Provisional Results for LEI District Event, Swithland Woods, 08/05/2004
(Awaiting Controller Approval)
Saturday 18:13 provisional results uploaded
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There was quite a good turnout for this
event considering the bad weather early in the day and the fact that it was a
Saturday. In fact, the weather was quite good for later runners, but
there was still plenty of water in the woods.
Having the comfort of the Cropston Visitor
Centre with indoor registration and download helped immensely on a day of poor
weather, though the downside is the distance from the start. It causes
logistical problems for organisation and makes it difficult, as early helpers
can end up doing a very long stint and a late run whilst waiting for early
starters to get back to help. I'd like to thank all helpers on the day,
I tried to get a few new people involved and we had a new "string course
team" for this event. Again, due to the weather, we had far fewer
string course entrants than we would have liked.
Everything worked well on the day.
The planner and controller spend most of the event out in the woods so tend
not to hear the comments, but many runners were appreciative of their efforts
with thanks and good reports about the courses.
this year I accepted the invitation to be a controller and was immediately
offered the job of controlling this event!
problem was brought to my attention and this concerned the Brown course which
had two master maps, both of which were located at the start. Prior to
the introduction of electronic punching a few years ago it was common to
place any 2nd Master Maps out in the forest to stop (discourage?)
competitors from taking controls out of order. When electronic punching
stopped competitors from taking controls out of order someone realised that
both maps could be located at the start. Not only does this get round
the problem of putting out map boards and descriptions in the forest but it
also eliminates other problems such as lost pens and removing wet maps
from bags. This change was a bit of a shock to regular competitors
because it was a new idea, but now seems to be fairly
common practice where 2 master maps are required for clarity on longer courses
at colour coded events. The final instructions flyer given to competitors
stated that both Brown master maps would be at the start. The Brown
master map board clearly stated that both maps had to be copied down and had
the descriptions list located between the two maps with arrows linking the
relevant controls to their respective maps. Unfortunately, it
appeared that this was not enough and I accept that it would have been
desirable to have had either a large sign near to the start line telling Brown
competitors to copy down both maps or one of the start officials reminding
them of this.
planned the courses using what I consider is probably about the minimum number
of controls for the range of courses offered. While this may have meant
that some of the controls were perhaps a little easy for their technical
standard it seems, from comments received at the finish, that this might have
contributed to some competitors dropping their concentration on some
of the subsequent legs. One SI box failed to work but this was replaced
before 10am. Perhaps if the weather had been much nicer we would have had more
competitors but at least it stopped raining not long after all the controls
had been put out.
To some consternation and screaming until it was recovered - one little
girl's wellington boot in the bog near the finish!
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