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said of the legendary All Blacks Rugby Teams that they “got their retaliation
in first” – in my case it is my excuses, no – make that my apologies for
any shortcomings that there might have been.
very late to the event and felt myself to be as much a ‘last minute adviser’
as Controller and found that planning and organising was well advanced with my
first act being to check Simon Ford’s courses and able to make a few
observations which, in the main, were in connection with the course lengths and
the BOF Guidelines.
first opportunity I had to go to Fineshade itself was on the Tuesday before the
event with the intention of checking the shorter courses on the ground and some
of the more technical control sites in the forest and by this time I was aware
that Organisers Gary and Mary Boothroyd had made every effort to arrange some
suitable parking but to no avail. On
the Tuesday a lot of my energies went into the car parking rather than into the
course checking though I did manage some if not all that I had originally
planned to undertake.
Inglis, the Northants District Forester of Forest Enterprise was understanding
about our predicament but because of other visitors (walkers, dog owners,
mountain bikers etc.) could not let us use any of the roads or forest tracks
and, because of the size of the available visitor car park opposite the Caravan
Club Site, suggested that we try to find alternative parking.
were three alternatives – the closed-down for the winter Caravan Club Site car
park area (which had been used a couple of times within the past year or two by
the Siberian Husky Club), the sloping field to the left of the approach road
which I was assured was not at all usable in winter months, especially with
recent wet weather and the Wakerley Woods car park.
Other groups, some as large if not larger than ours, have used Wakerley
and on-site toilets in the recent past before walking over to Fineshade and we
would be able to do the same together with having the toilet block opened for us
on Sunday morning.
a member of the Caravan Club for nearly 30 years, I contacted the Caravan
Club Head Office in East Grinstead and requested the name of the Regional
Manager for the Midlands and East Anglia, his/her Office address and telephone
number – this request was refused on three separate occasions, and having left
my home telephone number and full information regarding not only our parking
needs but also details of the multi-million pounds BOF Third Party Insurance, I
received later in the day a very blunt refusal similar in nature to that
received earlier by Mary. Needless
to say, I contacted Mr. Inglis and took him up on his offer of the use of
Wakerley and must thank him for the use of both Fineshade and Wakerley and his
help with our car parking problem.
is also said that every cloud has a silver lining, in this case the prompt
action of Kevin Bradley in offering to provide a 17 seater minibus for transport
on the day. The silver lining was
even more enhanced by the excellent voluntary work of Sue Bradley in driving
competitors to and from the start throughout the day – I said a very sincere
‘Thank You’ to Sue during the day on behalf of the Club and am happy to
repeat it again – “Thank you Sue – I hope you realise just how much your
work was appreciated”.
quiet and well arranged organisation of Gary and Mary together with their small
but dedicated band of helpers ensured a good event not only at Registration but
also at the Start and Finish.
planned a well-rounded selection of courses and control sites that used the area
to the full and he received a number of generous comments about his planning
including some on the excellence of the mid-range of courses.
Comments made by competitors on the need for the area to be re-mapped
before future District Colour Coded or Regional Badge events take place will be
brought to the attention of the LEI Committee, particularly with regard to
vegetation, runnability and a small selection of point and line features that
gave rise to some ‘in-competition frustration’.
At the end of the day the offer of help from Ian Wells to collect in SI
stakes, boxes and control kites was particularly welcome – thank you Ian.
whole, I believe that overall the day was a success, the weather stayed
reasonably clement until the chill started to set in during the afternoon and
some good, competitive orienteering took place, albeit with some hiccups on the
Despite weeks of trying, still unable to contact local rep of Caravan Club re
use of their empty Fineshade site for parking.
Made contact with Caravan Club headquarters who were less than helpful.
Use of CC site refused and use of Fineshade forest roads and car park vetoed,
with alternative offer of use of Wakerley with potential long walk and dangerous
road crossing instead.
Secured minibus for safe transfer of competitors between registration and
Arrived at 8.40 am to find the Wakerley access gates locked … It’s quite exciting being organisers!
sun shone, the frost melted and the LEI helpers did a sterling job.
Many, many thanks to all those who gladly agreed to help on the day,
especially those who arrived to help but did not run.
Thanks also to Andy and Kevin for running the computer operation so
smoothly, to Sue for ferrying the bus back and forth and to Roger Kelly and the
Cawleys for the excellent string course.
Ford and Ernie Williams - you were great, helping to make the transfer to
Wakerley workable and successful.
thanks to all you competitors for supporting our event; we hope all that
vindictive vegetation didn’t detract from the enjoyment of your run.
& Gary Boothroyd