Organiser - Eddie Banks, firstname.lastname@example.org
It was great to see so many young people participating at Highwoods in the East Anglia Schools' Orienteering Championships and the final round of the ESSOL.
Plenty of adults too turned out on this final SOS event of the season.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped on the day and with the organisation leading up to the event. In particular I must mention Julie Laver, who has energetically run the ESSOL all season and Lyn West for the setting up of the EASC. Thank you too to Caroline Louth, Chair of the EA Orienteering Association for presenting the medals and cups to the worthy winners. Several people came along to help on the day, even though they did not run, so a special thank you to them, and in particular to my mentor Jack Isbester who was there to support despite his current health concerns. Last but not least to Steve and Colin for their excellent planning and controlling. This was my first event as organiser and it all seemed to go fairly smoothly on the day, thanks to this large support team.
The strong wind did play havoc with the signage, so apologies if some of you found the direction signs challenging - but then it is an orienteering event! Thankfully there were no injuries to report with nothing worse than some scratches from the many brambles. Most importantly the road crossing marshalls did a fine job in ensuring everyone got to the start and download safely. A learning point for next time will be to have a holding area at the start for the many competitors and their coaches waiting for the white and yellow courses. This will ensure a calmer process for clearing, checking and maintaining the required gap between competitors from the same school. Being able to hear the beeps is key, as one young competitor unfortunately found to their cost after failing to register a start time.
Clearly there is a need to attract more schools and other youth groups to our fine sport. Also avoiding exam time, especially for the older juniors is important. It would be good if we can encourage even more children to participate next year.
Congratulations to the medal winners and all the participants.
Planner - Stephen Carwright
Although obviously there's a wonderful freedom in running one of the things that can be missed is the nature at times. Wasn't it lovely to see so many buttercups and daisies, the flowers and flowering shrubs, the squirrels and the birds. I loved it. Over 160 people on the results list too.
As a planner it was a shame to hear many of the children say their course was too easy. Perhaps it's good to think of Orienteering as Running Navigation with the emphasis more on the running at the East Anglian Championship event, and with a need for everyone to work on their running speed aswell as their navigation I hope it can be looked on positively. Their certainly seemed a lot of puffed children at the end. It was great that people were trying. As I'm sure most know, the rules stated what courses had to be run by the various age groups.
Thanks to everyone for their kindness and help running up to and on the day of the event.
Controller - Colin West
A busy event is always guaranteed with the East Anglian Schools' Championship, and this event was no exception. The planning started much earlier in the year, and in February the planner was moved to record the following thoughts:
"The top end of wood was very muddy today by the way and I was a little worried about children's courses. Obviously May is a long way off though and tends to be drier."
With hindsight, Steve is seen to be a master of the understatement. Ten or more weeks of dry weather had emptied the wet ditches of water and produced mud pools where once mallards swam contentedly. The lake level remained around normal, and the dipping pond had enough water to sustain its environmental credentials.
The terrain at Highwoods presents challenges to the planner to try to keep the longer courses in the better parts of the woodland - and Steve certainly did so. It is, however, not possible to avoid the less splendid areas completely.
The network of paths does offer good choices for the junior courses, and these were set to challenge the regular competitor without moving out of technical range.
Eddie's organisation managed the event to a good standard, abetted by Jack as mentor and others involved with the Schools' competition.
Congratulations to the champions on the day!
Pl Name Club AgeClass Time White (60) 1.5 km 20 m 13 C 1 Jack Krempel Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr6 7:28 2 Thomas Addison Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr6 8:18 3 Wilson Jeffrey King's College Boys Primary Yr5 8:27 4 Nick Butler Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr6 8:31 5 Dominic Emmerson St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr4 8:48 6 Nicholas Budenberg King's College Boys Primary Yr6 8:50 7 Jordan Findlater St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr6 8:55 8 Georgia Gower St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr6 9:00 9 Matthew Clarke Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr5 9:26 10 Benjamin Harrington St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr5 9:30 11 William Young King's College Boys Primary Yr6 9:35 12 Alexander Parker Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr4 9:41 13 Matilda McManus King's College Girls Primary Yr5 9:43 14 Lizzie Robinson Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr6 10:01 15 Daisy Partridge St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr5 10:08 16 David Jimoh Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr6 10:11 17 Christopher Jobe Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr5 10:23 18 Hester Dewhurst King's College Girls Primary Yr5 10:24 18 Lucy Edwards St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr6 10:24 20 Joshua Buist St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr4 10:26 21 Anthony Ford King's College Boys Primary Yr5 10:30 22 Charlotte Gilbey Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr5 10:32 23 Jasper Waller-Toyne SOS/Monkwick Junior M10 Y5 10:42 24 Saskia Baldrey Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr6 10:45 25 Jonathon Quinn St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr5 10:46 26 Holly McGerty Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr5 11:01 27 Edward Low King's College Boys Primary Yr4 11:13 28 Bertie Tweed Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr4 11:14 29 E Tufnell L Harrington St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr5/4 11:18 30 A Becher M Richardso Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr5 11:19 31 Hope Dudley Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr5 11:28 32 Callum Turner St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr6 11:29 33 J Palmer T Turner St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr5/3 11:31 34 Alex Birkett SOS M12 Meadgate Y6 11:40 35 I Perry T Salmon Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr4/4 12:36 36 Harry Ferguson Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr4 12:44 37 H Challis O Clark St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr5/4 13:09 38 J Hamman S Rayment St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr4/4 13:35 39 Freddie Gray SUFFOC/Ipswich Prep M9 Y4 13:38 40 Amber Greaves St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr6 13:52 41 William Dewhurst Kings College M8 Y3 14:08 42 Tara Ferguson Juliette Agazarian Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr6 15:00 43 Alys Phillips Barnardiston Girls Primary Yr5 15:29 43 J Smith Z Hartnup St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr6/3 15:29 45 A Juniper C Warren St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr4/4 15:33 46 Jack Edwards St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr4 16:24 47 Haydn Garrod Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr5 16:38 48 Catriona Gladman SOS Newland Spring Y5 17:00 49 Maisie Waller-Toyne SOS/Monkwick Junior W8 Y3 17:48 50 Adam Mulgiston +1 SOS M14 18:08 51 T Smith G Wash St Andrews Halstead Boys Primary Yr5/4 22:00 52 Eleanor Low WAOC/Morley Memorial W10 Y2 22:43 53 David Low + 1 WAOC M10 24:42 54 E Gower M Press St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr4/4 26:38 55 James and Keziah Bailey NOR M8 W6 43:45 56 O Baldwin L Swainsbury St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr5/5 45:36 James Jeffrey King's College Boys Primary Yr6 mp Angus Dudley Barnardiston Boys Primary Yr6 mp Poppy Holttum St Andrews Halstead Girls Primary Yr6 mp Anna Darling King's College Girls Primary Yr5 dns Yellow (20) 2.1 km 25 m 13 C 1 William Louth King's College Boys Yr 7/8 10:32 2 Timmy Harrison Barnardiston Boys Yr 7/8 12:56 3 James Young King's College Boys Yr 7/8 14:52 4 Tom Birkett SOS M14 Meadgate Y8 15:22 5 Alex Darling King's College Boys Yr 7/8 15:52 6 Angus Parsonson Barnardiston Boys Yr 7/8 18:15 7 Ben Warland SOS/Ixworth Middle M14 Y8 22:43 8 Nicholas Budenberg King's College Y6 24:22 9 Ellie Harrison Barnardiston Girls Yr 7/8 33:07 10 Adam Mugliston + 3 SOS M14, Y8 34:47 11 Olivia Jones Barnardiston Girls Yr 7/8 36:23 12 Stephanie Budenberg King's College Girls Yr 7/8 40:21 13 Stephanie Ware SOS Phillip Morant Y7 48:17 14 Lucy and Sharon Warland SOS W7 Y2 1:06:38 15 Jessica Woodgate Barnardiston Girls Yr 7/8 1:21:06 16 Moody Margaret SUFFOC W45 1:21:51 17 Emma Clarke Barnardiston Girls Yr 7/8 1:33:59 18 Alesha Mia and Sheila Lowe SUFFOC W7 3:00:04 Margora Noods SUFFOC W45 dns nc Will Young IND mp Orange (9) 3.6 km 50 m 15 C 1 Rachel Harrison SUFFOC W16 Perse Y9 32:04 2 Rhiannon Ware SOS/Colne W16, Y10 39:46 3 Trevor and Keith Fulcher IND M40 40:41 4 Henry Mole SOS/Debenham High M14 Y9 51:47 5 Walker Gillian IND W45 1:01:15 6 Bronwen Mansel SUFFOC/Beyton Middle W14 Y7 1:01:18 7 Antoine Fauvaque IND M20 1:05:58 8 Verity Mole SOS W50 1:09:24 9 Catherine Mole SOS/Stonham Aspal W12 Y6 1:14:52 Light Green (7) 3.9 km 65 m 12 C 1 Nigel Low WAOC M40 28:57 2 Alex Ware SOS/Colchester 6thFC M18 Y12 36:09 3 Claire Tomalin SOS W45 50:26 4 Samantha Bailey NOR W16 1:09:33 5 Alan Carson BAOC M50 1:18:41 6 Wesley Musall SUFFOC M60 1:24:18 7 Belinda Allen SOS W35 1:48:20 Short Green (7) 3.7 km 60 m 11 C 1 Eleanor West SOS W21 39:03 2 Paul Lowe SUFFOC M50 47:26 3 Nancy Powell Davies SOS W60 55:22 4 Walker Richard IND M50 1:04:04 5 Andrew Stemp WAOC M14 1:36:19 6 June Webb SUFFOC W75 1:42:09 Catherine Hartley + 2 IND mp Green (23) 4.7 km 90 m 15 C 1 Peter Warland SOS M45 36:13 2 Brynn Wilkinson SUFFOC M14 42:50 3 Ian Smith WAOC M55 48:16 4 John Collyer SOS M65 51:39 5 Lyn West SOS W55 56:39 6 Andrew Cordle SOS M60 57:12 7 Roderick Mansel SUFFOC M14 59:53 8 John Webb SUFFOC M75 1:00:38 9 Barbara Fothergill HAVOC W55 1:02:47 10 Jenny Collyer SOS W65 1:05:11 11 Christopher Bailey NOR M16 1:07:43 12 Perry Mole SOS M45 1:07:55 13 Alan Bedder NOR M65 1:10:21 14 John Harris WAOC M65 1:11:59 15 David Skinner SOS M60 1:15:07 16 Tony Biggs HAVOC M60 1:16:22 17 Maria Marshall WAOC W55 1:16:49 18 Janet Biggs HAVOC W55 1:20:59 19 Karen Ezard SOS W50 1:22:25 20 Clamp Susan IND W50 1:24:40 21 Sarah Albon IND W21 1:27:15 22 Clive Tant SOS M55 1:28:58 Louise Walker SUFFOC W45 mp Blue (19) 6.5 km 105 m 18 C 1 Richard Bonnett SOS M55 55:45 2 John Ward NOR M65 59:59 3 John Williams SOS M55 1:00:53 4 David Sanderson SOS M50 1:04:36 5 Will Harrison SUFFOC M50 1:05:37 6 Childs Chris SOS M60 1:06:51 7 Geoff Pye SOS M55 1:08:41 8 Kevin Machin SOS M50 1:09:14 9 Nicholas Harrison SOS M16 1:10:04 10 Murray Allen SOS M35 1:12:56 11 Sally Wilkinson SUFFOC W45 1:14:27 12 Emma Johnson SOS W21 1:14:39 13 Sarah Mansel SUFFOC W45 1:15:05 14 Philip Halford SUFFOC M55 1:15:12 15 Bruce Marshall WAOC M55 1:25:15 16 David Float HAVOC M40 1:27:50 17 Jeremy Gray SUFFOC M45 1:29:54 Iain Stemp WAOC M45 mp Claire Harrison SOS W35 dns Brown (15) 8.3 km 160 m 23 C 1 Jonathan Albon SOK M21 56:36 2 Duncan Harrison SOS M40 1:06:51 3 Paul Beckett HAVOC M50 1:08:04 4 Ben Joseph Green WAOC M21 1:10:03 5 Clive Wilkinson SUFFOC M45 1:17:06 6 Paul Beecher IND M21 1:20:23 7 Michael Chopping NOR M50 1:20:33 8 Daniel Basdium SOS W21 1:23:06 9 Sean Blanchflower IND M35 1:27:40 10 Rod Mansel SUFFOC M50 1:29:18 11 John Clarke SUFFOC M40 1:34:41 12 Brain Cowe IND M21 1:41:17 13 David Phillips IND M50 1:50:58 14 Steven King SOS M50 1:51:30 nc Pete Doyle IND M21 2:00:24
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