This was the first time that we had been blackmailed into organising an orienteering event and we must thank the band of trusty HH volunteers who made it a relatively painless experience.
The major worries were clashes with the Parkrun, the promised rain being premature and possible encounters with the longhorn cattle. We need not have worried; we were able to pitch the tent well away from the Parkrunners and the rain held off so that the weather was perfect for orienteering. Even more important, the cattle retired to the far north-east of the area for almost the whole time, just investigating control 120 as the courses were about to close; not that they fazed two late-running senior ladies.
Attendance on the longer courses was up to par, but the absence of a youth league meant that there were fewer entrants for the yellow and orange courses.
The cattle and dry summer had kept the vegetation relatively low which helped Dawn’s excellent courses to be fast and true, but the downside was the hoof-prints which made the north enclosure tricky.
Hugh & Barbara