Amesbury in the Dark

On a cold November night 45 intrepid orienteers assembled in The New Inn in Amesbury to try out the new urban orienteering map of Amesbury in a Wessex Night League event. The event was a Score type with a few twists organised by Sarum Orienteers’ Charlotte Thornton. There were thirty controls to visit in the allowed time of one hour but there was an added twist making route planning decisions more difficult. To gain the early finish time bonuses on offer (10 points for each minute under the hour) then runners had to start by first visiting all the controls valued at ten points, followed by the twenty point controls and finally the thirty point controls, rather than simply finding the shortest routes to visit all the controls. For each minute taken over the hour there was a 10 point penalty.

Some competitors took on the challenge of trying to gain bonus points and three managed to do this. Jamie Ranson (Wimbourne) won in 53.48 minutes with 560 points with fellow club member John Oakes second (540 points) and Mike Frizzell (Basingstoke) third with 530 points. Three other runners attempted the bonus challenge but two, Paul Pickering (WIM) and Paul Lane (Sarum) each missed one control.  Jeff Butt of Sarum visited all the controls but failed to complete the task in under the hour by two minutes.  Best placed Sarum runner was Martin Goddard (10th) with 500 points in 48 min. but not qualifying for bonus time points as he opted not to take on the sequence challenge.

Simon Branford (WIM) gave a personal description of his experience: On a cold November evening we made the trip to Amesbury to run on a new map that covers the town centre.. On starting I took a quick look at the map and decided that I’d struggle to make all the controls in the bonus order and still finish inside an hour, especially with a new pair of shoes purchased earlier in the day to replace the ones I destroyed in Salisbury a couple of days before! Instead, I set out to visit all thirty in any order. I started by going north and east and then continued around the eastern controls, before crossing back over near the start to complete the western group. The only mistake I made was trying to follow an indistinct path through a small wooded section – I lost the path and ended up stuck in the vegetation – when just running around would have been more sensible. Having finished I went back into the pub for food and a pint. Several people commented that they’d tried to go for the bonus points, but had either not finished in under the hour, missed a control, or punched controls in the wrong point order. I’d found just keeping track of which controls I’d visited difficult enough! Thanks go to Charlotte, Ricky, and Liz for an interesting and challenging evening.

SARUM RESULTS FOR AMESBURY NIGHT ORIENTEERING 7TH NOVEMBER

Name Club Age

class

Points Time Bonus/

penalty

Score
1 JAMIE RANSON WIM M35 500* 53.48 +60 560
2 JOHN OAKES WIM M45 500* 55.34 +40 540
3 MIKE FRIZZELL BADO M55 500* 56.50 +30 530
4 TOM MCCOMISKIE BAOC M35 500 37.34 500
5 STUART SOUTHWICK SOC M35 500 37.37 500
6 ALAN BLANCHFLOWER IND M21 500 41.28 500
7 ANDY SNELL BAOC M40 500 41.42 500
8 DANNY O’CONNOR BAOC M21 500 44.40 500
9 SIMON BRANFORD WIM M35 500 45.43 500
10 MARTIN GODDARD SARUM M55 500 47.48 500
11 KIRSTIE DAVIES-WALTERS NATO W21 500 50.45 500
12 MIKE HAMPTON OD M70 500 51.37 500
13 JACKIE BUTT SARUM W50 500 51.45 500
14 DALE PAGET WSX M50 500 53.38 500
15 PAUL GEBBETT BOK M45 500 54.00 500
16= DAN GALLAGHER SARUM M40 500 55.07 500
16= ANNABEL PICKERING WIM W21 500 55.07 500
18 PAT KING IND M55 500 56.12 500
19 BERNIE FOWLER BADO M45 490 47.04 490
20 PAUL PICKERING WIM M21 490* 49.11 490
21 ROB HICK WSX M55 490 51.34 490
22 ALAN KERSLEY BADO M55 490 53.47 490
23 PAUL LANE SARUM M55 490* 59.28 490
24 JO PICKERING WIM W21 490 59.43 490
25 JEFF BUTT SARUM M50 500* 61.31 -20 480
26 IAN PEIRCE SARUM M70 490 60.15 -10 480
27 DAVE TAYLOR SARUM M45 480 45.30 480
28 GREGORY EHLEN BAOC M50 480 56.41 480
29 COLIN METCALFE SARUM M55 470 59.03 470
30 ERNEST KAPUSA IND M35 460 57.25 460
31 CHRIS BRANFORD WIM M70 470 61.22 -20 450
32 ANNE TYNEGATE BADO W55 450 52.49 450
33 LYNN BRANFORD WIM W65 440 54.01 440
34 JULIE ASTIN WSX W60 440 54.21 440
35 JOHN HARRISON BADO M65 460 62.18 -30 430
36 BRENDAN SHAW AAC M50 430 53.19 430
37 BECCA ELLIS WIM W21 450 62.17 -30 420
38 JUSTICE MALEBO IND M21 420 57.26 420
39 PAUL MORRISSEY IND M21 420 59.18 420
40 LUCY WILKINSON SARUM W14 420 59.36 420
41 HILARY PICKERING WIM W60 370 45.57 370
42 ANISH GURUNG IND M21 360 50.17 360
43 ALICE THIRKELL SARUM W12 330 53.04 330
44 FREDA PEIRCE SARUM W75 170 55.50 170
45 MATILDA THIRKELL SARUM W12 160 46.12 160