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"No" to October date

Track off Quantock Drove Rd, E of Will's Neck

Track off Quantock Drove Rd, E of Will's Neck
Credit: Richard Baker

Last edited: Tue 15 May 2018

Hopes that we could reschedule March's postponed regional heat have been dashed. The tournament's committee rejected a proposal from QO to rebook the prestigious event at the Slades for early October.

The flipside is we have been offered a wildcard entry to the final in the Midlands.

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The original fixture fell victim to snow.

It is understood that the CS committee's decision was based on two factors:

- Our proposed date of Sunday 7 October fell only a fortnight before the final itself, giving the qualifiers insufficient time to prepare for the final

- There was a clash with national events, one being the Liverpool urban race

Aisholt Common, looking east

Aisholt Common, looking east
Credit: Derek Harper

With another club having already successfully applied to host the South West's 2018/19 heat and the format of the event unsuitable to resurrect a standard regional event, there seems little prospect the event will see the light of day until 2019/20.

The planner Steve Robertson and organiser Richard Sansbury made considerable efforts towards this event not least with the production of a new map, wrestling with permissions issues and liaising with various other parties to find a suitable alternative date.

The final

QO along with all other clubs originally entered into our heat automatically qualify for the final.

Whether there is the ability or the desire to raise a team of 14 to travel to Cannock Chase is another question! Only a dozen of us travelled to this year's JK, which was also held in that general area.

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