SROC REGIONAL EVENT
Sunday 8th May
Splits by course
Splits by Class Badge
times String Course
Many thanks to all of you who helped me to put the event on. Thanks
to good weather on the day and during preparation the task was relatively
easy. It was really nice to have good dry parking and assembly
fields. An entry of around 500 was as good as could be expected in
view of the re-arranged Compass Sport Cup in Yorkshire. Until 2
weeks before I was expected Wilfs to be present, then they declined to
come! The NWJS filled the gap to mutual advantage. From the
positive comments I heard during the day, the planning team's work was
much appreciated. Well done Brian, Jim and Andrew.
This was the first time that we have had a regional event on this
area. The Watkins' opened it up by putting on the Blodslitet here
just over a year ago. The hard work of everyone involved in this
event and the enjoyment of the competitors is a fitting tribute to Tim who
sadly died just before Easter.
Helsington is a beautiful area and has some magnificent views from the
top of Scout Scar. It did set a few problems in planning the
courses. We wanted to use Barrowfield Wood in order to get the
distance for the long courses, but is was severely damaged in the Winter
gales. As a result we were not able to exploit its technical nature
and course 1 and 3 may have seemed a bit contrived. It certainly provided
a contrast with the gentle subtle terrain on the open fell.
The other major constraints were the butterfly habitats which cover
large parts of the area south of the finish and partly wooded area in the
south east part of the map. We kept control sites and potential
elephant trails out of these areas and hope that the courses did not
suffer too much.
Sorry about the White course not being printed. It was our fault
for making assumptions and not checking the second batch of
printing. The only consolation is that the Yellow was similar and
should not have been too big a step up. Also we were over hasty in waking
up and synchronising the controls at 7am so the split times have produced
some quite remarkably false times for some legs. Sorry to
competitors for this.
No 163 on the wall corner at the gate crossing point was missed by 10
competitors on courses 1 and 4. The Controller has been very
generous and reinstated these competitors because of the particular nature
of the leg using this control. He would have also been fully
justified in disqualifying these competitors and this generosity should
not be taken as a precedent.
Many thanks to everyone who tool part and helped at the event and made
it a success, with particular thanks to Peter who organised and to Andrew
who controlled. Planning an orienteering event is hard work but a
lot of fun and so enjoyable when it involves spending time in beautiful
areas like Helsington Barrows.
Down on the Mersey we don't often get the chance to control an event in the Lakes, so this was a pleasant assignment for me, despite the short notice. Sunday's weather and the compact arrangement of Start, Finish and Assembly made this event especially friendly. Unfortunately no event is perfect, and we only discovered at 9:15 on Sunday morning that we had no White maps, because of a mental aberration by the printer. Proof copies had been seen and approved, but as there was no stock of 'blank' maps we could not recover the situation - though urgent photocopying in Kendal was briefly considered. I apologise to those who were asked to run Yellow instead.
Control-boxes 136 and 129 failed during the event and were replaced. A third (163) at the central wall-crossing was also reported faulty, but some of those who missed it admitted having simply forgotten to punch. However as it is almost certain that they visited it, we have been lenient and resisted disqualifying anyone on that score.
The planners had to guess how much to shorten courses 1 to 3 to allow for the drop down to Barrowfield and the return climb. Our guess looks about right, but in the ideal prevailing conditions most courses were about 10% too short for the winners. In wetter conditions they might have been too long! However, brilliant runs in M35L, M45L and W21L posed problems in calculating fair badge standards for the Short classes. I have exercised some licence here.
Thanks to so many for expressing their enjoyment at the Finish. My thanks also (on your behalf) to Peter for his smooth organisation, and Brian and Jim for planning good courses which found quite a few people out.
Last Updated : 17.05.05