November 2020 Challenge: Shorne Woods Country Park

Where: Start and Finish for all courses are in Shorne Woods Country Park just north of the car park. The short course is entirely within the park with no roads to cross. The long course visits Brewers Wood and so there is a road and the car park entrance to cross.

Parking: At Shorne Woods Country Park car park, Brewers Road, Shorne, Kent, DA12 3HX. Take the Cobham /Shorne turning off the A2 dual carriageway and follow signs from there to Shorne Country Park.
Parking is hard standing with a £2 charge on week days and £3 charge at weekends. You can either pay using coins or by phone. The location number for Shorne Woods Country Park is 800274. The car park gets very busy late morning until mid afternoon on many weekends.
The Park opens at 9am and closes at dusk. There are toilets and refreshments in the park. The café is doing takeaways only (hopefully this will continue!) and please remember a mask if you wish to visit it!

When: Any time until midnight on 30 November. Start at any time you choose. There is a choice of two Line courses where the controls have to be taken in order.

A short course (2.6km) with 9 controls. Print the map

A long course (5.5km) with 19 controls. Print the map

There is no time limit for completing either course. The App uses the DFOK map for both courses. Look at this map for the exact location of the start. Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to Select Event then scroll down to UK, then Kent and the Gravesend folder. The events are ShorneCP Long PXAC, and ShorneCP Short PXAC. Click here for Guidance on how to use the App.

Control descriptions are printed on each map with the short course map using both symbol and text descriptions. We are not providing loose control descriptions for these two courses. The short course is a combination of orange and yellow standard. The start (triangle) and finish (two circles) are separate for both courses. As all controls sites are within the country park, with some off paths, these may take slightly longer to register but if you are sure you are in the right place, you can continue your run and use either HITMO or upload your GPS track, each with an appropriate adjusted tolerance, when you get home if necessary as per the Guidance Notes. There may also be some differences in vegetation due to seasonal variations. The control circle on the App might look to be a bit away from the right place on the course pdf. This is often the case in forest areas as the map is almost always slightly less accurate.Navigate to the control place shown on the printed course map and the control should register.

The long course crosses over Brewers Road and the entrance to the car park so please take care when crossing. Traffic, although not heavy, can be fast moving. There is a safe crossing point shown on the map where there is a pelican crossing.

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

You must adhere to the latest Government guidance and the British Orienteering guidance, which includes maintaining social distancing and respecting other users of the park's facilities. Slow down and give way to others where necessary to abide by these guidances.

Results: these will be available in early December.

Questions: please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Problems identified: please also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I do hope that you enjoy this Challenge and the beautiful Kent countryside. Any feedback would be welcome to the above email.

Enjoy your run!

Allison Page