Results from the event are HERE
Thanks to everyone who turned out to support this event on a beautiful but cold November afternoon.
I had two things in mind when I started planning the event. The first was to try to do something different with the Yellow and Orange courses, which tend to follow the same lines dictated by course length and the available path network. The other was to make the most of Lindsey’s recent additions to the map, which included a wealth of new boulder detail, some significant fallen trees, and better mapping of vegetation, in areas which had previously been devoid of any detail whatsoever.
A ”remote” start along the minor road north of the cabin added a bit of interest and extra length to Yellow and Orange, and also allowed me to take runners on the Light Green course into the lesser used area above the road in search of one of the many new boulders.
Looking at the results, the Light Green was possibly a bit on the long side, with the vegetation and conditions underfoot proving quite challenging away from the main paths. On the other hand, enthusiastic feedback from new/ inexperienced orienteers on the Orange and Yellow courses meant that those courses were well pitched.
Thanks are due to Gordon Community Woodland Trust for access and use of the cabin, and of course to all those who helped, especially Lindsey Knox for acting as Controller and providing the map revisions, Robin Sloan for running registration and download, Rob Cranston for help with setting out the course and manning the Start, Cathy Rooney for additional help with Starts, and everyone who brought in controls at the end.
Mapper note: For anyone who didn’t get there, here’s the new improved map and I didn’t get it finished in time so there could be more boulders for the next event ! Map HERE