Saxons New Years Day event
Mote Park, Maidstone
Sat 1 Jan 2022
Welcome to the first event of Saxons 50th Anniversary year.
Come and run/walk away some of your excess festive calories
Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Parkland
Sunshine and orienteering - a great start to 2022. So many newcomers on the Short Score course - we hope you enjoyed it and we will see you other events through the year. A real brain teaser for the long score with dumbells and a changeover control making planning the best route a real challenge.
A big thank you to the control collectors Peter Martin, Graham Denny, Phillip Norris & Sean Cronin. Unfortunately I sent Peter, Graham & Phillip without gripple keys, only Sean spotting my error. So massive thank you to them for putting a brave face and happily going out a second time.
Finally, if anyone is missing a jacket, please contact the organiser.
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Maidstone
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: ME15 7SU
- Latitude: 51.27068
- Longitude: 0.53335
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Parking will be in the main car park off Mote Road. Follow the signs to the park from the A20. There is a £2 car parking charge.
Public Transport options
Maidstone East and West stations are within walking distance
Registration & Start Times
Registration in advance only. No entry on the day.
Starts will be from 11.00-11.15
Courses close 12:30pm - after which controls will be collected.
There will be two courses on offer:
Short score: there will be 20 controls/checkpoints in the park. Visit as many as you can in any order within 1 hour. 10 points allocated per control visited and 5 points deducted for every minute you are late back.
Long score: 20 controls in 2 series. Visit as many in one series as you want before changing to the second series. There will be a compulsory changeover control. This control will not count towards your overall score. There will also be 2 sets of 'dumbbells' to make the course more of a challenge for experienced fast runners. There will be an additional10 points for completing each dumbbell 94 to 95 (or 95 to 94) and 106 to 107 (or 107 to 106) with no intermediate controls. 10 points allocated per control visited making a max total of points 220. 10 points will be deducted for every minute you are late back.
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 will be in advance only via racesignup. Link is here. If you need help or advice please contact our coach Brendon Howe in advance of the event ()
Mote Park covers over 450 acres. It has woodland, grassland, rivers, a 30 acre lake and children's play area.
Public toilets in the park
Dogs under control welcome
Contacts / Officials
planner: Bohdan Rainczuk
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 email@example.com at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc and ask questions there. It may be possible to arrange for somoene to meet you before your start.
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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.
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.