Urban National event at Canterbury

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Type of event: National, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban

Info updated: Sun 10 Jun


Pre Event Info

UK Urban League event around the streets and riverside of the historic city of Canterbury. This will be use SIAC contactless punching though traditional dibbers may also be used (mixed punching). Final details


Nearest town: Canterbury

Directions / Parking

Parking is available in Castle Row Car Park, Canterbury, CT1 2PT.  Toilets are located on the southeast side on the edge of Dane John Gardens.  Alternative parking is available in the multi storey car park on Castle Street.  The assembly area will be sign posted from these car parks.  Charges: £1.70 per hour from 7am to 9pm, every day.

The assembly area is in the north end of Tannery Fields

grid ref TR143577

lat 51.278208

long 1.072123 

Please enter the assembly area in Tannery Fields via the footpath taped from Castle Street only.  Nearest postcode for the footpath is CT1 2PT.  The route will be taped from the junction of Wincheap Roundabout and Castle Street.  The nearest train station is Canterbury East, from which Castle Street can be accessed via the Canterbury East Station Bridge over the A28.

Public Transport options

Canterbury rail stations

Registration & Start Times

EOD registration 10.00-12.00

Starts 10.30-12.30

Course Information

Subject to final controlling, the course combinations and lengths (straight line - actual course lengths are estimated to be at least 25% longer), are proposed to be:

1. 8.7 km Men Open (M18-35)

2. 6.9 km Women Open (W18-35), Veteran Men (M40+)

3. 5.9 km Veteran Women (W40+), Super Veteran Men (M55+)

4. 4.5 km Super Veteran Women (W55+), Ultra Veteran Men (M65+)

5. 3.5 km Ultra Veteran Women (W65+), Hyper Veteran Women/Men (W/M 75+)

6. 3.0 km Junior Men/Women (M/W 16 -)

7. 1.5 km Young Junior Men/Women (M/W 12 -)

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Pre-entry on Fabian4 is now open. 

Seniors £10 (plus £2 supplement for non BO members)

Junior £5

Closing date for pre-entries 4 June

EOD entry subject to map availability

Seniors £12

Juniors £5

SIAC dibber hire £2

Terrain Description

Streets around the historic city of Canterbury


Plenty of pubs and cafes in Canterbury!

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Andrew Derrick

Organiser: Samantha Prior

Planner: David Kingdon

Controller: Sue Crickmore SO

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

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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.

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