|1||H & A Chafey||M8/W10||NOR||22.02|
|5||Sean Collins +1||M10/W18||SOS||43.18|
|7||Jamie Lawson +1||M12||WAOC||48.15|
|8||P Robinette +3||Ind||61.59|
|11||Ben Barker + Oliver||M8||SUFFOC||113.14|
|4||Shaun & Allison Whymark||W & M21||SUFFOC||56.17|
|Light Green||4.1km||12 Controls|
|1||David de Carcenac||M21||CUOC||40.09|
|10||Karl Yeadon +1||M6 + M12||SUFFOC||56.46|
|14||R & J Booth||M60 + W50||WASH||70.06|
|20||Cicely Mason +1||W40||SUFFOC||83.21|
|24||Brian Savage +2||M55||Ind||122.58|
|1||L.Able (missing #11)||M21||NOR||43.00|
|9||Gareth Walker & Mark Wiles||M21||Ind||57.29|
|35||Piro Skatimar +1||W/M21||WAOC||92.49|
|41||Giles de Bertodano||M45||SUFFOC||115.27|
I have thanked the land owners of Shrubland Park,
Lord and Lady de Saumarez, for our access to their lovely park. We
are privileged to have their support for Orienteering on their land.
We were also lucky to have such a sunny day after the overnight rain.
Thanks also to all the team leaders and helpers and for the new map which John Webb and Simon Peck have put in so much time and effort to produce.
I hope not too many competitors were put off by the colours of the master maps. Some commented that the disparity in shades used for the map and for the master maps was offputting.
I hope everyone enjoyed the delights of the Shrubland Estate. Looking at the expected winning times, only the Brown course went beyond our expectations. Maybe because of the vegetation. Hopefully everyone survived the stinging nettles. Another couple of weeks and they will have just about gone!
I had a complaint about the using of copies from the digital printer for the master maps, which were paler than the copies from the printers. Apologies for this, but it does make for very accurate copies and it does make the different courses all the same. Cannot complain about progress!
From the planners' point of view things went well on the day, though our attempts to set up a crossing point over the live electric fence on the Brown (consisting of lots of tape and a few rather wobbly logs) was, probably sensibly, avoided as much as used by runners. Winning times were 10-15% longer than expected on most courses and several people were out for quite a while.. We hope that no one was seriously discouraged from attending more events. Course lengths were based on previous events at Shrubland (including Autumn runs) but the vegetation persisted longer than anticipated, and perhaps we were more demanding of you (especially for juniors) than some East Anglian courses. Having visited and run in the Lakes in each of the last two summers we appreciate that standards elsewhere can be higher and this possibly influenced us. Sadly the turnout (especially of Juniors) was not as high as at a previous EAGAL at Shrubland, though this is almost certainly as the event coincided with the School holiday.
As an experiment (and to ease the fact that one of the planners lives in Wales) OCAD was used as a planning tool. It made keeping track of control sites and courses and keeping each other and the Controller up to date very easy, and the tool to automatically measure course lengths is very useful. This especially helped when the land owner erected some barbed wire fences around the finish area and extensive changes were required. In retrospect this was beneficial as the area cut off by the wire was still covered by impenetrable undergrowth on the day of the event. It also meant that we kept the Blue course in the woody bit rather than trudging down to the open area in the south, and could alter the direction of the southern loop on the Brown ( and so remove the climb free alternate route through the formal gardens which were OOB on the day).
We also experimented with OCAD prints for the master maps. It saved drawing up 29 master maps, made sure all maps were identical, and made checking by the Controller easier. I have heard a couple of comments about a little competitor confusion, concerning colours and size of map displayed. On balance it was probably a reasonable effort, though could be improved upon. Your comments.... via Points East ?? would be appreciated.
Thanks to Steve for his sensitive and helpful controlling. But for Steve some of you would had been dragged into even grottier bits. Also to Richard and his helpers who organised the day very efficiently, and lastly thanks to all of you attended who made our efforts worthwhile.
Last Updated on 18/11/1999
By David Freer