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Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society (SOS)

Colour Coded and Essex and Suffolk Schools League Event
Highwoods Country Park, Colchester
15th October 2000


Final Results

Organiser's Report Planner's Report Controller's Report
White Yellow Orange Light Green Green Score/SOS Champs

Organiser's Report - Lyn West

Wasn't it a lovely day! It all seemed to run smoothly. My thanks to the willing band of Stragglers who turned out on the day to help. I hope everybody who wanted a run got one. Anybody who says juniors never put anything back into orienteering should have seen the number included in the list of helpers. Congratulations to Chris Sellens, SOS club champion for the second time and a special well done to Hazel Tant for running him so close. She scored the same number of points but Chris wins by having the faster time. The handicap system seems to work although it seems to favour the juniors (or are the seniors just not good enough?!)

In case of queries contact Lyn West 01206 322905.

Planner's Report - Steve Robertson

From an orienteering perspective Highwoods has the problem of many bramble infested blocks of wood that limit the potential for testing route choice.

Good weather swelled the number of competitors and I am sure running in warm autumn sunshine offset any possible grumbles about the courses.

Only two comments from competitors:

  1. 'Why didn't you use Electronic punching?'. SOS are using SI electronic punching at all of their events except those at Highwoods because we consider the risk of vandalism too high. This was confirmed when after the event (no competitors were affected) we found one control had been 'trashed' and the control and punches moved by 50 metres.
  2. 'Control 215 on the Score was not in the right place'. Although the vegetation is indistinct in the area we pace checked the control versus features to the south and west and confirmed that it was in the correct position.

As usual there were some lessons learnt. This time we confirmed that orienteering software is not infallible and a full understanding of its capabilities and limitations is necessary prior to use. Fortunately in this case the error was identified before competitors started (one exception on Light Green our apologies) and the control descriptions suitably amended.

Otherwise all seemed to go smoothly and thanks to Martin Sellens for supportive controlling and Lyn West for the usual professional organisation.

Controller's Report - Martin Sellens

Although High Woods has its limitations, it provides an excellent venue for a restricted colour coded event and has much to recommend it for the club championships. It is conveniently situated for most club members (the Dengie Mafia might disagree) has a choice of "event centres" with ample parking, loos and shopping opportunities, wonderful views over Colchester and perfect weather. Not to mention a well appointed room for the AGM. On the down side, it presents an interesting challenge for the planner, with a restricted area, rampant brambles, a narrow waist and the potential for control vandalisation.

Steve did his usual efficient job of providing well planned courses with no organisational glitches resulting in an easy time for yours truly and a good day's orienteering for the rest of you. Well, OK, we did discover at the last minute a discrepancy in control codes on the control descriptions for the light green and score courses, but a quick mobile phone call to the registration area allowed corrections to be made in the nick of time. Apologies to any early birds who had already registered - controller's fault.

Even a small event like this takes an enormous amount of planning time and it is amazing how Steve manages to pull off the miraculous trick of getting it all (almost) right while single handedly running Ford Europe and doing an excellent job of fixtures supremo for the club. The only "complaints" I heard on the day were that the white and yellow courses were too easy and that there was some doubt about the position of the control by the pond on the longer courses. Some would argue that, by definition, the White and Yellow cannot be too easy, only too hard, but I can see that winning times of 8 min or so might suggest poor value for money. There weren't too many planning options for these courses and I think they provided a useful and unthreatening orienteering experience for the large numbers of youngsters who gave them a go. I might concede that the control by the pond could have been a few meters too far to the west. I trust that, like me, you all enjoyed your sunlit run round the Country Park, which was surely looking at its autumnal best.

White

1Elliot SwinneyBARM Yr66:41
2Matthew DickensBARM Yr67:01
3Chris Moulton  7:04
4Harry MillsBARM Yr67:12
5Thomas KingBARM Yr57:25
6Matthew DaykinBARM Yr57:27
7Rachel MalleySOSW Yr8:47
8Erin RoseBARW Yr58:50
9Steven LeighBARW Yr58:53
10Christine DaviesBARW Yr69:07
11Chloe ColesBARW Yr59:34
12Megan MalleySOS 11:42
13S CleavelyCAN 12:45
14Daniel ShawBARM Yr512:54
15Archie NormanBARM Yr513:24
16Robert BarkerINDM Yr313:34
17Rachel HummCANW Yr616:35
18TeganBARYr518:20
19Alex PhillipsBARW Yr518:26
20Nicola ReevesCANW Yr618:41
21Kirsty ElliceCANW Yr518:43
22Alex BlackINDM Yr419:48
23Birkett familySOS 20:04
24Louise ReevesCANW Yr520:40
25Layla DaveyCANW Yr522:39
26Nikki ElliceCANW Yr526:32
 Par time   

Yellow

1Peter Symes-ThompsonBAR

M Yr7

9:37
2David FletcherBAR

M Yr8

10:13
3James WallBAR

M Yr7

10:22
4Nicola BarkerBAR

W Yr7

10:56
5Antonia BeamishBAR

W Yr7

11:52
6Sarah CammackBAR

W Yr8

12:14
7Rachel IrvingBAR

W Yr8

12:53
8Michael ParkSUFFOC

M10

13:57
9William HardistySOS

M10

14:19
10L AshworthIND

W10

14:26
11David ChandlerFrGr

M Yr6

14:47
12Corin & Piran JeffcockSOS

M10/M12

14:58
13Ben Lancaster/Luke GrahamStBen

M Yr7

15:05
14James ParkSUFFOC

M10

15:39
15Matthew JohnsonChV

M Yr7

16:00
16Nadia Mazza/Hannah CarterStBen

W Yr7/8

16:07
17Elspeth/PhilipIND

M/W10

16:38
18Emily AxfordSOS

W Yr3

16:38
19Nicholas AxfordSOS

M Yr5

16:38
20Adam HodgsonCRGS

M Yr8

17:04
21

Liam Shotton

BARW Yr717:46
 par time  18:16
22

Sarah Park

SUFFOCW1218:45
23Katrin Sengerova/XilongWAOC

W10

20:47
24Adam Crabtree/Paul GoodchildStBen

M Yr7

20:57
25Abbi/CatherineSOS

W10

20:58
26Jonathan DaleStAnne

M10

21:00
27Harriet de B GordonBAR

W Yr7

22:07
28Kate Ward/Catherine ScottStBen

W Yr8

24:28
29Alex Black 

M Yr7

24:55
30Caroline Fare/Verity ButlerStBen

M yr8

25:00
31Toby Inles/Nathan CzyzewiczStBen

M Yr8

25:41
32Daniel Lloyd/Chederx PriorIND

M12/M16

27:45
33Ruth SalthouseStTM

W Yr7

28:52
34Ross Sainty/ Keiron McLainStBen

M Yr7

29:26
35Chris Hales/David WhiteStBen

M Yr7

29:27
36Callum/NicholasSOS

M Yr5/6

30:55
37H E BiggsHAVOC

M80

31:40
38Richard/MichaelIND 32:49
39Philip HuardHAVOC

M Yr4

37:34
40Sophie PriceStTer

W Yr7

53:37
 Joseph PaceStJo

M Yr7

retd

Orange

1Tim ChandlerIND

M40

30:48
2Nina TantSOS

W12

32:18
3Mark JeffcockSOS

M40

40:15
4Ben HumphreysIPS

M16

48:52
5Alex Ware + 1IND

M10

53:11
6Morgan familySOS 59:21
 par time  73:14
7PicketIND

M10/W10

87:07
8Adam Hodgson CRGS

M13

n/c 88:06
9A J Hodgson 

M40

89:05
10St Ben x 4  116:04
 Adam/PaulStBen

M12

retd
 Nathan CzysewiczSOS

M12

retd

Light green

1

Jitka SengerovaWAOC

W45

40:56

2

David BrewHAVOC

M45

44:48

3

Jonathon PyeSOS

M14

57:48

4

R G WheelerHAVOC

M70

71:16

5

A EngwellHAVOC

W21

72:28

6

Bahar Mirshekar SyahkalCCHS

W Yr12

73:54
 par time  74:55

7

Lucy FryerCCHS

W Yr10

75:56

8

Lucy AldousCCHS

W Yr10

77:58

9

Adam LastIND

M10

107.49

10

Ben WoolnoughIND

M10

107:53

11

Todd LastIND

M10

111:52
 John FloatHAVOC

M65

retd

Green

1Simon PeckSUFFOC

M40

39:54
2I M WhissonCHIG

M40

43:46
3Mark SalthouseSOS

M35

44:32
4Andrew BreakwellSUFFOC

M50

46:16
5A BiggsHAVOC

M50

47:18
6David FloatHAVOC

M21

47:29
7Blanka SengerovaWAOC

W18

48:46
8Paul LoweSUFFOC

M40

48:47
9Sandra DanielsCHIG

W35

50:06
10Dustin ListerSLOW

M21

51:45
11A AshworthSLOW

M35

53:17
12Ian ClaytonIND

M35

59:02
 par time  59:51
13L BensonHAVOC

W40

59:58
14McConnellIND

M21

64:13
15Janet BiggsHAVOC

W45

73:55
16R TinsleyIND

M40

74:03
17Sue SpellerWAOC

W35

75:32
18Litjens  78:55
19Janet RogersIND

W40

98:28
     
 Gerald EngwellHAVOC

M21

m7 55:30
 Louis PaceIND

M40

m8 95:47
P J HardistySOSM35w14

Score including SOS club championship

    H'capcontrolsTimePenTotal
1

Chris Sellens

SOS

M16

82341:23031
2

Hazel Tant

SOS

W14

141743:14031
3

Nicola Robertson

SOS

W16

121841:13030
4

Emma Johnson

SOS

W14

141441:31028
5

J Chappell

MDDX

M50

72143:26028
6

Suzy Robertson

SOS

W16

121947:38328
7

John Collyer

SOS

M55

91844:12027
8

Dave Rollins

BAOC

M35

12745:42127
9

Geoff Pye

SOS

M45

62043:38026
10

Kevin Machin

SOS

M40

52043:14025
11

Richard Bonnett

SOS

M45

61944:12025
12

Geraldine Russell

SOS

W55

141245:08125
13

Andy Malley

SOS

M40

52246:53225
14

Katie Sellens

SOS

W14

141448:55424
15

Nancy Powell-Davies

SOS

W50

121142:29023
16

Mark Johnson

SOS

M35

12142:43022
17

Roger Goddard

WAROC

M21

02547:27322
18

Sebastian Pugh

SOS

M14

101137:57021
19

Alex Machin

SOS

M14

101139:32021
20

Wilson

IND

M35

12044:01021
21

Joanne West

SOS

W12

151049:25520
22

Bert Park

SUFFOC

M35

12753:10919
23

Rob Weed

SUFFOC

M21

01844:46018
24

Steve Czyzewicz

SOS

M40

31952:21816