We held a "Come and Try It" event at Itchen Valley Country Park on Saturday. The turnout was great with about 40 people involved in helping, coming and trying or taking part in a head-to-head sprint. As you may know the BBC came along to film the event but the poor weather and grey skies meant they couldn't get the kind of footage they needed to make good television. But they learned a lot about what we do as a club and they are very keen to come back another day.
The day was also the official launch of the IVCP permanent orienteering courses. Thanks to the hard work of Kieran Devine, our outgoing (!) POCMAN, and Melanie Vincent, the park warden, the new courses are super and provide a great introduction to orienteering. We had lots of people purchase the maps from the park visitor centre and then come to us for some advice on how to get started. All of them enjoyed themselves and many are keen to take the next steps.
For the BBC Kevin Bracher had planned a head-to-head sprint as a figure of eight course with the protagonists looping the loops in opposite directions. Mum and daughter Elaine and Jenny Chapelhow were the first to go out and suffered a false start as the EMIT TFT control batteries in the Start control gave out just before they started! See the video to see the fun that ensued. After a quick battery change they were off for real. The competition was close with Mum just pipping daughter by a few seconds.
Next out was David Currie and Rob Finch. They got away from the start first time and off to control 1. Again it was a really close competition with Rob getting home just before David.
All in all great day for the club. Lots of thanks to all club members who turned out to help.
A video and some photos can be seen here.