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Discussion: Big weekend

in: graeme; graeme > 2024-01-27

Jan 27, 2024 7:22 PM # 
BrandNewMe:
I know you and Colin have controlled the Big Weekend for what seems like aeons, and I always used to think that it was a great way for students to get experience in planning / organising etc but today in particular has been such a professional production.. really world class. Organisation - small hall, long start window, lots of competitors, lots of Marshall’s needed. They did such a good job. And the planning was as good as it gets. I didn’t hear anything other than the highest praise from anyone. Worried Frank might bump you out of a planning spot in WOC 20XX?

Bring on tomorrow.
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Jan 28, 2024 6:12 PM # 
graeme:
Yes, I think this is the best organised BW team I worked with.

Frank is excellent - see also Clackmannan. There’s a thoroughness that this generation have with phone usage, photos of everything and some excellent mappers too. Two amateur maps, one professional- did you spot the difference?
Jan 29, 2024 5:03 PM # 
Tullster:
It sounds like it's come a distance since the last minute stress of the first one Graeme!! Remember that?!?!
Jan 29, 2024 7:33 PM # 
graeme:
Ah yes, “ I won’t have time to finish the map”. But it was good enough that everyone wanted to do it again, again. You guys made the breakthrough, everything since is incremental (usually) improvement..

In the controllers comments, 2008, I wrote “ It is a privilege to be involved at the start of an event which will surely now run and run”. I’ll award myself a coconut.
Jan 29, 2024 7:40 PM # 
Tullster:
Haha crazy times. I remember pre running the course with you finishing by the parliament both buzzing. I'm certainly glad we managed to do it!
Jan 29, 2024 8:56 PM # 
BrandNewMe:
I’m not actually a good enough orienteer to appreciate a good map. Some maps work for me, some don’t, but I always assume that’s a me problem. No problem with last weekends though. And Joe’s planning was top drawer too. Nice junior courses all days which a lot of areas struggle to accommodate.
Jan 29, 2024 11:53 PM # 
Townley:
As a under 16 going to urban events I was always annoyed at the lack of technical challenge in the courses offered to me, obviously there have to be constraints but under 16s are allowed to cross minor roads (in bof guidelines) and it feels like this often isn't utilised by planners who instead opt to 'be safe' and have TD2 courses in parks. When planning my events I always make a point of trying to make the MW16 course as technically challenging as I would make the elite ones.
Jan 31, 2024 5:14 PM # 
BorisGr:
Are the maps/courses posted somewhere? Sounds fun!
Feb 1, 2024 2:33 PM # 
Sunley:
Links to routegadget available here: https://results.euoc.co.uk/bw24/

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