Whitstable Urban SEOUL event

Sun 6 Feb 2022

Urban orienteering around the beautiful North Kent seaside town. Part of SEOUL series

Type of event: Regional, Urban
Type of terrain: Urban

Info updated: Mon 10 Jan

Pre Event Info


Nearest town: Whitstable

Directions / Parking

Assembly, Start and Finish all on Cornwallis Circle.  Pay and display parking available close by at Shaftesbury Road car park or Middle Wall car park.  £2.10 per hour at time of writing.

Public Transport options

Trains available from London Victoria direct, or on the high speed from St Pancras changing at Faversham.  Train station is 1km from Whitstable station. 

Please be advised there are currently planned engineering work that day between Rainham and Rochester, so there will be a replacement bus for this stretch. Please factor into your journey times, and see the following link for latest travel information

Registration & Start Times

Start times 11:00-12.30 - you will be asked to select a 15 minute start block during racesignup entry process.  

W/MJ or U16 course entries need to start within 11:00-11:30 window given a timed out marshalled crossing points on a busy road.

Course Information

Full range of age related courses as below. Distances preliminary subject to controlling.

Course Age Category Distance Controls
1 MO (M18-M35) 7.2km  
2 WO, MV (W18-W35, M40+) 6.6km  
3 WV, MSV (W40+, M55+) 5.6km  
4 WSV, MUV (W55+, M65+) 4.5km  
5 WUV, W/MJ, (W65+, W/M16-) 3.9km  
6 Yellow 2.5km  


No Young Junior course on offer given traffic volumes - instead a yellow course is on offer for U12's but they must be accompanied by an adult for safety.

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

Entry via racesignup.

Senior Member: £10; Senior non-member £13

Junior Member £5; Junior non member £7

Entries after 30 Jan will be charged a £2 supplement, and will be subject to map availablility.


Public toilets availble in Whitstable near to assembly in Skinner Alley.

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.

Saxons volunteers are very happy to help beginners understand the courses, maps and timing equipment used at our events. To get advice please contact coaching@saxons-oc.org at least 3 days before the event, or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saxons.oc and ask questions there. It may be possible to arrange for somoene to meet you before your start.

For full BO Covid guidance click here

Ticks and Lyme Disease: Ticks are common in areas where we go orienteering, more information about ticks.

Training and help is available from qualified coaches. Please contact the organiser.

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