Stapleford Woods L3 2010 – Index

Results for East Midlands League - L3, Stapleford Woods, 14/03/2010

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Controller’s Comments and Analysis

Firstly, congratulations to Paul for planning a set of challenging courses. For an area with no climb Paul still managed to produce demanding courses which proved to be quite physical for many. Brambles and brashings just come with the area! Despite these, I hope you all enjoyed your runs and the fine weather.

Well done also to Sean and his helpers who seemed to me to work very well together and I was impressed by the numbers who stayed to collect controls at the end.

My analysis of the results in terms of the majority of finishers being within the recommended time as laid out in the BOF Guidelines shows that too many on Light Green took longer than expected. The course was the maximum recommended distance but the conditions underfoot were probably too demanding for the older age groups. The majority on Green were within the recommended times but there was still a significant number who took quite a bit longer. The Blue and Brown courses were about spot on – how do people run 8.1km in 51 minutes? Possibly because they are 30 or so years younger than me …

Course

Total runners

Expected time for most competitors

(mins)

Number of finishers within recommended time

Number faster

Number slower or disqualified

White

7

15-35

7

0

0

Yellow

15

25-45

7

2

6

Orange

12

35-60

6

0

6

Light Green

27

35-60

7

0

20

Green

53

45-75

31

1

21

Blue

51

55-90

40

0

11

Brown

24

65-105

15

3

6

Total

189

I enjoyed the time I spent in Stapleford Woods checking control sites and look forward to working with LOG again in the future. Thanks to Viv and the dogs for their help.

Ranald Macdonald

Event Controller

Derwent Valley Orienteers

Planner’s Comments

The evolution of these courses, and my role as planner, began around three long years ago! Having dipped my foot in the water of planning a number of summer and winter courses and then, last year, the club’s premier event—the Lincoln City urban race, I felt ready to attempt my first colour coded event. Having attended the EMOA training last year, I began to realise how much was involved in stepping up from a local event with two or three courses and no controller, to all of a sudden giving consideration to BO guidelines and rules, liaising directly with a controller and organiser and increasing the number of courses to the full white through brown spectrum. Added into the mix was the fact that we had managed to acquire a grant for the remapping of our premier area, but at relatively short notice, and we employed the services of Jon Musgrave (Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Maps) to undertake this task. The old map was seriously out of date and I quickly realised that, after my initial recce, I would have to go back to the drawing board and await Jon’s final version before attempting to draw up the draft courses.

With around six weeks to go until the event, the map was complete and the pieces began to fall into place. Much of the area is now bramble and rhoddie ridden and it became a real challenge to consider how to use the best of what remained. Jon had indicated a number of blocks where the rhoddie detail was good enough to introduce some technicality into the orienteering and there were one or two patches of bramble-free woodland which made for good tripod locations. Putting these blocks together, whilst trying to avoid too much track running was tricky, but with further reconnaissance and Ranald’s guiding hand, we slowly edged closer to the finished article.

The weather on the day was truly excellent and I was heartened by the numbers who turned up, around double of those we had had at Bourne Woods back in November last year. The one downside was that we ran out of maps on both the Green and Brown courses (even though we had 45 of each printed—normally twice the number of runners that we usually have for LOG colour code events) and I would like to thank all those who gracefully ‘volunteered’ their maps for later competitors! I hope everyone enjoyed their courses and I would finally like to thank Ranald, Sean and all the LOG helpers on the day for their contributions to what was a highly successful event for the club.

Paul Murgatroyd

LOG