February 2021 Challenge: Lullingstone Country Park and Sevenoaks North
A) Three Line courses in Lullingstone Country Park
Start and Finish for all Line courses are in Lullingstone Country Park just west of the car park. All courses are entirely within the park with no roads to cross. However, the medium and long courses cross over the golf course.
Parking is at Lullingstone Country Park car park, Castle Road, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JF. Turn off the A20 onto the A225 heading towards Otford and it is signed just after the entrance to Lullingstone Castle.
Parking is hard standing with a £1.50 charge on weekdays and £2.50 charge at weekends. You can either pay using coins or by phone https://paybyphone.co.uk
The location number for Lullingstone Country Park is 800271.
The Park opens at 8am and closes at dusk. There are toilets available in the park. However, the cafe is currently closed.
There is no time limit for completing any of the Line courses.
There is a choice of three Line courses where the controls have to be taken in order.
A short course (2.5 km) at Lullingstone with 7 controls. Print the map
A medium course (4.3 km) at Lullingstone with 10 controls. Print the map
A long course (5.5 km) at Lullingstone with 13 controls. Print the map
Control descriptions are printed on each map with the short course map using both symbol and text descriptions. The control code is the same as the number of the control on the App. We are not providing loose control descriptions for the Lullingstone events. The short course is a combination of orange and yellow standard. The start (triangle) and finish (two circles) are separate for this event. 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 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 long and medium courses cross over the golf course several times. Lullingstone Park Golf Course is currently closed but please still take care when crossing them as there may still be individuals practising on them and the golf course may reopen during February if allowed to do so. You must keep to the footpaths when crossing the golf course irrespective of whether the golf course is open or not.
B) 60 minute Urban Score course in Sevenoaks North
Start and Finish for the Urban Score course are at Pontoise Close Recreation ground, off Betenson Avenue, TN13 3EW. Access from east or west via Bradbourne Vale Road, the A25. what3words: mouth.mercy.crash.
Parking is free. Nearest refreshments and toilets for customers are at Tesco supermarket north along A224 in Riverhead TN13 2EG.
There is a 60 minute time limit for the Score course with a penalty of 10 points loss for every minute or part minute late. Control descriptions for the Score course are not on the map but can be printed from the link above. Each control is worth 10 points.
An urban 60 minutes Score course in Sevenoaks North Print the map. Print the control descriptions.
When: Any time until at least midnight on 28 February but likely to be extended depending on COVID restrictions. Start at any time you choose.
How to get started:
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 Sevenoaks folder. The events are Lullingstone CP Long PXAC, Lullingstone CP Medium PXAC and Lullingstone CP Short PXAC and Sevenoaks N PXAS ScoreV60. Click here for Guidance on how to use the App
The App uses the open orienteering map for all 4 courses. Look at this map for the exact location of the start. The finish for the Urban Score course is the same place as the start so note where it is carefully before you start.
Government and British Orienteering restrictions:
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 and in urban areas. Slow down and give way to others where necessary to abide by these guidances.
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.
Results: these will be available in early March and again later if the Challenge deadline is extended as currently seem likely.
Enjoy your runs!
Allison Page (Lullingstone)
Colin and Rosie Merry (Sevenoaks North)