Manchester and District Orienteering Club
Torver Back Common Regional Event
Sunday February 26th 2006
We were glad that so many people entered and enjoyed their runs on Torver Back Common. We apologise to those caught in delays at Registration or whose choice of course was constrained by the popularity of the event. With a winter event we wanted Start, Finish and Assembly close together, which put some constraints on course planning.
We thank Ray Barnes for being a careful controller, who made sure that we considered the risks inherent in a winter event. Fortunately we did not need to use our search team or give out directions to the local hospital.
Our thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson of Hoathwaite farm, and the National Trust, for the use of the parking field. Thanks also to the University of Birmingham and their staff for the use of the Priestley Centre, which was an ideal base for a winter event.
Thanks to the Torver Commoners, particularly Arnold Lancaster, for the use of the common. We very much appreciate the work they are doing on habitat improvement, including bracken clearance.
Finally thanks to everyone in the MDOC team who put so much work into making the event a success.
Margaret and Andrew Gregory
0161 445 5653 (only if necessary, and before 10.00 p.m.)
We deserved the lovely weather, cos I'd got cold and wet on more or less every previous visit. It was good to see that the bracken had flattened considerably in the last couple of weeks.
We all owe a big "Thanks" to Ray Barnes, for stepping in as Controller at the eleventh hour and saving the status of the event. Ray's diligence under severe time pressure was extremely helpful and much appreciated. Thanks also to MasterPrinter Phil Colville for a couple of very timely observations; Eddie and Julie for SI boxes; Roger and Jen for helping me set out all 81 controls, and to Alan, Alan, Godfrey, John, Chris and Simon for bringing them all back again.
Torver is a lovely mixed area, making you worry whether you can do it justice (and whether you can find anywhere at all for White/Yellow/Orange). I tried to get everyone into the best bits and away from the worst of the rocky stuff. To keep Start and Finish super-convenient for the car park meant I had a very narrow strip of wood to thread the courses through, but it seemed to work out OK - from the amount of head-scratching I saw as I pottered round the area, the majority of people found it pretty challenging.
One consequence of the late surge of entries was that traffic levels at a few controls became an issue too late for me to change anything, and I did see a few convoys build up. With current demographics, if you follow the BOF Guidelines for Regional Events, Course 4 is very likely to cause problems like this. Someone suggested on Saturday that I could have done a second Course 4 of the same length, and spread the classes across the two courses - I wish I'd thought of that, and it is certainly what I would do next time.
All feedback gratefully received.
An exemplar of how a regional event should be planned and executed.
On behalf of the competitors, a "thank you" and "well done" to MDOC.
Ray Barnes, NOC
The Controller has adjusted badge times for W35L, W35S, JM1, JM2 and JM4 in accordance with BOFRules/AppendixJ/1.4.
Class Gold Silver Bronze M21L 79:18 95:10 126:54 M21S 56:39 67:58 90:38 M21V 38:02 45:38 60:51 M35L 80:57 97:09 129:32 M35S 53:38 64:22 85:50 M40L 84:15 101:06 134:48 M40S 55:49 66:59 89:19 M45L 70:01 84:02 112:02 M45S 47:01 56:25 75:13 M50L 71:45 86:06 114:48 M50S 48:10 57:48 77:04 M55L 65:37 78:44 104:59 M55S 46:31 55:50 74:26 M60L 70:44 84:53 113:10 M60S 43:43 52:28 69:57 M65L 68:40 82:24 109:53 M65S 49:40 59:37 79:29 M70L 60:22 72:27 96:36 M75L 70:12 84:15 112:20 M75S 57:49 69:22 92:30 JM1 15:53 19:04 25:26 JM2 24:07 28:57 38:36 JM3 41:06 49:19 65:46 JM4 46:57 56:21 75:08 JM5L 67:17 80:45 107:40 JM5M 52:52 63:26 84:35 JM5S 37:29 44:59 59:59
Class Gold Silver Bronze W21L 82:38 99:09 132:13 W21S 55:29 66:34 88:46 W21V 40:08 48:09 64:13 W35L 68:59 82:47 110:23 W35S 48:55 58:42 78:16 W40L 68:59 82:47 110:23 W40S 48:55 58:42 78:16 W45L 60:41 72:50 97:06 W45S 43:54 52:41 70:15 W50L 68:48 82:33 110:05 W50S 40:59 49:11 65:34 W55L 69:02 82:51 110:28 W55S 49:34 59:28 79:18 W60L 80:08 96:10 128:14 W60S 57:32 69:02 92:03 W65L 72:38 87:09 116:13 W65S W70L W75L 105:16 126:19 168:26 W75S JW1 15:53 19:04 25:26 JW2 24:07 28:57 38:36 JW3 44:31 53:25 71:14 JW4 46:57 56:21 75:08 JW5L 84:08 100:58 134:38 JW5S 59:40 71:36 95:28
|Name||Club||Age||Start Time||Finish Time||Run Time|
|Beth Woodley + S Crow||AIRE||11,11||11:47:35||11:55:47||0:08:12|