I had my arm twisted soon after returning from
Hungary after the summer. Considering
that I have already organised - albeit with assistance - a Badge event
this year, I reluctantly agreed, even though I knew that this time of
year is usually filled with 16 hour days and 7 day weeks for me.
In spite of that I enjoyed the challenge and I was very ably
assisted yet again by Mark Rowe. Thanks
We had the usual problem of not being able to park, start or
finish on Ashdown Forest, which necessitated parking in Pippingford
Manor. I hope the 800 metres
walk to the pre-start and a few hundred metres from there to the start
triangle did not inconvenience you too much.
Another slight problem appeared in the shape of a whole Army
troop complete with a dozen or so vehicles in and around our computing
hut, but they were extremely friendly and accommodating by clearing out
just in time for us to take up residence in the morning.
I hope that the few remaining blank shots in the vicinity of the
Start did not frighten anyone.
Finally, I have to make my apologies for the delay in starting.
I leave the detailed explanations to the Planner and/or
Controller, but I hope that my efforts at providing all of you with as
much information as I had at the time and keeping you in your warm cars
as long as possible saved inconvenience to some degree.
Apologies again to those I missed and who have already departed
for the Start. As the
Controller let you go even before all SI boxes were out, I hope nobody
caught anything too debilitating in the cold.
I must thank all the helpers, who braved the cold weather and the
stresses resulting from the delayed start with great fortitude.
Thanks go also to the Pippingford Estate, the British Army, to
the Conservators of Ashdown Forest and to Brigadier Constantine allowing
us to enjoy the beauty and challenge of this prime orienteering area.
I hope to see all of you at the National Event on Box Hill, White
Hill and Headley Heath on February 9th next year.