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: Tue 8 Feb


Pre Event Info

Final Details as of 4 Feb 2022 can be found here.


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.  Assembly 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. You may enter any of the courses based on distance, but in order to score points in the Southern England Orienteering Urban League, (SEOUL), please enter the suggested course for your age class.  Running up is permitted, please see the SEOUL website for scoring information.

Course Age Category Distance Climb Controls
1 Men's Open (M18-M35) 7.4km 15m 31
2 Women's Open, Men's Vet (W18-W35, M40+) 6.5km 15m 31
3 Women's Vet, Men's Supervet (W40+, M55+) 5.6km 10m 26
4 Women's Supervet, Men's Ultravet+ (W55+, M65+) 4.6km 10m 21
5 Women's Ultravet+, Junior, (W65+, W/M16-) 3.5km - 21
6 Yellow 2.0km - 14


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, (separate entry for acompanying adult not required).

No group entry for Urban event available - please enter as an individual.

Map: A3 map on all courses other than Yellow which will be A4, scale 1:4000 with 2.5m contour interval and ISSOM 2007 standard sprint symbols. 

Control Description: printed on map, and available separately in start lane.  Special symbols given below:

x - bench

o - flag pole

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.

Terrain Description

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

Hard surface >95%, Grass <5%


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

Important Event 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.

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 someone to meet you before your start.

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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