Come & Try it Event
Highwoods Country Park
13th September 1998
We hope you all had a pleasant run on a not very pleasant day. What a difference the weather can make. Considering the rain, wind and cool temperature it was pleasing to see so many new people to the sport. The event was put on to try and introduce orienteering to newcomers. Now that you've had a go we hope you will be suitably keen to have another. Some reasonably local events are listed below along with the Membership Secretary's phone number in case you would like to join the Essex Stragglers Orienteering Club. It never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort is put into organising and running an orienteering event, even a small event such as this one. All our thanks should go to Jenny (the Planner) and Mike (the Controller) and of course all those faithful few Stragglers who help out at the ring of a phone. Thank you to you all.
Having decided to park at Asda the White and Yellow courses had to be confined to the southern fields which provided a secure area for the beginner. I decided to put in a red course to provide for beginners who wanted a longer run. With the "Come & Try it" courses planned the Score event had practically planned itself and only needed an additional 4 controls in the northern part of the map. Congratulations to Christopher Sellens for his excellent run and winning the Club Championship. My thanks to Mike (the Controller) for all his helpfull suggestions and thorough checking.
Highwoods, particularly the southern end is not very technical but seemed to provide adequate White, Yellow and Red courses. In the Score it was always going to be a problem testing the fastest men for the full 45 minutes. With hindsight a couple more controls in the North East corner might have increased the challenge. Some of the earlier publicity suggested a different location for car parking, I hope the competitors relying on this information managed to follow the signs without too much difficulty. Many thanks to Jenny and Hilary for an event where some participants were soaked and others had a dry run!
Class Club Time
1 Lucy Whitley W10 IND 17.23 2 Emma & Matthew Johnson W11 W10 SOS 18.07 3 Megan Malley W5 SOS 21.03 4 Anabella Gilby W7 IND 24.07 5 Rachel Folan & Friends W11 IND 32.58 6 Robert & Thomas Shorter M8 M6 IND 39.57
YELLOW COURSE Class Club Time 1 Shep & Carton M40 W40 SOS 17.44 2 Carl Daw + 1 M8 IND 18.46 3 Holloway IND 19.59 4 Scott Calender M16 IND 20.42 5 Joanne Goodchild W21 IND 21.10 6 Victoria Thompson +3 W14 IND 25.30 7 Christine Calender W50 IND 28.53 8 Allen Family IND 29.55 9 Howes Family IND 35.26 10 Kiri & Alan Alford W12 M40 SOS 37.40 11 Rachel Malley W10 SOS 40.20 12 Rebecca Hatfield +1 W11 SUFFOC 40.35 13 Shaun & Peter Sansom M10 M65 IND 41.39 14 Belshaw Family IND 42.01 15 Mason SUFFOC 48.39 16 Christopher Dalton +2 W3 IND 55.56
RED COURSE Class Club Time
1 Simon Peck M40 SUFFOC 31.06 2 Adrian Knight M21 IND 32.38 3 Ted Johnson M55 SOS 33.20 4 Roger Jarvis M21 IND 35.25 5 Bill McLean M60 SUFFOC 39.50 6 Sally Ross W21 IND 44.42 7 John Reavill M40 IND 45.08 8 David Brew M45 HAVOC 45.37 9 David Payne M40 IND 46.18 10 Hazel Tant W12 SOS 48.20 11 Alan Barnard M40 IND 50.42 12 Michael Sansom M50 SOS 51.41 13 Y McLean W55 SUFFOC 52.44 14 James Lyne M10 SOS 53.18 15 C Johnson W55 SOS 61.43 16 Daniel Thompson M16 IND 72.13 17 Lucy +2 Aldous/Seakins W13 IND 73.01 18 Jackie Seakins W50 IND 80.30 19 Collins Family SOS 81.18 20 Jackie Reavill Bridget King IND 82.05 21 Chris Aldous M45 IND 91.26 22 Turnbull Group IND 107.19 23 Adam Smith M14 IND Rtd
SCORE EVENT Class Club Time No. of Controls Handicap
1 Christopher Sellens M14 SOS 39.13 23 +7 2 Martin Sellens M45 SOS 35.18 23 +2 3 Clive Tant M40 SOS 42.58 23 +2 4 Mick Belshaw M35 BAOC 33.55 23 +1 5 Richard Bonnett M40 SOS 35.31 22 +2 6 Mark Johnson M35 SOS 44.06 23 +1 7 Jack Isbester M60 SOS 44.45 19 +5 8 Roger Lewis M21 SHUOC 36.15 23 0 9 Tom Collins M40 SOS 46.19 23 - 2 +2 10 Mark Wilson M21 SOS 43.04 21 0 11 Alan Milton M70 SOS 36.52 12 +8 12 Stella Haward W40 SUFFOC 41.20 13 +5 13 Andrew Cordle M45 SOS 45.25 17 - 1 +2 14 Louise Walker W21 SUFFOC 46.33 17 - 2 +3 15 Pauline Stevens W70 SOS 44.11 6 +11 16 Steven Lustig M45 SOS 38.52 14 +2 17 Michael Elliott M60 IND 37.00 9 +5 18 John Dalton M35 IND 47.50 16 - 3 +1
Details of further events
SUFFOC 20th Sept Shrublands Park. TM125527. O signed from A14/A140 junction.
HAVOC 20th Sept Thorndon Park. TQ606914. From J28 M25/A12 take A1023 to Brentwood, follow brown "Thorndon Country Park North" signs.
SOS 27th Sept Hatfield Forest. TL547203.
SUFFOC 11th Oct Brandon Park. TL785853. O signed from A1065 Brandon - Lakenheath Road approx. 2 miles SW of Brandon.
NOR 18th Oct Holt Country Park. TG083371. O signed from B1149 2km S of Holt.
SOS 8th Nov Chalkney Woods near Earls Colne
HAVOC 14th Nov Weald Park near Brentwood
SOS 6th Dec Hockley Woods near Southend
SOS (Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society) Membership Secretary Stephen Lustig 01787 211001