The coordinator writes: These events are intended to provide both a challenge to experienced night orienteers and a good traing ground for novices or newcomers to this version of the sport. They will include a number of easier controls, mainly on line features, plus more difficult ones to test skills as experience is gained. There will be a Ladies and Mens Trophy at the end of the series for the respective winners. We also make sure we have a tent or room as a focal point.
In the past we have used the one hour score format with varying values for each control depending on difficulty, distance or the planner's whim. Many of the areas we use are now getting to the point where it is extremely difficult to vary the planning much, so we are changing. Most events for the future will follow a more conventional format whereby there is one course and controls are taken in order and will each be worth 10 points. To avoid very long nights for the event helpers, we will still limit the time to 60 minutes. Any time over this will be penalised at the rate of 1 point for each 6 seconds or part thereof late. Controls can be missed out but any taken out of sequence will not count. For example, 1-2-3- -5-6 scores 50 but 1-2-5-3-6 only scores 40 because 3 was taken out of sequence. It is hoped that the courses can be planned such that the fastest may possibly clear all controls just inside the 60 minutes, but for most, like myself, it will be a matter of deciding which ones to miss or when to quit and head for the finish.
We hope by this change to continue to provide good quality midweek night events on our areas.
Event 6 comments
Another close one and a few late surprises caught me out with the certificates. Congratulations to David Williams, who having planned the final event couldn't do a thing about the final results other than to use a bit of gamemanship; well done, it seemed to work (just how did you persuade Chris Embrey to come along)? John Embrey and Chris McSweeny tied on points again and so John takes the honours for 2nd place being just a little older (age seems to be an advantage in this game)! With the ladies a late run by another Embrey, namely Jacky who won the event on the night, put paid to Alison's chances so Kerstin Mitchell ends up a deserving winner of the ladies league, with Alison 2nd and Jenny Uff 3rd.
Many thanks to the Staffordshire WildLife Trust for the use of their excellent facilities and for the enthusiasm of the Head Ranger Jeff Sim (left, with Barry), who allowed us to use the visitor centre so long as he could have a go. Thanks to David Williams for putting on an excellent event and talking me out of going to the furthest point, I would have got them! Congratulations to the top three ladies and men and thanks to everyone, who has made this the best WEE League yet, competitors, planners, control collectors, and Peter Langmaid for sorting the computer stuff in our first full SI season and of course Brian Hughes for the BOF fixtures bit and all the Land Liason people who obtained permission for us to use all the areas. A fitting point, I think, at which to bow out as WEE League Coordinator. It needs someone with younger blood to take it forward, but I'll be around to help if required where I can. Next season needs sorting soon!
Barry Houghton (ex-coordinator)
See below for 2011-12 programme. We now have organiser/planners for all this season's WEEs.
Final 2011-12 league table after all 6 events (really - if you don't believe it, clear your cache and refresh)
2011 - 2012 Programme
All events on Thursdays unless otherwise stated
|1||17 Nov||Uffmoor Woods||Alison Sloman||Results
|2||08 Dec||Kinver Edge||Andy Hemsted||Results
|3||05 Jan||Shire Oak||Barry McGowan||Results corrected 14 Jan
|4||26 Jan||Dudmaston||Eric Brown||Results
|5||09 Feb||Burlish Top||Barry Houghton||Results
|6||01 Mar||Highgate Common||David Williams||Results
The Winter Evening Event coordinator was Barry Houghton
Volunteers to organise and plan events are very welcome and will receive 25 points for their efforts. Volunteers please contact the league coordinator.
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The time for starts is typically 18:00 to 19:00 but it does depend on when it gets dark! If cloudy the first runner normally can go off 10 minutes after the end of "Civil Twilight".
Obviously a torch or headlight is needed (the more powerful the better)! Participants are responsible for their own safety and take part at their own risk. PLEASE NOTE that the carrying of whistles is compulsory at all HOC events (we usually have a few to hire or borrow).
Before setting off for an event please phone Barry Houghton or check the HOC website for updates
No flies on him... Dave Williams receives his 2011-12 Mens' WEE Champion certificate from HOC Chairman John Leeson
Dave Williams' birthday cake at the 2011 WEE final