Summer Series at Whinless Downs
Sun 18 Jun 2017
Type of event: Local-(D), Score
A good mix of regular orienteers and locals from Dover gave a friendly atmosphere on a very sunny day. It was good to welcome Richard Matthews from LOST club in Australia and also to see Bernard Wilson who produced the first map of the area many years ago.
Thanks to White Cliffs Countryside Parnership and Ranger Paul Sampson for supporting the event.
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Dover
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: CT17 9NN
- Latitude: 51.12494
- Longitude: 1.28337
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Park in Elms Vale Recreation ground if space (it is quite small) otherwise park in Elms Vale road alongside the playing fields.
From mid-Kent direction take M20 then A20 towards Dover. Appoximately 3.5 miles beyond Folkestone exit A20 (and left at roundabout) onto B2011 (signed Hougham and Dover). This road takes you into Dover, at mini-roundabout take first exit (Elms Vale Road) and reach the recreation ground on right after 0.5 miles.
From Canterbury or Thanet direction approach Dover on A2 Jubillee way, follow A20 around the front and turn right at second traffic lights. Then left at roundabout, past station to mini-roundabout. Turn right and reach recreation ground on right after a further 0.5 miles.
Registration & Start Times
Registration from 10.30
Mass start at 11.00
Two courses, full explanation at registration and briefing, if you want advice just ask!:
A - for beginners - a simple score course, use the orienteering map to find as many marker flags as possible within 45 minutes but don't be late back!
B - for experienced orienteers and those wanting more of a challenge - 60 minutes to find the same marker flags but with bonus points for taking any of them in sequential order (e.g. 44 followed by 45 earns 1 bonus point).
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 on the day. Just come to the registration tent and fill in a form. £4 per entry. Saxons/BOF juniors £2.
Small groups sharing a map and timer count as a single entry.
Part-wooded hillside opening onto fine chalk downland. Good views of Dover castle, port and the Western Heights fortifications.
Facilities in Dover town centre (approx 1.5 km). Toilets available in sports pavillion on request.
Dogs welcome but on lead please in the registration area.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser/planner: Simon Blanchflower
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: Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with British Orienteering and not joined an orienteering club which is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance
Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.