Foots Cray MeadowsSat 21 Oct
Kent Orienteering League
Local level event
What does this mean?
Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun6 App.
Terrain type: Parkland & Woodland
Event 2 of the 2023/24 KOL series.
As we have a few spare maps on each course, we are keeping entries open until noon on Saturday. If you wish to come along please enter before you leave home using racesignup.co.uk as we are not taking cash entries at the event and it is a bit easier to enter other than using a mobile phone. It also means you can be sure of a map for the course of your choice.
Control Descriptions (to download and print)
Near: Bexley Lat,Lng: 51.43207,0.14048 Postcode: DA14 5EJ What3Words: ///healers.stroke.herbs
Directions / Parking
Parking is with the kind permission of Beck Evans Farm. There is an outdoor kiosk, restaurant (booking advised), farm shop and toilets. Please consider using the facilities that they offer.
Beck Evans Farm is accessible from the northbound carriageway of the A223, North Cray Road. There will be red and white orienteering signs as you approach the turn off. We will be using the field at the bottom of the farm on the right. Please follow orienteering signs in the farm and look for the tall blue sail banner.
Please note that Foots Cray Meadows now lies within the extended ULEZ zone. For more information see TFL website.
Map / Terrain
The map is 1:10,000 for all courses printed on waterproof paper.
The area is mainly open meadows with small pockets of woodland. The River Cray runs through the area and may be crossed at any of the 3 bridges on the map.
Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners.
Controls are on or near paths with some route choice. Good for progressing juniors and adults who are reasonably confident reading a map.
Controls are away from paths giving more navigational challenge. Suitable for those with some experience.
As technically as hard as we can make it; for experienced orienteers.
21 controls. Visit as many controls as you can in an hour in any order. 7 easy controls numbered in the 50's, 7 moderate difficulty numbered in the 60's and 7 more difficult numbered in the 70's
All course lengths are approximate currently and will be as measured in straight lines. Actual distance travelled will be greater.
Entries: Entries via www.racesignup.co.uk. Entries in advance only.
Enter by midnight on 15 October to be sure of a map for the
course of your choice. Entries will be available after this date until
all maps on a course have been taken including entry on the day, also
via racesignup, if maps are still available..
Entry Fees: Seniors £5, Juniors £2 (DFOK Juniors FREE). Add £2 for Seniors and £1 for Juniors who are not members of British Orienteering. Families participating as a group £10.
Registration and Start times
Registration opens at 10:30
Start times from 11:00 to 12:30
Courses close at 14:00
Electronic Punching: Sportident electronic punching will be used for all courses. Contactless punching (SIAC) will be enabled. SI and SIAC dibbers will be available for hire at £1 and SIACs at £2.
The start will be about a 500m walk from the Event Centre. Follow the red and white tapes. It is a punching start for everyone.
Free parking at Beck Evans Farm with an outside kiosk, farm shop, restaurant (pre-booking advised) and toilets. The farm will be very busy on the day with various other activities such as pumpkin picking and a Halloween market. Please see website http://beckevansfarm.co.uk for more details
Well behaved dogs on a short lead are allowed at the farm and on the courses
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Allison Page
Planner: Allison Page
Controller (risk assessment only): David Dawson
Nearest A&E Hospital
You must not attend if you or a member of your household has COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been asked to isolate.
You must adhere to the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.
We are grateful to LB Bexley for use of the Meadows and to Beck Evans Farm for enabling us to park there and use their facilities.