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A note from the planner
The best bit of this event was putting out the extra controls for the score
course by brilliant moonlight on Friday evening. By the time I got up in the
morning to place the novice courses controls along the paths, there was thick
cloud cover which persisted all day. At least it didn't rain!
The main purpose of this event was to introduce newcomers to our sport, and I
think the two simple courses did this successfully. It was really good to see
some smiley happy faces arriving back at the finish. I hope to see them again in
To entertain the few regular orienteers who might turn up, I added three harder
controls to add to the eighteen on the novice courses to make a score course. I
wanted a time limit that would encourage everybody to visit at least one of the
harder controls, while leaving doubt in the mind of everybody as to whether they
could visit all the controls in time. This could not be done with a single time
limit for everybody, hence my decision to make life a nightmare for the results
processor by having a variable limit. I should apologise for not making my
intended calculation sufficiently clear, with the consequence that everyone had
15 minutes more than I had planned.
The other glitch was that, despite all the control sites having been approved by
the National Trust, one of their staff decided to move one of the controls
during the competition. I have nothing polite to say about this, so I think I'd
better keep quiet. Fortunately, the novice courses were not affected, and all
the experienced orienteers seem to have taken it in their stride. Let's hope we
never get a repeat during a serious competition.
My thanks to all helpers, without whom this event would not have been possible,
Ian Ditchfield, Mole Valley