Manchester and District Orienteering Club
Street League Event 1 - Marple
Thursday 10 November 2011
We copied all the principles shamelessly from the long-established and totally-excellent SROC Street League - huge thanks to Grahame Crawshaw for getting the series started up and Controlling this event, and to Ian Gilliver for his supporting efforts, and thanks on the night for the super-efficient office team of Jen and Irene.
I think the two differences from SROC standards we decided on both worked out pretty well, but I'd be very interested in other people's thoughts:
> the use of SI timing may be a slight nuisance for the runner, but it takes away a highly stressful official job - timing multiple incomings while still running the start is not easy
> dropping the 75-minute option enables us to use smaller areas, and have more pub-friendly timings, while not significantly reducing the physical workout for the faster folk.
The results are presented as a table of merged 40 and 60-minute totals pro-rata'd to points per hour and then taken as a percentage of the winner. That is your counting score for the accumulated league results. An additional table is the same totals adjusted by the SROC age/sex/adjustment algorithm, which may be a better measure of individual performance, and which will also be accumulated over the season. It's interesting that the M16 and M40 adjustments are identical, so the straight fight between Alex and Steve will be one to watch.
Apologies to everyone who lost time at #49 - the metal TP and its very high-up number - and the dot for #30 was a mm or two out. I generously allowed 3 instead of 8 in the answer for #25 as I'd made the very same mistake when planning. Not sure why there were a couple of different wrong answers for the Green Box at #37.
I was truly astonished by the various degrees of muppetry I saw and heard last night. Maybe everything is too familiar for a chap who's been doing these events for the best part of 20 years, but let me just make some basic comments:
> What are you looking for ? There was a display board in the pub explaining every type of control in use, with helpful photographs. This board will be at every event. Given that you get your questions when you register, you have plenty of time to look through them all and make sure you understand what you're in for. It won't be long before TP, LP, H and GB become second nature.
> Controls with different values. This seems complicated but is essential for street league to work - it means you have to think carefully about where the value is and how much of it you can get to. One useful thing I always do is to take a highlighter and pick out the top values (the 40s and 50s, say). It takes a few seconds, but gives you a very quick feel for the distribution.
> Sensible watches are essential for score events. I always carry a little compass just in case of disorientation. And a spare writing implement - pencils are most effective for waterproof paper.
> Thinking time. Even on a 40-minute event it has to be sensible to spend some time thinking about your strategy before charging off. I usually take a good couple of minutes to highlight the values and ponder the consequences before leaving the start. I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do for the first 15-20 minutes, where big decision points might be, and what return route leaves most options available.
> Studying the blank map display - first, you can work out where the start/finish is, so you don't have to hunt after you've started. Second, you can work out possible shapes of course and make some advance decisions about bits to do first or bits you won't be able to get to. It's also useful to know where North is and suss out the possible ways of leaving and returning while you warm up.
Some words of warning ... map scale, number of controls, values of controls, penalty rate are not guaranteed to be the same every week. Check them all before you start, to make sure your decisions are going to be correct for the way each event is set up.
Please can everyone fill in their RouteGadget for me.
|% of winner|
|7||Clare + Rick Griffin||MDOC||W35||60||870||59.24||0||870||870||71.3|
|8||Thomas McCann + Dave||MDOC||M14||60||870||59.25||0||870||870||71.3|
|13||Matthew Fellbaum + Steve||MDOC||M14||60||830||61.47||54||776||776||63.6|
|14||Carolyn Hindle + Hazel||MDOC||W16||40||510||38.56||0||510||765||62.7|
|15||Laura Hindle + Trevor||MDOC||W14||40||470||37.48||0||470||705||57.8|
|20||James McCann + Jane||MDOC||M12||60||650||59.54||0||650||650||53.3|
|21||Kath + Eddie Speak||MDOC||W50||40||410||36.59||0||410||615||50.4|
|22||James Wilson + 1||MDOC||M14||40||400||40.41||21||379||568.5||46.6|
|29||Rae + Pete Lomas||MDOC||W70||40||300||39.34||0||300||450||36.9|
|% of winner|
|6||Clare & Rick Griffin||MDOC||W35||60||870||59.24||0||870||870||1017.9||77.3|
|7||Thomas McCann + Dave||MDOC||M14||60||870||59.25||0||870||870||983.1||74.6|
|8||Carolyn Hindle + Hazel||MDOC||W16||40||510||38.56||0||510||765||933.3||70.8|
|13||Laura Hindle + Trevor||MDOC||W14||40||470||37.48||0||470||705||902.4||68.5|
|16||Matthew Fellbaum + Steve||MDOC||M14||60||830||61.47||54||776||776||876.9||66.6|
|19||Kath + Eddie Speak||MDOC||W50||40||410||36.59||0||410||615||830.3||63.0|
|20||Rae + Pete Lomas||MDOC||W70||40||300||39.34||0||300||450||774.0||58.7|
|22||James McCann + Jane||MDOC||M12||60||650||59.54||0||650||650||767.0||58.2|
|27||James Wilson + 1||MDOC||M14||40||400||40.41||21||379||568.5||642.4||48.8|
Because SI boxes weren't used, the steps to add your route is slightly different to normal.
Thursday 8th December - Farmers Arms, Wilmslow
Details of all the above can be found on the MDOC website