Weekly Challenge 4

Where: Orpington North (Poverest). The Start and Finish is on a path junction towards the southern tip of the park. Postcode for the park is BR6 0EF

Parking: The car park has access only from Footbury Hill Road, off Perry Hall Road. Postcode to use for the entrance to this parking is BR6 0HP. Parking is also available on neighbouring streets in or around Perry Hall Road, or in Mountview Road, which is a cul-de-sac and has pedestrian access into the park.

When: Thursday 18 June to Monday 22 June inclusive. Start at any time you choose.

Options available

1. A 60 minute Score event in and around the streets and footpaths to the north of Orpington High Street, using MapRunF. Apart from a few controls in the High Street, I have kept the controls to the north and west of Orpington and you should not need to venture east or south of the shops.

2. A line course for Juniors (or others) entirely in Poverest Park using MaprunF.

Details of each option are below. You can do either (or both!)
Results: these will be available next Tuesday.
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I do hope that you enjoy this challenge. Any feedback would be welcome to the above email.
All the best

Keith Parkes

Details of each option

1 60 minute Score event

Print the map of the course
Download the MapRunF App to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then Kent and select Dartford Summer Series 2020 and the event called Orpington North. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear. Be ready to run when tapping “go to start”, as your time will start as soon as your phone picks up a signal.
30 Controls in total. 27 controls are postboxes. Some are the traditional stand-alone big red postboxes, easy to spot, but some are smaller boxes mounted on a pole. 3 controls are the end of paths where they meet roads, nos 19,20,21.
Be aware that sometimes there is a small delay before your phone beeps, especially if there is some tree cover. Just wait a few seconds to get a signal, if you are sure you’re at the right place.
Points value varies, Controls 1-10 10points, 11-20 20 points, 21-30 30 points.
There is a penalty of 10 points for each minute or part of a minute late back.

This event crosses some busy roads hence the area outside the park must not be attempted by anyone under the age of 16, even if they would be accompanied by an adult. However, there are plenty of controls to find within the park for juniors on Option 2.

The control descriptions are here but they are all obvious from the map so you probably do not need to take these with you.
For guidance on how to use the App click here.

2 Line Course event in Poverest Park (2+km)

Print the map of the course (updated 1340 18/6/20)
Similar to a yellow course. This option again uses the MapRunF App only within the Park, so there are no roads to cross. If you wish to run and not use the App, please record you own time and ideally do a GPS trace on your watch to record your visit to the controls or, if you do not have a GPS watch, just let us know your time.
On MaprunF this course is called Poverest Junior.
If you choose to use MaprunF note that once you have started your run, if you then by chance run through the finish area before collecting all the controls, it will assume you have finished and stop. So, do not run through the finish area until you have finished!

Ensure social distancing is maintained at all times. In line with current Government guidance, members are to complete these courses alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside their household from whom they must stay two metres apart at all times. The main park can get quite busy at times so allow time to let others pass you or leave the path momentarily where it is feasible to do so.

A few controls on the Score course are on or near Orpington High Street, which may be noticeably busier with pedestrians, so be aware of others, especially with social distancing, and possibly time your run when there are fewer shoppers around.

This Weekly Challenge is not an organised event or activity, so it is not registered with British Orienteering and you are not covered by British Orienteering's insurance. You do the Weekly Challenge as an individual for private training and you are responsible for both your own safety and the safety of others around you.