Yewdale Badge Event
(including Delamere Trophy)
Sunday 22 June 2003


Results

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Organiser's Comments | Planners' Comments | Controller's Comments
Badge results | Colour coded results | String results
Simple splits | Winsplits
Trophy winners | Badge times

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Organiser's Comments (Sheila Hills)

I have not previously helped at a Badge event with electronic punching let alone organised one so I am particularly grateful for all the expert people who agreed to be team leaders and who, with their teams, did an excellent job! Without the willing help of a total of 54 club members this event could not have taken place. I was particularly pleased with the way everyone on the day got on with their job, and also cleared up after themselves without being asked! There are too many people to name individually but particular mention should be made of Sue Findlay-Robinson for doing the onerous task of taking entries, my mentors Jill Barnes and John Hammond, and especially my asistant, Barbara Jones, who gave lots of moral as well as practical support over the weekend and before, as did my husband, the main planner

Electronic punching may be very nice for the competitor but it puts all sorts of extra stresses and strains on the organisation. More helpers need to be computer literate (entry processing; production of description sheets, programming control boxes; results processing and printing; etc.) and computer equipment needs to be transported and set up on the day. As with all electronics, they can go wrong and they did! About 5 mins after competitors had started downloading back at the school, the whole computer network crashed and all entries were lost! However, due to the foresight of the Computer team, backups were being taken every 15mins and we were able to start again. Competitors who had downloaded in the critical period were located (all except one, which caused a minor panic at the end, as the system said he was missing!) and asked to download again. The 'missing' person was later found.

I apologise for the high level of entry fees which we felt we had to levy. This was a high risk event for Deeside as the major landowner's fees were high and there was another major Badge Event taking place in the Lakes only two weeks before so we didn't have much idea of how many would enter.

My thanks to competitors for not leaving too many bottles etc. at the starts/finishes.

We thought that by having the closing date only 2 weeks before the event we would not get so many late entries as usual. However, out of a total Badge entry of 555, approx. 100 were late entries. If we had not been very generous in our map over-printing we would have had to turn many of these away. We even had an attempt at an entry 2 days before the event when we had already left for Coniston! What was suprising was that about 70 paid-up entries chose not to run!

Lastly, my thanks to Mrs Hill - an exceptionally helpful Site Manager (John Ruskin School); Ed Forest (National Trust); Mr Lambton (representing Rydal Estates); Mr Wilkinson (Tilberthwaite Farm); Mr McCartney (Boon Crag Farm); Mr Birkett (Yewdale); Philip Thompson (St John Ambulance); Graham Sockett & his team (Coniston Mountain Rescue) and our sponsors:- Wilfs, Compass Point, Ultrasport and The Coppermines Cottages, Coniston.

Lost Property (please call 01928 - 787122 to arrange collection of any of these items)
e-card 401756 belonging to Clare Claxton on course W40L, NOC
Large 'Waltex' magnifying glass
Orange Lalizas whistle

Sandstone Trail Races: Please note that these races are definitely taking place this year on Sunday 5 October. Don't be confused by the date you might have noticed on your split time sheet - we got the month wrong! Click here for further details.

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Planner's Comments - Yewdale (Peter Hills)

"All paths leading onto Yewdale Fells come to miserable terminations in miserable marshes … nor is it easy to find a satisfactory route…..the top, a gently undulating plateau with little of interest, is a great disappointment." - A Wainwright, 'The Southern Fells.' Wainwright was obviously no Orienteer, although I hope his comments about the difficulty of finding a satisfactory route applied!

The Yewdale plateau is a superb area for orienteering, but unfortunately it is a long way above the valley, and there are few practical routes up which equipment can be taken. The opportunity to use the John Ruskin School as an event centre was too good to miss, but it did result in the long walk to the start. I hope you thought it worth while. There are no particularly nice ways off the fell at the southern end, other than back down the route to the start, which would have restricted course planning. I tried to choose the least undesirable routes down for the last few controls, although standing at the finish I noted some of you chose some most interesting variations!

My planning philosophy has always been to use the minimum number of controls per course that I can get away with, partly through laziness (if you had tried the route to the start laden with a bundle of control stakes, you would understand) and partly because experience running in events suggests that the courses with the fewest controls seem to be the most interesting. I was able to provide all courses with some quite long legs, which seem to have been appreciated.

The badge times for some of the courses turned out a bit on the high side, but I haven't heard any complaints. I was disappointed at the low turn-out for the M21L and M35L classes, particularly the latter, which I thought the most interesting course, but attracted only 4 runners!

This was my first attempt at planning a badge event, and I am grateful for the support I received. Tim Palmer, my co-planner, provided strong back-up and I am particularly grateful for his work on programming the SI stations. Andrew Tarr acted as mentor, and helped with the over-printing of the maps as well as assisting with putting out stakes. Carol McNeill, our controller, provided many helpful comments which improved the courses, and generally did her best to keep me under control. I also wish to thank Huw Lewis, Phil Hay and Ian Hills who assisted Tim and I with control collection after the event. Finally, I think my wife Sheila did a marvellous job as organiser, which ensured that the event ran smoothly on the day.

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Planner's Comments - Guards Wood (Clare Crocker)

Thank you to everyone for shutting the gates. All the sheep stayed safely in their fields. My nightmare was that I would be collecting sheep and controls from the wood at 7pm. The times for the light green appear a little longer than expected so I hope the hill didn't prove too taxing. Thank-you for the complimentary comments. It is always nice when unpaid voluntary effort is recognised with a 'thanks'.

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Controller's Comments (Carol McNeill)

I was delighted that Peter Hills' instinct for planning included long legs (planning principle: the sum of the 2 longest legs = 1/3rd of the total course length) and was similarly pleased when returning runners thanked us for them.

Course N (JM/W4) had the pleasure of my duck on their number 1 pond this year. Who's turn will it be next?!

It was a pleasure to control on such a great area. A dry day, bearable bracken, and a midge free start and finish rounded it off. Some trees or low cloud would make this truly 5*…..now that would be FUN.

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Trophy winners

Delamere Trophy (M21) Stephen Hale (OKTYR)
Hawarden Bowl (W21) Mhairi Mackenzie (BL)
Bryn Alyn Trophy (M16) Edward Cochrane (MEROC)
Pettypool Plate (W16) Rosie Brocklebank (LOC)
Jack Ramsden Shield Martin Dean (M45L) (FVO)
Jack Ramsden Shield Hilary Bloor (W45L) (SYO)

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Badge Times

Men
Women
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Gold
Silver
Bronze
87.52
105.27
140.36
21L
78.34
94.16
125.42
60.32
72.38
96.50
21S
54.15
65.05
86.45
91.34
109.54
146.32
35L
85.20
102.24
136.32
63.10
75.45
101.00
35S
62.35
75.05
100.05
76.13
91.27
121.56
40L
73.19
87.58
117.18
50.20
60.25
80.30
40S
50.40
60.50
81.05
73.28
88.09
117.32
45L
73.40
88.24
117.52
50.42
60.50
81.05
45S
55.35
66.45
89.00
78.02
93.40
124.52
50L
65.08
78.09
104.12
48.05
57.40
76.55
50S
54.45
65.40
87.35
66.43
80.03
106.44
55L
74.20
89.12
118.56
45.05
54.10
72.10
55S
60.45
73.00
97.20
64.16
77.07
102.50
60L
70.00
84.00
112.00
44.25
53.20
71.05
60S
68.00
81.40
109.00
73.14
87.53
117.10
65L
70.00
84.00
112.00
55.20
66.25
88.30
65S
68.00
81.40
109.00
70.47
84.57
113.16
70L
80.00
96.00
128.00
84.34
101.28
135.18
75L
-
-
-
22.08
26.33
35.24
J 1
22.08
26.33
35.24
22.01
26.26
35.14
J 2
22.01
26.26
35.14
31.44
38.04
50.45
J 3
39.41
47.38
63.30
37.00
44.24
59.12
J 4
53.46
64.33
86.03
76.15
91.30
-
J 5 L
74.03
88.50
118.30
57.28
68.57
91.57
J 5 M
-
-
-
41.50
50.15
67.00
J 5 S
53.58
64.46
86.22

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