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Discussion: My thoughts as well - that'...

in: DonP; DonP > 2018-01-10

Jan 10, 2018 10:37 PM # 
My thoughts as well - that's why I am going hill running!
Jan 11, 2018 9:26 AM # 
There's also the British Champs, Scottish Champs (both plus relays), CSC/T and numerous colour coded forest races, day and night.
How many events are you planning / controlling / organising this year? :-)
Jan 11, 2018 3:06 PM # 
Probably a cost issue, we can't make enough from a SOL to cover mapping costs. (No 6-days legacy maps here)
Jan 11, 2018 7:15 PM # 
My orienteering has been based on the quality of the area, not whether it's a SOL or not, for a good while. There's also an accessible WMOC this year.
Jan 11, 2018 9:22 PM # 
Big Jon:
Reiver, you don't need to cover mapping costs from one event - the map will be good for several events over a few years and there are probably also other events the club is organising that can also chip in towards mapping costs (plus any grants the club can get hold of).
It isn't sensible to expect to cover the costs of any new map from any one single event, in fact it isn't possible. If this attitude was adopted by everyone there would be 6 maps made every 2 years in the whole of Scotland...
Jan 11, 2018 9:43 PM # 
We try to get a SOSOL and a SOL from a map or map update but it's still difficult to break even with the numbers we get. Not many people will make the 300+ mile round trip from Deeside, Speyside or the Moray Coast for our type of areas.
Jan 12, 2018 1:57 PM # 
Costs may be an issue - well, OK, I'm sure that they are - but it might also be because, in addition to the "new" urban and sprint races, there are more and more small events. I think that they're great, and certainly help bring new people into the sport, but they do soak up a lot of volunteer time. Even a club with such enthusiastic members as FVO has to think about capacity. Part of the goal for the small events is to help train up more planners and organisers, of course, so it might just be a cycle; but I don't think that we should lose focus on the core events like the SOLs.

For all that, Terry and STAG manage to put on a gazillion wee events and big ones every year so maybe I'm just being lazy ;-)
Jan 12, 2018 3:53 PM # 
Terry has cancelled the next three of his wee events (two Wed nights and one Sunday score). Not sure why, but perhaps even he is running out of energy.

Re SOLs - sadly, for all the talk about them being the core races in Scotland, a lot of people don't seem keen to travel significant distances any more. If it isn't Speyside, Culbin, Trossachs or some fancy double-header weekend then you don't get many people crossing the north-south divide, let alone reaching RR/SOLWAY country. Given the trend towards higher access costs (Mugdock now charge a fortune for anything involving >50 people) in addition to sorting out parking, toilets, etc, I can understand why putting on an urban event (non-professional map, public car parking, likely access to a school or leisure centre as a base) makes organisational and financial sense.

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