Sat 28 DecNear: Kingston St Mary Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race, Social
Type of event: Race, Social
Fyne Court provided a festive venue for those up to the Thomas Hasler’s Christmas Challenge. With Broomfield Hall as an excellent base for parking, toilets, registration and refreshments provided by participants with bread and soup provided by QO members. Tom and his family, with help from a few elves dreamed up an original format with a one hour score course which included map memory, mystery bonus tags, wandering controls, followed with a maze, all combined to provide plenty to discuss over the soup and remains of Christmas fare afterwards.
Tom’s results show very different ‘bragging rites’ depending on which method you choose to view -Elite or Handicap. Apologies for not providing final results on the day, but a few corrections and adjustments had to be made over some Christmas cheer in the evening by Tom and I!
QO would like to thank Tom for the time and effort he put into creating the event and to Andy Rimes for moderating his even more ambitious plans.
The Hammond family from Scotland dominated the Elite results using the raw scores, while there were a few local surprises using British Orienteering handicap factors. The main scoring system was conventional, apart from the bonus tags, and the maze scoring was assessed from 50 points down according to rank position – Tom’s Christmas gift!
- Roger Craddock
A dozen or so of the 'usual suspects' were at our near neighbour Devon OC's Christmas themed event, held at Haldon Forest, an exciting multi-activity outdoor hub near Exeter. The Modicas Angela and Spencer and Jeff Pakes all tied for 7th place out of 92. There were again good showings from Ollie Rant (16th), Sarah Pascall (26th) and Phil Sorrell (22nd), all still in their first year in the sport. Results
Steve Robertson had a decent run (40/133) at North Glos' New Year's Day score event at Bixslade, Forest of Dean. Results
And on Boxing Day, Jeff Pakes (56/150) was QO's sole representation at a sodden Moors Valley Country Park, near Bournemouth. Results
It was Wimborne OC's 50th Boxing Day Canter - for more on this read John Warren's light hearted piece complete with archive photos here
The main event is a Score course.
There will also be a 2km course of White/ Yellow standard for younger juniors.
Start and Finish are close by to assembly.
Prices TBC (they're last year's!)
Family group £8
Assembly - Broomfield Village Hall
Main score course - Arrive at around 10:30 for a 11.00 start
There will be soup and bread in the hall afterwards.
Any Christmas leftovers you have, please bring them along and share, to go with the soup lunch.
To reserve a map/food please email the planner (see contacts on this page).
Planner: Tom Hasler email@example.com
Controller: Brian Pearson
Organisers: Roger & Judy Craddock firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 323850
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