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Ash Priors Common

Christmas Novelty

Thu 27 Dec

Near: Bishops Lydeard
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Score, Social


updated results

event review by the planning / organising team




Most peoples' first control

Most peoples' first control
Credit: Judy Craddock

Well thanks for coming out today- we hope you enjoyed the physical and mental challenge after the Christmas excesses. After the lousy weather leading up to and over the Christmas period, it was a pleasure to see everyone enjoying the sunshine despite the muddy conditions.

We hope you enjoyed the format- it was a new one for us and lent itself well to a seasonal novelty. The results seem to demonstrate that not everyone fully understood the rather complex scoring system- we had hoped the files emailed would suffice- on reflection a more comprehensive briefing would have been preferable.

Andy gets ready to announce the results

Andy gets ready to announce the results
Credit: Judy Craddock

Additionally our apologies for the poor colour printing on the finished maps causing errors in identifying some colours (reds, pink and brown) under the tree cover we hope it didn’t spoil the event for those affected.

The ‘roving black ball’ caused some misunderstandings- it was not a ‘bonus’ ball as such, but could be used as a black ball –if needed- rather than going to an actual colour if you chanced upon it at the right time. Again clearer instructions would have possibly helped.

Thanks to Roger and Judy for helping at registration and to the control collectors- we were able to retire to the refreshments within 30 minutes of the last person finishing- a record.

- Andy

Chris P powering through the open

Chris P powering through the open
Credit: Judy Craddock

It was with some relief that the Snooker O event seemed to be a suitable challenge and was enjoyed by the variety of competitors - I would have liked an intermediate variation to test the speedy teenagers but Andy ran out of time to incorporate one into the already complicated enough scoring calculations. I cannot claim the idea to be original as it was inspired by a similar event I discovered on the Mole Valley website [the Surrey orienteering club, not the countryside goods store of the same name!] and the organiser was kind enough to send me details.

The start and finish point, Ash Priors novelty

The start and finish point, Ash Priors novelty
Credit: Judy Craddock

The weather was kind which compensated for the rather soggy ground in some areas. Andy has hopefully fine-tuned “the spreadsheet” to produce acceptable results - it has been rather more of a challenge than he anticipated!

The maths challenge by my calculation was only correctly worked out by Gavin Clegg and Robin Carter: 12 days of Christmas 3 wise men 26 is the date of Boxing Day 8 reindeer pulled Santa’s sleigh 5 is the square root of “Christmas Day “ 4 calling birds or letters in Noel Produce a total of...............58 Thank you to the soup makers who produced a stunning selection, Roger and Judy for registration duties, Chris Philip and David Harrison for squeezing lots of cars into a small space, control collectors and all those who helped in the kitchen.

- Rosie

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Course Information

A score event loosely based on the idea of snooker:

  • Red controls alternate with the colours (each with a snooker type value)
  • Penalty for “foul strokes"
  • Finish by “potting “all the colours

Small prize for the fastest clearing of the colours!

Simpler version for children and family groups.

Those who have entered have been sent the rules and scoring details by email from the organiser

Entry Details

In order to secure a map and more important receive a detailed explanation of the rules, scoring and final details you MUST email the organiser.

These should ideally be read and understood before arrival!

Availability of parking may limit numbers.

Adults £4

Children £2

Family group £8

Original flyer

Registration & Start Times

Registration from 10.30

Starts 11.00 - 11.15

Social / food

It is a 2.5 mile drive to Fitzhead where we have hired the Tithe Barn.

Soup and bread, tea, coffee and soft drinks provided as part of your entry.

Small request – please contribute something from your Christmas leftovers – mince pies, snacks, cheese etc. to go on the communal table and other drinks if desired.

Contacts / Officials

Co-planner/ organisers: Rosie Wych & Andy Rimes 01823 400744 secretary@

Important Event Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. All participants must report to download whether they finish their course or not.

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Photo Gallery

Winners Tom and Mark. Tom received the prize as he was suitably dressed

Winners Tom and Mark. Tom received the prize as he was suitably dressed

Rack 'em up - let's go!

Rack 'em up - let's go!
Credit: c/o Wikimedia