Event Organizer’s Report
Nice cool weather and very open running. 7 entries in the Viking, 9 in the Visigoth and 17 in the Elves with about 65 people in total meant a respectable turn out for this “mini” marathon orienteering adventure. In addition to regular cross country O, participants also had to follow a (bendy) line on the map and find some “hidden” controls, go into the newly “mapped” area of the Sanctuary and find controls on a contour/water feature only map, finishing in a cemetery (the “dead center” of the map), find two specific gravestones, and then finish with a score event. All the while trying to evade the wood sprites in the Sanctuary who, if they caught them, would give exercises to perform, riddles to solve, or reward with a (bogus) bonus control.
The Elves had a slightly easier course with regular O and follow the marked line with hidden controls. Scoring for the Elves was based on time with 5 minutes added for any missed controls. For Vikings and Visigoths it was the overall time of all sections with 5 minutes added for any missed control in the score/cemetery/line sections. 5 minutes were deducted for each bonus question answered correctly.
The winning team in the Vikings was Greg Balter and Bernie Breton with an overall time + extras, of 214 minutes,although they were handily beaten by individual competitors Sagi Levy ( 182), Jeremy Colgan (184) and Stefan Slutsky (206).
The Visigoths winner was Lina Spokauskaite with adjusted time of 135 and no missed controls, followed by Andis Vitolins (169) and Dave Webber (189).
The winning Elves team were Fiona Young and Alan Young with all controls and a time of 81 minutes, followed by Zhangning Hu in 85 and Alex Hlivka in 99 minutes.
Many thanks to Kseniya Popova for setting the courses and transforming into a mean wood sprite for the day, for Bob Bullions and Paul Bisset helping in registration, George Hawes for manning the map exchange in the woods, Paul and George for help in setting out and Nadya Popova, Bob and Paul for help in picking up controls.
As usual special thanks to Anne and the Steves from Westmoreland for all the pre-event help and manning registration and snacks during the event.
HVO is bringing back the Raid the Sanctuary in April of 2016 to offer some exciting, non-standard Oing. Competition will consist of teams of two persons, and there will be at least two difficulty levels available.
It will be mad, it will be brutal, it will be fun! Be there to “Raid the Sanctuary”.
In answer to several queries, individuals can compete in the Viking or Visigoth course at ½ cost of teams but will not be eligible for the magnificent team prizes for winners.
Registration is open on the Westmorland Sanctuary site.