A soggy JOG
What a wet and uninviting day! Even worse for Chris Philip the planner who spent the morning putting out controls in the pouring rain!
We're used to events being rained off, but held so soon after the ancient city's worst floods in a decade, it seems amazing this race actually went ahead! Tony Hext celebrated a big birthday in style there.
A good-sized QO contingent travelled down to Dorset, with those on the long courses getting to run across seemingly every square metre of this woodland based campsite.
Newcomer finds lost SI card
Like finding a needle in a haystack...no, we're not talking about "that" control on your last course. Rather, what happens when those neat little timing chips we attach to our index fingers go missing during competition (and hopefully not into a pile of brashings)
All courses visited the tower at the top of the hill so everyone had a chance to catch their breath and enjoy the views!
It was good to see people chatting at the end comparing their courses and discussing their route choices.
Our junior group meets at Thurlbear on Saturday, with a final opportunity to run locally in 2018 the following Sunday at Great Breach Wood (2 December).
join up or renew for 2019
If you are thinking of joining Quantock Orienteers, now is a good time. Besides gaining membership for the whole of 2019, you get November and December free.
The fourth contest in the 2018/19 series will be in the Forest of Dean in January.
These events are bigger than our QOFLs (Local 'forest' league) but still on a human scale and have toilets and often traders present.
There was some fast orienteering on the open healthland of Hampton Ridge, just west of the New Forest. The prestigious annual 'Classic' race attracted competitors UK-wide.
QOADs league scrapped
Almost as quickly as it returned, QOADs has gone. A very poorly attended event at Buckland Wood prompted a decision to end our after dark forest events. Roger and Judy Craddock explain below and thank those who have supported the league.