Summer Series at Trosley Country Park

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Type of event: Local, Score
Type of terrain: Woodland

Info updated: Sat 2 Sep


Event Report

Thanks go to Sean for putting on a nice event in the Park, with a format (including a novel feature) that offered something for everyone.


Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Wrotham

Directions / Parking

Parking is at the Trosley Country Park car park off Waterlow Road, Vigo Village, near Wrotham, Kent. DA13 0SG.

£2 parking charge from machines.

Nearest railway station: Borough Green 2.5km

Public Transport options

Nearest railway station: Borough Green 2.5km

Registration & Start Times

Registration: 10:45 to 11:15. Mass start at 11.30 

Bring your SI dibber to Registration (if you have one). Otherwise you can hire one.

Course Information

An opportunity to run, walk or jog around one of Kent’s most beautiful country parks, and challenge yourself to find as many checkpoints as possible in the time limit.

Two courses.

Course A: 45 minute score course. Find as many controls (checkpoints) as possible in the time limit. Visit in any order. 1 point per control, 1 point lost for every minute back late. Ideal for beginners, those with some experience or families with younger juniors. You will get as much time as you need time to study the map and ask questions before the race starts.

Course B: 60 minute score course. As course A, but controls split into two groups to encourage you to run further. You see the course when the race starts. Suitable for more experienced orienteers and those that think the 45 minute course isn’t long enough for them.

Results and prize giving as soon as possible after everyone is back.

500 ft and 1000 ft challenges: Bring your smartphone or GPS watch on the course and record the amount of climb you do. Prizes for anyone that achieves 500ft or 1000ft of climbing during the race. (Saxons members – good training for the Compass Sport Cup Final!).

You don’t have to be a member of an orienteering club (though we do encourage you to join a club after 3 events to support the sport). You can compete on your own or in a small group. Maps and electronic timing equipment will be provided (you can keep the map afterwards). A compass may be useful, but not necessary at Trosley as the steep slope and major paths/roads help work out what direction you are going in.

Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours.

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 on the Day: Seniors £4, Juniors £1. Dibber hire £1.

Please email the organiser if you intend coming so we know how many maps to print (we will bring some spare in case you forget).

SPORT IDENT dibbers to hire if you don’t have one.

Terrain Description

Lovely woodland with plenty of paths, and a steep scarp slope. You don’t have to go down (or up) the slope unless you want extra points, the view from the top over mid Kent is excellent.


Trosley County Park café serves good value sandwiches, cakes and jacket potatoes.

Toilets on site.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Sean Cronin

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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