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
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 sunnymorning,. and Sarah Howes captured this fine view of the beach huts and 'The Street' promontory.
We hope you enjoyed this historic venue.
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.
Pre Event Info
Nearest town: Whitstable
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: CT5 1LL
- Latitude: 51.35804
- Longitude: 1.03277
- Google Map
- Streetmap (OS 50k)
- Bing Map (OS 50k)
Directions / Parking
See Final Details
Registration & Start Times
Registration for Entry on the Day from 10:30am
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.
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
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)
Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.
Insurance: Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with British Orienteering and not joined an orienteering club which is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance
Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.