Longrun Meadow / B&T College
SW Sprint Champs final
Sun 19 August, 2018Near: Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race, Urban
Type of event: Race, Urban
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.
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)
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
There were a few negatives such as
Congratulations to all the SW champions – including Clive Hallett (BOK) who won the M21 by running out of his age class!
- Roger Craddock
Thanks to Steve Rush for the photos
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.
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.
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