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Longrun Meadow / B&T College

SW Sprint Champs final

Sun 19 August, 2018

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Level of event: Regional

Type of event: Race, Urban

Photos (Steve Rush, Flikr)

Results

Results and Splits
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Controller Chris K (at Kenfig, '16)

Controller Chris K (at Kenfig, '16)
Credit: Altitude Design

Controller's comments

From the many complimentary comments I heard, Gavin’s and Andrew’s courses were well received. I think they made good use of the two areas available and provided plenty of challenge as well as variety. My job was of course made easier because of Gavin’s experience and the organisation was in the capable hands of Roger and Judy. As always, thanks should go to the team of helpers on the day.

There always seems to be something that gets missed, so I apologise for not spotting that one of the two fences just south of control 129 in the Finals had been removed. This may have encouraged some runners to think they could approach the control from the wrong side.

Down a cobbled street

Down a cobbled street
Credit: Steve Rush

Personally, I think it would be better if these championships reverted to using the sum of the two race times rather than just the Final. Without the numbers required to justify qualifying heats, the first race means little in the current format. Needing two good runs to win would add more interest and competition to the day. It would be good to have your feedback on that while it’s fresh in your minds.

- Chris Kelsey (Bristol OK)



Roger at the presentation, beside COACH

Roger at the presentation, beside COACH
Credit: Steve Rush

Organiser's report

For many QO members this was a new format as well as being a first attempt for the Club at staging a SW Championships.

We are grateful to the private landowners who let us use their properties, and to the Bridgwater and Taunton College, Castle School, and Air Training Cadets for permission to access the education complex for the Finals

At the finish

At the finish
Credit: Steve Rush

Positives were

  • Fine weather and a convenient venue for Assembly – the COACH centre in French Weir Park. We had the use of its Link Room for registration and IT, and nearby toilets, changing rooms and café.
  • We had a couple of good areas, and an experienced planner in Gavin Clegg – who mentored Andrew Page (M14) with the junior courses. There was some concern about the ‘rogue’ controls seen on the way to the Prologue Start under a bridge and on an island!
  • A thoughtful controller who picked up a possible problem with the use of a certain type of SI card. This was the first event in which we had SIAC enabled controls.
Dawn- new SW champion (W40)

Dawn- new SW champion (W40)
Credit: Steve Rush


  • Plenty of promotion of orienteering in Taunton with over 100 competitors mingling with the public in its streets, parks, and built up areas.
  • Efficient registration, start, and results team. The Trubies for providing a ‘Maze’ course in the lunch interval.
  • Services of Steve Rush (BOK) who provided us with an excellent set of photographs which can be viewed through a link on the QO website.
Jacob chasing down Bristol OK's Scott B

Jacob chasing down Bristol OK's Scott B
Credit: Steve Rush


There were a few negatives such as

  • the damage caused to a pier cap in a garden where the owner had kindly agreed to us placing a control. Her complaint was passed on, but no-one owned up to the action which caused it.
  • the absence of many leading SW orienteers considering the proximity of the British Sprint Championships in two weeks.

Congratulations to all the SW champions – including Clive Hallett (BOK) who won the M21 by running out of his age class!

- Roger Craddock

Credits

Thanks to Steve Rush for the photos

Pre Event Info

Southern Sprint Championships Series Info

Sprint race in a urban and semi-urban environment. Age class winners will become the South West Sprint Champions for this year. All are welcome to enter, but only members of clubs from the SWOA region are eligible for awards.

Course Information

There is a prologue and final, with the champion determined by the result in the final only. Those who do not successfully complete their prologue may run in the final but cannot become champion.

Entry Details

Online, via Fabian 4.

Photo Gallery

Annabel Squeezes Past

Annabel Squeezes Past

Co Planner Gavin In The Light Blue Shirt

Co Planner Gavin In The Light Blue Shirt

Jacob In Full Effect

Jacob In Full Effect

French Weir Park played host to Southern Sprint Champs earlier this season

French Weir Park played host to Southern Sprint Champs earlier this season

On Me Head Son Angela Makes A Run Into The Box

On Me Head Son Angela Makes A Run Into The Box

Annabel On The W12 Podium

Annabel On The W12 Podium

Jacob Made The Top 3 In M10

Jacob Made The Top 3 In M10

M14 Category

M14 Category

W10 Runner Up Chloe

W10 Runner Up Chloe

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.

Insurance: Please note that if you have participated in three orienteering events/activities you need to join British Orienteering (BOF). After this point, you not covered by BOF's public liability insurance and risk invalidating the insurance cover for the entire event. Read more about joining BOF and QO here.

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Safeguarding: QO is aware of it's responsibilities in safeguarding and child protection. To comply with The Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018, we now provide an email address for individuals to report concerns to the Lead Safeguarding Officer. This address is safeguarding@britishorienteering.org.uk.