EPSOM & ASHTEAD COMMONS
6 JANUARY 2008
Results without split times
Results with split times
Brown 111:00 Blue 95:12 Green 84:30
Light Green 73:10 Red 66:00
Orange 56:00 Yellow 35:00
White all competitors
This event was put on at short notice at a busy time so I am very
grateful to many people for making my life relatively easy. Particular
thanks go to Bob Warnock, Paul, Bin, Lizzie and Anita of the Corporation
of London Ashtead Common team, and to Val Smith and Stewart Cocker of
Epsom Council. Thanks also to Southern Railway for the use of the
car park and to Ashtead Station Taxis who allowed some of you the use of
their toilets! Last but not least thank you to all the willing
Mole volunteers who put up their hands to help and did a great job on the
I hope everybody who competed had a good time – at least the weather
was kind even if the brambles and mud weren’t!
Simon Ling (MV)
Most people seemed to enjoy the courses, if not the undergrowth
(overgrowth). The relatively mild winter led to the continued growth of
the grasses and hence the deer and rabbits have had plenty to eat without
resorting to the relatively unpalatable brambles. No really hard frost and
no snow means that the bracken hasn't even gone down properly.
The Brown and Blue courses were planned to provide that little extra
after the holiday season, and were, as a result, a bit longer than normal.
The follow on from that was a slightly longer Green.
As for the 'long' legs on the Brown and Blue. The northern route around
Newton Wood was (on the straight line) shorter for both courses, but by
the time the final approaches are taken into account there was little
difference. The southern route, in both cases gave better/faster running
through the forest towards the controls.
The second 'long' leg through/across the Wells was best done along the
straightest line, as per the displays on RouteGadget picking up the roads
and footpaths. The next best choice was to go to the south of the Wells
parallel to the railway line.
Mike Elliot (MV)
Despite the short notice the club managed to put on a pretty good
event, and even managed to arrange some good weather.
Mike managed to fit in some pretty challenging courses considering the
extensive path network and areas of vegetation.
With the heavy going the longer courses were a little on the long side,
but seem to have been enjoyed by most people.
Philip Gristwood (MV)