Paddock WoodThu 23 Nov
Kent Night Cup: 6
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: Urban
SI results show final points (allowing for time penaties). See also the maprun page here to see routes taken.
The first opportunity to take advantage of the newly-extended map of Paddock Wood. Navigate around the town to visit as many of the 25 controls as you can within an hour. A real mix of residential (1850s - present day) and industrial/business areas. MapRun format.
Near: Paddock Wood Lat,Lng: 51.18007,0.38859 OS Grid Ref: TQ669451 Postcode: TN12 6JD What3Words: ///pursuing.year.hardback
Directions / Parking
Public car park accessed from Commercial Rd – the eastern one. Nearest postcode TN12 6JD what3words///pursuing.year.hardback
If this is full, please use the public car park almost directly opposite (Commercial Rd - west). Narrow entrance under a steel frame with ‘Max 6ft 6in’ sign.
Both car parks are free after 6pm
Public Transport Options
Railway station: Paddock Wood (250m) with a frequent train service
Map / Terrain
Map: 1:10,000 scale, 5m contours. Street event format
Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.
Urban area – streets with pavements, and paths. Grassed open spaces are shown in yellow, and purple X on routes not to be used
Course is on hard surfaces apart from one unsurfaced public footpath. Shortcuts across the open spaces are not recommended as boundary fences and hedges are not shown.
60 minute score suitable for all abilities. 25 controls numbered 1 – 25 on the map; visit as many as you can, in any order. 10 points per control, 10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Course closes at 8.45pm.
The centre of each circle on the map identifies a particular lamppost.
Please note: We will be using MapRun for control validation at this event. You will need to have downloaded MapRun to your phone or GPS watch prior to the event. Full details on how to do this can be found on the Saxons Website. If you have not used MapRun before I recommend taking a moment to familiarise yourself beforehand.
You will also need to bring your dibber. There will be a mass start, but you are also required to complete an SI punch at the Finish. This is to avoid any issues with MapRun not registering your finish correctly, and act as a safety check.
Regular KNCers will have been aware of a survey carried out at the end of last season. An outcome was to use MapRun for our Urban KNCs in 2023/4. Please read the document Procedure for Saxons Map Run based KNC events v2 If you are still unclear on these requirements please contact the organiser.
We can set up a short course so that you can check everything is OK. This would be done at 6.45pm. Please contact me in advance (email below) if you would like to try this.
Note 1: Please make sure that your phone/GPS watch is fully charged - otherwise it could be more disappointing than finding your torch has gone out!
Note 2: Accurate race time on a separate watch? Your GPS watch or mobile phone will track your route. For accurate race time you might want to have a separate watch/timer that you start at the Mass Start.
.Juniors (age 15 or younger) are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult (condition of British Orienteering insurance for Street events)
Bright headtorches used by competitors should not be shone in to households potentially upsetting the young or elderly occupants. Move promptly away from the control location after your phone/watch beeps. Please be courteous to the public.
Pre-entry only via www.racesignup.co.uk
Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £8.
Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO).
Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant) (BO or non-BO).
Dibber loan (non SIAC): Free.
Registration and Start times
Registration: Pre-entry only via www.racesignup.co.uk by midnight Wed 22nd November (day before event).
This will require details for safety purposes
No Registration on the night.
The Start will be near the centre of the car park
Mass Start 7.30pm
There are toilets at the car park entrance, open 24h.
Apres-O & prizegiving: Oliver’s Fish & Chips, 89 Commercial Rd is 40m from the car park entrance and serves until 9pm (take-away). Seating is available at benches outside (under awning). No nearby pubs serving food after 8pm I’m afraid!
Contacts / Officials
Planner / Organiser: Mark Glaisher 07895 087298 email knc”at”saxons-oc.org.
Nearest A&E Hospital
Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4QJ 01892 823535
NHS Urgent care search
Carrying some sort of torch is advised since there are areas with few street lights.
Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly recommended. A cagoule may be required in inclement weather. You will need to look after your car keys yourself (eg carry in zipped pocket or waist strap).
An Emergency contact number will be printed on the map. Carrying a mobile phone is strongly recommended. You can let us know if you are lost or late, and we can contact you if you have not returned.