MOLE VALLEY ORIENTEERING CLUB
|  
Home Page   |   The Mole Roll   |   Event Results   |
|  
Permanent O Courses   |   Your First Orienteering Event   |
|   
O Jargon Buster     O Events Calendar   |
|  
Join Mole Valley   |   Club Management   |   Club Contacts   |

 

HOGSMILL OPEN SPACE
FROLIC
17 JULY 2005

Results without split times
Results with split times
Winsplits       Splitsbrowser
individual handicap results
LOK's Frolics web page

Novice and sprint events without splits
Novice and sprint events with splits

Organiser's report

What a scorcher! I'd like to thank Geoff Newton for all his efforts with regard to this event, which went far beyond the planners normal duties.  Geoff acted as both organiser and planner for the entire event until I returned from holiday just a week and a half prior to the event.  To return with everything sorted out for me was a great relief, and left me with just the 'on the day' organisers duties to perform - by far what I prefer anyway!

With a loyal and enthusiastic band of club helpers everything on the day seemed to go smoothly, thank you to all the Moles who assisted. Once again you did all your roles very efficiently - so I disappeared into the err...open space! to sample the course! Great training it was for the Scottish 6 it was too!  The atmosphere in the car park seemed very friendly - for me a large part of what the frolics is all about. Thank you to those who complimented the event too - those sentiments go a long way to encourage you to do it all again!

Congratulations to SLOW on their victory in the frolics competition - sets the series up very nicely for the finale next week!

Finally two pieces of lost property were left behind: 1 A left handed Moscow thumb compass and 2. A childs (7-8 yrs) t-shirt, white and black with a '23' logo on it.  Contact me if either of them belong to you.

Mark Rowe (020 8844 1370)
Mole Valley

Planner's report

Mid July is not the best time of year to orienteer in South East England, let alone on   the Hogsmill with its rampant nettles, brambles and blackthorn. When it was proposed to hold the Frolic here last year I vetoed it for this reason. However a Saturday event last October on a sunny autumn day went down very well with the punters so I relented for this year.

In addition to the nettles etc, itís too small, itís devoid of contours, and itís packed full of line features. However the thickets, fences and streams do introduce route choice and the area has an element of novelty for the orienteer who has done everything. For what its worth, the area was the site of one of the earliest gunpowder mills in the country and is a haven for wildlife. I saw five herons in one day on the build up to the event.

Each event held here in summer or autumn needs a path clearance session and on this occasion I overlooked some of the approaches to control 204 which inconvenienced some competitors, for which I apologise. However those of you who complained the control was in the wrong place were subsequently found to have mismarked your maps.  

Given the roasting temperatures, the Frolics Course was probably too long for the oldest and the youngest competitors. There seemed to be very few in those categories on that course however, which perhaps says something about the Frolics generally these days.

 Geoff Newton
Mole Valley

 

Go to top of home page


Mole Valley Orienteering Club

Back to home page