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Discussion: Final details

in: ColmM; ColmM > 2016-05-01

May 5, 2016 4:22 PM # 
No way that course rules should be enforced by final details. I read them and I would not remember them when I needed to. Everything one needs to know has to be on map and descriptions. So yes purple uncrossable line had to be on map. I had discussed this with Zoe before hand as she is very particular with rules and correct protocol and we debated whether the purple line would be on map. I said yes it had to be, but she was sceptical of my faith. She's often right...
May 5, 2016 4:26 PM # 
I had the opposite problem - I read the details and assumed that there would only be one mandatory crossing point on the fence. I failed to see the other two marked on the map (and had to climb an extra hill as a result)!
May 5, 2016 4:28 PM # 
Totally with Angus. I read the final details and still forgot to use a crossing point on the second crossing of the fence as well.
May 6, 2016 11:05 AM # 
I totally agree. The map should show it or the course should be planned in such a way that it is impossible not to use them (like they did with the river). You can't expect the athletes to remember every single thing in the final details after 80 minutes of running.

Apparently there was also an unmarked style on that fence.
May 6, 2016 12:42 PM # 
I know that BOF rules state that the final details are the definitive version, as it was tested a few years ago in a relay when the winning team crossed a 'crossable' wall. So easy to avoid any confusion and draw a line on the map though - why wouldn't you?
May 6, 2016 1:07 PM # 
ooh was the the BUCS race?

Yeah I had a quick scan but didn't see it mentioned in the IOA rules.
May 6, 2016 1:45 PM # 
page 77 of IOA rules (v16 Oct 2015) Unambiguous to me.
Uncrossable boundaries (ones which are forbidden to cross and described
as “impassable” on Sprint maps) which affect the course, should be indicated
by overprinting the mapped feature with a solid purple line, except on Sprint
maps where solid overprinted lines are only used where a boundary has
changed from being passable to impassable and the map does not show this. Crossing points shall be indicated by curved brackets.
Whether crossing points are mandatory or not needs to be unambiguous both in the event details and on the map
where there is only one valid option for crossing an uncrossable boundary, the line
between controls should be bent to this point. In this instance there should be no
advantage to be gained by not using the crossing point and it is unlikely that the previous control will be more than 100m before the boundary. If in doubt consider placing a control at the crossing point.
Where there is more than one option for crossing the uncrossable boundary, the line between controls should be broken either side of the boundary. Sufficient crossing points should be provided such that there is an option on all likely
route choices and no competitor will gain an advantage by not using a crossing point.
May 6, 2016 1:47 PM # 
Yup, that's clear.
May 6, 2016 3:25 PM # 
All that said, read the final details. Cultivated land may be OOB or not, olive green likewise. Etc.
May 6, 2016 11:07 PM # 
Ideally yes I would like everything on the map - seems most fair.
That's probably the most important point out of this.

But also probably time I realise you're supposed to read the final details.

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