Weekly on-line circuits and Planning Competition
Following the success of the last planning competition, we have another challenge for you. This time you are asked to plan the Women’s Long Distance course at the World Championships (WOC) and the M2 Schools Long Distance (Junior Boys) at the World Schools Championships. For our fictional example the events are combined and use Dinnet forest in Scotland (map courtesy of MAROC).
The ‘Arena’ where the finish is located is shown on the map but you can choose the location of the start which can be anywhere on the map (athletes travel by bus to a separate quarantine area and then run or walk to the start). You can have different senior and junior starts. The main road is out of bounds but the minor road running north/south is to be closed for the duration of the event.
Target winning time for the women’s course is 70 to 80 minutes, in this terrain course lengths of at least 11km. World championship long distance courses are a physical and technical challenge typically include some very long legs (2 or 3km), they sometimes also include butterfly or phi loops to reduce following, and a ‘run-through’ at the arena for spectators, but these are optional. You can use a map exchange if necessary. You’ll find examples of old WOC courses, loops and run-throughs via Google.
The winning time for boy’s course is between 32 and 35minutes with course distance of 4 to 4.5km. For the purposes of the competition the technical difficulty is TD4 (Light Green), so testing the full range of technical skills except for use of complex contour detail, but considering ease of relocation.
Entries to be submitted as separate bitmap files. WOC uses 1:15,000 and World Schools use 1:10,000 but don’t worry for the competition, just use the settings in the CONDES file provided. Email entries to me by 1st May. There are different judges this time and all courses are judged anonymously (even I only know the results of the winners)
The files (pdf instructions, map jpeg and condes file) should be downloaded from Dropbox, here but let me know if you’re struggling and I’ll email them out.
We hope to see lots of our really experienced planners enter this ‘ultimate’ planning challenge but remember it’s great technical orienteering training for all levels of experience so please have a go. There are 3 categories – experienced planner, novice planner and junior (under 14) planner. Interestingly in real life we often don’t get that many female planners but in the last competition there were a high number of female winners, so it would be good to see lots of entries from women. Remember class winners receive a free run voucher for use at any SYO event.
SYO circuits continue each Thursday at 7pm. This week it’s “Roll the Dice” so you will need a dice and some weights! Click here for the link and use passcode 1968.
There is also a junior only circuit session lasting approx. 40 mins at 3pm every Monday. Click here for the link and enter passcode 572194.
Not interested any more?