Thanks a lot for your efforts Charles. Was a great night out the weather just added to the challenge for those of us that like night events. it's good to get a real challenge every now and then.
Well done Dad, keep some maps and we can go and run one of the courses when I’m next down. Sounds like a good race!
Thanks Charles, really good event. Top effort going out in the afternoon to put out a different set of controls, the weather wasn't ideal. The fog in the evening made it a real challenge and punished me appropriately for being sloppy.
Its a TA area which is used for live firing. (In theory they actually do exercises over the whole area but its current use seems mainly the firing range, The race should have been in November but its taken over a year and loads of persistence to get permission. I think we still could have been bumped if a unit had made a booking. We decided to go while the going was good for the Saturday but we only got 136 which is the smallest ever for a BOK regional. If we had hung on for a spring/ summer Sunday we would probably have had 200+. Which will be a shame if we don't get back into the area and folk miss out.
Our publicity etc. was not effective to convince that this was a 'proper' /''Sunday' event and worth travelling to rather than the local Saturday series are not. BOK may have established a reputation as not a very good neighbour when it comes to fixtures,
really good to see UBOC coming to the event. Don't be discouraged you seem to have taken to this sport like a duck to water, but there are many new and interesting challenges still to experience- such as night 'o' in the fog. Night 'o' skills can be transferred to very complex day challenges......
Charles, I can confirm that Matt is coming to Jukola, he emailed me on Sunday to ask if that was still possible. So clearly your courses and night-O challenge tipped the balance!
Fabulous event, both day and night. The folk that didn't come out to Yoxter very definitely missed out.
As far as fixtures setting I suspect another issue was simply that it was a mere 6 days after the previous BOK regional event. I can totally see why if for example your partner doesn't orienteer, you might only want to go to an event one weekend, and then go and do something else the following weekend.... as for the Night-O turnout, it was a shame. Not dissimilar to our turnout on Dolebury Warren last year, which was another good area that would have been new to a lot of people. I suspect that the Mendips are just a bit too far for some of the WNL regulars to come to, at least one person on the Saturday commented that this was on the limit of where he was willing to travel. I am going to make more of an effort with the Tuesdays to try and introduce a few more people to Night O in a friendly informal way, and maybe start doing more publicity for WNL events earlier....