New Year's Day Novelty event incorporating the annual Hangover Handicap
Castle Park Colchester, plus Hilly Fields and Colchester town
Tuesday 1st January 2013
Proving once again that orienteers are resilient folk, 64 runners took part in a Score event in Castle Park, Colchester on the morning aftre the New Year's Eve before.
Memories of the wonders of 2012 - notably the Olympics - are slowly receding - and the question of 'how could 2013 be as wonderful?' has started to be answered - with
sunshine and dry weather to jog around Colchester to earn a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. The road to the JK in Berkshire and the Scottish-6 has begun!
The event map, produced by John Collyer, knitted together earlier maps of Castle Park and Hilly Fields with much of Colchester town centre and some housing estates
with route choice. The Dutch Quarter in the town is always a delight to visit.
The scoring system was designed to ensure that Colcestrians taking the air in Castle Park saw plenty of orienteering activity, with nearly all runners collecting the
nine controls in the park. After that, it was a matter of choice, and all controls were visited at least once - so the choice was wide.
While collecting control 10 after the event, I was watched by a couple as I continued along a footpath into couple of inches of water - their bemusement became amazement
as I turned onto the grass and into about nine inches of water to reach the control site. The lady said 'My husband said you were an idiot - I told him you must have a
definite purpose'. I advised her that they were both correct in their observations.
Thanks for coming - and for your forbearance of the loss of two controls.
Have a great orienteering year in 2013. May you always run in sunlit forests.
Organiser/Planner/Controller - Lyn & Colin West firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Sally Pribul +1||Chig||W55||510||693.6||693.6|
|Lucy, Craig & Ryan Carter||Suffoc||M10||510||657.9||657.9|
|Oliver Hague +1||WAOC||M14||510||576.3||576.3|
|Thomas Rowley +1||Ind||M14||500||565.0||565.0|
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