The Naze, Walton
Sunday 5th July 2009
A week before this event I was all ready to cancel. Only one team had entered. But, aware that orienteers are notorious for leaving things until the last minute, I held off until the following day -
when entries were due and was rewarded with a few more. Still more dribbled in during the week and I hope that you all agree that it was an enjoyable day.
The Naze is a lovely area for our unique relays formula. The area has lots of facilities and we were rewarded with a beautiful day. It?s just a shame that it?s such a long journey to get there.
It was disappointing to have to disqualify two teams for mispunching, including the fastest finishers but at least that made it possible for a Stragglers team to win ? our congratulations to
Lynn and Colin West, Tracey Apperley and Richard Barker running as ?West Barkley?. The last time a Stragglers team won was in 2001 when ?Western Front? comprising 4 members of the West family won at High Woods.
My heartfelt thanks go to those who helped in the setting up, clearing up and, especially Andrew who helped all the way through.
Planner - Jenny Collyer
When I started planning the courses in May most of the rough open areas were accessible but on successive visits the undergrowth had increased and controls were gradually moved out closer to paths!
My main aim was to make the three courses as different as possible knowing that competitors would be running two or even three of them. With most of the controls being on or near paths I aimed to give
route choices through the haphazard path / ride network. I think I reached the limit of what could be planned on this area, especially with pin punching being used. I am still waiting for an event to be
arranged when the tide is low so that we can use the beach!
Controller - John Collyer
A Controller's tasks have been added to by all the formal Risk Assessment work (we used to call it event safety) required by various bodies (BOF, Insurers, Land Owners - in this case Tendring District
Council). As usual, the blanket details required by all users for the Naze, were paricularly aimed at keeping people off the cliffs - Nancy was even advised to inform the local Cliff Rescue Team!
However, we had not been advised that the radio people would be there, and we found problems in siting one control which was about 5 metres away from one of their rope ends. Jenny moved it to the rope end
as we thought it would be safer to have it where you could not miss the rope, and I negotiated with the radio hams to mark some of the ropes and all of the electric cables from their generator with red and
white tape. They were most accomodating to our requests, and I felt were somewhat oblivious to any problems that their masts, ropes and generators could cause within a highly public area. Perhaps they just
thought that everyone would be sensible - those were the days! Jenny however, thinks that the dangers from dogs and their mess were worthy of more mention than the radios!
Apart from that everyone appeared to have a good day, although I was unable to spot again the Little Egret fishing in the salt lagoons on the northern coastal edge.
|9||Motley Krew||SOS +||12.28|
|5||Grumpy Old Men||SUFFOC||12.29|
Based on the assumption that second and subsequent runs start as soon as the map and runner are available...
|Team No||Team Name||Club||Names||class||Course||Time|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||Rod Mansel||M50||0:09:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Colin West||M50||0:09:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Lyn West||W55||0:10:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Chris Childs||M60||0:10:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Tracey Apperley||W40||0:10:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||Kevin Machin||M45||0:10:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Todd Cooper||M14||0:10:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||Steve Cartwright||M50||0:10:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Andrew Childs||M50||0:10:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Frances Cooper||W45||0:11:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||Paul Lowe||M50||0:11:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||Simon Hooton||M50||0:12:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Gregory Swanston||M70||0:13:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||John Webb||M70||0:13:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Richard Barker||M55||0:14:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Duncan Cooper||M10||0:17:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||Veronica Machin||W45||0:17:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Chris O'Meara||M45||0:19:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Lewis Cooper||M10||0:22:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||David Cooper||M45||0:24:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Colin West||M50||0:18:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Andrew Childs||M50||0:20:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Tracey Apperley||W40||0:20:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||Steve Cartwright||M50||0:20:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||David Cooper||M45||0:20:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||Kevin Machin||M45||0:21:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Frances Cooper||W45||0:21:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||Simon Hooton||M50||0:22:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||Paul Lowe||M50||0:22:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Duncan Cooper||M10||0:23:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Lyn West||W55||0:26:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Chris O'Meara||M45||0:26:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||John Webb||M70||0:27:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Chris Childs||M60||0:28:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Lewis Cooper||M10||0:34:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||Kevin Machin||M45||0:25:00|
|9||Motley Krew||SOS||David Cooper||M45||0:26:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||Simon Hooton||M50||0:28:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Frances Cooper||W45||0:30:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Tracey Apperley||W40||0:30:00|
|7||West Barkley||SOS||Richard Barker||M55||0:30:00|
|5||Grumpy Old Men ||SUFFOC||Rod Mansel||M50||0:31:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Chris Childs||M60||0:31:00|
|2||Stragglers Strugglers||SOS||Gregory Swanston||M70||0:32:00|
|6||Fighting Ferrets||WAOC||Todd Cooper||M14||0:33:00|
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