Controllers report on promotion event Sunday 15 Feb 2004
It was good to see a lot of new faces at the first forest event for the year and I enjoyed talking with some of you about your route choices and relocating experiences. It could help you to know that this part of Woodhill forest is one of the more challenging orienteering areas. It is a compliment to Tim's course setting that only one person on the beginners' courses (4 to 6) was unable to finish. Control 4 on course 4 was the culprit and was definitely the most difficult leg on that course.
The fastest few times on course 1 were close to the targets although courses 2 to 4 were somewhat too long. One of the difficulties in setting course lengths for the red (difficult) courses at a promotional event is that information about previous events is generally for OYs, which are not directly comparable. Also, the first forest event of the year can be both a physical and technical challenge after the rest over the summer holiday period.
Control 2 on courses 1 and 3 was problematic for some (knoll,
coordinates 67, 202mm from bottom left map corner). The best attack feature is
the small hill with the two knolls 100m SW of the control. To get there you
needed to keep in contact with the features on the ridge to the left of your
travel direction. If you overshot and ended up on the road then pace counting
from the small clearing on the track NW of the control would have brought you
into the small reentrant N of the control. I did both as part of the
controller's task. Control 10 on course 1 and control 7 on course 3 was also
problematic (saddle, coordinates 115,147). When checking Tim's courses I came
into the control through the large clearing N of the control at the track
intersection, into the depression 100m SE of the clearing, and then along the
bottom of the slope and up into the saddle when changing direction from SW to E.
You had to keep your eye on the compass. The saddle was also readily attackable
from the clearing to the W. The danger for course 3 people coming from the SE
was drifting to the right, hitting the SW ridge off the hill to the E of the
control while thinking it was the one to the West.
The wrong contour interval on the map may have misled some. If you had not recalibrated from 5m to a 2.5m interval by the time you needed to relocate then you could have been in all sorts of trouble. (The area was previously mapped with a 3.5m contour and then was not used after 1992 following tree harvesting. In 1998 it was remapped for use in the AOA championships. At the time, the NZOF wanted a 5m contour to be standard for all maps. The map legend obliged but the contour did not, preserving Auckland's independence from central bureaucratic control. Furthermore, people from outside of Auckland are not told so they are handicapped against the locals. )
While I am on "stuff ups", my apologies for the missing taped section on course 6. Tim and I thought the other was doing it. Fortunately, it was obvious where to go and probably did not need a tape even though the course setting rules required it.
Split times, WinSplits Online
Pl Name Club Time Course 1 (32) 5.790 km 0 m 13 C 1 Mark Lawson NW 48:46 2 Jeff Greenwood A 49:54 3 James Williams ESOC 51:06 4 Geoff Mead NW 1:03:22 5 Martin Peat CM 1:05:12 6 Peter Swanson A 1:09:45 7 Claire Paterson RK 1:10:04 8 Dave Crofts A 1:11:41 9 Phillippa Poole NW 1:11:57 10 Robin Ambler NW 1:12:56 11 Mark Roberts A 1:13:01 12 Rudy Hlawatsch A 1:13:50 13 Dave Middleton NW 1:14:01 14 Ivor Noot Epoc 1:15:42 15 David Stewart A 1:16:58 16 Lisa Moen NW 1:17:19 17 Terje Moen NW 1:18:13 18 Trevor Murray NW 1:20:54 19 Phil White None 1:26:37 20 Bruce Peat CM 1:27:32 21 Alastair Long CM 1:35:27 22 Bob Hattie CM 1:41:55 23 Craig Pearce A 1:44:00 24 Nicola Kinzett A 1:48:14 25 Claude Dabaliz A 1:51:14 26 Nic Gorman HV 1:57:32 27 Les Paver NW 2:17:12 28 Lindsay Wood CM 2:41:03 Michael Ashmore A mp Miles Paver NW mp Nicholas Oram A mp Sarah Noot Epoc mp Course 2 (16) 4.210 km 0 m 11 C 1 Alistair Stewart A 56:52 2 Trevor Carswell NW 59:30 3 Graham Frith PAPO 1:00:03 4 Brian Long CM 1:01:35 5 Angela Levet NW 1:08:49 6 Darren Gosse NW 1:11:51 7 Marit Moen NW 1:16:27 8 Peter Godfrey NW 1:19:32 9 Gary Farquhar NW 1:20:17 10 Alistair Smithies NW 1:26:04 11 Lisa Mead NW 1:27:00 12 Jill Smithies NW 1:28:13 13 Mary Moen NW 1:28:14 14 Joanna Stewart A 1:29:06 15 Mark Wilson A 2:04:35 16 Hebe Lo HKong 2:18:18 Course 3 (16) 3.100 km 0 m 9 C 1 Alison Comer A 56:27 2 Terry Nuthall A 57:54 3 Leon McGivern A 1:02:39 4 Lyn Stanton A 1:10:17 5 Kathleen Farquhar NW 1:10:30 6 Graham Peters NW 1:11:06 7 Glen Middleton NW 1:20:53 8 Jennifer Trinick A 1:21:19 9 Judith Burnie CM 1:23:14 10 Catherine Crofts A 1:31:55 11 Elke Haag NW 1:31:58 12 Rae Powell A 1:45:08 Paulette Noot Epoc mp Lesley Stone NW mp Judith Burnie CM mp Lisa Roberts A mp Course 4 (11) 4.330 km 0 m 10 C 1 Imogene Scott A 1:03:31 2 Nick Monteith None 1:07:10 3 Toby Scott A 1:08:45 4 Nick Mead NW 1:10:03 5 Vic Fitzpatrick None 1:23:20 6 Lucy Mills None 1:30:33 7 Megan Officer NW 1:34:01 8 David Scott A 1:34:52 9 Alan McPherson None 1:48:39 Reuben Wilson A mp Rosie Hewlett None mp Course 5 (7) 2.010 km 0 m 9 C 1 Renee Brocas A 34:45 2 Lydia Scott A 37:27 3 Thelma Haslip None 45:29 3 Anne Jeans None 45:29 5 Tony Parker None 1:05:26 6 Phys Thompson WHO 1:11:52 7 Caz Brigham None 1:21:38 Course 6 (3) 2.070 km 0 m 8 C 1 Marie Hogan None 43:32 2 Alex Boyd A 47:17 3 Katuna Paterson None 50:42