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Thanks to everyone who turned out on what was a pretty wet afternoon which was a pity because I put the controls out in the dry and it’s a lovely bit of woodland when the sun is shining. John Tullie blasted round, going generally direct, while others found things tricky. Good to see another Tullie (M5 Wilson) enjoying his Orange course with Dad and Granny.
Special thanks to Pauline, Eb and Cathy who helped collect in controls etc at the end despite being quite wet.
The next club event is at The Hirsel, Coldstream on 13 November.
The results from this evening’s Score event with a Twist at Darnick are HERE
The twist was that competitors had to visit controls in a sequence of even and odd number controls. 2 people managed to lose 10 points by having consecutive even number controls, interestingly one person did 110 then 120, the other did 120 then 110. Thanks to Robin for planning and organising a different format plus the lovely sunny evening.
Hope everyone enjoyed their run round Darnick on Wednesday, some fast and furious running and hope the less fast enjoyed it too. Amazed that ANYONE got them all in under 30 minutes – but 5 of you did! – some quick thinking involved. Well done Paul for a very clever solution – perfect economy of effort! Thanks for coming – there was a bit of work to update the map as the vegetation has had a prolific growing season, plus adding the hospital car park to the map made a third by-pass crossing possible – but I think it was worthwhile. And the weather was perfect!
Please make sure you read the SCORE FORMAT section !!
Car parking: Parking is behind the Busy Bees Nursery, near the BGH.
Directions: turn off the Melrose bypass at the traffic lights for the BGH. Go straight on past the main entrance to the hospital, and after 250m bear left to the car park BEHIND Busy Bees.
Course: Score course – with a TWIST.
Terrain: Mostly urban, but with a couple of small areas of woodland. It has been a prolific year for undergrowth, so if thinking of going direct in the woodland, full leg covering strongly recommended.
Other road users. Traffic in the Hospital area should not be busy, but you will cross many urban roads, including a bus route through the middle of Darnick where there are few pavements. Please take care when crossing these roads. The main roads are completely out of bounds and may only be crossed at a bridge or using underpasses. The main road to the north of the area has a pavement or grass verge which you may use.
You may meet dog walkers, cyclists and horses. Please be respectful and considerate.
Registration: You only need to visit Registration if you need to pick up a hired dibber, pay some money, or check the battery on your own SIAC dibber. Otherwise, you can go directly to the Start.
Start procedures: Clear and Check your dibbers before you enter the start boxes, as usual. Start boxes will be laid out so that there are at least 2m between waiting competitors. There will be a contactless check box in the -2 box for those of you with SIAC dibbers to waft. If your SIAC fails to register you will need to “dib” manually at the controls. Please do not arrive in the start area more than 10 minutes before your start to enable people to maintain 2m distances from others.
Map: scale 1:4000. Thicker vegetation and runnabilty is variable, mapping gives an indication only. In the Hospital precincts, some of the landscaping mapped as thickets, have been radically pruned.
Control descriptions on the front of the map only, no loose descriptions.
Control sites: Control units will be grippled to anything suitably immobile at the control site. Consequently, control units may be sited low to the ground. Please avoid putting your hand on any of the equipment.
You have a time limit of 30 minutes
Each control has the code number marked on the map.
Each is worth 10 points
there will be 22 controls, 11 odd numbers, 11 even numbers
You must alternate between ODD and EVEN control numbers. So, if you start with an ODD number, the next must be EVEN. If you start with an EVEN number …. well, you can guess the rest!
If you visit two even or two odd consecutively, the second one will be deleted from your total
Penalty for taking more than 30 minutes is 10 points per minute or part thereof
You will be given the map and then have 30 seconds to plan a strategy before dibbing the Start
Note that the control boxes will be programmed for contactless punching (SIAC)
Results: You will not receive a printout when you download but, fingers crossed, live results will be available on the internet: rr-live2.droppages.com
Covid-19 procedures: Sanitiser will be available at start & finish. All equipment will have been sanitised before use. Always keep a 2m space between yourself and anyone not in your family, this includes out on your course.
We are required to remind people in the higher risk categories, as set out by British Orienteering and Government, of the need to be aware that attending places them at increased risk.
Please leave promptly after your run and minimise socialising in the car park and in the Start/ Finish/ Registration area.
Thanks to everyone for turning out for the final sprint of the series – we were lucky with the weather after a day of sunshine and showers. The new map and area seemed to go down well and your nice comments were appreciated. When you’re studying the splits, only the first control was gaffled so by control 2 you’d all done the same distance. Thanks again to John for the use of the area, as well as helping to collect in some controls. Also thanks to Lorna for (wo)manning the Start for me.
The club committee need to plan our next few events but we’ll obviously let everyone know in advance.