New Year’s Day Score event - Mote Park

Mon 1 Jan 2018

Type of event: Local, Score

Info updated: Wed 3 Jan


Event Report

Thanks to Sean for an enjoyable event despite the rain. It was good to see some orienteers from further afield and also many newcomers, hope to see some of you again soon.

Apologies to some who had incomplete splits printouts. This problem is now solved and the published results are complete.


Results amended v2 02.01.18

Further correction v3 03.01.18



Organiser Sean Cronin comments:

"I won't forget that event in a hurry.

Thank you all for coming, and for showing such patience queueing up in the rain. We were not expecting such numbers. The results don't show the total turnout as many of the non club members were running in groups.

The actual turnout was

50 from Orienteering clubs.

88 non club members.

138 total competitors.

All but 7 of the non club members were running in groups.

To the 88, since you've shown the grit to orienteer in January in driving rain, you should have no problem with our other events, one or two per week, which are mostly in forests and therefore more sheltered. Next week we have an event at Ightham - much more sheltered!

There are a few learning points for us to organise a high turnout event in such conditions.

As always, SAXONS club members were great at helping on the day. Thanks to Steve Reith, Alan Hickling, Simon Blanchflower, Graham Denney, Alison Howe, Brendon Howe, Beryl Pring, Roger Pring and Nick Betts. Thanks also to Dave Kingdon for helping with access, Mark Glaisher with map printing, and Maidstone Borough Council for permission to use the area for orienteering."


Some lost property was found:

- One yellow legoland waterproof smock.

- One beige towel.

If yours please contact Sean.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Maidstone

Directions / Parking

Follow Brown direction signs to Mote Park main car park. Nearest postcode ME14 5SS

Parking fee £2 (up to 6 hours)

Registration & Start Times

From 12.15pm adjacent to the main Mote Park car park (near the childrens play area, toilets and café). 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 – 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. An alternative format to give a longer run and some challenging route choice. Penalty 10 points per minute/part-minute beyond 60 minutes

Courses close at 2:30pm

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,  Juniors £1,  Dibber hire £1 (records your time & controls visited)

You can compete in a group or family if you prefer.

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 and the runnable open ground and woodland trails.


Cafe, toilets

Dogs allowed?

Well behaved dogs allowed

Contacts / Officials

Planner & Organiser: Sean Cronin

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 at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page and ask questions there. It may be possible to arrange for somoene to meet you before your start.

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