Welcome back to Orienteering
After our enforced close down in March, we got the go-ahead firstly from Government and then from British Orienteering to recommence events starting from August.
Your committee has been putting together dates and possible venues for our five Kent Orienteering League events and 14 Kent Night Cup events. These provisional events are now on the website and will be confirmed once formal land permission has been agreed. We will add Sunday events later.
British Orienteering has produced detailed guidelines that will enable us to make our events Covid secure. There will be some changes to the way we run events to ensure we comply with these guidelines, which will help to keep competitors and volunteers safe.
- Entries will be pre-entry only and payment will be needed at the time of registration to confirm your start slot. Initially entries will be accepted for Saxons/British Orienteering members only. There will be more details on how to do this before our first events at Canterbury on 8 October (KNC) and Blean on 17 October (KOL); the first KOL of the season will be organised by DFOK in September (date to be confirmed) and the first KNC on 1 October.
- There will be no entry on the day for any event so if you haven’t entered in advance please do not turn up-you will not be able to start!
- We will only be able to start10 people in every 15 minute start slot to maintain social distancing; this will mean limited numbers of entries or more than one start for KOLs and no mass start for KNCs. It will also mean that you will need to book a start slot when you register and if you can’t make that slot you might have a long wait before you can be squeezed in.
- You will be asked to maintain social distancing at all times, especially at the start, at download and in car parking areas.
- Shadowing and group running will still be allowed within household groups of BO members.
The British Army has held a couple of events already under the BO guidelines and from feedback from Saxons who have attended, the restrictions and changes were not a problem and once out in the forest they had a great time.
Although some procedures are changing this year, the actual orienteering will be as great as ever. We're going to be using some of our better areas for our local Kent Orienteering League events (such as Enchanted Place and Blean), and we intend to run Sunday events as well, so this season could turn out to be one of the best for years.
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