Deeside Orienteering Club
Evening Score Event, Halkyn 
Thursday 7 July 2005

 

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Planner's Comments - Robin Tilston

About three weeks before the event, after I had done the armchair planning for six courses, I discovered that it was advertised as a Score Event. Naturally, this came as a big surprise, particularly, as I am not fond of score events.

A week before the event I found that I didn't have an organiser. Or to put it another way, Tim didn't know that he was the organiser and as a result he had not looked to planning his work commitments to take account of the event!

I spent several hours on the mountain checking the control sites, moving them, re-surveying some parts to ensure that the runners could match the control sites with the details on the map. There are many more pits on the ground than there are on the map and many of those on the map are not where they are shown.

As I said, I don't like score events, mainly because they seem so unfair on the less mobile runners or (in my case) walkers. In order to even things up a bit I placed nearly all the high scoring controls in the start-finish area, with points getting progressively lower as one got further away. I did put two distant controls with high points in an endeavour to lure people out and into penalties. Points were awarded for being early, but only a maximum of 15 points for being 5 minutes early, earlier than that did not improve the score. It has always annoyed me to find that the penalty for being just a little late usually costs the points from the last two controls. So I made the penalty for being a little bit late not too expensive but very late did pile up the deductions. The main object was to try and encourage as many people as possible to come in on the hour and this is what happened.

I was aware that I could not put all the controls out myself so I co-opted the limping wounded, Terry Harper. It is amazing that the controls that we spent a total of about 3 hours putting out could be visited in 39 minutes by the speed merchants. Well done all. I am very grateful for Terry's assistance in putting out the controls. Also, the efforts of Tim and Jenny who took the money, handed out the maps, collected in the finishers and did the results in the Britannia on the laptop. I am also greatly indebted to the Vokes, Pete Owen & Noel Schorah for saving me the agony of having to collect controls.

PS. The landlord of the Blue Bell up the road felt left out and offers his house as the venue after the next Halkyn event! Maybe I will check it out some time.

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RESULTS

Competitor
No of
controls
visited
Points Minutes
early
Minutes
late
TOTAL
SCORE
POSITION
Rhys Finlay-Robinson
30
540
21
 
555
1
David Schorah
30
540
20
 
555
2
Matthew Vokes
30
540
6
 
555
3
Noel Schorah
30
540
5
 
555
4
Tom Beasant
29
530
4
 
544
5
Nigel Beasant
28
515
3
 
527
6
Michael Beasant
26
485
8
 
500
7
Pete Owens
26
485
7
 
500
8
Bob Verity
27
480
2
 
489
9
Graham Sutton
25
460
4
 
474
10
John Robinson
27
475
 
2
471
11
Chris Calow
25
460
2
 
469
12
Chris Beasant
22
425
6
 
440
13
Denis Murphy
23
415
3
 
427
14
Pat Moody
22
425
 
0
425
15
Pauline Abblett
23
425
 
2
421
16
Jenny Beasant
19
385
3
 
397
17
Rachel Finlay-Robinson
20
385
3
 
397
17
William Stead
22
395
 
1
394
19
Sian Calow
18
375
3
 
387
20
Martin Smith
21
385
 
0
385
21
Christopher Owens
18
365
7
 
380
22
Bethany Schorah
19
360
4
 
374
23
Andrew Williams
17
355
6
 
370
24
Chris Wilcox
18
355
2
 
364
25
Sue Finlay-Robinson
19
365
 
1
364
26
Barry Chambers
20
360
 
0
360
27
Rachel Waldvogel
18
345
4
 
359
28
Barry May
18
345
2
 
354
29
Margaret Murphy
17
335
3
 
347
30
Zoe Vokes
17
330
3
 
342
31
Evelyn Elmes
14
290
6
 
305
32
Philip Vokes
14
290
4
 
304
33
Beatrix Calow
12
265
1
 
270
34
Helen Elmes
11
240
1
 
245
35
Pat Ehrhardt
12
275
 
10
145
36

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