied on for navigation. It is found where there is good light – in the open, on ride edges and among more widely spaced trees. There is an ongoing control programme of cutting areas. In general there are routes through the bracken but not always in the direction desired! Ticks are often present where deer and bracken are found but Kent is not a high risk area for Lyme disease. It is suggested that runners wear full leg cover.
There is only one road in the Park which leads from the Park entrance to Knole House car park and it is likely that only competitors visiting the most distant controls will cross this. It’s only a minor road with slow moving traffic but competitors still need to take care.
The golf course and paths/roads across it are strictly out of bounds and clearly marked as such on the map. Please respect this, as keeping clear of the golf course is one of the conditions of gaining permission to hold the event.
Needless to say but the deer in the Park are wild animals, and while well used to people, they can be aggressive and unpredictable. This is especially so at present as it is the rutting season. Please give the deer a wide berth and don’t be surprised to hear loud grunting in the woods!
Nearest town: Sevenoaks
- Grid Ref: TQ554545
- Postcode: TN15 0JU
- Latitude: 51.26830
- Longitude: 0.22675
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Directions / Parking
Parking will be at Sevenoaks Prep School, Park Lane, Godden Green TN15 OJU (Grid Ref TQ554545). Sevenoaks Prep is to the east side of the Park. Parking is limited due to proposed building work on site and therefore we ask that you car share where possible. If the car park is full you will be directed to road side parking about 15 minutes walk from Registration.
Note: Last weekend it was noticed that the road leading to the School was closed c. 100 metres to the north of the School. SE Water advise that work should be completed by mid week but just in case there is an overrun you may wish to consider approaching the School from the south.
If you are coming from the West or North this shouldn’t be a problem as the best way to the event is to leave the M25 at junction 5 and take the A21 south (Sevenoaks by-pass) then turn north where it meets the A225. At the top of the escarpment turn sharp right into St Julians Road which runs along the south side of Knole Park. After about 2K turn left onto Park Lane towards Godden Green. The School is about 500m on your left
If travelling from the East it is suggested that you turn south off the A25 and travel through Ightham, Ivy Hatch and Bitchet Green, eventually turning right into Park Lane towards Godden Green. The School is about 500m on your left
Registration & Start Times
NOTE - CLOCKS GO BACK THE NIGHT BEFORE
Registration and download will be adjacent to the car park
Registration: 10 am to 12 noon
Starts: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Course closes at 14.00 pm
Distance from Registration to starts/finishes: c. 10 minute walk
Electronic punching (Sportident) will be used
This Score event has a choice of 40 or 60 minutes time limit options. Novices and families are welcome.
There is no set route - just visit as many controls as you can and return to the finish within 40 or 60 minutes. There are 29 controls in total and you will receive 10 points for each control you visit but there will be a 10 point penalty for every minute, or part thereof, that your run exceeds 40/60 minutes. There are a good number of controls within easy walking distance of the start/finish which will suit novices/beginners.
SE Score Championships
This is a 60 minute score event but W/M16 (and younger) and W/M60 (and older) can opt for the 40 minute score and their scores/penalties will be multiplied by 1.5. The choice of 40 or 60 minutes must be made when registering and cannot be changed later.
Each club receives the aggregated points of its individual score runners from different age classes. The scoring system automatically allows for running up - no declaration of teams is required. The club with the highest total score wins.
For full details of the rules please follow the link to the SEOA website https://www.seoa.org.uk/info/orienteering-competitions-within-seoa/south-east-score-championships
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.
Pre entry via Fabian4 is now closed
Start times will not be pre-allocated
Entries on Day (subject to map availability)
Seniors: £12; £2 discount for BO members
Juniors: £5; £2 discount to BO/Saxons members
SI dibbers will be loaned free of charge where necessary
Please contact the organiser to reserve a map if you haven't pre entered.
There will be no formal bag drop but as the start and finish are close together you can drop your bags and coats near the start and collect them when you finish.
Knole is a beautiful open deer park surrounding the historic National Trust Knole House, with areas of largely runnable woodland and a good ride/path network. There are many knolls in the area. Only the most significant ones have been mapped. Rootstocks, which often have the appearance of small knolls, are not mapped.
1:10,000 map with contours 5m.
Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities in the car parking area
Dogs welcome on a lead
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Simon Greenwood
Organiser: Richard Whitaker
Controller: Andrew Evans (DFOK)
Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
Insurance: If you have joined an orienteering club, or are competing in one of your first 3 events, then you are covered by our public liability insurance.
Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.
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.