Weekly Challenge 1 (using MapRunF)

20 competitive runs at Petts Wood; an excellent start to our series of Weekly Challenges. The results will not be published on our website but have been sent to club members by email. Details for Weekly Challenge 2 will be available tomorrow. Thanks to all who ran at Petts Wood and maybe we will "see?" a few new faces at the next one.

Weekly Challenge 1  Petts Wood

All members should have received an email from DFOK inviting you to participate in our first weekly challenge over the period 28 May to 1 June. I hope many members will be up for the challenge! Click here for further details.

Andrew Evans

Weekly Challenge 1

Where: Jubilee Park, Petts Wood and surrounding area

Parking: Tent Peg Lane car park, off Crest View Drive, Petts Wood BR5 1BY.  This was surprisingly empty even on Bank Holiday Sunday morning.

When: Any time from Thursday 28 May to 1 June inclusive. Start at any time you choose.

Options available

1. A 60 minute Score event in Jubilee Park and the adjacent area using MapRunF

2. A Score event with no time limit entirely in Jubilee Park using the POC posts.

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 60 minute Score event crosses busy roads hence must not be attempted by anyone under the age of 16, even if they would be accompanied by an adult. The Score event entirely in Jubilee Park does not cross any roads and is suitable for children.

Details of each option are below. You can do either, or both!

Results: these will be available next Wednesday.

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 event

Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then Kent and select the event called Petts Wood. You then need to add in the code that was sent to you in the email from DFOK on Wednesday 27 May to access the event as we are running it as a closed event for club members only. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear.

If you haven’t received the email and would like to participate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the 4 digit code you will need for this option.

When you are ready to go, proceed to the far north west corner of the car park and the App should automatically pick up your Start. Your time will have commenced.

The same will happen at every control. You will get a bleep/vibration to tell you that you have successfully collect the control. The App shows you what your last control number was so you can always check that your visit has been registered.

If you don't get a punch at a control, check the phone and see if the GPS colour band at the bottom of the map is green. If it is yellow then the phone is not picking up GPS so check the phone settings e.g. is GPS set to be on "Whilst using the App" or "Always" and the phone is not in Low Power Mode.

It is suggested that you print off the map of the entire course and the map of the part of the course that is within Jubilee Park. A suggested approach is to put these back to back in a cellophane folder. The reason for this is that the entire course uses Open Orienteering Map which has far less information on the paths and vegetation in Jubilee Park than is on our orienteering map, so the latter is better for use within the park.

There are 20 controls

Nos 10 to 19 are all postboxes and each is worth 10 points

Nos 20 to 29 are features on footpaths and each is worth 20 points. Half of these are in Jubilee Park.

The penalty for late finishing is 30 points per minute or part minute late.

The control descriptions are here but they are all obvious from the map so you probably do not need to take these with you.

When you return to the start, the App records you as having finished. Click when requested to upload your result.

2 Score event in Jubilee Park

This option uses the permanent orienteering posts in Jubilee Park. It does not use the MapRunF App. Record you own time and ideally do a GPS trace on your watch to record your visit to the controls. This can be uploaded to routegadget on the DFOK website. Alternatively, or if you do not have a GPS watch, you can draw the route you went into routegadget. Under both options, add your time.

Kent Orienteering League

We have liaised with Saxons and concluded that as 6 of the 10 events were able to take place before social distancing hit us, that is enough events for the winners to be able to be based on the results to date.

The roll of honour for DFOK members, including the Hackney elite squad, is:

Short Blue Men Antoine Pesenti 2nd
Light Green Women Rosie Merry 3rd
Light Green Men Geoff Goodwin 1st
Light Green Men Dave Collier 2nd
Light Green Junior Female Ruby Andrews 1st
Light Green Junior Male Joe Gibson 1st
Light Green Junior Male Luke Sokhal 2nd
Light Green Junior Male Linus Sheaff 3rd
Orange Junior Male Luke Bennett 1st
Orange Junior Female Madeleine Pitcher 1st

 

City Academy retained the trophy for the Senior Schools League.
The full results are available here.
Well done to everyone who participated and especially to the above.