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25 FEBRUARY 2007

Pre event information
Flier - includes how to enter
Page about the Surrey Hills Weekend including a link to the JOC Chasing Sprint, 24 February

Final Details
Start Lists

Control Descriptions
Courses 1 to 6
Courses 7 to 18
Courses 7 and 15 to 18 text


A note on the results
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Results: National Event

Results without split times
Results with split times M10-M20
Results with split times W10-W20
Results with split times M21-M40
Results with split times W21-W40
Results with split times M45-M75
Results with split times W45-W75

National Event badge times

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Results: Colour Coded courses

Results without split times
Results with split times

Colour coded badge times
Light Green 70:16    Orange 68:39    Red 78:39
Yellow 48:24    White 50:00

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Results: String Course

Lost and Found
Email us if any of the following are yours:

One set of rusty keys including car and house keys. Found while control checking before the event at a control site used for the MV National Event in this area in 1999! Are they yours?

Hat. Please describe when you email
Pair of O shoes     Compass    Jersey

Course 3
We would like to apologise to those competitors who experienced a problem when maps ran out on Course 3. We will give a full refund to any Course 3 competitor affected who wants one. Please email us with your name, start time, and a postal address and we will do the rest.

Those people who gave us maps to re-use and wish a Course 3 map to be sent to them, please email us with your name and postal address.

Officials Reports
Planner     Organiser     Controller


Planner's Report

Let's get the abject apologies out of the way first! We ran out of maps on course 3. It seems that the official responsible for ordering, and checking, the maps, convinced himself that the M18L class was on course 2. So we had too many maps for course 2 and not enough for course 3. It shouldn't have happened, and we can only say sorry.  

We “mugged” a few course 3 finishers to get a supply of maps, so everyone who waited did get their run on course 3. However, it's not the ideal preparation, being all psyched up for a start at one time, and eventually going off an indeterminate time later. I hope it didn't spoil your day. 

We also had a shortage of maps on the Red course. This course did have an adequate number of maps printed, so it seems that some got lost somewhere, or possibly a group entering as one took a map each.  

On the subject of maps, I think we have all learnt today that waterproof maps are not mudproof. We did provide bags at the start, so at least you had the option of taking one. 

One person on course 1 reported being challenged by the gamekeeper while passing close to the out-of-bounds area. The 'keeper had asked us to steer clear of his bird pen, hence the OOB, but it seems that he has recently stocked a second pen of which I was not aware. Again, I can only apologise, both to him and to you, and hope it didn't spoil your run. 

My final apology is to the more frail people on the Light Green course, who had trouble with control 235. I thought very carefully about which classes should be expected to cope with steep slopes. My error was to think only in terms of National Event classes, so I was thinking about what a young and bouncy W14A could manage, completely forgetting Light Green, which is the favoured course of people who for whatever reason find even the 'S' course for their age too tough. Clearly not good people to send up a muddy re-entrant on the side of a quarry. Sorry! 

A thought for the guideline writers, now that we have M/W21V (V for Very Short) courses, perhaps we should also have a veteran V class? This could run the same course as W75, in other words the shortest and physically easiest of the technical courses. This course is about the same length as W14A/W16B/Light Green, but (if the terrain permits TD5) technically harder, and more obviously needs to be physically easy. My guess is that many of the present Light Green customers would prefer such a course; I may be wrong of course, what do the people who ran Light Green think? 

Apart from the things which went wrong, it seemed that most of it was OK. Scant consolation if you were one of those affected by problems, I'm sure. Still many of you were kind enough to say how much you enjoyed my courses. 

I was brought up on the edge of White Downs, and used to walk in the woods as a child. So I've been wanting to plan there since I got into orienteering. Unfortunately, we were denied access to a central part of the forest, due to felling operations which actually finished three months ago. This blocked us off from the areas closest to my childhood home. 

More importantly, it also prevented us from using the bus stop in the middle of the area which was used for the 1999 National Event. We had a long and fruitless search for a field in which we could park you all adjacent to the map, followed by debates about exactly where buses could get to and turn round. You have now visited the bus stop which we eventually decided was the only practical option.  

The drawback of this site is that it is on the fringe of White Downs, indeed the previous round of mapping placed it on Ranmore Common and not White Downs at all. It is linked to the main area by a fairly narrow corridor of forest through which one would not ideally route around 1,000 people in both directions. 

However, with the uncertainties that bussing introduces into your arrival in time for your start, and the possibility of seasonal weather, I thought a large shelter close to the start was essential. Since a large shelter is difficult to carry, that meant start close to the bus stop. I also hate a significant walk back to a bus stop; queuing for the bus in the rain is bad enough when you're still warm from your run; if you've had time to cool off, it's really unpleasant, even if re-clad from the clothing dump. So, finish close to the bus stop too. 

The good thing about starting in the east of the area is that it permitted almost all courses to visit what I believe to be the most pleasant bit of the forest, the “white” bluebell wood each side of the north/south road. I tried to make as much use of this as possible. 

For the technical courses, my main aim was to keep you off paths and tracks, while still providing some long legs with plenty of route choice. Inevitably a track route must be an option on a long leg, but I tried to make sure it was a slower one. Recent weather helped in this, I think forest was much faster than quagmire today! 

With both start and finish in a narrow corridor, and another area being used as much as possible, parts of the forest saw a lot of people. I tried to reduce processions by using relay-style “gaffling”, so that if you got in with somebody on another course following broadly the same route, at least you had to navigate to different control sites occasionally. 

We had some debate about course length. My original target length was based on the results from the previous White Downs event in 1999, but I felt the resulting courses were a little short. Controller Dave however thought the lengths about right, so they stayed as they were. We did agree that it is better to err on the short side in mid-winter. 

Planning was just about complete when storms flattened part of a plantation through which most courses passed on the first or second leg. Had this been a few weeks earlier, we would have moved the start or finish west of the windblow and made you suffer the walk, but this would have meant substantial replanning of every course to reinstate lost length. It was just too late to contemplate this, so I was confined to re-jigging some of the early controls, and dropping one for which the description changed from “clearing” to “pile of fallen trees, middle”. I also sawed the tops  (the trunk was too thick further down) off some of the trees which had fallen over the track to the the south of the plantation so that you could squeeze by. 

Many people deserve my, and your, thanks, including Michael White for coping with every problem thrown his way; Mike Elliot for producing an excellent map; and Dave Stubbs for his helpful suggestions, and patience in the face of a succession of missed deadlines. And many others, apologies for not attempting to list you all here. 

Most of all, I would like to thank the competitors. I do enjoy planning, but it would be rather pointless if nobody ran the courses. I'd like to know where you went, please use the Route Gadget link from the event results page. 

Right, got that out of the way, time to pick up on the backlog of outstanding things from “normal” life – Oh drat, just remembered that in a moment of weakness I agreed to plan a street-O in March....

Ian Ditchfield, MV

Organiser's Report

This was a major undertaking for a club of the size of Mole Valley. It was only possible through the voluntary assistance given by many members of the Mole Valley Orienteering Club. A big thank you to all of them. I think our guests enjoyed their day. We handled a large number of people efficiently and safely.

Thank you to the landowners for allowing us to use their land – Wotton Estate, the National Trust, the Forestry Commission and Tilhill Forestry Ltd. Thank you to Jim Storrar of Wotton Estate, Rob Hewer of the National Trust and Nick Rudley of Tilhill Forestry. And thanks also to Friends Provident for allowing us to use their facilities.

Thank you to Countryliner for providing an efficient bus service. To Adrian Moir for the internet entry system which worked well. 90% of the entries by internet. To Judith Powell for drawing up the start list and making last minute changes efficiently. To the members of the Dorking Division of the St John Ambulance Service who voluntarily gave up their Sunday to assist us.

Finally a big thank you to Mike Elliot for drawing an excellent new map for which many appreciative comments were received.

Michael White, MV

Controller's Report

Firstly, the planner Ian Ditchfield was very organised and gave me little to do except check sites in the wood. I thought he used the terrain well and planned excellent courses. The times, in general, were as expected, including M21L which at 66 minutes was quicker than the guidelines and showed that the course could have been 1km longer. However, due to possible adverse weather, the course was kept on the shorter side.

The organisation was slick and Michael White had already set in motion everything I was concerned about before I asked the question. Well done Michael and all of Mole Valley.

Although very late, I felt the map in general was excellent and represented the terrain well. However it was still affected by ongoing forestry work and January gales in some areas. Hopefully this did not significantly affect competitors' enjoyment of the area.

I must thank Katy for giving up her run and assisting prior to and during the weekend.

Dave Stubbs, BKO

Mole Valley Orienteering Club

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