I hope everyone enjoyed my courses, I know I had a good time
communing with nature on my visits to The Nower; preparing, planning and
poking around a bit.
On the day it did rain but then it does save you from having a bath
when you get home!
Mark Cheesman, Mole Valley
Thank you all for coming on what seemingly promised to be a good day
weatherwise, but suddenly turned just as the early starters were due
out. It certainly caught out some of the Mole helpers too! Fortunately
we still have 2 frame tents to provide shelter that are in serviceable
condition, following their recent pole & canvas swapping adventures at
the World Cup competition!
I was disappointed at the turnout, just 56 competitors, down on the
previous year by 16%. Given the costs associated with the school hire
it brings into question the viability of the event, especially if BOF
were to go ahead with their latest proposal of raising the event levy to
£2.00 per senior competitor, juniors £0.60 and replacing the current
initial £50 rebate!! See
how clubs are then expected to put on small events like this to bring
new blood into the sport I have no idea! What do you feel - would this
spell the beginning of the end for the sport in this country?
I'd like to thank the band of enthusiastic Mole helpers who were very
efficient and required the minimum of input from myself.
Mark Rowe, Mole Valley
The Nower is a good place to plan and control an event because its small
size enables everything to be done in the minimum possible time. It
also offers plenty of options for the planner. The problem is that
almost any course has to have several loops to reach the required length
and competitors find themselves climbing the same hill two or three
Markís first attempt at planning was thorough and meticulous
and produced three interesting courses. The placing of one or two
controls produced some comment but I donít think anything was
unacceptable in the context of a low key event. We are only sorry that
the weather and the holiday weekend meant a fairly small number of
entrants. We hope you all enjoyed your morning.