Saxons Summer Challenge Series

Want to spice up your MapRun?

Tue 9 Jun 2020

To help you keep fit and continue your personal orienteering training Saxons are producing a series of MapRun based challenges over the summer months. 

Guide to MapRun is here

Each week a new challenge:

 - Week 1 - Faversham

 - Week 2 - Tunbridge Wells Three Parks

 - Week 3 - Walderslade

 - Week 4 - Leybourne and West Malling

During this summer there will be a different MapRun challenge starting each week, with 2 weeks to take part. Run (or walk) at whatever time you choose within the 2 week period. We will compare times and show leaders for each challenge. You can still do the MapRun after the closing date, and your times will still be displayed but won't be included in the leader-board for the challenge. 

For more information, including a link to the leaderboard go to the MapRun page.

 

Week 1 Challenge - Faversham

Challenge now closed but MapRun course can still be run, see details on MapRun page.

 

Week 2 Challenge - Tunbridge Wells Three Parks

Big thanks to Peter Martin for preparing the Tunbridge Wells Challenge. This is the first occasion for you to experience three of TW's parks at one time. 

The Challenge has 20 controls and a 60 minute time limit; visit as many control sites as you can within that time. Lose points for every minute you are late finishing. The challenge is open on Wednesday 17th June and does not require a PIN; the challenge will close Wed 1st July. Control descriptions are on the map. They are mostly path or road junctions, plus a few monuments, all of which are shown on the map. 

The Start and Finish are in Dunorlan Park. We suggest using the main car park off the SE side of Pembury Road (A264) (nearest postcode TN2 3QA). Parking is free and the café and toilets will be passed en route to the Start. An alternative car park is off Halls Hole Road that bounds the SE side of the park (nearest postcode TN2 4RE).

The course takes in three parks, hence the name. According to the web Dunorlan Park is open from 8am to 9pm; other parks are not gated and are thus open 24 hours. (there is a private part of Calverlely Park, gates of which are locked on Sunday. However, the course doesn't go near that area, so you should be fine)

Map is here Tunbridge Wells Three Parks

 

Week 3 Challenge - Walderslade

Thanks to Ffion and Neil Bricknell for this weeks challenge at Walderslade. This is a popular KNC area due to the combination of residential streets and patches of woodland.

Usual rules, 60 min score course, visit as many controls as possible in the time. 20 points per control and you lose 10 points per min if late back. The start/finish is in the NE corner of the car park.

Parking is in the public car park off Catkin Close just off Tunbury Avenue, nearest postcode ME5 9HP. Nearest toilets are at Asda (ME5 9SE).

Map is here Walderslade map

 

Week 4 Challenge - Leybourne and West Malling

This week's challenge is planned by Sean Cronin and covers the villages of Leybourne, Leybourne Chase and West Malling. This larger area necessitates a map scale of 1:12,500 so something for the runners!

Please read this Briefing document for details including important safety information and control descriptions. Map is here: Leybourne map.

Challenge closes on 15th July, see Map run page for link to the Leaderboard.

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