Saxons novelty event and social

Betteshanger CP

Sat 17 Jul 2021

Dave & Gaby came up with an event that tested several skills from the past – copying down control locations & .......

Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland

Info updated: Tue 20 Jul


Event Report

Dave & Gaby came up with an event that tested several skills from the past – copying down control locations & descriptions, map memory and not the least, reading & following instructions!

With time already ticking down, starting with a paths-only map, there were 4 locations to copy from the Master Map. These were off-path locations where the complete course maps were stashed – but with only a few at each location. Once you had managed to pick a course map (and read the instructions) it was a 40s & 50s score format with a changeover control.

Conditions for the picnic afterwards were just right, with the sunny weather and coastal breeze.

Star of the show and winner of the much-coveted Trophy was Beryl Pring.

Our thanks to Dave & Gaby for coming up with the event location, format and realisation, enjoyed by all.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Deal

Directions / Parking

Betteshanger CP is situated from along the A258 between Deal and Sandwich. It has ample parking (day or night), but you will have to pay for this, either as you leave or online at

Registration & Start Times

Starts from 11.00. The start will be a ‘sequential punching’ mass start (i.e. you go off one after another). The format will naturally introduce a short time interval between starts. Please use the hand sanitiser provided and follow the start volunteer’s instructions.

After your run please don't forget to download: use hand sanitiser provided and follow the instructions on the screen at the event tent. Please remember to return borrowed dibbers by placing them in the pink container provided.

The picnic will take place close to the finish. Please bring your own food, drink, chair and umbrella!

A Golf & Street Food festival is also taking place on 17th July at Betteshanger Park should you need extra food or to stock up on golf balls.

Course Information

Event for club members and their families followed by a picnic in the park.  Fine weather can’t be guaranteed!

A 60 minute novelty event starting at 11:00. Details will be provided on the day, but you will need to bring a pen with you. Long trousers are recommended for this course.

If you don’t have a dibber (electronic timing device), you can borrow one on the day.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Free for Saxons members and their families but let Sean Cronin know if you are coming

Terrain Description

A mixture open grassland, scrubland and wooded areas with a good path network. In summer there will be long grass, shrubs and brambles. The course will be planned to avoid too much hacking through this stuff.


“The Shelter”, located in the car park, provides a warm, dry space with accessible toilet facilities. Food and drinks will be available at weekends and midweek from on site caterers ‘‘Winnie, Flo & Co”.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs welcome but must be on leads.

Contacts / Officials

organiser: Dave Pickup

contact: Sean Cronn

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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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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