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Thanks to everyone for turning up today and exceeding our expectations on such a gloomy day. We were relatively lucky with the weather as the car park proved 'interesting' enough as it was. The vast majority of people saw our predicament and took it with good humour; a tiny minority adopted the sort of attitude that cause volunteers to stop helping which, if they did, would mean we wouldn't have any events at all. If you can't show a bit of humour under adversity then …
Anyway, my particular thanks to all the DVO helpers who, as usual, willingly gave of their time to ensure that the event ran smoothly. Whilst I have helped Viv, my wife, in her recent organising exploits, this was the first time I had taken the lead role for many years. You can be the judge of how well it worked, but Viv must take much credit for helping me beforehand, on the day and in sorting out the finances!
Thanks also to Fran Williams in her first major role since joining DVO after moving down from Scotland and to Brian and Pauline Ward. I didn't hear a single complaint apart from the date of the map - again remember it's mainly volunteers who do our mapping and we have to set priorities; this will be one of the next.
My job was made slightly harder by the fact that so many people's email addresses are out of date on both the Yahoo Group and membership list - please let Paul Berefsord, DVO Secretary have your up to date details, unless you are just trying to avoid helping by proving difficult to contact!
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This was my first attempt at planning a course in the East Midlands having just moved from Edinburgh. I was warned about the fierce brambles at Linacre, and I naively thought they couldn't be as rough as some of the tussocks in Scotland ……. I was wrong! I did try to plan to avoid some of the worst patches, but at the end of the day it was inevitable that all of the longer courses would have to encounter the thorns at some point. I hope that they didn't cause you too many problems - I am now off to order some of CompasPoint's finest bramble bashers to avoid the embarrassment of grazed legs at the gym!
Surprisingly, I found the shorter courses the most difficult to plan mainly because I usually run blues or browns myself. I found the orange course particularly difficult to judge as the guidelines suggest that controls 'can be on line features, or on prominent point or contour features'…… there was just too much choice! I hope that it didn't prove to challenging in the end.
Some of the times on the blue and the brown were slightly shorter than the guidelines would suggest - I didn't want to force competitor through another patch of brambles unnecessarily. Again, I hope that this didn't spoil the fun.
Many thanks to Brian and Pauline Ward for all their help and guidance. I am looking forward to some more tussockless orienteering in the East Midlands.
This has to be the most out-of-date map that I have come across as a controller but if it's any consolation I can assure you that any remaining stock will be consigned to the waste bin! Thank you for your patience in dealing with all the corrections.
Despite this, I believe that we provided a good morning's sport. Fran designed some excellent courses that most people seemed to enjoy despite the mud and brambles. Some people complained about the condition of site 128 which degenerated into a mud bath; I should have remembered to move the stake a few metres away from the junction - sorry!
Thanks are due to Ranald & his team for coping with difficult conditions in the car park, and a special thank you goes to my wife, Pauline, for assisting with the controlling task.
Linacre String Course Results No. Name Age Club Time 1 Lucy Brown 6 NOC 5 mins 2 Amy Kimberley 10 DVO 3 mins 3 Hamish Mill 6 6 mins 4 Elizabeth Mill 3 8 mins 5 Philip Wiegand 7 SYO 5 mins 6 Adam Wiegand 4 SYO 11 mins 7 Jack Lord 8 NOC 3 mins 8 Ben Nash 2 9 mins 9 Emily Nash 5 9 mins 10 Sarah Duckworth 4 DVO 8 mins 11 Rachel Duckworth 2 DVO 12 mins 12 Jessica Beresford 8 DVO 4 mins 13 Euan Tebbult 7 LEI 5 mins 14 Ethan Tebbult 4 LEI 7 mins 15 Ben Beresford 10 DVO 4 mins 16 Becky Mead 11 DVO 2 mins 17 Samuel Davis 3 DVO 8 mins 18 Joe Field 4 EBOR 6 mins 19 Kirsty Hanley 5 SYO 6 mins 20 Ronan Sahni 6 mins Well done to all those who took part on the string course on such a wet, muddy day! I apologise for any mis-spelt names, but the time sheet became rather smudged in the rain .
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