Despite earlier fears the weather in the evening turned out to be fine, so it was a shame that more competitors did not turn out to take part, especially as we haven't used this area for a few years now. Most of the evening went along smoothly, thanks to all the marvellous helpers I had. Unfortunately it was spoilt, at the end in particular, by a group of youths intent on doing harm to our planner, because he had chased them earlier, on his bike, when they ran off with some property. They only disappeared when we made moves to phone the police!
My thanks go to the Ranger Lyn Brookes who was very helpful before, during and after the event; Pete Owens for planning interesting courses; Peter Hills for being his mentor and my helper; and Barbara Jones, Meg Owens and family, Tim Murphy, Caroline Gregson, Brian & Pat Spoonley, Bob Elmes & Pat Moody and their children, Steve & Kate Ingleby, Chris & Shaun Calow and their children, Nigel Beasant and family, Shane Drinkwater and Norman Hall.
It was interesting to explore the Runcorn Town Park over the months and see the change as the undergrowth sprang up. The park seemed most suited for the easier courses, but there were some surprisingly technical areas and opportunities for interesting route choices, particularly on the blue course. The green course was the most problematic to plan. I hope you didn't find the 800m on the towpath too tame - at least you could enjoy the scenery for a bit. Thank you to Peter for such helpful and thorough controlling. He probably saved me from being lynched by an angry mob of orienteers arriving after dark. The debate over one control description would fill a short article in Deeside News! Thanks also to Robin for making numerous last minute changes to the map. It is good to have the technology to be able to print up-to-the-minute maps for the event. Though perhaps I was a tad optimistic to hope for 300 competitors to turn up to Runcorn just two days after Twin Peak. Apologies to anybody on the red or yellow courses who reached either of the two controls that "walked" before we managed to replace them.
It is some years since we last used the Town Park for a Summer Evening event, and it came as a pleasant surprise to find that it offers more technical challenges than I remembered.
Although I believe that this was only Pete Owens' second attempt at planning, I think he did an excellent job in providing interesting courses, making the most of the area. I heard no adverse comments on the courses from the finishers I talked to, although some of them came in bloodied from taking direct routes through some of the rougher areas. The one downside to the use of the area was the presence of the local Yobs, who somewhat spoilt the end of the evening, as well as removing two controls earlier on.
Thanks to Sheila for organising this event in addition to coordinating the whole Summer Evening programme.
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Matthew Kemp DEE M12 15:55 2 Sue Kemp IND W40 17:37 3 Sean Pickering DEE M10 18:10 4 Beatrix Calow DEE W12 24:19 Colour standard (Top 50% of 8 starters) 5 Edward Calow DEE M10 27:18 6 Lauren/Rebecca Unknown W10 37:02 7 Emily + Donoghue W1 38:25 8 David Browning DEE ??? 51:02
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Sam Drinkwater DEE M10 30:49 2 Chris Owens DEE M12 45:13 3 Sarah Bailey MDOC W16 52:32 4 Helen Elmes DEE W10 54:36 Colour standard (Top 50% of 7 starters) 5 Dan Alderley MDOC M14 60:44 6 Adam Greatbatch MDOC M14 60:56 Non-competitive Shane Drinkwater DEE M40 32:57
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 N. Grant BAOC M21 35:10 2 A Woodrow MDOC W50 41:19 3 Robbie Smith MDOC M16 48:57 4 Christian Bridge MDOC M16 52:03 Colour standard
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Pat Moody DEE W45 36:00 2 Alice Kutarski DEE W18 43:38 3 A.M. Pasanen FIN ??? 44:42 4 Julie Morrissey MDOC W40 45:08 5 Jenny Deakin DEE W21 46:21 6 Ria Jones SBOC W21 49:19 Colour standard (54:00) 7 R. +1 Powell MDOC W21 63:12 8 Jenny Campbell MDOC W16 75:26 9 Eleanor Cowell DEE W14 80:54 Disqualified Caroline Wrench IND ??? W5 Retired Neil Laidlaw INT M40
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 John Kewley SYO M40 42:16 2 Eifion Thomas DEE M55 46:20 3 Matthew Wardner BAOC M35 47:19 4 Michael Beasant DEE M12 48:41 5 Tim Palmer DEE M40 49:13 6 Denis Murphy DEE M55 50:12 7 Alan Mullock DEE M55 51:23 8 Sara Campbell DEE W40 53:03 9 Christopher Beasant DEE M16 53:17 10 Mark O'Donoghue DEE M35 54:53 11 T Greenhalgh MDOC M40 55:11 12 Zoe Smithard DEE W14 55:40 13 Michael Round DEE M50 55:43 14 Barry May DEE M60 56:05 15 Barry Chambers DEE M50 57:01 16 Sian Calow DEE W40 58:58 17 Chris Calow DEE M50 59:53 18 Ian Gilmartin DEE M45 60:11 19 John Williams POW M60 61:23 20 Richard Hughes DEE M50 62:41 Colour standard (63:24) 21 Rodney Johnstone M75 68:02 22 Nick Barker IND ??? 68:16 23 Tim Murphy DEE M50 69:16 24 Keith Mutch POW M65 71:09 25 Ann Hurrell DEE W50 81:25 26 Margaret Murphy DEE W55 81:36 Disqualified Andy Smith M40 M3,7,10 Dave Preece IND ??? M4,6,7,10,
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Timothy Martland MDOC M40 57:20 2 Mike Smithard DEE M55 57:53 3 Noel Schorah DEE M45 58:52 4 Clive Giddis DEE M40 62:25 5 Thomas Beasant DEE M16 65:46 6 J. Sipponen M21 69:26 7 Peter Potter DEE M45 74:22 8 Fero Pasanen IND M50 75:59 9 Martin Pickering DEE M40 82:31 Colour standard (86:00) 10 J & T Bushnell M21 98:42 Disqualified P. Aird DEE M45 M1 Retired Andy Black DEE M35 M. Statham DEE M45 Simon Coppock DEE M40 Paul Kutarski DEE M50 William Stead DEE M45