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Thu 18 Feb 2016
Type of event: Local, Night, Score, Street
Type of terrain: Urban, Woodland
Last Thursday's round was planned by Heather Brown and Toni Ives. They took the opportunity to include controls on footpaths in the Woods. Nick Barrable made the most of his 24h in the UK, coming along to this KNC round. He was one of only two to visit all 20 controls (=290 points); following him the results were quite close, including Alison Howe in 5th place and leading lady with 250 points. The Leaders' printouts have been posted. Characteristic of the area are the spurs with housing and wooded re-entrants in between. These re-entrants have the principal paths shown, and relocation shouldn't be too difficult. The tracks shown are definite ways through. There may be short-cuts through the woodland, but I think a rather extensive re-map would be required to show the woodland / settlement boundaries. The way forward, I reckon, is to amend the footpaths where anomalies are found. I will also make the Mag N more obvious, since a compass can be helpful in the Woods. Thank you Heather and Toni for hosting, and well done the Woodland explorers!
Next week it's Blean, near Canterbury - hope you will be able to make it.
Mark Glaisher KNC coordinator
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Walderslade
- Grid Ref: TQ770616
- Postcode: ME5 9RU
- Latitude: 51.32716
- Longitude: 0.54103
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
Start in Beechen Hall Car Park, Wildfell Close. Post code: ME5 9RU. From M2 J3 take the turning to Walderslade and drive along Walderslade Woods Road till the Beechen Hall sign on left (TQ770616). Nearest railway station Chatham (5km). Park at the far end of car park away from hall.
Registration & Start Times
Registration: 19:00 to 19:15 (please don't be late).
Briefing and mass start at 19:30
60 minute score suitable for all abilities. Visit as many controls as you can, some will be worth more than others . Juniors (age 15 or younger) are very welcome to take part in this event and there are some controls in the woods close to the start but juniors must be accompanied by an adult. Their results (the junior and the accompanying adult) will not be counted for KNC rankings because they are not able to take part competitively for insurance reasons but we will of course record their time for their own purposes. Note that juniors age 16 or over on the day do not need to be accompanied.
If you are new to Night Orienteering and would like someone to help you get started please email the organiser or make yourself known on the night.
1:10,000 scale map with 5m contours, Street-O format; includes linking footpaths through Walderslade Woods. Updated January 2016. Maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper.
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: Seniors £4, Juniors £1. Dibber hire £1.
Please email the organiser if you intend coming so we know how many maps to print.
SPORT IDENT dibbers to hire if you don't have one. Some sort of torch essential plus a small backup/reserve. High Visibility clothing is essential
Streets, pavements, footpaths and some muddy paths through the woods.
Apres O & Prizegiving: Robin Hood Pub Common Road Blue Bell Hill (www. therobinhood-pub.co.uk) ME5 9RJ Prize giving will take place in the pub afterwards. Juniors will be given a small reward at download
Contacts / Officials
Planners / Organisers: Toni Ives & Heather Brown
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