Knott Hill - 24th June 2001

Line up here for your knee replacements!!! After totalling points from this event Neil Russell emerged as the winner on handicap, with a score of 299. Well done Neil. We have used Knott Hill for a good many years now so one objective was to introduce some variety—use the country in a different way than we normally do. Another objective was to expand the competition across the whole entry field so that it was possible for anyone to win the event if they performed to the level they have established over the past year.

On reflection I think we were probably one "O" too many. The SHORT SCORE should have allowed 30 minutes rather than 20 as only 2 runners returned in under 20 minutes. !4 returned within 5 minutes overtime and another 5 within 10 minutes overtime. The handicap was calculated so that anyone running to their average rate per kilometre and within the time limit would score 100 points. Peter Sheridan’s effort in scoring 103 was outstanding.

The LINE COURSE drew some mixed reactions. Some found it an interesting concept, while Wendy Ettridge’s biting comment was “only a teacher could think of that!” It was intended to test basic orienteering skills. Every orienteer should be able to estimate distance (pace counting) and maintain direction (compass bearing) whether it be in flat open country or through rough terrain on hills. Everyone navigating at above the basic level should understand contours and have some awareness maintaining height on hillsides (contouring), so it was in some respects a training activity. Top score on the Line course was achieved by Sally Tonkin and Georgie Klug.

We have tried handicap events in the past with mixed success. With the CROSS COUNTRY COURSE the emphasis was on route choice between controls with flags so placed that the actual control site was easy to find. In handicapping, we used your average rate per kilometre to calculate how long you should take to complete the course and arranged the 5 minute time window either side of this time. I believe the system worked well and could well be used for Handicap events in future. Of the 26 entrants 6 (23%) scored 100 while 14 (54%) scored 90 or more. Mr Six Million Dollar Knees topped the list with 104. Ian Abbott and I spent many hours in planning these courses, fine tuning their structure and deciding just how we would allocate points and score the whole thing, and Chris Abbott put her newly acquired computing skills to work in calculating the actual handicap for each club member.

An encouraging roll up of newcomers, occasional orienteers , and a few old die-hards contested the recreational courses, with 62 people taking part. Janet Copp showed she still has a bit of the old magic left with a comfortable win in the SHORT RECREATIONAL COURSE, followed by Judy Pointon and Tom Carlier. The LONG RECREATIONAL COURSE, requiring fine navigational and a fair degree of physical effort, was won by Jim Egan with Sheryl Winters and David Walter making up the placings. Newcomers Nigel Cotsell, Sheridan Martin and Lucinda had a great result with fourth place.

Kevin Vigar

Long Hard Course
Peter Sheridan
281
Graeme Tonkin
279
Brian Ashton
266
Andrew Dickie

266

Barry Hetherington
266
Sam Winters
255
Tim Ashman
242
Ross McConnell
216
David Winters
214
Tom Pointon
96
Short Hard Course
Cath Dickie
275
Lee Russell
274
Gary Ettridge
264
Lyle McAvaney
259
Gordon Pope
255
Peg McAvaney
239
Ken & Lyn Walmsley
130
Jan Hetherington
Retired
Moderate Course
Kym Pointon
264
Kathy Sergejevs
263
Patrice Glass
260
Gary Jutzen/C Hall
227
Wendy Ettridge
172
Easy Course
Neil Russell
299
Sally Tonkin / Georgie Kluge
170

Recreational Courses

Long 3.35 km
Jim Egan
79.14
Sheryl Winters
90.25
David Walter
90.39
Nigel Cotsell / Sheridan Martin / Lucinda
99.48
Thyer Family
101.26
Alan Hodgins
131.23
Sue & Ian Bishop
9
Controls
Simon Hull / Mason Flitter
5
Controls
Short 3.35 km
Janet Copp
19.34
Judy Pointon
27.29
Tom Carlier
30.06
Bridget Ashman
31.40
Sue Ashman / Armstrong
36.44
Tyler & Jackson Dickie
44.40
Letton Family
47.00
Gerrie Family
58.36
Matt & Meredith Carlier
65.06
Franklin Family
65.39
Leahy / Wright / Elliott & Lark Families
67.06
Barker / Charles / McNair
77.00