Manchester and District Orienteering Club
Regional Event at Piethorne near Rochdale
Sunday November 11th 2007
1 Yellow Polaris Top
1 Blue Cagoule
1 Pair Trainers
Please contact the Organiser, Paul Jarvis, on 01625 585056 to claim. Or email
Piethorne is logistically challenging, the distance from car park and the remoteness makes juggling helpers a bit difficult. A large team was involved in putting out and checking the equipment on a foul Saturday so it's good when it goes well on the day and we receive positive feedback - thanks 8)
Apologies! two pre-entries didn't have a map at the start! We did print extra on each course but obviously a few too many EOD's got past us without maps. Thanks to James our tame fell runner for helping out with one map and I think the other person enjoyed the alternative course he ran. Apologies! for the confusion over the clothing transfer, I suffered a little sign blindness on the morning and put the wrong ones out. The weather helped me out there!!
Thanks to people too numerous to mention (I'll do that separately) the Planner and Controller were brilliant, and the Simpsons allowed me to concentrate on Registration knowing the start and finish were sorted. But there are two people who I'd like to single out for special awards, firstly MDOC's John Britton whose tireless efforts on Saturday and Sunday meant that the rest of us got home at least an hour early each day and secondly, to the Ranger Steve Jones whose contribution with the Land Rover allowed us to deliver and then collect all the remaining equipment before it went dark.
This was my first time planning a Regional event, so I'm relieved that it was a success and well attended. Dick was great as controller and I learnt an awful lot from him during the planning process.
The map of the Piethorne area is not wonderful, and although we had small regions of it updated it could still do with quite a lot of work. Course planning was complicated by the large out-of-bounds regions and all of the new fences that have appeared - apologies to anyone who found crossing C1 difficult but it was the only way to sensibly use that part of the map.
Finally, my great appreciation and thanks to all those who helped put out and collect controls, but special thanks to John Britton for helping with control put-out on the Saturday (and again teaching me new tricks of the planning trade), manning them on the Sunday and then collecting them late in the afternoon.
Piethorne isnít the most exciting area, but I really enjoyed controlling this event, despite the weather on Saturday. I had been concerned that the weather might be bad on the day, so was happy for John to plan courses which were perhaps a bit short. In fact, John did lengthen most of the courses by about 10% after Iíd run round his original course 4 in 51 mins. On the day, Julian Laileyís time for the lengthened course 4 of 44:45 is impressive. The M21L course was won by M18, Thomas Beasant, in 66:13, so a top elite runner would, presumably, have got round a bit faster than the 67 min winning time set out in the Regional Event Guideline. Perhaps most importantly, there were very few disqualifications, always good to see, particularly on the junior courses.
We had some problems with the map, which still isnít that accurate in places. It would be a good idea if a mapper could spend a little time having a look at the inaccuracies we have identified. I hope nobody on courses 1, 2 or 3 was inconvenienced by the unmapped fence that we marked on the maps in the start box. I am sorry we didnít notice this omission before the course maps were printed.
I know both John and Paul worked really hard to make this event successful. They are both very easy to work with and are a credit to MDOC. This was my first experience of Condes, which as a program for planning orienteering courses, clearly has both advantages and disadvantages over OCAD. John made it hard for himself by deciding to offer 2 map scales, but coped very well.
Iím not 100% impressed by the present version of waterproof paper used for the maps. It is waterproof, though laser printing doesnít always seem that permanent where the paper is folded. It definitely isnít tear-proof, so a map might be damaged if a runner falls over on rough ground.
Dick Towler, LOC
Class Gold Silver Bronze M21L 82:46 99:19 132:26 M21S 57:46 69:19 92:25 M21V 35:21 42:25 56:33 M35L 66:15 79:30 106:00 M35S 42:49 51:23 68:30 M40L 89:12 107:03 142:44 M40S 57:39 69:11 92:15 M45L 61:19 73:35 98:07 M45S 37:31 45:01 60:02 M50L 63:37 76:21 101:48 M50S 38:56 46:43 62:17 M55L 58:36 70:19 93:46 M55S 39:48 47:46 63:41 M60L 55:56 67:07 89:30 M60S 31:39 37:59 50:39 M65L 55:26 66:31 88:42 M70L 50:40 60:48 81:04 M75L 66:08 79:22 105:50 W21L 67:30 81:00 108:00 W21S 41:18 49:34 66:05 W21V 30:13 36:16 48:21 W35L 66:41 80:01 106:42 W40L 58:22 70:03 93:24 W40S 39:39 47:34 63:26 W45L 61:18 73:34 98:06 W45S 44:51 53:50 71:46 W50L 67:47 81:21 108:28 W50S 44:38 53:34 71:25 W55L 63:08 75:46 101:02 W55S 47:21 56:49 75:46 W60L 71:45 86:06 114:48 W60S 53:48 64:34 86:06 W65L 86:10 103:24 137:52 W65S 77:33 93:03 124:04 W70L 59:12 71:03 94:44 JM2 27:08 32:34 43:26 JM3 35:05 42:06 56:08 JM4 26:25 31:42 42:16 JM5L 67:20 80:48 107:44 JM5M 50:41 60:49 81:06 JM5S 38:40 46:24 61:52 JW2 30:06 36:07 48:10 JW3 41:36 49:55 66:34 JW4 53:26 64:07 85:30 JW5L 80:50 97:00 129:20 JW5S 40:58 49:10 65:34Back to top