Summer Series 3 Brockhill Country Park

Orienteering Academy and Score Race

Sat 31 Aug 2019

Orienteering Academy for novice orienteers and newcomers, followed by Score Race for All

Type of event: Local, Coaching, Score
Type of terrain: Heathland, Parkland

Info updated: Wed 17 Jul

Pre Event Info

Attendees at the Saxons Orienteering Academy will learn the basic skills needed to orienteer by visiting a number of manned Skills Stations.

They will learn: 

  • How to set a map the right way
  • How to keep track of progress by 'thumbing the map'
  • What the symbols on the map mean
  • How to estimate distance
  • Basic compass skills
  • Route choice between check points

With these newfound skills, participants will take part in a 45min Score Race around the grounds of Brockhill Country Park. 

Experienced Orienteers have also been well catered for with a 60 min Score Race with some additional 'rule shenanigans' to keep them on their toes! This is the first event here for over a decade; a new map has been created, so come and check it out. 

Helpers are also required to help man the Skills Stations, so if you're available please contact the organiser. 

Location

Nearest town: Ashford/Folkestone

Directions / Parking

Brockhill Country Park is just on the edge of Saltwood, close to J11 of the M20.

Take J11 M20 and follow signs for Hythe A20. Before the first roundabout, turn left on A20 signed Lyminge. Take the first right signed Saltwood (Sandling Road).

The entrance to Brockhill Country Park is shared with Brockhill School and is on the RHS after about a mile. Take the right fork into the Park. 

Registration & Start Times

Orienteering Academy Session - 10:00 to 11:30

Race Registration - 11:30 to 12:00

Race - Mass Start - 12:00

Course Closes/Prize Giving - 13:10

Course Information

Saxons Summer Series Orienteering Academy is the perfect opportinity for newcomers to the sport to learn the basic skills needed to orienteer and then to put those newfound skills into practice in a score race in the grounds of the Country Park.

The Score Race will be a 45 minute time format with competitors just visiting as many controls as possible in the time. For experienced orienteers, or those wanting a greater running challenge, there will be a 60 minute score race with controls taken in three groups, 30s, 40s and 50s (any order, no changeover control). 

There will be no penalties for late return for novices. Experienced orienteers will suffer the usual one point per minute or part of a minute penalty for finishing over the cut off. 

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

Numbers are limited for the Orienteering Academy, so please email the organiser if you'd like to attend.

Orienteers attending the Score Race only can register on the day. If you can email me so I can assess the number of maps to print that would be great. 

Clothing - Please wear full leg cover and footwear that you don't mind getting muddy. There are a few areas of thistles and nettles at Brockhill. The courses are designed to avoid these, but the odd nettle may still be present. 

Terrain Description

Brockhill Country Park covers 54 acres and is dominated by a large grassy valley, bisected by the Brockhill Stream, as it makes its way down to the Royal Military Canal in Hythe and has excellent views (from the park) to the English Channel. There are large ponds, a play area as well as a Deer Paddock which is a meadow enclosed with trees, including walnut and variegated sycamore. The rabbit-grazed turf is ideal for low-growing herbs and the rich mosaic of plants, providing shelter for many beautiful meadow butterflies.

Facilities

Toilets and cafe adjacent to the car park. 

Dogs allowed?

Dogs on a lead during the race. Probably not ideal during the coaching phase of the morning though. 

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Brendon Howe

Important Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Insurance: If you have joined an orienteering club, or are competing in one of your first 3 events, then you are covered by our public liability insurance.

Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.

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