report Organisers' report
|Straight results (no splits)
Split times for all courses:
Ochre, Olive Navy
Navy : the first 17 competitors qualify for their badge
Olive : the first 12 competitors qualify for their badge
Ochre : the first 2 competitors qualify for their badge
Thereís a first time for
everything, and this was my first effort at planning for a night event. The
start was inauspicious. We
were unable to get permission for the golf course on the northern third
of the map which would have made for some excellent night-O. Left
with the rest of the area there was a simple choice Ė easy and fair or
tricky and bingo. The paths
and woodland of Epsom Downs donít lend themselves to fair orienteering
at night so you were kept out in the open with bold sites and relatively
long legs. We laid on the
weather just so you would appreciate it! Thanks
to Sandra and Roy for their help with controls, to Nick for his
unqualified success in controlling and to all of you for turning out on
such a wild evening.
Thank you very much to all my helpers.
Despite the weather I feel that we all had a good time and the
competitors seemed to enjoy themselves too!
Thanks to Tony for the planning and to Mark Rowe for sorting out
land use and car parking permissions.
Night-O can vary from easy to
overly difficult. Given the nature of Epsom Downs this event
was always going to be at the elementary end of the scale.
Even so, it is apparent that we underestimated just how fast some
people would go round: perhaps the fastest minutes per km you may
ever achieve at night. I suspect the amount of ambient light
may have been a factor - quite a few were able to run with the
headlamp switched off for much of the time. With hindsight,
the Olive and Navy courses probably should have sampled the
woodland, provided that some suitable control sites could have