First publication for this winter season, due to the disruption caused by the covid pandemic. As a consequence SOC event was cancelled on the 3rd December 2020. It will transfer to Thursday 14th January at Brockenhurst. See SOC event page. The event at Friar's Cliff, Christchurch went well, including the socially distanced meal in the pub afterwards! Becca Ellis (WIM) commented as follows on the event:
Three things sum up the night league race at Friar’s Cliff for me; it was ridiculously cold, it was great to see orienteering friends again after the lockdown (even if only briefly!), and Ian Sayer planned a fantastic course where the optimum route was not at all obvious resulting in some great competition. Having been caught out by Alan’s planning at Upton, I was determined not to make the same mistakes again (I managed to run a lot of KMs for relatively few points). I saw there were quite a number of 10 pointers north of the start clustered together so I decided to turn around and run backwards through the start to complete the course clockwise (and rightly or wrongly it looks like I was the only person who decided to do this). The terrain was mostly flat so it was fast racing and the longer legs in the south contrasted well with the controls closer together in the north. I enjoyed the detail of the alleyways and woods at the top of the map and had to really slow down at this point, especially as I ran this part last, to make sure I was making the best choices. Having had a look at the routes others took, there’s a lot of variety in sequence even between those with similar points and distances so I think that indicates some great planning. Thank you again to Ian and Julie for a really enjoyable event.