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Haigh Hall, 28 November 2015

A good turn out for our little event at Haigh Hall.

Results are below.

Results

Planner/organiser's comments.

We had a surprisingly high turn-out for our humble little event despite the weather, which was a great surprise but very hard work for just 2 of us. Thankfully the Thetford gang were on hand as usual to help out part way through, so many thanks to them Thanks also to Stephen Richards with the helping of running the event and casting an eye over my planning despite being under the weather. I must not forget Paul Turner who printed the maps at the last minute for me and helped collect in some controls.

For those of you who have been to Haigh Hall before you would have seen some huge changes; the disappearance of the rhododendrons opening up the woods to make them so runnable and the restriction around Haigh Hall itself. The latter being at the behest of the New Park Manager as the Hall has now been sold to the Contessa group and will be turned into a boutique hotel with extensive works to the main drive when it gets underway. This meant we were restricted to a tight funnel area to start and finish with, which was a little boring, I'm sorry about that. It was interesting to note that the Saturday Park Run started and finished in front of the Hall maybe because the Park Manager was involved, who knows?

During the planning and site recce's I came across the miniature railway engineer who was not best pleased about orienteers running over his railway tracks, hence the emphasis during the safety brief about the railway and the use of the mandatory crossings.

On the downside, a massive apology to all the Blue course runners who had the inconvenience of having 3 controls missing on their course. The results have been adjusted by our marvellous IT specialist Mark Sammon, who voided the controls 1, 4 & 8 and produced a credible set of results. I am sure some on the course will be miffed especially the early starter who bore the greatest delays in the searching. I was responsible for the placing of all 3 controls. Control 1 was not secured very well as there was little to secure it to. Controls 4 and 8 were secured to a tree and steel post respectively. The only thing I can think of is that they were cut with something like a Leatherman tool or in hindsight I had not engaged the padlock correctly with my cold hands. I did spend some considerable time looking around the site for them having been chucked away without success. I will write to the Park Manager to ask his staff to be on the look out for them. This is the first time I have ever had controls go missing on all the events I have been involved in at Haigh Hall.

Having said that the other courses seems untouched and some good results were seen across all age groups.

Thak you for turning up and I hopefully will see you all again.

Kev Latham

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