Perry Wood Summer Series event

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Results, including bonus points, are now available, plus some comments from the Planner & Organiser. Note! Concern about ticks           Read more...

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

Info updated: Sun 15 Jul


Event Report

It was good to see both newcomers and experienced orienteers at the Perry Wood Summer Series event - I hope the courses and format appealed to all.

Thanks go to Sean Cronin for giving coaching, and other club members for helping on the day.

Note! Since the event, someone has reported a potential tick bite - with the tall bracken at this time of year there is certainly a risk of this. Worth checking, as they can cause nasty infections.

The next Summer Series foot-O event is on 1st September at Angley Wood; in the meantime there are two Bike-O events at Pluckley & Doddington. These are 2.5 hour score events on minor roads.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Selling

Directions / Parking

Perry Wood car park. Postcode ME13 9RN is just west of the crossroads in the Wood. The car park is a few metres east of the crossroads.

There is no parking charge

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00-11.00  If you have a SI dibber please bring it to Registration

Mass start of score event at 11.30

Courses close at 1pm - you must report back by this time.

Course Information

45 and 60 minute 'score' course. Visit as many of the controls (check points) as you can in the time allowed. 

At this series of events we are offering free coaching to members of orienteering clubs before the event starts from 10.15-11.00. People wanting to take advantage of this to register close to 10 so they can get to coaching point ready to start the session. The coaching will be aimed at those who have completed or can complete at least an 'orange' course, and aimed at new and improving orienteers. We will be looking at skills such as orientating the map, how to use the compass, attack points and distance estimation. 

If you're not a member of an orienteering club, you can join online at

Course Details

20 controls (checkpoints) will be positioned on features in the Wood - paths, depressions, earthwalls etc. These will be marked on the map supplied, with a description of the feature each control is on.

45 minute ‘Score’ format for beginners and improvers – How many can you find in 45 minutes? No worries if you can't locate a control - move on to another one. Controls can be visited in any order. No lateness penalty.

60 minute ‘Score’ race for experienced orienteers – 10 points per control. Controls may be taken in any order, but note the Bonus points opportunity! 10 Bonus points when consecutive controls are on the same feature, eg. control sequence 96(Depression)-97(Depression)-95(Depression) scores 50 points (3 x 10 points plus 2 x 10 points bonus). To make them easier to spot on the map, 30 series: Path; 40s: Earthwall; 50s: Re-entrant; 60s: Fence; 90s: Depression; 100s: Erosion gully. Max score 340 points. Lateness penalty 10 points per minute/part-minute beyond 60 minutes

Courses close at 1pm - you must report back by this time, so we know everyone has returned.

1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper

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

Entry on the day only. Please let the organiser know if you are coming to help us gauge how many maps to print, and also if you would like to take part in the coaching session.

Individual adults £5

Individual juniors £2

SI Dibber hire £1

If you take part as a group (2 or more) £10. This will include a map for every member of the group plus dibber (recording chip) hire

Coaching is free.

Terrain Description

A very popular woodland locally, ranging from lovely runnable woodland with almost no vegetation (even in high summer) to areas of 6ft high bracken that could be a memorable adventure! Remember this is a score event, so the planning will mean you don't have to venture into the tough areas - just go round rather than through. 

Perry Wood has lots of paths, fine views across North Kent, and a nice pub in the middle to aid relocation

Dogs allowed?

Dogs allowed under control in the woodland

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Mark Glaisher

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.

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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