Local event incorporating Schools’ League (ESSOL) and Stragglers’ Club Championship
Highwoods Country Park, Colchester
The car parking facility at the Gilberd School/Highwoods Leisure Centre was most useful for this size of event, and allowed a different angle of approach to Highwoods from some other events.
Thanks to all helpers for the smooth running of the event.
Congratulations to Kevin Machin on becoming Essex Stragglers Club Champion 2005, fighting off several close challenges. The planning of the Score course and the handicap system worked well together to keep things tight at the top!
The brambles have invaded even more of High Woods so I used the few better bits of wood and hoped that the route choices would be interesting.
Having added the new field at the north end of the map I wanted to make use of it. I think it made a good setting for the Finish with the final controls in view to spectators. Unfortunately I couldn’t have the Start in the field as well as there is only one safe way in and out of the adjacent block for the younger competitors.
I think I gauged the score event right with the number and spread of controls. I worked out possible routes for a cross selection of competitors – the straight line distance of what I thought to be the optimum route was 7.4km so was possible in the 45mins allowed (6 min km’s ?).
High Woods has suffered from vandalism in the past, this time we escaped with no apparent problems, although 130 on the knoll was returned by the Rangers, who said it was found “a bit off the beaten track”!
Congratulations to Kevin Machin who becomes the new Club Champion, we look forward to his courses next year.
|Nichols Thornton||1st Heybridge||19:27|
|Katie Layley||1st Heybridge||19:35|
|Rebecca Baker||1st Heybridge||19:37|
|A Lean/R Lean||Ind||26:14|
|M Lean/S Lean||Ind||26:36|
|Peter Fleming||1st Heybridge||57:17|
|Robert Phillips||1st Heybridge||57:20|
|Veronica Machin/Nigel Richardson||93:18|