Training at Hargate

Sat 23 Nov 2019

We will be offering two streams of training activities: one aimed at the improving orienteer, the other will focus on improving race technique - namely Start to CP2

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Type of event: Coaching, Training
Type of terrain: Heathland, Woodland

Info updated: Fri 22 Nov


Results will be available soon.

Pre Event Info

Stream One will focus on the skills required to improve at orienteering. Skills-wise, this will be a follow on from the August Orienteering Academy session and will help adult novices progress from their first experiences of orienteering, and for any older juniors looking to move up to Orange and beyond. A basic understanding of map orientation and thumbing is a pre-requisite. There will be drills focussed on:

  • Aiming off
  • Traffic Lights
  • Relocation
  • Map Memory
  • Compass skills
  • Route Choice
  • Attack Points

There will be coacing guidance on each of these drills followed by an opportunity to practise each (or any that you feel you need to work on). 

Stream Two will focus on specific skills for the experienced orienteer. This session we will be looking at how we can improve our race performance in the critical Start to Check Point 2 phase of the race. Again, there will be a little coaching guidance, but with a more self-service feel. 

There will be some additional exercises on offer to practise these skills in a broader context.


Nearest town: Tunbridge Wells

Directions / Parking

Parking on Broadwater Down. Off A26 Eridge Road. Please be mindful of residents. 

Gather at W3W - uniforms.spenders.clown (the Northern gate entry to Hargate off Broadwater, furthest from the A26 - on the flatter bit of road)

Public Transport options

Bus or walk from Tunbridge Wells Station. 

Registration & Start Times

The session will run for approximately two hours commencing at 10:30am. Please meet up from 10am at the gate entry to Hargate Forest off Broadwater Down. There will be a short walk to the training area, so we will leave the meeting point at about 10:20. 

Entry Details

Please bring warm and waterproof clothing with you as there may be some standing around. Snacks, water, hot soup?? might also be an option. 

Grippy shoes, full leg cover and a Compass also necessary. Dibber not required. 

If the weather is not too bad, we might picnic after the session, so bring your sarnies if you can hang around, or fancy a chat. 

Please Email the Organiser if you would like to come along. Ideally, this would be prior to the 18th November to allow time to get everything organised. The event will be limited to 20 places, with priority being given to Saxons members and potential new joiners. 

Contacts / Officials

Coach: Brendon Howe

Coach: Jean Fitzgerald

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.


Before travelling to any orienteering event please make sure you are aware of and following government lockdown rules. Normally Saxons volunteers are very happy to help beginners understand the courses, maps and timing equipment on the day at our events. Social distancing requirements for Covid have put a stop to this on the day help for now, but we are very happy to explain things before the event electronically. To get advice please contact at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page and ask questions there.

To ensure that we comply with Government and British Orienteering 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. 

On event day turn up for your allocated start slot

Always respect others & social distance even when orienteering

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 ensure you are drip and spittle free before downloading.

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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