The CROC Trophy

Presented by Alan Wallis, Chair of SN, last year’s winners to Andrew Evans, Chair of DFOK, for winning Division 2 of the South East League inter-club competition.

Organiser's Comments

Thank you everyone for coming to today’s Off Road Bike activity. The event raised almost £200 for the West Kent Downs Countryside Trust’s (WKDCT’s) conservation activities. All seemed to go smoothly today thanks to the support from trustees of the WKDCT and Philip Craven of Dartford Orienteering club (DFOK) who all assisted.

As mentioned at the event, both the WKDCT trustees and DFOK would be most grateful if you are willing to spend a few minutes providing us with feedback on today’s event which will be most helpful in evaluating what we should do differently next year. A separate email will be sent to all participants with a link to the survey but it is also here

More information on the following organisations can be found from the links below:

    West Kent Downs Countryside Trust
    Ranscombe Farm Reserve (Plantlife)
    Dartford Orienteering club

Thanks to Tri The Bike Shop, Gravesend, for providing many of the prizes, RJK Medical Services for First Aid cover, National Trust for use of the facilities at the barn and Jim Jackson, Lodge Farm, for use of the yard for additional parking.
Andrew Evans


Organiser's Comment

When I was asked to organise this event a couple of months back, I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce Maddy to thoughts of how to go about organising and planning an orienteering event. She planned the Yellow and Orange Courses, whilst I did the Light Green and Short Blue courses. My first rule to planning a course is to make as many legs as possible challenging with 2 or 3 route choices to decide upon, and use features that are technically difficult to locate. Whilst a lovely large area for orienteering, Jeskyns has few technical control sites and lots of fenced off areas that restrict free flowing route choices so my thoughts were to send the longer courses either to Ashenbank woods (been there, done that) or the area to the south of the Jeskyns Road, which has only been used a couple of times for orienteering since the park opened in 2007. The map, particularly in this southern area needed significant updating, and I made two all day visits at the end of May to give the whole map a quick makeover and formulate ideas for control sites, routes and start/finish areas. Fast forward to the day before the race, and wow! what a change. The vegetation had just gone crazy and the technical difficulty of the control sites just went up a notch, because in some cases you had to be virtually standing on top of the controls to see them. Cross country routes also became tougher particularly for the early starters who help create the first ‘elephant’ tracks. Then add to the mix 30 degree plus heat, and ‘mild mannered’ Jeskyns had turned into a bit of a challenging beast. I know from trotting round picking up some of the controls afterwards that it would have been really tough to run round competitively, so well done to you all for coping so well in the conditions.

Thanks to all the DFOK and Saxons members who rallied round to make the event run smoothly. Well done too for Andrew Evans and Dave Cave-Ayland for arranging to bring water supplies - Life savers! Thanks too for the Forestry Commission rangers who were helpful and obliging hosts.

Calendar 2019


Date Event Type Venue Organiser Planner Controller
Sun 13th Jan Regional - Level B Chelwood Andrew Evans David and Julie Lobley Susan Crickmore (SO)
Thu 17th Jan Local - KNC Leybourne and Leybourne Lakes Julie and Hayley Collins Julie and Hayley Collins Neil Speers*
Sat 2nd Feb
Klubb - Coaching Day Ightham Allison Page Allison Page  
Sat 16th Feb Local - KOL Beacon Wood Geoff Goodwin Geoff Goodwin David Dawson*
Thu 21st Feb Local - KNC Shooters Hill Geoff Goodwin Geoff Goodwin Neil Speers*
Sat 2nd Mar Local - NWK Danson Park Colin and Rosie Merry Colin and Rosie Merry Chris Baker*
Mon 18th Mar Teach Orienteering Part 1 Woodland Farm Trust Andrew Evans Josh Jenner  
Thu 21st Mar Local - KNC Brasted Chart Neil Speers Neil Speers Andrew Evans*
Sun 24th Mar Local - Level C Balcombe Neil Speers David Dawson Les Hooper (SO)
Sat 6th Apr Local - NWK Foots Cray Meadows Andrew Evans Andrew Evans Chris Baker*
Sat 27th Apr Local - KOL Lullingstone Country Park David Collier David Collier David Dawson*
Sun 28th Apr London Marathon Woolwich Neil Speers    
Sat 11th May Local - NWK Shooters Hill Maxime Pesenti Antoine Pesenti Chris Baker*
Tue 21st May Local - Park Race Danson Park Andrew Evans Andrew Evans David Dawson
Sat 1st Jun Local - NWK Joyden's Wood Allison Page Allison Page Chris Baker*
Sat 15th Jun Local - Kent Junior Orienteering Festival Foots Cray Meadows Andrew Evans Andrew Evans Neil Speers*
Sat 29th Jun Local - KOL Jeskyns Community Woodland Andrew and Maddy Pitcher Andrew and Maddy Pitcher David Dawson*
Sat 6th Jul Local - NWK Jubilee Park Neil Gemmell Neil Gemmell Chris Baker*
Tue 9th Jul Local - Park Race Lloyd Park Roman Bednarz Roman Bednarz David Dawson
Sat 13th Jul Local - Bike Event West Kent Downs Andrew Evans    
Sun 22nd Sep London City Race Weekend Greenwich Park Andrew Evans Geoff Goodwin Mike Solomon (SAX)
Sun 29th Sep Klubb Championships Weald Park HAVOC Event    
Wed 16th Oct Klubb AGM TBC      
Thu 3rd Oct
Local - KNC        
Thu 7th Nov
Local - KNC        
Sat 16th Nov Local - KOL Brasted Chart David and Julie Lobley David and Julie Lobley David Dawson*
Sat 23rd Nov Regional - SE Night Championships Squerryes Estate   Neil Speers  
Thu 5th Dec Local - KNC        

* primarily for risk assessment purposes

GLOSS Series 2019

This enjoyable series of events takes place with one event each weekend in a 5 week period. The GLOSS course is of Light Green standard and there is usually an extension for those wanting a longer run. It is also a team event with the best six scores from club members at each event contributing to our score. A handicapping system is used so anyone having a good run will score good points for the club. Click here for the 2019 handicapping details. There is also a Yellow standard course for newcomers and developing orienteers. The series flyer is here.

The events are:

Sunday 23 June Gunpowder Park Chingford
Sunday 30 June Barnes Common
Saturday 6 July Highfield Park St Albans
Sunday 14 July Belhus Woods Upminster
Sunday 21 July Nonsuch Park Cheam