This event is now on Route gadget here.
Wow - what a day. 177 competitors for a Level D event - is that some sort of record? Both Lisa James, planner, and I went through some highs and lows this week around participation. It started with - we won't get many entering, with the Caddihoe Chase on and two other events in striking distance. And then we had - oh my! Where have all these people come from? So our estimate of maps was a bit low - particularly on Yellow and Orange. Thanks to those who gave up their maps. Send me an email if you'd like a PDF of the map - or you can have a look at the course on Routegadget!
The weather was very kind to us and that obviously helped to boost the numbers. And the Army provided almost 70 entrants for day one of the Reserves Championships.
I'd like to thank all the helpers - especially those who ended up on long shifts on the computing and at the start. A special thank you to Peter Stewart for running the computing and getting the results and Routegadget up so quickly. And a big vote of thanks to Lisa for planning a great set of courses. All the people I spoke to really enjoyed them.
There are always things to learn from putting on events. Today my learning point was consider more carefully the impact of using a postcode to indicate position when there aren't many houses around. So apologies to those who were parked up near the Deer Sanctuary wondering where the event was!
Our next event is also in the New Forest on Saturday 11th October - put the date in your diary and check back here for more details nearer the time.
Pete Davis - Organiser