Long O 2009
Our annual prestige event was based at the Outdoor Activity centre at Simonsbath. The centre provided an ideal base for preparation and relaxing afterwards with refreshments provided by Lennox and Judy as part of the entry fee.
Once again Martin Longhurst provided three challenging courses with Rosie Wych organising and controlling and Bill Vigar once more providing an excellent map at 1:25000 with 10 metre contours (and they were still very close together in places). The weather was clear which aided navigation. Had it been foggy then things would have been much more difficult.
The Joe Lee EPS was originally developed for use on the Karrimor Mountain Marathon and so it was appropriate that it was used for this event where instant recording is not at a premium. It coped well as usual.
Long Course (19.6km 710m)
Tim Britton (M21) of BOK was a clear winner by 25 mins from Chris Turner (M45) of Wimborne.
Medium course(13.2km 520m)
This was a much closer affair...Robin Kohler (M50) of Devon 5 mins ahead of team mate Nigel Worsey (M50), with Andy Rimes (M45) a further 4 mins adrift.
Short Course (7.8 km 275 metres of climb)
Bill Vigar(M70), who declared himself non-competitive, was 16 mins ahead of Mike Crockett (M70). One minute covered the next four places five minutes behind Mike.
- Taken from the QuOnicle 128, November 2009