Grove Green and BearstedThu 14 Dec

Kent Night Cup

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: Urban




Thank you to those competitors that attended the KNC Grove Green and Bearsted event. Hopefully we are now approaching a state where we are mastering MapRun for all competitors and things like the taped lampposts made the control locations more certain for everyone.

The main results are here but if you want to see the controls visited and tracks then search for MapRun Results and enter 'KNC9' which should bring them up. If you need the event pin then it is 4244.

Neil Speers

Last updated: Sun 17 December, 2023


This is event 9 of the Kent Night Cup series 2023/24 and is an urban 60 minute score event using MapRun. Mass start at 19:30hrs.
Insurance advice from British Orienteering. Under 16's may take part in this event non-competitively provided they are accompanied by an adult at all times and the adult assumes full responsibility for them. Note, that neither the junior nor the accompanying adult will be eligible for KNC league points.

Location Info

Near: Maidstone
Lat,Lng: 51.27490,0.56060
OS Grid Ref: TQ787559
Postcode: ME14 5GN
What3Words: ///cross.foam.about

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Directions / Parking

Parking will be towards the south-east end of Grovewood Drive North and surrounding roads. This is a wide quiet residential road with plenty of on road parking. Please park considerately so as not to upset the local residents.

Public transport: Bearsted train station is about 1.2km from the assembly / parking location. This is served by trains on the Victoria to Ashford line via Maidstone East.

Pre-event Details

Map / Terrain

The streets and paths of Grove Green and Bearsted to the east of MAIDSTONE. These are mainly lit routes but there are some unlit paths and roads (so bring a small head torch, or hand torch). The wearing of reflective or light-coloured clothing is recommended.

Map scale 1:10,000 with 5 metre contours. Standard orienteering map symbols for urban events (one note; brown roads are those with adjacent footpaths, black roads are those without associated footpaths). Map updated to 2023.

Map will be pre-drawn with the course and printed on A4 waterproof paper.

Course Information

Course Information:

A single 60 minute score course, suitable for all abilities.

Collect as many of the twenty-five controls as you can within the maximum time allowance of 60 minutes. Control locations will all be streetlights and the specific streetlight will have a band of yellow/green electrical tape around the column about 1m above ground level to identify it (no kites). Control values vary from 10, 20 or 30 point, with 20 points deducted for each minute or part minute you are late back.

The start will be a mass start at 19:30hrs.

We will be using MapRun for control validation at this event. You will need to have downloaded MapRun to your phone or gps watch prior to the event. Full details on how to do this can be found at the following link. If you have not used MapRun before it is recommend to familiarise yourself with it at least a few days before the event. If it would be helpful to have a small test event produced around the area you live then contact the organiser well before this event.

The finish will be a standard SI/SIAC punching finish (not contactless).

Loose control descriptions will not be provided.

Entry Details

Pre-entry only (no entry at the event) online through . Entries close at 16:00hrs on day of event.

Fees :
BOF Seniors £5, Non-BOF Senior £6 and Juniors £3. SI dibber hire £1. SIAC dibber hire £2.50.

Registration and Start times

Start: Mass start at 19:30hrs. Please arrive in good time.

Finish: Punching finish. Please report to download as soon as you finish.


There are no toilet facilities in the parking area but toilets are available in the Tesco Supermarket for Tesco customers (approx. 400m).

Results will hopefully be available at the après-O on the night (see below) and on the DFOK website within a few days.

Après-O and prize-giving: Please indicate on Racesignup if you are intending to eat afterwards. The Après-O will be at Newnham Court Inn (ME14 5LH). Food needs to be ordered by 18:00hrs on Wednesday 13 December (the day before the event) and so please email your selection to Neil at The menu can be found at this link.

Dog restrictions

Well-behaved dogs on leads may take part.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser and Planner: Neil Speers (

Nearest A&E Hospital

Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone, ME16 9QQ
NHS Urgent care search

Safety Notes

Also Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, ME7 5NY

24hr full A&E facilities at both hospitals

Competitors take part in this event at their own risk.