Manchester and District Orienteering Club
Piethorne District Event
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We were dismayed when we first visited the area to find it divided up by new barbed wire fences with no crossing points. This meant limiting the courses to the central part of the map and forced all the courses to cross the valley at the same point.
This was our first attempt at planning with electronic punching and so there was much to learn and to do after deciding on the courses. Thanks to Eddie Speak who kindly merged the map and courses into printable form and provided most of you (for the first time?) with a 1:10,000 map. Thanks also to Eddie for programming the boxes and to Dave Mawdsley who printed the maps.
It was a pleasure to work with Ted Smith as our controller. We spent a pleasant day going over the area together assessing control sites and tweaking the courses. We are grateful to Ted for helping us put out and collect controls and to Dan Riley who also volunteered to collect controls.
The excellent courses planned by Joan and Mike needed very little controlling. They were frustratingly constrained on the longer courses by the new uncrossable fences. If the area were to be used for a regional event we would need a number of stiles to be brought in.
The weather leading up to the event had been very wet. Thankfully on the day there were blue skies, at least early in the morning, when the Piethorne valley looked as pretty as a picture postcard.
We had one minor scare when Luke and Edward managed to lose their parents shortly before the end of the yellow course. Thankfully they were found safe and well in the car park.
Well done to Kath and all her helpers. The organisation seemed to go without a hitch.
I was concerned when we visited the car park, that the area we have previously used to pitch the tent was now covered in 10ft high shrubs! However, I was reassured that it was possible to put a tent on tarmac! We are fortunate to have such a large area of hard standing available for car parking but unfortunately it does mean a longish walk to the start/finish.
Many thanks to the helpers on the day and to Sue for her pre-event help. Also thanks to P.W.Greenhalgh for the use of the car parks, the money was donated to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Finally, thanks to my husband Eddie for all his help and patience.