Victoria ParkSat 2 Sept

Beryl presents Alan with the BBQ Cup
Beryl presents Alan with the BBQ Cup
Credit: Alison Howe

Saxons Summer Picnic & Ultrasprint

Social 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: Parkland


Alan Hickling1st16.30
Brendon n/c16.38
Peter Dobra2nd17.25
Simon Evans3rd18.21
Austin Howe4th18.59
Peter Martin5th19.17
Alison Howe6th20.00
Graham Thomas7th22.26
Mark Glaisher8th23.42
Ffion Bricknell9th25.29
Madhav K Vlog10th27.44
Sarah Covey-Crump11th27.53
Neil Bricknell12th28.19
Phil Norris13th30.10
Andrea Pauling14th33.14
Judith Armitt15th40.33
Karen Ransley16th41.33
George Ransley17th41.54
Holly Howe18th43.18
Roger Pring19th46.24
Sarah Reith20th48.21
Harriet Evans21st48.35
Mike Solomon22nd48.51
Jean Fitzgerald23rd51.09
Barbara Castle24th77.11
Verena Pauling25th2 completed
James Pauling26th2 completed
Karen Bricknell27th1 completed


Firstly thank you to all who came to Victoria Park for the Ultrasprint and picnic. The weather was kind, the food delicious and the company superb. I hope everyone enjoyed the experience and forgave the slight mishaps from the organiser. Thanks to Brendon for mapping the area and helping on the day. Another special thank you to Peter Dobra for sorting out the results.

Well done Alan - an Ultrasprint Maestro! We look forward to whatever devilish plan you come up with for 2024.

We had three juniors competing and 1st was George Ransley, 2nd Holly Howe and 3rd Harriet Evans, well done.

Finally if you are missing a blue earthenware pot, please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Graham's event in Kemsley in 3 weeks time.


Last updated: Mon 04 September, 2023


The Saxons annual summer club gathering is fun orienteering event combined with food and a chance to natter with other club members.

This year we are in Victoria Park in Ashford to try out Ultrasprint orienteering using a new map of the recently renovated park.

The Picnic
The club will be providing a fair proportion of the food, but members will be encouraged to bring something to bolster the provision. Beryl, our event organiser, will make appropriate suggestions to make sure we don't have too much of any one thing, however, if you have a signature dish (sweet or savoury) you'd like to suggest I'm sure that'd be super. The picnic will be along the lines of the 50th Anniversary Do last year for those that remember it!

If you are intending to come please contact Beryl as soon as possible.

You will need to bring chairs/picnic blanket, plates, cutlery, cups etc, and your own choice of drink (Ashford Borough Council have stipulated no alcohol in the Park, so no champagne again!). We will erect the Gazebo and bring some large tables to lay out all the food.

Ultrasprint is a series of three very short 1km orienteering line courses around the park. You can take a break in between each circuit, and can undertake the three routes in any order. You'll have 90 minutes to complete the three routes. The winner will be the one with the shortest overall time.

Sounds too easy? read Course Information below for the grizzly details...

Location Info

Near: Ashford
Lat,Lng: 51.14432,0.86378
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Directions / Parking

We will be basing ourselves in the centre of the 'formal' part of the park about 100m west from the fountain. You will see the club Gazebo and saxons banner.

Victoria Park is situated off Jemmetts Road, Ashford. Parking on adjacent roads is sometimes possible but limited (Park run on Saturday morning 9am) max 2 hours too.

A better option would be to park in Victoria Road Car Park TN23 7HE which is usually quiet. Cards/cash/Ringo no 26667. £1.20 per hr up to 4 hours. 5 mins walk.
Alternatively there's Elwick Place Car Park TN23 1DY. Cash/cards/Ringo no 26666.
£2.40 for 2 hrs min then £3.60 for 3 hrs. 10 mins walk.

Public Transport Options

Ashford International and Ashford Bus Station are both a short walk from Victoria Park.

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

Terrain is parkland so shorts and vests are permitted. Road or light trail shoes are fine for the terrain.

Course Information

In order to make things a little more challenging and to level the playing field somewhat there are a number of complications with the courses:

Hints and Tips

For any of you who've not taken part in an Ultrasprint before, here are some tips that may help you:

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

The event will be free for Saxons members and their families, but please let Beryl know if you are intending to come along.

Registration and Start times

Registration from 10.30. Start will be at 11.00


Brand new toilets and cafe.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead. Probably better that dogs are not on the course or you may get tied up with dog lead, or entangle others.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Beryl Pring. Contact Beryl here

Nearest A&E Hospital

William Harvey Hospital, Ashford TN24 0LZ
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Safety Notes

Please watch out for other park users. Courses have been set to avoid the busy kids' play area. Do watch out for dogs off leads. There are some significant bodies of water, but courses do not go near them.