Whitstable Urban Race - UK Urban League

WOW Day 2 in a Coastal Heritage Town

Sun 8 Oct 2017

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

Info updated: Mon 9 Oct


Event Report

Whitstable offered plenty of variety, with its quaint streets and smugglers cut-throughs, promenade, shingle beach and Tankerton slopes.

Those hanging controls enjoyed a bright sunny

morning,. and Sarah Howes captured this fine view of the beach huts and 'The Street' promontory.

We hope you enjoyed this historic venue.



Planner's comments:

Planning for Whitstable was a pleasure - the profusion of alleyways, coupled with foreshore, harbour, and the 'Tankerton slopes', offered many route choices and challenges. Already, while control hanging, I have found several alternative routes for future events. As often happens with urban planning a last minute surprise is instigated by the local council - at Canterbury it was a food fair - but at Whitstable it was "Tidal Flood Gates"- not a normal event. However most people accommodated them well - there is always something new to learn!
Security of controls in an Urban event led to one being buried more than was desirable - another lesson learned - although most people coped. We had excellent weather, coupled with David's superb map, to add to the delights of a coastal canter.

Mike Perry

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Whitstable

Directions / Parking

See Final Details

Public Transport options

Whitstable station is 300m from Assembly

Registration & Start Times

Registration for Entry on the Day from 10:30am

Course Information

The 2017 UK Urban League categories will be used, eg WV (Women Vet), MHV. Unfortunately we are unable to offer courses for the youngest Juniors MYJ & WYJ within the constraints of the venue; M12-/W12- are not permitted to 'run-up' on the MJ/WJ course. Category Details here: http://www.oxfordfusion.com/ukul/Scoring.cfm

Enter the category in which you wish to participate.

Conventional SI punch system will be used.

Map: New map, scale 1:4000 with 2.5m contour interval and ISSOM 2007 standard sprint symbols.  Familiarise yourself with these symbols at https://maprunner.co.uk/map-symbols

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

Note that we cannot accommodate M12-/W12- entries, unfortunately. See 'Course information'.

Entry on the day (subject to map availability) - See Final Details

Fees:Seniors £12, supplement £2 for non-British Orienteering members.  Dibber hire (SI) £1.

Juniors £5 including dibber hire

Note there is a discount (£3 Seniors, £2 Juniors) for entering both WOW events. Conventional SI punch system will be used.

Start times 10:30am - 12:30pm 

Terrain Description

Town: Pavements, alleyways and promenade; Tankerton slopes are a grassy bank (mown) with beach huts. 

Hard surface >95%, Grass <5%

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mike Perry

Organiser: Mark Glaisher

Controller: Jim Prowting (TVOC)

Important Information

Health, safety and other important information related to events.

If you have pre-existing helath issues that you feel the organiser should know about please fill in this medical form.



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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