Saxons Summer Event 3 at Mote Park
Thu 19 Aug 2021
Type of event: Local
Thanks to Jean, assisted by Mike, for this evening's event.
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Maidstone
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: ME15 8JW
- Latitude: 51.26860
- Longitude: 0.55901
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Parking will be in the Burning Ground Car Park in the NE quadrant of the area at ME15 8JW. Entry is off Willington Street; turn west into the Park and Ride entrance and then immediately right into the road leading to the car park. There is a £2 parking charge.
Public Transport options
Maidstone West and Maidstone East railway stations are in easy walking distance to the park
Registration & Start Times
Starts will be at 1 minute intervals 6.00pm-7.00pm. Please keep clear of the Start area until your start window opens.
Control descriptions will not be available in the start lanes on the day but they are on the maps.
If you don’t have a dibber (electronic timing device) we can hire one to you and make it available to pick up on the night.
When it is your start time, please use the hand sanitiser provided and follow the start volunteer’s instructions. If you miss your start time we should be able to slot you in at a spare minute a little later.
The start will be a self-service affair as much as possible. Please ensure you clear your dibber on entering the start lane by entering it into the clear box, and punch the Check box, (for safety check and also to enable SIAC dibbers). When it is your turn, punch the ‘start’ box and don’t forget to start your watch.
Controls will be SIAC contactless enabled so those with SIACs can swipe, others must “punch” the dibber as normal (including hire dibbers), just push the dibber into the hole in the unit. Finish must be punched by all.
Please do not linger at controls, move away once you have punched. Try to maintain the 10/2 rule (stay 10m behind runners on path legs, 2m at controls).
After your run
After your run please don't forget to download: use hand sanitiser provided and follow the instructions on the screen at download. Please remember to return hired dibbers by placing them in the pink container provided.
Score courses; there will be 21 controls in total.
Easy - Find as many controls as you can in any order within 60 minutes. 10 points for each control collected. Please note, here will be 5 penalty points per minute late back.
Experienced - there will be two number series 40's and 50's with a compulsory non-scoring changeover control (number 60). Visit as many controls as you want in one series before punching the changeover control and moving to the other series. 60 minute time limit. There will be 10 penalty points per minute late back.
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 will be in advance only by racesignup. Details here
Parkland with patches of woodland. Large lake makes route choice more interesting!
Toilets in the park
Contacts / Officials
organiser: Jean Fitzgerald
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.