Summer Series 1 Mote Park

Sun 14 Jul 2019

Type of event: Local, Score

Info updated: Mon 15 Jul


Event Report

Thanks to Neil and Ffion for planning and organising the first summer event of the season.

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Maidstone

Directions / Parking

Please note we are using a different car park from usual due to preparation for events taking place at Mote Park on the 14 July.  The entrance to the car park we will be using is off Willington Street (nearest postcode  is ME15 8JW).  Follow signs for the Park and Ride; the entrance to the car park is on the right as you approach the park and ride entrance.

Pay and display charges apply.  £2 for up to 6 hours.

NOTE: M2 J7 to J5 road closures planned this weekend. Diversions are via M20, A249, so will be busier than normal. Please allow extra journey time. 

Public Transport options

Trains to Maidstone east, west or barracks stations

Registration & Start Times

Registration, start and finish will be 100 m from the car park

Registration & Start Times

Registration opens:10am

Start Open: 10:30 – 12:00

Course Closes 1pm

Course Information

Course Information

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

Course Details
20 controls (checkpoints) will be positioned on features in the park and woods - 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 penalty for being late but controls visited after 45 minutes will not be counted.

60 minute ‘Score’ race for experienced orienteers – 10 points per control. Controls may be taken in any order, but note the Bonus points opportunity! 
There are 3 dumbbells that may be completed in either direction for a 10 point bonus per dumbbell.
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.

1:10,000 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 Details

Entry on the day only.
Adults: £5 (members of an orienteering club); £7 (non members)
Juniors: £3 (members of an orienteering club); £5 (non members)
Groups: £10 (club members and non members)
This price includes loan of electronic timing equipment (aka dibber) if required, and a waterproof map per competitor (yours to keep after the event).

Terrain Description

Parkland with small wooded areas and a large lake


Cafe and toilets in the park. These are approx 15 min walk from the car park. There are also closer toilets plus a snack bar.

Dogs allowed?

Dogs under control allowed

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: neil bricknell

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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