RegionalEast AngmeringSun 25 March, 2018

Bluebells in the Spring

Bluebells in the Spring

Near: Arundel
Level of event: Regional
Type of event: Race

Results

Report

Planners Comments - Ralph Phillips

It was great to see over 160 competitors attending this event, which makes it really worth putting on considering most comments were positive. A couple of competitors said that some of the controls were placed too high; my theory is that it’s a navigation exercise not a treasure hunt. Some unfortunately believe I may have put in no choice route for the penultimate leg on the blue course. From the timings on the Orange and Yellow courses the ground must have made it very difficult to travel across well done to all those on these courses. Thanks to Mike Murray my controller especially for correcting the last but one control I had put in the wrong depression. And to Jan Ireland for the tremendous help and peace of mind she gave me as the Organiser. Sorry to say one control number 69 was stolen with its stake and kite.

Organisers Comments - Jan Ireland SO

I have to admit that having the hour change on the day of the event was a bit of a shock to the system, but due to the quiet roads it made the task of putting the signs out on the A27 a little less risky! Thankfully the Estate staff had filled in the potholes on the approach road to the park, and it was only the final bit of track leading to the event area that was a little bumpy. Hopefully with the additional 20mph signs we’ll have no complaints about people driving too fast or for not stopping when passing horses.

The day was set fair, not too cold, and my willing band of helpers started to arrive. Parking was up and running in no time and, once the SI tent was up, everyone set about their tasks on the early shift. Ralph was well organised in getting the controls and start lanes out, Mike had completed his checking, and we were up and ready to run in good time for helpers to set off on their courses prior to doing their middle or late shifts. We had a little problem with the grass area for parking as the recent rainfall made the entrance very soft so we had to revert to the trackside parking earlier than we’d hoped. Anna Bartlett gets the award for the most impressive wheel spins whilst staying totally unflappable as some able bodies got behind the car to push. Due to everyone’s efforts the day went very well and we were pretty much packed up and on our way home by 2:30pm.

My sincere thanks to all who helped me before the event and on the day:

All those involved in creating the event before I even get involved - Committee et al.

Ralph Phillips for planning and Mike Murray for Controlling.
The SI team - Les Coles, Joe Barratt, Mike Ralph, Trudie Tyler and Paul Wilson worked their magic with the computers. Joe and Trudie handled a hiccup with the green course controls defined in Autodownload, and the results printouts were corrected after Paul fiddled with the printers.

Tapes to Start, start and finish flags, and general help with club tent set up etc - John Morris, Steve Ewens, Ray, Sophie and James Kingdom, Penny Parker, Mark Salthouse, Les and Sylvia Coles

Parking - John Morris, Carol and Joe House, Mark Salthouse, Mark Chapman, Peter Dudman and Neil Watts.

EOD - Anna and Maddie Bartlett, Lorna Lindfield and Brian Smith

Starts - Ray, Sophie and James Kingdom, Robin Smith, Alan Velecky, Gillian Smith, Ralph Phillips
My apologies to Gillian who was on her own for a short while on Starts until Ralph kindly stepped in to help.

Finish - John Pittam

Information - Penny Parker, Chris Jepson

Control Collection - Barry McElearney, Robin Smith, Jack Kosky, Mark Chapman Chris Hooker, Barry Jones, Ralph Phillips.

Allocation and return of kit to store - Neil Crickmore
First Aid - Robin Wilson, Claire Leitch

Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anyone. As I type this I realise how many of you got on with your duties without me having to direct you. Thank you, it makes my job a whole lot easier!
Jan Ireland

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Pre event info

This event takes place in mainly runnable Beech woodland on the gentle lower slopes of the South Downs. A wide range of courses ensures that there is something for everyone.

FINAL DETAILS

Regional Series Info

These events offer a larger range of colour coded courses (including the usual yellow, orange, green, blue) and attract a wider group of people from different clubs. Seven colours are used with each representing a certain level of difficulty (both technical and physical). The darker the colour, the longer and harder the course. For cheaper prices and to ensure a map, pre-entry is recommended via Fabian 4.

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Location Info

Nearest town: Arundel

* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.

Directions / Parking

Angmering Park Estate, 3 miles east of Arundel. Nearest Postcode: BN18 9QG. O Signs will be from the

Crossbush roundabout to the south-east of Arundel. Entrance to the Estate will be via Blakehurst Lane, only accessible from the Eastbound carriageway of the A27.

TQ 075083 Parking in grass area. When this is full, linear parking alongside good tracks. £2 per car.

Public Transport

Nearest station Arundel (6.2km walk). No Sunday buses.

Course Information

Brown: approx. 10km
Blue : approx. 7.1km
Green: approx. 4.7km
Short Green: approx. 3.5km
Orange: approx. 3.1km
Yellow: approx. 2.5 km.
These are provisional distances and may change slightly.

Start approx. 500m from registration and initial parking area along estate tracks. Finish approx. 200m from registration and initial parking area along estate tracks. Hopefully all cars will be within 1000m - 1250m from the start / finish. Please follow red and white tapes.

Entry Details

To 11/03/18:
BOF seniors £7, Other seniors £9, SO juniors free, Other juniors £3.

To 18/03/18:
BOF seniors £8, Other seniors 10, SO juniors free, Other juniors £3.

To 23/03/18:
BOF seniors £9, Other seniors £11, SO juniors free, Other juniors £3.

EOD:
BOF seniors £10, Other seniors £12, SO juniors free, Other juniors £3.

Yellow and Orange Entries for all dates: BOF Senior £4, Other Senior £6, SO Junior Free, Other Junior £3

'Dibber' hire: 
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1

Entry:
Enter on-line at http://www.fabian4.co.uk/

(on-line entries close at midnight on 23 th March 2018)

EOD Subject to map availability.

Registration

EOD registration 09.30 – 11.30

Start Times

10.00 – 12.00. Courses close 14:00

Map Details

Scale 1:10,000. 5mtr contours.
Original mapping by Mike Gammon; Roger Maher in 1997/9. Angmering Park East updated; extended
by SUTMAP 2014, further updated by Mike Gammon Spring 2017.

Terrain Description

The competition area is mainly runnable Beech woodland on the gentle lower slopes of the Downs. The area is well known for a wonderful display of Bluebells in Spring.

Dog restrictions

Dogs must not be taken onto the courses but can be taken on walks on the Angmering Estate tracks. Please keep dogs under control and clear up any mess. Please be aware that there has been a case of AlabamaRot reported in the Patching area and be sure to wash your dog thoroughly after visiting the Estate.

Facilities

Toilets close to registration.

Miscellaneous

Contact the organiser, Jan Ireland by telephone 07866 965928 (before 20:00) or e-mail: jannion@me.com

The Chestnut Tree Hospice is based in the grounds of Angmering Park Estate. At the request of the landowner £1.50 per entrant will be donated to this charity.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Ralph Phillips

Organiser: Jan Ireland

Controller: Mike Murray SLOW