I hope you enjoyed your orienteering this Sunday at CHIG’s Epping South District event. We were fortunate not to have the weather forecast earlier in the week and had a sunny, rain-free event.
As organizer, two of the challenges for me were to find sufficient parking nearby in such a built-up area and some public toilets. Early on I was given permission to have registration and download in the NCP car park beside Snaresbrook Station; the added benefit of this being that competitors might alternatively travel by tube. My desire to provide toilets (other than those available to tube travelers, in the station) was not satisfied until a few days before the event when I discovered the availability of the Epping Forest South Division scout hut close by. I think many would agree that there were other benefits of moving registration and download to the scout hut – it provided somewhere for people on public transport to change after the event, there was tea, coffee and cake available and, importantly, it provided an opportunity for competitors to stop and socialize.
I am very grateful to the many CHIG members who helped on the day; thank you. The road crossings and the vulnerability of controls in the southern area of the map meant I had to call on a larger number of helpers than might be expected at a district event. I’d like to commend the download team for their calm, when we suffered a series of problems with computer hardware. Thanks too, to you, the competitors for your patience and understanding on the day.
I think most people would agree that Epping South is not the most technically challenge area the forest has to offer, but I believe our Planner did a good job with the terrain available. I’d like to thank him, our Controller and the forest team (putting out, patrolling and collecting in controls), for their energy and dedication on what was for them a long day.
We have just one item of lost property – a man’s technical t-shirt, which was left in the men’s loos. If this is your’s please contact me on 07709091025.
And finally, I’ d like to thank those of you who have already given us feedback on the event. I shall be reading all of your comments and these will inform the club’s future organization of orienteering events.