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Horwich Festival (inc Lever Park)

The 2nd day of our Urban Weekend started with a prologue event in Lever Park, Rivington followed by an Urban event around the closed off streets of Horwich. 

As this event is part of the festival it has become a mass start event but with more competitors than last year the main event had to be split into 3 separate mass starts. 

Back at download there was lots of discussion and smiling faces. So I can only hope that everyone had a good time.

Please feel free to let us know if you enjoyed the event via our Facebook Page, Facebook Group or using Twitter.

Provisional Results - Lever Park - Horwich Urban - Overall

Last Leg Times - Horwich Urban

RouteGadget Here - Lever Park (prologue)Horwich Urban
(All Loops shown on one course only, add routes as if you did the loops shown in RouteGadget)

Winsplits - Lever Park - Horwich Urban

Controllers Comments

I’d like to congratulate SELOC for providing two excellent and highly enjoyable days of orienteering.

For a small club this required a number of individuals to dedicate themselves to the key roles, but it is apparent that the whole club contributed with several people working hard both days.

Weekend coordinator Steve Round checked we were all pulling in the same direction, and got us to make appropriate adjustments when we weren’t.

On the Sunday, for Lever Park and Horwich town centre, several people contributed diligently to their various roles, but of the key individuals: Kevan Latham seemed unflappable and was entirely competent as Organiser; and Stephen Richards and Ed Mellor planned with flair in Lever Park and Horwich respectively – I think they made good use of small and constrained areas. I’d also like to thank Mark Sammon for working with the planners to print courses that were legible, despite their complexity.

Well done SELOC!


Organiser's Comments

Caroline, Lisa and Pete had put on a fantastic event the previous day under the watchful eye of the Double Event Organiser Steve Round, where we had two organisers and one planner. Whereas in Horwich, the following day, I had two planners and one organiser still under the ever watchful eye of Steve Round. Although not on the same scale as the previous day, SELOC put on an entertaining event for its runners by tying the event in with the annual Horwich Festival of Racing that included running and cycling events throughout the whole day. The SELOC stalwarts, still weary from the previous day, stepped up again to provide the quality of service our fellow orienteers demand of such day.

Stephen Richards planned the Prologue in Lever Park in the morning, which by all accounts 'hit the spot' for a sprint race according to many I spoke to. Ed Mellor planned the Town Centre Final, a small area within the confines of the festival race circuit. As with the Prologue I received some very complimentary remarks about the Final Urban Sprint. Due to the size of the entry I decided to go for 3 mass starts rather than unleash a single baying mob of frenzied orienteers loose on the local population. We also had to contend with a small event window in the carnival schedule to release the runners between the carnival parade ( an unusual distraction in an orienteering event) and the start of the first national unicycle championship race - yes unicycle! With the help of my great team it all worked like a dream and no casualties. What was even more amazing was the work done by our IT guru Mark Sammon who not only had to work with two different race formats but 3 mass starts and a spread of all categories across the starts to produce a set of results in time for the prize giving care of our event sponsors Blue Mantle.

Our thanks go to Hazel Gregory and Guy Barker of United Utilities for allowing us to stage the Prologue in Lever park and a special mention to the Horwich Festival of Racing Committee that not only allowed us to participate in the festival with the Final but also to show off the sport of Orienteering to a wider audience. Thanks to the committee we had access to the scout hut for our event centre, excellent marshaling, event commentary and prizes for the first 3 in each category.

My biggest thanks go to my fellow SELOCers who gave up a second day to put up with me and my quirky ways to stage an enjoyable event. We obviously did something right as there were a lot of happy smiley orienteers departing our grand day out passing on some very nice comments. Special mention goes to: the event centre team led by Lisa this time with Caroline in support with Alan, Fran and Angela that kept the admin running smoothly then doubled up as marshals for the last race, Roy Stevenson who again, with his team, took charge of the starts for both events and last but not least the Urban Weekend Organiser Steve Round without who's support and knowledge I would have struggled and who led the whole weekends events.

I hope everyone who attended our events had as good a time as I had - thank you.

Kev Latham

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