Thank you all for coming 350 competitors from 10 schools, and thanks to the Countryside Warden Team at Flatts Lane for allowing us the use of this challenging area.
Apologies to the late starting pair from Yarm Preparatory, who set off to find the kites removed, and also to those competitors on the Orange course who spent time looking for their last control, which had been removed early in error. Orange competitors missing this control will not be disqualified, but once the results have been analysed, Phill and I will decide whether or not to let the results stand for league points, in view of the obvious unfairness of the Orange competition.
One specific point to mention we have no objection to parents or teachers standing out on the course to ensure their charges do not go wildly adrift, especially inexperienced or younger competitors, but today we observed a small number of adults on the White course running with the children, and even doing the map reading for them! This we would like to discourage, as apart from the obvious unfairness to other competitors, it removes the teaching opportunity to improve children's map reading skills.
Finally thanks once more to the CLOK team of volunteers Joan and Matin Adamson, Joan Selby, Peter Partington and Gerald Helm on the start, Ann and Joe Dobbs and Eileen and John Bedwell on the finish, Mike Vasey and Malcolm Conway patrolling, and of course to Phill Batts, your course planner.
Next event Errington Woods, June 20 see you there!
Orienteering Development Officer
Cleveland Orienteering Klub