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Discussion: What was the easy course like?

in: Craig; Craig > 2021-04-18

Apr 18, 2021 8:04 AM # 
Few laps of the oval?
Apr 19, 2021 6:54 AM # 
It was actually quite tricky for complete beginners, but we didn't get any. Mike H and I spent some time with younger juniors and some relative newbies explaining the course and showing how the levels worked. A few mps, but only two were juniors, and both on the short hard course.

TBT doesn't have enough routes to show controls in the right places.

I enjoyed it, some routes took a little while to work out.
Apr 19, 2021 11:47 AM # 
There were definitely newer people out there really struggling. I was asked for help once by one of the new juniors who eventually mp'ed, and also told another newbie group where a control was as from the talk I heard as I descended the stairwell they were getting very frustrated. They were right next to my number 9 but were not realising they had to go to the bottom of the stairs that went to nowhere and must have been there quite a while. I didn't get the impression those people were loving it. I don't know which course they were attempting. Afterwards I had a number of more experienced people say they felt like they couldn't do it. Add in the poor map legibility it was too confusing for many. Ok as a novelty, but we shouldn't be thinking this is a good idea normally as you are going to put people off.
Apr 19, 2021 1:41 PM # 
The website, e-News and Eventor all warned people about the challenge. It was a one-off format, and unlikely to be repeated on a regular basis. We don't have many other maps with multiple levels. Also, at least negotiating the levels was fairer than some previous events where different levels have been used despite not being clear on the map (eg the two ECU maps and John XXIII).

Apparently the event was listed as a School Team selection, so some SWOT juniors entered the Hard courses, and one was an MP. They probably haven't experienced many sprint courses anyway, and they obviously lack coaching. I did try to talk the one who MPd into doing the Easy course first, and spent some time with him explaining how the levels worked.

All the Perth newbies had quite a bit of experience at MetrO and/or Navdash, and all of them finished. Even regulars were taking almost as long.
Apr 19, 2021 10:34 PM # 
Yes, it was listed as a selection event. Afterwards it was agreed it can't be used for selection apart from ticking off that the kids attended the required sprint. The SWOT kids have very little experience but they did go on the Sprint camp.
Apr 19, 2021 11:52 PM # 
The mapping of the lower level was helpful, the upper level only added to the confusion.
Apr 20, 2021 1:46 AM # 
I thought the one-way bits on the upper level were a bit....gimmicky. I can see why it was done, but the effect was just to add some more tedious distance to an already wildly-long course.

The lower section is almost unmappable on a single level, there's just too much detail on multiple levels and the "main running level", like parts of ECU Joondalup, is inconsistent.

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