Sunday 21st May 2006
Titterstone Clee Hill Regional Event
The courses were planned essentially for a reasonable late spring day.
Conditions on the day were very poor and I was impressed that 250 of you still competed.
Visibility at Titterstone is very important as navigation is mainly by brown features. With visibility down to only about 100 metres and rain and low temperatures, it was difficult for the spectacle wearing oldies!
My plan was to start you on the very technical slopes and then bring you back navigating by spoil heap.
Most people made many mistakes and even most course winners lost about 10 minutes. Particular legs producing problems seemed to be 130- the first control for many and 128 an apparently innocuous small re-entrant in the old quarry area, but generally the eastern slopes were the most testing. Only one course went round the main Titterstone Clee and another visited its eastern slopes before turning back.
When I last planned here, 15 years almost to the day, a policeman living on the map warned me of many of the pits being unstable. Many of these are old bell pits, some hundreds of years old, and possibly not properly capped. I tried to avoid using pits for control features.
This eastern area now has quite substantial gorse cover. The map had none shown so I had a go at mapping it. This was done largely from high vantage points and was only intended to be an approximation. Other than this the area hardly changes from one decade to the next, apart from the farmers using slightly different routes for their 4 wheel drives. It must be about the only area in the Midlands with no white.
This was my first proper go at using OCAD for course planning and I acknowledge the Roger Edwards guide, and also the controller's help in a few areas.
I hope overall, looking back at least, you enjoyed the experience.
Barry McGowan (HOC)
At 6.30 this morning it was pleasantly sunny as I drove through Bewdley on my way to Titterstone. By 5 pm I was unloading my car at home in glorious sunshine. The weather between is perhaps best forgotten!
I am indebted to Hanson Aggregates for granting us permission to park around their installations on Titterstone and without the hard standing car park we would likely have seen our cars floating by the end of the afternoon
Looking for positives in relation to the weather conditions it did test our navigational skills to the full and at the same time it makes us appreciate those occasional fantastic calm clear and sunny Sundays like our Postensplain event in November or the LOC Graithwaite event in April.
Thank you all for turning up and making our efforts worthwhile and a special "thank you" to those of you who helped run the event despite the elements. In particular two hours working on the start or collecting in controls late in the afternoon could not have been a bundle of fun.
Charlie Nelson (HOC)
Andy Yeates (WCH)
We are indebted to Hanson Aggregates for car parking.