Penenden HeathThu 15 Jun

Summer Series

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


Results and splits


22 orienteers enjoyed the fine weather at Penenden Heath, with some taking the route options further round to Sandling and Ringlestone. Most runners went through the sheep field and the woods to add some variety to the usual assorted alleyways and tarmacked footpaths for a Street O.

Mervyn and Jessica introduced a couple of newcomers to our sport, and they had good success, and seemed very keen to get to the next couple of Saxons events.

We adjourned to The Bull afterwards, and those that made it that far, were rewarded with the edible prizes. Rosie made sure we got our food.

Thanks to Simon for setting up the SI Timing, and Mark for helping with Start and Finish. Thanks also to the control collectors: Colin and Graham (from HAVOC), Neil (DFOK), Mark, Simon, and Brendon.


Last updated: Mon 31 July, 2023


Come and join us for one of Saxons 'Summer Series' events around the streets of Penenden Heath, northern Maidstone. There will be no summer brambles to worry about and there will be apres-orienteering at a nearby public house.

Location Info

Near: Maidstone
Lat,Lng: 51.28913,0.53931
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Directions / Parking

Sandy Lane, off Penenden Heath Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, ME14 2DH

Best access for those travelling some distance is from Junction 7 of M20, then follow A249 Southbound towards Maidstone (right at roundabouts), and then after about half a mile, at top of hill, head straight-on past the Chiltern Hundreds pub, and the track (Sandy Lane) to the car park at Penenden Heath is on the right just before the Zebra Crossing.

If you are joining us in the pub afterwards, then you may wish to park in the pub car park instead – see below.

If car parks are full, then please park considerately on local residential roads.

Nearest Railway station: Maidstone East - 1.2ml (2.0km). Bus 130 leaves Maidstone East Bus Stop N at 18:02 (no return journey though).

Please be respectful of other people’s wishes to observe social distancing from the time you arrive at the event until you leave.

Public Transport Options

Nearest Railway station: Maidstone East - 1.2ml (2.0km). Bus 130 leaves Maidstone East Bus Stop N at 18:02 (no return journey though).

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

Urban area – streets, tarmacked pavements, paths, grassed public open spaces and small areas of woodland.

Footwear – Road / Road-to-Trail Trainers should be adequate.

Course Information

60 minute Score Course suitable for all abilities.

30 controls: numbered 31 - 60; visit as many as you can. 10 points per control.

10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes.

Controls will be collected from 8:30pm (course closing time).

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)

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-entry only via

Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £7.

Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO).

Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant) (BO or non-BO).

Dibber loan (non SIAC): Free.

Wearing High Visibility clothing is strongly advised – due to the various minor road crossings that you will undertake. 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.

Registration and Start times

Registration: Pre-entry only via by 21:00 Wed 14th June (day before event).

You do not have to be a member of an orienteering club (though we would love you to join Saxons!). You can run as an individual or a small group

We need some details for safety purposes

Sorry, no registration on the evening.

Mass Start 7:00pm – North-East Corner of Penenden Heath open space in front of the Pavilion. Please arrive in good time, although we will accept late individual starts until 7:30pm.


Public Toilets are adjacent to the Start.

Apres-O & Prizegiving afterwards: from 8:00pm at The Bull Inn, Boxley Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, ME14 2DH. This is immediately adjacent to Penenden Heath open space, located 200 metres from Start/Finish. Large Car Park to the rear of the pub.

Do join us in the pub for the usual informal discussions about participants’ (im)perfect route choices.

Please state on race entry form, if you expect to come to the pub, so we can adjust the numbers on the provisional booking.

Classic pub food menu:

Order and pay for food and drinks at the bar. Food is served until 9pm.

Dog restrictions

No restrictions, but courses on pavements including some busy roads.

Contacts / Officials

Planner and Organiser, John Cross, email hidden; JavaScript is required

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