Trosley CP & VigoThu 19 Oct

Ready for the mass start!
Ready for the mass start!
Credit: Rob Lines

Kent Night Cup: 1

Local level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.

Terrain type: Urban & Woodland



Results with KNC points

KNC League


33 keen orienteers turned out at the start of our new season of night time orienteering. The heavy rain held off, although the mist in the woods severely reduced visibility. Some changes of vegetation over recent years means that a fully revised map of Trosley Country Park is eagerly awaited by those who were slightly hampered on their runs.
Congrats to Brendon for being the most successful (again), closely followed by David and Peter.

Thanks to Kent County Council for allowing us to use Trosley Country Park.

A really big 'Thank You' goes to the 10 control collectors; it was great to see so many of you volunteering as it certainly made the organiser's job less onerous, and meant that our collectors didn't miss too much apres O staggering about in the woods. Super work from our resident SI expert for coding up the automatic calculation of dumbell bonuses.

A fair number of orienteers stayed for the post match inquest at the Villager Pub in Vigo Village. We were very well looked after by Jade and her team, and her food was greatly enjoyed.


Last updated: Thu 26 October, 2023


First round of the Kent Night Cup for 2023/4. A gentle introduction to our winter season of night-time orienteering, starting on the streets and footpaths of Vigo Village, and exploring the woods and fields of Trosley Country Park.

Location Info

Near: Wrotham
Lat,Lng: 51.33076,0.35904
OS Grid Ref: TQ645617
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Directions / Parking

Parking is at Vigo Village car park, Erskine Road, Vigo, near Meopham, DA13 0RL.

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If coming from the east or west of Kent, then exit at Junction 2a of the M26, and follow the A227 northwards towards Meopham. Vigo Village is to the east of the A227 between Wrotham and Meopham, and then follow signs for ‘the local shops’.

Public Transport Options

Not great to be honest... the nearest railway stations are Meopham (4.5 miles, 7.2 km) and Borough Green (4.1 miles, 6.6 km), and it seems the last 308 bus of the day to Vigo Village leaves Meopham Railway station at 18:05, with no suitable return journey.

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

1:7,500 scale map with 5m contours. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.

Hybrid event comprising both Street and Forest.

Course Information

60 minutes score suitable for all abilities. 20 controls numbered 90 – 109; visit as many as you can – no pre-determined order. 10 points per control.

Paired Controls (aka Dumbells) Bonus points: Controls 90 & 91 are paired together, as are controls 100 & 101. Visiting both controls in the pair together in either sequence (without any other controls in between), will earn a bonus of 10 points per pair. Paired controls will be shown on the map joined by a line.

So that’s 20 Bonus points to be had, in addition to the regular 200 points, thereby a maximum of 220 points in total.

10 points penalty per minute/part minute beyond 60 minutes. Controls will be collected 70 minutes after the last start (course closing time).

Controls will be SIAC enabled. Separate/loose control descriptions will not be provided.

After your run, please Download as normal. Timing printouts will be provided, and the results will be available on the website.

If you can help collect controls in afterwards, please do volunteer.

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-entry only via

Seniors (British Orienteering members) £5, Non-members of BO £8.

Juniors & students £3 (BO or non-BO).

Group: £10 (1 dibber; map for each participant) (BO or non-BO).

Dibber loan (non SIAC): Free.

Registration and Start times

Registration: Pre-entry only via by midnight Wed 18 October (day before event).

This will require details for safety purposes.

No Registration on the night.

The Start will be a short distance from the car park – please be assembled by 7:20pm.

Mass Start 7:30pm


There are no public toilets, but you may be able to use the toilets at the Villager public house. Please ask permission before assuming its ok to use their facilities.

Apres-O & prizegiving: From 8:30pm at The Villager pub, Vigo Village, just 150m from the car park. Please state on race entry form, if you expect to come to the pub, so we can adjust the numbers on the provisional booking.

The pub is currently revising its Food Menu – but please be reassured it will contain the usual offerings such as burger & chips, pizzas, curries, lasagne etc., and including vegan options. A menu will be available prior to the start, so that we can collate orders and assist the chef by pre-ordering.

Dog restrictions

Well-behaved dogs on a lead, due to a series of road crossings.

Contacts / Officials

Planner / Organiser: John Cross – 07594 441089 email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Nearest A&E Hospital

Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 9QQ. 01622 729000
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Safety Notes

Some sort of torch is essential, plus a small backup/reserve (eg mobile phone). We recommend a head-torch with at least 600 lumens for KNC forest events. There is limited street lighting in some parts of the Urban areas, but no lighting in the Country Park itself.

Hi viz / reflective / light coloured clothing is strongly recommended so you can readily be seen in the in the street areas.

Carrying a whistle is mandatory (as a casualty, blow six short blasts, wait 1 min, repeat). A cagoule may be required in inclement weather. You will need to look after your car keys yourself (eg carry in zipped pocket or waist strap).

An Emergency contact number will be printed on the map. Carrying a mobile phone is strongly recommended and mandatory for newcomers. You can let us know if you are lost or late, and we can contact you if you have not returned.


Approximately one-third of the controls will be in the urban area of Vigo Village, whilst most of the controls will be in Trosley Country Park.

Juniors (age 15 or younger) are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult (condition of British Orienteering insurance for Street events)

Bright headtorches used by competitors should not be shone into households potentially upsetting the young or elderly occupants. Move promptly away from the control after punching. Please be courteous to the public.