I hope you all enjoyed your runs at Newton Hanzard. I think it has some of the most pleasant terrain of all CLOK’s areas, and was certainly a pleasure to plan in. Fortunately we caught the area in early May just before undergrowth takes over in a few areas. I decided to use a common control with ‘butterfly’ loops for the TD5 courses, to make full use of the best bit of terrain. I was initially worried this might confuse those not used to such things, and there might be mis-punches, but fortunately this wasn’t the case and all the comments I heard were favourable. In general the course running times were about what I aimed for.
We were blessed with mild (if a little breezy) weather on the day. However, wet weather in the week before the event certainly made a difference to the water level in some streams and the slipperiness of the river banks and other steep slopes (although it was even worse on Saturday when control hanging!). I hope this didn’t cause anyone too much trouble, although I can only assume most of you got your feet wet!
Many thanks to my father for acting as Controller, and providing some sound advice, including correctly telling me one control was initially hung in the wrong place (!). Also to Pippa for commenting on the course planning, and helping tag a few sites (whilst on crutches!), and to Peter Bray and Andy Conn for helping to collect in the controls after the event.