KOL 9 - Brockhill Country Park
Sat 14 May 2022
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland
What a glorious day for Orienteering, if a bit warm! Lots of happy faces and some glowing faces returning to St Augustine's School where we had nearly ran out of parking! Having forgotten to apply suncream this morning, I will be doing an impression of a lobster later!
Well done to all our juniors who set some impressive times around the Yellow course, and some of our improving juniors on the Orange course getting to grips with the harder navigation! We also had a returning M85 who swears that each event will be his last one! Well done Bernard Wilson!
Those on the Blue had the added challenge of a rather unexpected hastily handrawn course on the 2nd part. An earlier version of the street course had eroneous been sent to print, so the mash up of parkland and urban wasn't quite as seamless as we had imagined, but everyone seemed to cope admirably!
Thank-you to St Augustine's School for allowing us to use their parking, we would have certainly overwhelmed the main Brockhill CP car park - and what lucky children to have a school on such a spectacular site.
And finally a huge thank-you to all our volunteers - a lot of new faces to welcome and many hands made light work. Much appreciated.
Alison & Brendon
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Hythe
- Grid Ref:
- Latitude: 51.08321
- Longitude: 1.06664
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Follow the brown tourist signs to Brockhill Country Park.
Parking at St Augustines Primary School in Hythe next to the park's southern pedestrian entrance which is where the Start and Finish will be located. Nearest postcode CT21 4BE. W3W locked.tastier.streaks.
Registration & Start Times
Registration will be in advance via Racesignup 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
Five courses available:
Yellow - Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners. Approx distance 1.5 to 2.5 km.
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. Approx distance 2 to 3 km.
Green - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers requiring a shorter run than the blue course. Approx distance 4 to 5 km.
Blue - As technically hard as we can make it, for experienced orienteers. Approx distance 5.5 to 6.5 km.
Score - No set distance, but a 60 minute time limit. Find as many of the 20 controls as possible in one hour. Good for adult beginners, those progressing from orange to green, and those that want to be back in a set time.
Compete on your own or as a group. Groups wishing to go around a course together are recommended to enter Score, Orange or Yellow courses - select group entry on racesignup and provide other team members details in the field provided, (only team leader needs to enter).
Basic introduction to Orienteering will be provided in the park close to the start from 10.30am. A compass exercise will also be run depending on interest. Please email the organiser for further details.
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.
Pre-entry through racesignup only.
Group (2-5 people e.g. family running Score course together)
Entry Fee: £8.00
Non member supplement: £5.00
Juniors are under 21 on 31st December.
Brockhill Park is dominated by a grass covered valley bisected by the Brockhill Stream. Brockhill's lake, woods, meadows, picnic and play areas – along with the excellent Brockhill Café – make it a great spot for a day out. The park is also rich in wildlife, including marbled white butterflies, green woodpeckers and carpets of snowdrops.
After the event - it's not far from the beach. A good place to relax if the weather is kind.
No toilets at St Augustine's School parking. There are toilets and a cafe up at Brockhill Country Park main entrance.
Dogs welcome in the park on leads.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser/Planner: Alison Howe
Organiser/Planner: Brendon Howe
Health, safety and other important information related to events.
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