New Year’s Day event at Mote Park

Sun 1 Jan 2023

Come and join us in a fun orienteering event to welcome in the New Year!

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

Info updated: Sun 1 Jan

Results

Event Report

It was fantastic to see so many people at Mote Park for our New Year Score, taking the opportunity to run off a few of the mince pies whilst finding the 20 checkpoints.   The Mass Start for the Short Score was a great sight, and it was amazing how quickly everyone dispersed into the Park.  The changeover control on the Long Score made route choice very challenging, with lots of options.  Well done to everyone, and have a Happy New Year!  

Pre Event Info

Location

Nearest town: Maidstone

Directions / Parking

Parking in the main Mote Park parking area. ME15 7SU. There is a £2 parking charge. We will be using the new overflow car park adjacent to the main car parking area.

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Public Transport options

Maidstone East and West railway stations are in walking distance of the area

Registration & Start Times

Mass start for Short Score at 11am. Mass start for Long Score at 11.15am. Courses close at 12.30pm after which controls will be collected.

Course Information

Long Score 60 mins
60 minute score. 40s and 50s with compulsory changeover control - start on either set, changeover when you want at control 60 - non scoring. Once changed over no changing back. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Maximum score 200 points.

Short Score 60 mins
60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 20 scoring controls to be be visited in any order 10 points per control, 5 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Maximum score 200 points.

Guidance will be available to newcomers and novices before the start. 

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

Entries in advance only at RaceSignUp.  Entries will close 6pm on New Years Eve.

Terrain Description

Parkland surrounding a large lake with small pockets of woodland and an interesting path network.

Parts of the park are quite muddy so grippy shoes/boots would be helpful. There are also a few shiggy areas were full leg covering might be helpful, though the recent cold weather has knocked most of it back.

Facilities

Toilets can be found in the newly built block adjacent to the car park. A mobile food truck is also close to parking.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Austin Howe

Organiser: Beryl Pring

Organiser support: Alison Howe

Important Event 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.

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 someone to meet you before your start.

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

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