I was a start official.... 2 weeks ago.
But , it's hard - you have to believe what some helpers say to you! You can't control everything in an event - some tasks are fully delegated.
What a shame - was it 3 short brown maps then? Patrick, Pete & .....?
Thanks for your efforts today - appreciated.
Jeremy Tonge had another but checked before he reached the start kite. Had not heard of other cases. Patrick was quite happy as out for training so used it as an excuse to get a free black run but Pete was more aggrieved - and right to be as we let him down.
Apart from this everything else went well - Nick has been a good organiser. Everyone (barring Pete!) seemed to love it, and weather was good. No real criticisms came to me, but I expect plenty of nopesport comments to say courses were far too short (or long, at the same time) :-) - but planned in preparation for bad weather and I wouldn't have suggested any different.
You did fine! :-) You can't keep everyone happy all of the time. I think today was great - looking fwd to seeing results/splits etc. Do SWOC do Routegadget, too? Keen to look at that....
Thanks again Richard
Phil: I'll ask my dad about RG tonight
Very enjoyable.....good course, good map, lovely woods, hills, no mud.... thanks Richard/Mark/Ben and SWOC
The Sunday race was really, really good
Seconded, made very good use of the area. Very enjoyable.
(although in future please illuminate control numbers with yellow and orange strobe lighting, and have each one sing a jingle of its number when every runner arrives. This should reduce the archaic practice of the competitor having to remember to check the code every time...)
It's OK, Mark, you don't need to check the code when you KNOW where you are ;)
Richard, the Controllers role is not that of checker -its to represent the competitor. At its simplest its to see that the courses are safe, fair (which is why the controller checks the sites and normally the flags), to the specification (we don't get races that are too short to the advertised length etc.) and essentially the whole experience is enjoyable. The controllers job is not to check the maps but to ensure that the maps are checked by the organising team -before the day. You have to ask, emphasise importance and check its happened. In my experience BML are no worse or better than any other, the printing processes are not designed to be error proof, rather for mass production and maps do seem to get stuck together, twisted etc. Even with diligence, inspection is not a 100% process.