is the key to organising, I was told, as a Saturday shift of volunteers put
up the tent, the road signs and the route to the start; and so heartfelt thanks
to my co-organisers the Inglebys, the Barneses and the Hateleys. Together
they lifted the load from my shoulders efficiently and cheerfully. Thank you
too for a major contribution from Graham Sutton, Mike Round and Alan Mullock,
and to all the volunteers, too many to name individually, who worked so hard
on the day, in the tent, on the field and in the forest - and especially to
those who manned the gates in a cold wind for hours on end - a thankless task,
but we lost no horses (yet spooked a few, I gather, by flying an O - kite
from the top of the flag pole!).
We were especially lucky to have Tim on hand yet again to organise the electronic punching; but we must train more people to do it, to give Tim a chance to have a run. Will anyone take up the challenge?
Lastly, thank you to planner Liz and controller Pete for their dedicated work, and to all at Organsdale Farm for their kind help and co-operation.
One grey and black fleece scarf. Phone Barbara Jones on 01928-788916 to claim. Barbara will happily keep the scarf if it's not claimed!
Primrose Hill is not the easiest area to plan on, having many impenetrable areas of young trees as well as areas of out of bounds. The recent forestry work has not improved the runnability of the rest of the forest, which made for some rough going, particularly on blue and green, and also made some long track runs inevitable. However, on the positive side, David Beattie's excellent update of the map made my job much easier and hopefully increased your enjoyment of the area. Being my local training area, it was interesting to explore the more out-of-the-way areas and find some pleasing control sites. I'd like to thank Tim Palmer for preparing all the SI units, stakes and banners, ensuring a trouble-free morning for me, and Peter Sleigh, the controller, for his constructive and practical help and comments. Finally, thanks for coming and I hope you enjoyed your courses.
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