So most people know I hate sprint: the thing is i love forest sprints, and want to like urban sprints but it seems that every single race i do has something dodgy about it. Rather than just get angry I wanna see if there's anything that could make urban sprints better.
So for a control such as this one, number 15 in the M40 A final...
noting that this was a route choice leg where you could come in from the east or the west (note that i didn't hear of anyone coming in from the east and getting into the deadend, i just thought this was a good example of what's wrong with sprint orienteering descriptions). the description for number 15 was this
which does not in any way help the runners to know which side of that UNCROSSABLE wall the control is on. Sure, the position of the circle helps, but if the centre of the circle was considered to be perfect then we'd have no need for descriptions at all... when you have the luxury of a computer screen, you can zoom in, and with open orienteering mapper i can see the centre of the circle is on the west side of that wall
maybe the course planner could/should have pushed that circle across a bit to make it clearer, or the controller could have been a bit more clever about this description, ie the solution might be to just get the circles and descriptions correct and fair - but this just doesn't seem to happen. could we not have some kind of simplified (or simply enlarged) description to help? something like this?
alternatively, i reckon a smaller control circle would make things clearer (and possibly even remove the need for descriptions altogether! if the circle was small enough, but of course that introduces its own problems). here's a 50% size circle
the smaller the circle gets, the less ambiguity (reduce it to a dot and you're bang on).
the IOF like trying new things, and change, and updating things as technology advances, and generally improving the sport right?