Challenge, Delamere, 14 April 2002
Comments (Barry Barnes)
It took a long
time to put this event on. F & M last year scuppered it, and the crowded calendar
this year made finding a date problematic. When we did, we nearly lost it again
to a Compassport Cup takeover. It seems to have been worth the wait. Over 160
entries and some very favourable comments about Steve's courses suggest consumer
satisfaction. The social seemed to go with a buzz and the food contributions
system generated considerable mathematical discussion with the criteria being
the opportunity for as many competitors as possible to count. The overall total
of DEE 631, MDOC 556 does not reflect the closeness of the result on most courses;
course 5 seems to have been the one which gave DEE a decisive advantage. I understand
Ian Watson is working on a more refined version for the next match.
the benefits of SI it was still necessary to rope in some of the usual suspects
to ensure all the parts made a whole. I am grateful to the Deesiders who ran
at strange times so they could then help and to Tim Palmer who did not run at
all as he muttered over a hot computer all morning. Also to Jill for dealing
with the entries so efficiently and then serving 150 soups in an hour.
It was good
fun - we will have to do it again sometime.
Comments (Steve Ingleby)
I hope you
all enjoyed your run at Delamere. A special thank you to our friends from MDOC
who turned up in good numbers - if it's any comfort, many of the high scorers
from Deeside know Delamere like the back of their hands!
- My utmost apologies
to the lady on course 4 who set off with a map that did not have a description
sheet attached. This was an unforgivable error.
- 3 SPORTident control
boxes became faulty during the course of the event. One went into auto-destruct
mode and bleeped continuously as I was putting out controls (much to the concern
of passers by!). The other two failed to record people 'dibbing' at the control
and had to be replaced. The reason for the failure seems to have baffled our
technical experts and the boxes will have to go back to Germany for further
investigation. Apologies to all concerned on courses 7 & 8.
- I have less sympathy
for individuals who complained about "all the controls being hidden". My philosophy
in putting out controls is to ensure that the orienteer navigates to the control
feature and is not drawn into the control by 'beacon' control flags. When
the feature has been found, however, there should be no difficulty in seeing
the control. When collecting all the controls after the event I checked out
these criteria with each site. The only one for which there was difficulty
in seeing the control was #222, where the flag had been trampled into the
bottom of the gully.
- Fortunately most competitors
seem to have enjoyed their runs and I am very grateful to people who either
thanked me on the day and sent me messages after the event. I felt very disillusioned
after the event and these positive comments have helped renew my enthusiasm
- Finally my sincere thanks
to the following people:
- John Hammond -
for training me in the secrets of planning events with electronic punching.
- Tim Palmer - for
taking the lead role in the "crafty" bits of the event (ably supported
by Ian Watson) and also for helping to put out controls on Saturday
- Barry and Jill
Barnes - who are a neverending source of energy and enthusiasm in organsing
events. However it is unfair to expect them to organise (seemingly)
half the events Deeside puts on, in addition to their Committee duties.
Please, Deeside - let's have some new organisers!