Apologies if your name is incorrectly spelt in the results.If this has hasppened to you, it is a product of both your own bad handwriting and the new Deeside registration system which (if you are not a BOF member) has now only your control card/stub to record names, these being filled in by the competitor. However the new system is undoubtedly less manpower intensive. The event seemed to go well, thanks largely to the efforts of the Smithard family who efficiently planned and controlled. Thanks to the helpers on the day: Carol and Andrew Tarr, Ian Gilmartin, Peter and Sheila Hills, Peter Edwards, Tim Palmer and Barbara Jones. Especial thanks to Barbara Majumdar, Mike Round and Brian Fielding who gave up their chance to run in order to help and to my wife Marian who gave up her round of golf to help.
Overhead comment of the night - 'at least they didn't send us to the 'three knolls' - well, you nearly were, but in the light of the ranger's bluebell zone map which didn't ban us from that area, we decided it would be perverse to send you through the best area of bluebells in the wood! Apparently there are two kinds of bluebell, and the rare kind is at Eastham although my ranger contact couldn't tell me the difference. This therefore adds to the rare kind of heather at Bickerton and the rare kind of spiders at Caldy which our orienteering areas have been infamous for in the past.
Was the yellow course too difficult? It was planned by Zoe (W10) and 1-2 jolted me a bit when I first saw it, hardest route, early in the course but she explained 'route simplification, daddy', head south down the path beyond the control, turn right and back up the path to the control – one decision point – easy. OK, how many people did that?
Orange course – planned by Chris (M12). Always the most difficult course to get right. Thought it was too yellow, so control 4 was moved from near the path across to the seat to give a bit of route choice. Only 4 entrants on this course though.
The rest, planned by Pauline (W??). Sunburnt in the heat of Bank Holiday Monday when taping sites, wet feet on Wednesday. Normal challenges, usual control sites (?), too easy in the north, too confusing in the south, map's still not right – keep trying, Mike.
Controller Mike. Thanks to John P, his helpers and the planners for making the event happen. Thanks also to Tim Palmer, who having his offer of help turned down by John, ended up manning the 2nd maps, running and then collecting half the controls in! He now knows the area quite well. Despite what the map says, I didn't resurvey the whole map, I thought I'd do a quick check, which turned into a detailed survey of some small parts of it – the green bits are spreading! (How has that depression and thicket just up from the finish not been on the map before?). I realise now all the bits I didn't visit at all, so I've got another set of corrections already for next time. Thanks also to Robin Tilston for Ocading my amendments (just a touch more that way please, Robin).
PS – the building on the green opposite the pub (formerly the toilets and before that the ticket office for the Eastham Pleasure Gardens) has been put on the market by Wirral Borough Council. No doubt a takeaway food outlet will be appearing soon.
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Malcolm Irvine DEE M45 40:39 2 Eifion Thomas DEE M50 46:11 3 Graham Nilsen MEROC M40 46:45 4 N Murphy DEE M40 48:31 5 Chris Wilcox DEE M45 51:36 6 Huw Lewis DEE M40 51:45 7 Eric Pye DEE M40 52:40 8 A Gething DEE M35 53:47 9 Chris Rostron MDOC M50 56:16 10 Paul Turner SELOC M40 57:11 11 Tim Palmer DEE M35 57:20 12 C Barnes DEE W21 59:56 13 John Britton MDOC M50 63:07 14 John Williams ODR M55 63:34 15 I Jackson DEE M21 64:33 16 Shane Drinkwater PFO M25 67:11 17 Rick Hughes DEE M45 67:30 18 M Statham IND M40 68:23 19 Andy Black DEE M21 68:53 Disqualified Noel Schorah DEE M40 W7
Pos Name Club Class Time =1 Martin Green MDOC M45 47:05 =1 David Schorah DEE M14 47:05 3 Norman Hall DEE M50 47:07 4 Rhys Findlay-Robinson DEE M16 48:33 5 A Mullock DEE M55 49:29 6 Paul Jones DEE M35 49:32 7 K Harrison -Smith DEE M55 50:49 8 Tim Murphy DEE M45 53:06 9 Bob Roach DEE M55 53:51 10 Martin Cranny DEE M60 55:23 11 Jean Payne DEE W45 55:30 12 Denis Murphy ODR M55 57:41 13 Keith Mutch ODR M60 58:29 14 David Brown DEE M50 58:45 15 Barry Barnes DEE M55 59:22 16 M Claxton MEROC M21 59:49 17 Katrina Hawkins DEE W21 63:17 18 Peter Hills DEE M55 63:37 19 Ian Gilmartin DEE M40 64:58 20 Ian Mallinson DEE M40 66:45 21 Jane Toothill DEE W21 68:54 22 Robin Tilston DEE M60 70:34 23 Jonathan Hughes DEE M16 72:30 24 Mike Bale DEE M65 76:07 25 Alan Platts DEE M45 76:22 26 Smith+1 IND W35 76:25 27 B May DEE M60 76:37 28 Margaret Murphy ODR W50 78:49 29 A Hurell DEE W45 91:44 Disqualified Andrew Tarr DEE M60 W1 Malcolm McIvor DEE M60 W12 M Roesch IND W4,9 Retired HOLT DEE M21 J Martin DEE Stephen Platts DEE M14 Maggie Hateley DEE W35
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 C Smithard DEE M12 41:22 2 Andrew Moore DEE M16 41:49 3 Gary Grue DEE M16 43:16 4 Ian Gregory DEE M16 44:29 5 James Edgar DEE M14 48:22 6 E Hughes DEE W14 58:49 7 Andrew Irvine DEE M14 60:32 8 ? ? IND M21 64:26 9 Carol Cranny DEE W55 69:27 10 M Pope DEE W40 69:41 11 Jane Fisher IND W21 89:57 Retired Chris Simpson 3HO M16 Stephen Malkin 3HO M14 Susan Findlay-Robinson DEE W45 Catherine + Ja + Jackie IND W21 Dave +Debbie IND M21
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Dan Wilcox DEE M12 39:09 2 Rachel Findlay-Robinson DEE W12 63:26 Non-competitive Hannah Hateley DEE W1 32:56 Retired Barbara Borzi IND W21
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Laura Grue DEE W17 13:06 2 M Corran 3HO M12 15:44 3 John Nicholson DEE M12 23:20 4 A Corran 3HO M12 23:29 5 Andrew Foster DEE M14 24:19 6 Robert Salisbury DEE M12 24:46 7 C Young 3HO M12 24:47 8 Mark Richards DEE M14 26:20 9 Anna Simpson 3HO W12 26:53 10 Nicholas Nilsen MEROC M10 27:19 11 Hannah Irvine DEE W10 27:20 12 Ian McDonnough DEE M14 27:22 13 M Palmer 3HO M12 27:50 14 A Corley 3HO M12 29:58 15 Iain Dodd M12 30:33 16 Zoe Smithard DEE W10 32:09 17 R Nugent 3HO M12 32:54 18 Katherine Nilsen MEROC W10 33:07 19 Bethany Schorah DEE W10 35:08 20 Chris Burns IND M12 36:11 21 F Simpson+1 DEE 45:54 22 S Spreadbury IND 94:52 Retired Edward Thornton DEE M14 James Platt 3HO M14