On a wonderfully sunny November afternoon the action moved to Gordon Community Woodland. This local event was well supported with a number of families from Gordon itself together with quite a number of those who had been at Bowmont or Bowhill earlier in the Autumn Series. It was the best attendance of the series so far and certainly exceeded our expectations as only a handful of people attended the last event we held here in 2010. In fact, we ran out of Orange course maps this time and a few people had to select Yellow or Score courses instead. I do hope that you all enjoyed it nonetheless ! We were able to use the little wooden chalet next to the pond as our start and finish point which was ideal, particularly for the equipment required for SI electronic timing.
Orange and Score competitors were perhaps surprised at control 109 to see a magnificent new willow sculpture of a stag which has appeared in the forest since our last visit. I wonder if there will be more sculptural additions before our next visit ?
Although Gordon is mainly suitable for less technical courses like Yellow and Orange, club members agreed that there was considerable scope for refining the existing map to better represent the complex vegetation changes and produce some more challenging orienteering in the future.
Thanks to Judy & Alan McNeilly, Robin Sloan and Rob Cranston who helped me with the control collection at the end of the event.
Our last event in the Autumn Series is just a little different as we move to a more urban setting at Tweedbank on December 3rd from 12-1pm. It promises to be a lot of fun !
Andrew Armstrong (Organiser)
Full Results HERE
Score course: Totals and penalties HERE