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Fyne Court

Christmas Novelty

Sat 28 Dec

Near: Kingston St Mary
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Social

Photos (Dropbox) by Chris & Tom Hasler

Photos by Jacob Shirvington (Google Drive)


Standard results
Results with handicapping
SI results & splits

Handicap challenge winner Jim M

Handicap challenge winner Jim M

Organiser's comments

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.

Planner Tom and Roger watch on

Planner Tom and Roger watch on

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.

One of Santa's helpers waits patiently for the next passing runner

One of Santa's helpers waits patiently for the next passing runner

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

Other festive novelty events

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

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Course Information

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.

Entry Details

Prices TBC (they're last year's!)

Adults £4

Children £2

Family group £8

Registration & Start Times

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).

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Tom Hasler

Controller: Brian Pearson

Organisers: Roger & Judy Craddock 01823 323850

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

Evelyn, with dad trying to keep up

Evelyn, with dad trying to keep up

Does the Turkey top count as festive?

Does the Turkey top count as festive?

That's a funny looking dibber being pointed in Angela's direction

That's a funny looking dibber being pointed in Angela's direction