The event seemed to run fairly smoothly although the humid conditions must have been tiring for the runners. There was much initial deliberation as to whether we needed the tents (or was it just that I couldn't remember where the hammer and pegs were). However, Phil was right to insist that we erect them as it later transpired that Wirral was receiving a tremendous downpour at that time.
Thanks to Chester Catholic High School, Grosvenor Estates, Chester City Council and Overleigh St Marys Primary School for the use of their facilities and land.
Phil Janaway, Mike Bradley and Dave Brooks gave me excellent help and advice ( 'so why didn't you follow it' I hear you all say). Glennys Hammond and Barry Barnes sorted out permissions and Tim Palmer kindly attended to the computerised results.
Last but definitely not least, grateful thanks to the team of willing and able helpers who all turned up on the night: Barbara Jones, Kath Keegan, Steve O'Brien, Bob Roach, Josie Nichols, Denis Doyle, Jackie Bale, Andrew Gething, John Collins, Malcolm McIvor, Peter Hills, Sheila Hills, Peter Sleigh, Denis Murphy and Margaret Murphy.
The unpredictability of FMD meant the planning of two sets of Blue courses and erring on the side of caution as to how much of the meadows we used. Luckily though all went well on the day, no vandals, no rain, no lost (well not for too long) competitors and not too many nettles/brambles and assorted scratchy things.
I hope you all enjoyed the courses, even those few on the Blue who didn't seem to like the long run in. Think of it as a bit of stamina training for the Scottish hills.
Thanks must go to Marion for doing an excellent job at her first attempt and to Phil for all his expert advice on course details, some of which I listened to :o). Also to Peter Sleigh who helped to collect controls in the ever thickening darkness.
Thank you too to all the mosquitoes who enjoyed biting me so much.
A great little event! Well done to Marion for coping admirably on her first time as organiser (even having the fortitude to shake off illness during the day of the event). Mike's courses managed to squeeze a lot out of a small area and were generally well received. Winning times are always difficult to predict - In hindsight I'm confident the course lengths were appropriate for the area.
All in all, luck was with us, on what was my first time as controller. The uncertainties of the ongoing FMD situation led to one change of date and the late granting of final permissions - which compressed our timsecales for preparation somewhat! The fact the event was able to go ahead at all owes much to the adaptability and persistance of many Deeside members, especially Barry Barnes and his team handling the fixtures calendar. The weather held out on the night too. Wirral received a sustained downpour that evening while Chester stayed dry until all the controls had been collected. Furthermore it was pleasing that we were not affected by any control vandalism.
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Callum Crocker DEE M10 18:08 2 Nilsen MEROC M8 21:15 3 Sue Palmer 3HO W35 22:21 4 Matthew Palmer 3HO M12 23:06 5 Oliver Thomas IND M3 26:13 6 Bethany Schorah DEE W10 26:41 Colour standard (27:12) 7 Evans 37:44 8 George O'Sullivan/P Holden 38:13 9 William Hildon M13 40:07 10 Laura Palmer 3HO W12 47:29 11 David Ollerhead/M Chesure 64:43 Disqualified Edward Thorton DEE M14 m 3-5 & 7
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Brown 40:32 2 Lee Mault 3HO M12 41:45 3 C Thomas IND M40 43:42 4 Dan Wilcox DEE M12 53:07 5 Rachel Findlay-Robinson DEE W12 57:46 6 Craven/Shrimpton 73:54 7 Adam & Tom Bidston ATC 83:11 Colour Standard (Top 50% of 13 starters) 8 Parker / Bailey ATC 88:49 9 Elaine Latham SELOC W45 90:23 Disqualified Iain Dodd DEE M12 m5-7 Nicola Whitley / C Mitchell ATC m7 Paul & Rob ATC m7 Retired N Routledge/ G Whitley
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Gary Grue DEE M16 51:01 2 Sheila Hills DEE W55 51:28 3 Elizabeth Hughes DEE W14 53:26 4 Anya Crocker DEE W16 54:29 5 Warbuton IND 58:19 6 Susan Findlay-Robinson DEE W45 71:11 Colour standard (76:31) Disqualified Steven Gillespie SELOC M14 m2,3,8,10 Non-competitive Peter Sleigh DEE M35 25:39 Andrew Gething DEE M35 37:22 Retired Tom McGaff M45 Jane Steele IND W21
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Graham Sutton DEE M45 50:16 2 Denis Murphy DEE M55 51:23 3 Rhys Findlay-Robinson DEE M16 52:10 4 David Schorah DEE M14 53:25 5 Peter Hills DEE M55 57:48 6 Barry May DEE M60 60:34 7 Bob Roach DEE M55 61:08 8 Norman Hall DEE M50 62:29 9 Barry Chambers DEE M50 63:48 10 Paul Jones DEE M35 65:09 11 John Collins DEE M35 65:49 12 Clare Crocker DEE W40 67:55 13 Alan Mullock DEE M55 68:10 14 Robin Tilston DEE M60 72:09 Colour standard (75:24) 15 Matthew Latham SELOC M14 86:20 16 Mike Bale DEE M65 97:52 17 Margaret Murphy ODR W50 102:42 18 Jamie Gillespie SELOC M14 130:53 Retired D Doyle DEE M50 Julie Brook MDOC W50 Malcolm Duncan POTOC M65
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Andrew Middleditch DEE M21 46:14 2 Jackie Bale DEE W21 47:33 3 Malcolm Irvine DEE M45 56:14 4 Chris Wilcox DEE M45 60:53 5 Eifion Thomas DEE M50 61:21 6 Sean Cranny M21 62:20 7 John Britton MDOC M50 63:17 8 Nick Martin DEE M21 64:02 9 John Robinson DEE M50 64:37 10 Chris Rostron MDOC M50 66:41 11 Noel Schorah DEE M40 68:17 12 Kevan Latham SELOC M45 69:31 Colour Standard (Top 50% of 23 starters) 13 Andrew Williams DEE M50 72:22 14 Richard Hughes DEE M45 73:41 15 Katrina Hawkins DEE W21 82:15 16 EJ Pye DEE M40 86:03 17 Malcolm Barr IND M40 86:31 18 Ian Jackson DEE M21 90:10 19 Andy Black DEE M21 97:18 20 Steve Gillespie SELOC M45 101:51 Disqualified Timothy Martland MDOC M35 m9 Martin Statham IND M40 m3 Retired Nick Jefferson IND M21