Final Results for Wakerley Badge Event, Wakerley Woods, 23/11/2003

Result set created on 23/11/2003 at 15:34:48

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Organiser's Comments

Unfortunately I failed to organise the weather, but at least you had the best of it. The planners, Colin and Chris, had to endure two days of getting drenched.

I would like to apologise to the competitor who encountered a gamekeeper near the southern edge of the woods. There were no controls in the disputed area and without any out of bounds marking on the map it was a valid route choice. We are currently clarifying ownership and extent of permission. Hopefully this will avoid future confrontation. 

Lastly I would like thank the Forestry Commission for all their assistance and cooperation, the LEI helpers, Mr S. Claus, Thelma, Roger and Margaret Keeling from DVO and especially, you, the competitors for making it all worthwhile.

Found property:-    a. Grey thermos flask.
                             b. Cuddly toy (elephant resplendent in green suit, answers to the name of Babar.)

To claim either phone 01572 755419.

Ian Wells

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Planner's Comments

Luckily the rain receded for the event itself but for the deployment and collection of controls we had cold and continuous rain. So it is with much gratitude that I thank Colin for his support throughout the planning process, Ian for his valuable advice and practical help in the forest and also Roger Edwards his help on the Saturday. Many thanks also to Peter Leverington for his prompt work on all the late map amendments.
 
In hindsight, the autumn was not the best time for events at Wakerley as the map revisions and planning were done when the undergrowth was at its worst. The courses were designed to avoid the worst of the brambles but they have spread considerably in the last few years. Other constraints with the map limited our options and some compromises were made which hopefully did not reduce the challenge on most legs. 


Winning time for most courses seem to indicate that the course lengths were about right except for Course 8 was too short. Having avoided to thorns and brambles with the 70+ classes in mind I failed to ensure adequate length for the W50S class. A late control position change to a line feature due to ongoing coppicing also reduced the quality of courses 8 and 9. The new BOF class combinations were used for this event, which mainly affect courses 4,5 and 6. It would be interesting to know if anyone on these courses felt their distances were unsuitable. 
As this was the first event when some maps were printed on LEIís new laser printer. These were for courses 7 to 12. I did not hear any adverse comments from competitors about the print quality and so I think we can count this a success.

Chris Bosley
 

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Controllers Comments:

I controlled a colour coded (sorry-district) event last year in June. In my comments then, I said that early Spring was the best time to hold an event in Wakerley. Having said that, the dry summer has improved things, even from that event. OK, there are still a lot of brambles, but the relatively dry conditions made running a lot easier.

Chris and Colin avoided the worst of the brambles, and I think produced the best of courses for the area. As Chris said, map updating was a continuous process, but it is very disappointing that a couple of areas couldn't be used because the map wasn't correct.


It is very difficult to comment on (or adjust) the badge times, as there were so few on a lot of classes, and a lot of people were 'running up'. However, all the planning (and course combinations) was done to the new BOF guidelines. A complaint that the W50S was too short is probably justified for the class, but this is more to do with the recommended classes within the course, than the wrong length being planned. That course was probably 300 m short, compared with the recommended ratios within the guidelines. Would we get complaints if the W50S were put in with the W45S instead?

The control 120 (small depression) was a bit of a problem on some courses. I haven't managed to get out and check it yet, but I suspect that the depressions are correct with respect to each other, but wrong against the outside attack points. Apologies to all those affected.

Thanks to all of the LEI team for a very well organised and successful event. I heard many comments that people were surprised how the area had matured, and improved. let's hope that this continues, and in turn entice more people to attend.

Ian Whitehead.

 

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Class Results

M21L M21S W21L W21S
M35L M35S W35L W35S
M40L M40S W40L W40S
M45L M45S W45L W45S
M50L M50S W50L W50S
M55L M55S W55L W55S
M60L M60S W60L W60S
M65L M65S W65L W65S
M70L M70S W70L W70S
M75L M75S W75L W75S
JM1 JM2 JW1 JW2
JM3 JM4 JW3 JW4
JM5L JM5M JW5L
JM5S JW5S

Course splits
Course 1 M21L
Course 2 M35L M40L
Course 3 M45L M50L M21S JM5L W21L
Course 4 M55L M60L M35S M40S JM5M W35L W40L JW5L
Course 5 M65L M45S M50S W45L W50L W21S
Course 6 M70L M55S JM5S W55L W60L W35S W40S JW5S
Course 7 M75L M60S M65S W65L W70L W45S
Course 8 M70S M75S W75L W50S W55S W60S W65S W70S W75S
Course 9 JM4 JW4
Course 10 JM3 JW3
Course 11 JM2 JW2
Course 12 JM1 JW1

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