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.
Coordinator's final message:
The end of another WEE league season and two worthy event and league winners. A sterling effort by our oldest competitor (hope she doesn't mind me saying that) Alison Sloman for the Ladies and a superhuman effort by a secretly injured (he told me not to say anything before the start!) David Williams for the Men. Other notable performances from Jacky and Barbara 2nd and 3rd and from Marian who would have won the Ladies event if she had not gone over by several minutes. (Start the watch next time!). With the men it was the normal contingent at the top Chris, John and Richard 2, 3 and 4, but a great performance by Mike Farrington leading the more normal mortals in 5th place.
Highgate Common was at its most runnable and the new section of Forestry Commission land made a big difference to the course planning getting rid of the boring path runs around the top and bottom. Thanks to Richard Boles for permission for that, I hope you enjoyed it. Many thanks of course to the Wildlife Trust for use of the facilities, Jeff Sim is getting into this orienteering lark, coming in a credible 9th on the evening, we'll have to sign him up for the future and of course congratulations to his assistants Katy and Ryan neither of whom had Orienteered before. Katy bravely ran without a Compass and both helped to collect controls in. I didn't really cope anyway but without my wife Margaret I could not have handled the food orders so many thanks for giving up a cosy evening in front of the fire.
This is definitely the last season I run as Coordinator and it was by default this year, so please if you want the series to continue then it needs someone else to take over. I am happy to plan an event and give what ever help is needed to a new coordinator. Please volunteer soon. Barry Houghton."
See below for 2012-13 programme.
2012 - 2013 Programme
All events on Thursdays unless otherwise stated
|1||08 Nov||Kingsford Country Park||Kerstin Mitchell||Details||Results|
|2||22 Nov||Morton Stanley Park||Mike Baggott||Details||Results|
|3||06 Dec||Lickeys (Beacon Hill)||David Williams||Details||Results|
|4||10 Jan||Walton Hill||Allan McKinley||Details||Results|
|5||31 Jan||Baggeridge||Kerstin Mitchell||Details||Results|
|6||21 Feb||Highgate Common||Barry Houghton||Details||Results|
The Winter Evening Event coordinator is/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 on 01902 894890 or check the HOC website for updates
Competitors at the 2013 WEE final tuck into their fish suppers whilst the League Coordinator works out the results.
Photo by Mrs H (no, not that one).
Dave Williams' birthday cake at the 2011 WEE final