I hope that you all enjoyed your runs on a wonderful early summer's evening; better weather could not have been arranged. Observing the progress of the start, it would appear that the decision to allocate start times at the start itself was justified in that few competitors seemed to need to rush to the start bearing in mind its distance from the car park. Furthermore, the start team did not need to alter start times as everyone arrived at the start on time. Perhaps this system can be adopted at other similar events where there is vehicular access to the start. Thank you for the many positive comments we all received from grateful competitors, it certainly makes the jobs of organising, planning and controlling events worthwhile. Talking of planning and controlling it was a pleasure to work with both Mike and Malcolm and Matthew's input to the course planning belied his 13 years of age. I also believe that he is a wizard with OCAD so make sure that you sort out a reasonable consultancy fee for him dad (and no percentage cut!). The club was well served, as ever, by the various teams of helpers who carried out their tasks with customary DEE efficiency and good humour. Many thanks to Alan, Barry, Martin, Barbara, Norman, Paul, Shane, Brian, Pete, Andy, Christopher, Bob, Pat and Chris. I would also like to thank the Forestry Commission for allowing us to use the area and Sarah Wilson and her colleague for sorting out a potential access problem only an hour before the first starter was due to set off. There was one major disappointment during the evening and that was the theft of property from the cars of two competitors. Such events are fortunately rare at orienteering events but that doesn't help the two people affected whose enjoyment of an evening's orienteering was completely spoiled by the activities of a few individuals who obviously knew exactly what they were doing. The club will need to think carefully about car parking at future events in Delamere in the light of what happened. But to end on a positive note; thanks to all of you for coming and once again, thanks for all the compliments and kind comments we all received.
Hope everyone found the courses ok and the undergrowth not too dense. Forestry Commission felling and closure of the Christmas Tree car park caused the late transfer ot the event from Delamere East to Linmere. After toying with using Old Pale we decided to go for a centre chunk of the main forest - thanks to Robin Tilston for producing a map so promptly. Main issue was trying to create a different set of courses/controls from the January Regional Event, the Permanent Course and the recent Summer Evening Event - possible control locations became somewhat more limited! This in turn led to the longer than ideal walk to the start, but did at least mean we used a different part of the forest. I hope no-one was put off too much by the fence erected by the contractors - felling had apparently moved ahead more quickly than expected meaning they were close to the area for which we had approval ahead of schedule - however, the contractors had withdrawn for the day by the time the event started. Thanks in particular to Malcolm McIor for his excellent all-round advice and diligent controlling - as first time planners it was very reassuring to have an ex-Grade 1 level controller on the case.
I am sure that most of you who came to this event were probably aware that up until a month before the evening of the event the venue was going to be in a totally different part of the forest. It is therefore to the tremendous credit of the planning team of Mike and Matthew Vokes for setting such interesting courses in such a short timescale in the new area. During that month the bracken could almost be heard as it grew inches each day which did make some controls rather more tricky to navigate to than they would otherwise have been. Congratulations to all the course winners who showed some quite remarkable times considering the undergrowth problems, particularly on the Blue and Green courses. Thanks also to organiser Rick Hughes and all of his team of helpers who saw registration, start, finish and all the associated activities run so smoothly. The event, however, was severely marred by two competitors' cars being broken into and their personal belongings stolen. This kind of thing is alien to orienteering and must be attributed in this case to sharing a car parking area with members of the public at large. We have raised our concerns with Forest Enterprise but I feel that there is little they can do except perhaps to install security cameras. If anyone remembers seeing any suspicious behaviour by people in the main car park then please let the organiser know of it in a hope that it may help police with their enquiries. Did anyone take photographs in the car park? It would be my recommendation for future events in Delamere Forest that we cease to use the existing car parks and use fields in and around the area which will accommodate only orienteers' cars.
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 David Schorah DEE M18 38:16 2 Peter Sleigh DEE M40 42:40 3 Clive Giddis DEE M40 45:10 4 Jon Hateley DEE M40 45:23 5 Noel Schorah DEE M45 47:32 6 Michael Woods DEE M45 48:47 7 Mark O'Donoghue DEE M35 49:03 8 Mike Smithard DEE M55 49:53 9 N Wood MDOC M40 50:45 10 Eddie Speak MDOC M50 51:13 11 Peter Potter DEE M45 51:15 12 Simon Thompson MDOC M40 51:27 13 Kath Broatch ERYRI W40 52:14 14 Andy Campbell DEE M40 52:24 15 Simon Coppock DEE M40 52:39 16 M Statham DEE M45 54:35 17 Lee Scott SYO M35 54:53 18 Chris Wilcox DEE M50 56:03 19 Helena Crutchley MDOC W40 56:30 20 Rosie Grayburn MDOC W18 57:42 21 Jenny Hoare ERYRI W18 58:32 22 Paul Smith MDOC M35 58:52 Colour standard (Top 50% of 44 starters) 23 John Armstrong DVO M50 59:44 24 John Ellis ERYRI M35 61:38 25 Catherine Hill DEE W35 62:22 26 Andrew Payne DEE M50 62:56 27 Trevor Roberts MDOC M55 63:08 28 William Stead DEE M45 63:17 29 Matthew Cochrane MEROC M50 64:10 30 Roger Sparkman IND M55 69:05 31 Phil Colville MDOC M50 69:57 32 John Collins DEE M40 70:12 33 Sarah Bayliss SPLOT W35 70:37 34 A Heron SELOC M70 71:34 35 Pete Owens DEE M45 72:17 36 Paul Kutarski DEE M50 77:03 37 Kath Speak MDOC W45 77:56 38 John Keyworth DEE M45 87:13 39 Jill Cochrane MEROC W45 96:57 40 Dave Broatch ERYRI M45 1175:39 Disqualified Nick Price MDOC M45 wrong no.3 Retired Elizabeth Britton MDOC W18 David Mawdsley MDOC M60 Scouts 1 ? SCOUTS M?
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Martin Green MDOC M50 48:05 2 Roy Lindsell DEE M60 51:16 3 Maggie Hateley DEE W40 53:02 4 Sara Campbell DEE W40 53:20 5 L Jackson MDOC W35 53:22 6 Graham Sutton DEE M50 55:05 7 P Jones IND M40 56:32 8 Michael Round DEE M50 56:50 9 Eifion Thomas DEE M55 57:50 10 Terry Harper DEE M65 59:05 11 Susan Richmond DEE W21 59:32 12 Elliot Malkin MDOC M14 62:54 =13 Barry Chambers DEE M50 62:58 =13 Zoe Smithard DEE W14 62:58 15 John Sherwood DEE M55 63:18 16 Denis Murphy DEE M55 63:33 17 Jill Dobby MDOC W50 64:17 18 John Williams POW M60 64:46 19 Tim Mallon MDOC M45 65:02 20 Peter Edwards DEE M65 66:35 21 Barry Barnes DEE M60 66:38 22 Pauline Smithard DEE W50 66:45 23 Keith Mutch POW M65 66:46 24 Pauline Abblett W50 68:44 25 Ian Gilmartin DEE M45 69:04 26 Brian Keegan DEE M65 69:14 27 D Kirsche MDOC M45 69:26 28 Jean Rostron POTOC W60 70:49 29 Peter Ross MDOC M55 71:01 30 Barry May DEE M60 71:10 31 Bob Elmes DEE M60 71:22 32 Karl Bescody MDOC M21 71:24 33 Malcolm Duncan POTOC M70 71:51 Colour standard (72:07) 34 Paul Nicholson DEE M50 72:51 35 M Roberts MDOC W45 73:52 36 Sian Calow DEE W40 73:54 37 Margaret Murphy DEE W55 75:07 38 Sue Birkenshaw MDOC W65 75:42 39 Margo Bolland MEROC W65 75:54 40 Helen Price MDOC W45 76:04 41 Pat Moody DEE W45 76:09 42 P Irvine IND M45 79:06 43 Robin Tilston DEE M65 85:20 44 Alan Platts DEE M45 88:00 45 Jan Ellis MEROC W35 92:37 46 Jenny Mallon MDOC W45 95:29 47 Neil Laidlaw IND M45 107:27 48 Nick Barker IND M40 1171:06 Disqualified P Kirsche MDOC M12 7 missing Retired Tony Smith POTOC M50 Ian Farrell MDOC M21 Michael Richardson DEE M60 Anne Hurrell DEE W50 Mike Butcher MDOC M50 Terry Bolland MEROC M65 DM + 3 SCOUTS M13
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Michael Purcell DEE M55 58:05 2 Rod Hewitt IND M35 58:23 3 Julie Morrissey MDOC W40 59:30 4 Fran Heron SELOC W65 60:00 5 Ria Jones SBOC W21 62:26 6 Sid Cobain IND M 62:40 7 A Broatch IND M35 65:30 8 Aidan Chavasse DEE M12 67:44 9 Nicolette Richardson DEE W60 74:59 10 Sarah Gales MDOC W14 77:48 11 Alison Smith MDOC W14 77:51 12 Annie Price MDOC W15 82:48 Colour standard (87:07) 13 R Powell MDOC W21 92:25 14 Nia Benson DEE W14 103:47 15 Bethany Schorah DEE W14 113:54 Disqualified Kevin Tilley IND M35 8,9missing Retired Jenny Deakin DEE W21 Caroline Wrench IND W Trevor Hindle MDOC M40 Nathan,Kevin,Sam ? SCOUTS M12 Paul Robson SCOUTS M? Jake and James ? SCOUTS M12
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Jessie and Richard ? DEE M/W11 43:18 2 Barney Broatch ERYRI M10 46:03 (64:57) Disqualified Jane Lea IND W35 no 7,8,9, Retired Sophie Walters + 1 SCOUTS W12
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Rosie Evans DEE W10 22:24 2 Samuel Drinkwater DEE M12 31:30 3 Christopher Owens DEE M12 45:00 4 Graham Heap IND M40 51:52 5 Mike B MDOC M12 58:32 6 Helen Elmes DEE W12 60:23 7 Sarah Bailey MDOC W14 63:27 Colour standard (Top 50% of 13 starters) 8 Sally Grader IND W11 67:47 9 Lesley Keyworth DEE W45 69:33 10 Catriona Schorah DEE W45 77:06 11 Norma and Allan Jones IND M/W 78:48 Retired A Greatbach MDOC M14 Laura, Holly, Hannah ? SCOUTS W11
Pos Name Club Class Time 1 Matthew Kemp DEE M12 18:15 2 Sue Kemp IND W40 24:09 3 Edward Calow DEE W9 26:01 4 Matthew and Thomas Billy IND M7 27:10 5 Beatrix Calow DEE W12 28:56 6 Sam and Tom A SCOUTS M12 30:43 7 Alec Tooze IND M12 30:53 8 A Giddis DEE M7 31:03 9 Tom Evans DEE M5 31:52 Colour standard (Top 50% of 18 starters) 10 C McIvor IND W21 32:25 11 Naomi Chavasse DEE W10 33:00 12 Pippa Mallon MDOC W10 33:17 13 Karin Jones IND W21 35:12 14 Lachlan Chavasse DEE M10 39:30 15 Richard Percival IND M9 40:48 16 Daniel and Joe ? SCOUTS M11 44:43 17 Charlotte Tilley DEE W2 52:17 18 Emma Giddis DEE W4 54:49