The Nower has everything, nice
runnable woodland, a good path network, lots of interesting pits,
gullies, depressions etc and a pretty hefty hill. The only problem is
that there is not enough of it, although this does mean it is a lot
quicker for planners and controllers to get round all the controls.
The size was no problem for the
yellow course, in fact it is ideally suited. That applies to the orange
as well although it did have to cross the road which I would have
preferred to avoid. The real challenge was to plan a reasonable green
course, which had to zig zag back and forth crossing itself several
times to get even a modest 4.2km. Without SI dibbers it would have
needed two master maps. However I hope it provided some challenges to
the punters, and even if the controls were easy enough to find, the 190
metre climb should have got you at least a little puffed!
As an absentee planner - I
planned the courses but was not able to be at the event - I cannot say
how this has worked out in practice. All I can say is that I found it
great fun to plan, I am sorry I was not there and I hope you all had a
satisfying run. My hearty thanks to Simon for agreeing to put out the
controls on the day.
Bill Alexander (Mole Valley)