Milton Creek Country ParkSat 7 Oct
Local level event
Explanation of event levels
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.
Terrain type: Parkland
Many thanks to everyone who came to the first event of the new Kent Orienteering League Season. I hope you enjoyed your run. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped on the day. Five control collectors in an area the size of the Country Park was a luxury and meant we were all packed up and ready to go before the official course closing time.
Training tips/things to be learnt: Always check the code at each control. For example, say you went from control 6 to control 9 by mistake, checking the control code matches the one on the descriptions would make you realise the error before running to controls 8 and 7 and then having to re-run the controls in the correct sequence.
Kent Orienteering League events are organised by Saxons and DFOK and take place on Saturday mornings. A range of courses are available to suit all abilities including newcomers with no experience. League tables are published after each event.
Near: Kemsley Lat,Lng: 51.35452,0.74261 Postcode: ME10 2EX What3Words: apply.squad.calculating
Directions / Parking
Parking at the main car park at Milton Creek. Postcode ME10 2EX. Accessed from the road leading to the Greggs drive through. No parking charges (yet). The address is Saffron Way ME10 2EX. What 3 Words: apply.squad.calculating.
Public Transport Options
1km Sittingbourne (mainline) station, 0.5km Kemsley (branch) station.
Map / Terrain
1:4000 scale map of the Country Park.
Parkland with some rough open areas, lakes, and trees in places.
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 21 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. Note - additional rule for this event: The Country Park is a small area, so to keep you occupied for longer, the score course will be an odds/evens course. Find as many in one set (odds or evens) and then switch to the other set when you feel like it. No changeover control.
Pre-entry only. This will be via http://www.racesignup.co.uk
Senior (member/non-member): £5/£8
Junior/Student (member/non-member) £3/£5
Group (member/non-member): £8/£13
Basic non-SIAC dibber (electronic timing device) available for hire free of charge. SIAC dibbers available for hire for £1.50.
Entries close the day before the event.
Registration and Start times
Starts from 11:00 to 12:30.
Courses close at 14:00
Toilets in the country park.