New Year’s Day Score event at Mote Park

Wed 1 Jan 2020

Our thanks go to Maidstone Borough Council for.....

Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland

Info updated: Wed 1 Jan


Event Report

Our thanks go to Maidstone Borough Council for allowing us to hold our first event of the decade in Mote Park. It was rewarding to have a good turnout, and nice to welcome newcomers to the sport.

The Saxons support crew on the day:- Manning the 'Here to Help' roles were Beryl & Roger Pring, Tony Connellan and Brendon Howe, and behind the desks were Alison Howe (Registration), Alan Hickling & Simon Blanchflower (Data entry) and Dinah Blanchflower keeping an eye on things backstage. Control collectors were Rob, Jennifer & Rosie Sibley, Judith Armitt and Phil Norris.

Many thanks to all, and of course to Planner Sean Cronin for the two formats, well-received by everyone.

Mark Glaisher

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Maidstone

Directions / Parking

Main Mote Park car park, Mote Avenue, Maidstone ME15 7SX £2 up to 6 hours.

Public Transport options

Maidstone West and East stations are both about a 25 to 30 minute walk from the car park.

Registration & Start Times

From 12.15pm until 12.45pm, near the main Mote Park car park. Look out for the blue & purple 'Saxons' feather-style banner.

Mass Start at 1pm

Help will be given to newcomers to explain the map and the course. Please make yourself known.

Course Information

Checkpoints ('controls') will be positioned on features in the Park - Seats, fences, paths, depressions etc. These will be marked on the map supplied. 

60 minute ‘Score’ format for beginners and improvers ('Short' course) – How many can you find in the time available? No worries if you can't locate a control - move on to another one.

60 minute ‘Score’ race for experienced orienteers ('Long' course). An alternative format to give a longer run and some challenging route choice. 90s first or 100s first, changeover at 111. 1 point per control, Long race Penalty 1 point per minute/part-minute beyond 60 minutes

The Start & Finish will be close to Registration.

Courses close at 2:30pm.

Map: Scale 1:10,000 with 5m contour interval, printed on water-resistant paper.

Controls will not be SIAC enabled; control descriptions on the map (only).

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.

Entry Details

Enter on the day.  Adults: £4 (British Orienteering members); £6 (non-members).  Juniors £2 (members & non-members). Dibber loan (records your time & controls visited) Free.

Group (max 5) £10 inc. 1 Dibber loan, and a map for each in the Group.

Please email the Organiser if you intend coming, so we can estimate roughly how many maps to print.

Some spares will be printed if you forget to email us.

Terrain Description

Mote Park is an undulating park area with a lake and various pockets of woodland. The Courses will make use of the excellent path network at Mote Park (ideal for beginners) and the runnable open ground and woodland trails.


Mote Park cafe will be open.

There are toilets in the park (building near cafe).

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Mark Glaisher mailto:

Planner: Sean Cronin

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.


Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following government lockdown rules. To enable us to maintain social distancing requirements, we will not be offering coaching to beginners at the start. If you havent tried orienteering before and need guidance please contact our head coach in the first instance.

To ensure that we comply with Government and British Orienteering 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. 

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

Always respect others & social distance even when orienteering

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 ensure you are drip and spittle free before downloading.

For full BO Covid guidance click here

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

Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.

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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.