Middle distance and no Black course?? Odd.
And you're right, they should've used more controls, about 6 or 7 more, or 50%, but then you shou'dve been a the real event in Shinging Cliff ;)
True. Just looked at other courses at Thurstaton and there is an alarming amount of similarity - e.g. Blue / Brown differ by only two controls. Perhaps most worrying is that the Short Green and the Light Green are identical!
Sorry to miss your new map - looks good - presumably access restrictions mean I'll have to wait until the next official event to use it?
I'd considered Thurstaton as I have good memories of the area from sometime back in the 80's. Unfortunately the map doesn't look much different and the planning more like a short Long rather than Middle.
Glad I went to Shining Cliff instead.
And another thing. Level B is meant to indicate a certain quality of event. To my mind one of the key elements is allocated start times so you can time your warm up and not have to queue at the start.
I note from the race graph for Sh Brown at Shining Cliff that half the field started at 1 minute intervals between 1115 and 1140. Surely this can't be right?
Thurstaton looked even less Level B.
Chas, that's a good point. Allocated start times. DVO have relaxed on them. I don't know why. I guess a start list requires a dedicated call-up official, which means an extra volunteer. Would you mind starting a thread on Nopesport? Our most influential members read it and discuss points raised.
Jay-T, I don't really know what the access restrictions are for individuals. It's not CRoW land, although it appears to be permissive - mountain bikers visit routinely and do not stick to the public footpaths and no one is there to chase them off - but there are several owners and it is SSSI.
A middle distance event will require as many if not more controls than a classic distance. See last November's Lakes weekend: 85 at Sandscale, 78 at Torver. Guess how many they used at Thurstaton. 37. Less than your average district event. Hmmm.