Dartford

Where: Dartford. The Start and Finish is at a road/path junction just inside Central Park, Dartford by the entrance that is accessible from Cranford Road, Dartford DA1 1JP.
Parking: There is a small car park on Cranford Road where there are usually spaces. The time limit is two hours. Otherwise use neighbouring streets but several of these places are reserved for residents only.
When: At any time you choose.

Options available

1. A 60 minute Score course in Dartford Centre using MapRun
2. A line course entirely within Central Park.
Details of each option are below. You can do either (or both!). Both courses use the MapRun App. For guidance on how to use the App click here.

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. Any feedback would be welcome to the above email.
All the best
Andrew Evans

Details of each option

1 60 minute Score course

Print the map of the course
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then Kent and select Dartford and the event called Dartford Centre. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear.
Most controls in the urban area are postboxes but some are on footpaths or at road junctions. The control descriptions are here.
This course crosses 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.
There is a penalty of 10 points for each minute or part of a minute late back.

There are a lot of roadworks in central Dartford. If heading south towards the park from control 17, keep left when the pavement splits and take extra care crossing the central ring road at this point.

2 Line course in Central Park, Dartford

Print the map of the course. The map contains the control descriptions.
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then Kent and select Dartford and the event called Central Park. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear.
The course is 2.6km. Two fences are not marked on the map but are obvious when there.

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. There is a lake area at the southern end of the park but it was not considered to be feasible to use this for this activity because the paths are fairly narrow and the lake is popular with anglers. The angling locations are very close to the path.

A few controls on the Score course are on or near Dartford 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 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 Challenge as an individual for private training and you are responsible for both your own safety and the safety of others around you.

Weekly Challenge 4 Orpington North

We are heading next to Orpington, an area called Poverest, with its own park. We are not using a PIN code to restrict access to this (or future) challenges.  I hope many members will be up for the challenges on offer! Click here for further details.

Saxons are also offering a series of MapRun challenges the first of which is at Faversham. Full details are here.

Andrew Evans

Orpington

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: 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!)
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. 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 London South East and select Bromley 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 Orpington 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 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 Challenge as an individual for private training and you are responsible for both your own safety and the safety of others around you.

Weekly Challenge 3 Leybourne

We are heading next to Leybourne with a real orienteering map!  All members should have received an email from DFOK inviting you to participate in our first weekly challenge over the period 11 June to 15 June. I hope many members will be up for the challenges on offer! Click here for further details.

Saxons are also offering a series of MapRun challenges the first of which is at Faversham. Full details are here.

Andrew Evans