British Schools Orienteering Championships - New Beechenhurst West, Forest of Dean - 19th November 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:30 to 14:30
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Results from the 2017 British Schools Orienteering Championship can be found here.

Planner’s report  BSOC ‘17

Initially, I was rather daunted by the idea of having to plan 18 different courses, especially with 4 of them being white standard. However, with the use of a taped route, I managed to put all the courses in a relatively small area, using only one start.

Using The Glade for the event centre was the only realistic and safe option at New Beechenhurst; and although rather slippery on the run-in, I’m sure you agree it allowed for great views of the finish and an excellent area for prize-giving.  However, that restricted me to only one safe way in - via the track in which the wild boar decided to make a wallow part way along. The organiser made a safe route to one side using branches and chippings. Some runners were slightly confused by the black and yellow tape put out to stop them heading into the mud bath, but we felt this was the safest option.

I was able to make the courses to TD specification in the main, and some pupils found the courses more difficult than they expected.  Having said that, two of the four courses for years 9/10 and 11/12 were within expected winning times. Other, more experienced juniors made mistakes by running too quickly and assuming that the courses were relatively easy.  A number of juniors I know told me that afterwards!

Eight pupils missed control 104; most were positive they had been there. The download team interrogated the SI unit and found that none of the pupils in question had registered a punch.

The sun shone, the schools supported their runners very well; and the volunteers did a great job of running what I believe was an excellent event. Thank you to all those who made positive comments, it made all the time spent worthwhile.

Good luck in Wigan next year!

Carol Iddles (BOK)                                                                                                                           Nov 20th 2017