KOL 1 - Hargate

World Orienteering Day event & KOL 2021-2022 event 1

Sat 11 Sep 2021

Round 1 of the 2021-22 Kent Orienteering League

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sat 11 Sep


Event Report

Well done to everyone who attended the first KOL.  Whilst Hargate was a little green in places, David Kingdon planned some great courses which proved a good challenge.

Unfortunately the penultimate control on the Orange course caused a few issues.  The control site was checked post event by the Organiser and whilst the control was on the correct feature, the map has the feature 100m to the north compared to what is on the ground. This leg will therefore be voided, so control 10 will be treated as the finish. 

We hope this map error didn't detract from the enjoyment of the event.

We look forward to seeing you all back for the next event

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Parking will be on Broadwater Down in Tunbridge Wells. The entrance to the forest will be towards the western end of Broadwater Down. Nearest postcode TN2 5PE. Railway station: Tunbridge Wells 2.5km

Assembly will be just through the gate with the start a further 500m further on - please follow the taped route.  

Public Transport options

2.5km walk from Tunbridge Wells station.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be in advance via Race Signup only. 

Starts from 11:00am-12:30pm. 15 minute start window will be selected during online entry process.  Please make every effort to arrive at the start for your start window to ensure appropriate social distancing.  Courses close at 14:00

Course Information

Five courses available:

Course Distance Climb Controls
Yellow 1.8 km 15 m 11
Orange 2.5 km 45 m 11
Green 3.9 km 90 m 21
Blue 6.1 km 160 m 25
Score     21

Yellow - Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners. 

Orange - Moderate, controls are on or near paths with more route choice. Good for progressing juniors and beginner adults who are reasonably confident reading a map. 

Green - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers requiring a shorter run than the blue course. 

Blue - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. 

Score - No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 21 controls as possible in one hour. 7 easy controls, 7 medium, and 7 hard. 10 points per control. A penalty of 5 points per minute or part minute over the time limit will be applied. Good for adult beginners, those progressing from orange to green, and those that want to be back in a set time.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Pre-entry through racesignup.co.uk only.

Individual (member/non-member)
    Senior: £5.00/£8.00
    Junior: £3.00/£5.00
Group (1 senior + 1 junior e.g. a parent & child running together)
    Entry Fee: £8.00
    Non member supplement: £5.00
Group (2-5 people e.g. family running Score course together)
    Entry Fee: £10.00
    Non member supplement: £5.00

Juniors are under 21 on 31st December.

Terrain Description

Mixed forest including streams, ponds and plenty of contours.


None at the event. Nearest toilets are at Sainsburys.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: David Kingdon

Organiser: Mel Taylor

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 coaching@saxons-oc.org at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc 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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