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We did it! We finally got back to a semblance of normal orienteering. It was a bit of a funny day weather wise. Thunderstorms were forecast from mid-afternoon all the way through and looked like they would be with us for the whole of the event. As it turned out Hugh and Pete got very wet putting out controls but, by the time competitors were socially distancing at the start, the sun was out and it was a glorious evening.

28 runners enjoyed Hugh's courses around this super location. Some of the controls were in a tricky area of wood that did get very dark towards the end of the event and it was quite slippery underfoot. Congratulations to Rob Finch on winning the Light Green and Stephanie Light for her first place on the Orange!

The COVID-secure aspects of the event worked well. We decided to reduce the touch points as much as we could. Entry was online card payment only using the new service. eTags, straps, loose control descriptions and maps were placed in named bags. Runners took their items at "registration" and dropped their car keys in the bag. Thanks to EMIT-UK we had a free loan of the touch free system which worked really well as usual (Thanks to Alistair for switching on 183!). Download was self-help and eTags were dropped in a crate for later disinfecting.

This all allowed us to use very few helpers. Thanks to Steve and Natalie for running the start. Thanks also to the control collectors Marcus White, Steve Pullen, Julia Loring Norman Wilson and Isabel Mansfield.

If you have any ideas on how we can improve things please let me know.

Thanks for supporting the event and Stay Safe!

Pete Davis


Really pleased it all worked so well. Now we can go forward with confidence to the new season in the New Forest albeit with small closed club events.  From little acorns!


In reply to by Colin Hicks

A big thanks to all organisers and helpers, you did an excellent job. It worked very well, only wish my brain would have done once I started. My first event since joining the club, but hopefully not my last, and look forward to many more opportunities to meet everyone. Quarantine requirements permitting, "I'll be back".

Thank you to all the organisers and helpers - I really enjoyed the evening - it was great to get out on a course again.