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BALCOMBE BADGE EVENT

24 MARCH 2002

 
Planner's report   Organisers' report  Controller's report
Straight results (no splits)     Progressograph    Splitsbrowser


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M10A/B  M12A/B  M14A/B  M16A/B  M18A/B  M21L/S  M35L/S  M40L/S  M45L/S  M50L/S M55L/S  M60L/S M65L/S M70L/S  M75L/S

W10A/B W12A/B W14A/B W16A/B W18A/B W20L/S W21L/S W35L/S W40L/S W45L/S W50L/S W55L/S W60L/S W65L/S W70L/S W75L/S

Colour Coded courses   String course  badge times

Plannerís report

I think Iíve found the secret to providing courses which will keep most people happy. Itís not mentioned in BOF guidelines, but provide a nice sunny spring day, and youíll get few complaints!

Balcombe is not a technically difficult area, so I tried to encourage you to make your own mistakes. The idea was to get you running fast through fields and along tracks; and then give you some short and (relatively) technical legs in the forest. I am pleased to see from the splits that even most course winners lost significant time somewhere.

My other objective was to give you some pleasant memories of the forest, with some spectacular control sites, and the finish in the nicest bit by the reservoir. The disadvantage of this last strategy was the long slog back to the car park.

The only previous Badge event at Balcombe was part of the 2000 Spring in the South series. Times on that seemed slightly short, as was appropriate for the third day of a multi-day event, so I made my courses slightly longer. The results suggest that most lengths were about right, but the three longest courses were a little overdone. I hope your legs have recovered for the JK!

Most people will tell you that the young junior courses are hardest to plan, but I find the 70 & 75 courses harder. Trying to provide the highest level of technical difficulty while keeping to physically easy terrain is quite a challenge, and I did receive suggestions that course 12 (M75S, W60-75S) in particular was too taxing. However, I am pleased to see that everyone did complete successfully, and I hope you enjoyed it.

The other contentious issue is whether some of the crags, in particular the waterfall (control 180), should have been taped. My judgement was that nobody was likely to fall down this one; the vegetation on the top would prevent you running over it too fast to stop. I am aware that some disagreed, although happily nobody proved me wrong by breaking their neck!

There are lots of people I ought to thank, and space prevents me from listing everybody. I must particularly mention gamekeeper John Lewis for delaying the fencing of the new pheasant pens, forester Jamie Kirkland for preserving a taped control site intact which clear-felling around it, and controller Mike Murray for his quiet guidance.

I look forwards to running at Balcome myself in the Southern Express on 20th April.

Ian Ditchfield

Organisers' report

This event  seemed to have a curse on the organisers, the original organiser was Eddie Whiston, but unfortunately he suffered a stroke, thankfully he is making good progress and we wish him all the best for a
complete and speedy recovery.  Then with 2 weeks to go Julianna Grant was taken ill and so Mark Rowe took over most of the organisation from there until the day, although many of you would have seen that Julianna was there on the day making a very valuable contribution and able to see the fruits of her labours over the previous months. Ultimately we ended up as joint organisers and this worked very well, being able to bounce ideas and questions off each other, and sharing the stress of an event like this!
 
Thank you all very much for coming, and for the favourable comments that you gave us after having finished your courses. Everything seemed to go relatively smoothly on the day, thanks no doubt to an excellent turnout to help from Mole Valley members, the size of the club meaning that nowadays we do need 100% of the membership to help to run a badge event properly. Thanks in particular go to Mike Elliot for running the computing side of the event, the size and importance of this role almost warranting status as the fourth official nowadays, and to Laurence Townley for his help in the days prior to the event and on the day being one of the first helpers there, even though he came all the way from Cambridge!
 
Thanks also go to the landowner and South East Chairman Simon Greenwood for the use once again of his land, and land agent Charles Thomason, nothing being too much trouble in the run up to the event! We even had a car park created specially for us! - how many other events are able to claim that I wonder!
 
Julianna Grant & Mark Rowe
 
Lost Property : 1 'Recta' Compass with Whistle attached.  Contact Mark Rowe

Controller's report

It was a pleasure to control the Moles' Balcombe event. The High Weald is a wonderful mixture of open spaces separated by deeply incised streams with their wooded valleys.  In addition the early spring date enabled us to enjoy Ian's courses which required little interference from me, the only changes resulting from the recent landscaping of the new pheasant pens.
 
Mike E. had put a lot of effort into giving you an up to date map which was easy to read in spite of the crowded detail on the ground.
 
Mark and Julianna kept me fully informed at all times and all their hard work resulted in a very smooth operation.
 
My congratulations to all concerned.
 
Mike Murray

 

 

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