British Night Champs at Tankersley Wood
Sat 9th Feb 2013
Results, Winsplits and Routegadget all published, see links above.
I jumped at the opportunity when initially asked to plan the British Nights on Tankersley. It's a great area with a great Neil Northrop map and would obviously provide an extra challenge at night. Only after agreeing to take on the role did I decide to go to New Zealand for 5 weeks immediately before the event (I returned on Tuesday 29th Jan)! This effectively meant that I would have to complete the planning before I went. The only problem with this was that Neil was still working on the map at that stage! In the end it all worked out OK and all comments I heard were favourable. Thanks to those with negative thoughts for keeping them to themselves!
As most will now know, we had a total of three SI boxes stolen. I was lucky in spotting no 31 (first control on a number of courses) before the first start and managing to replace it just in time. The other two (95 and 48) only became apparent as the first runners arrived in the area. However the thief was kind enough to leave the stake and kite behind so most people simply used the back-up punch to punch their map and carried on. One or two were unsure at no 48 that they were in the right place as the thief had also taken the card with the control code. I got out and replaced the controls as soon as possible but unfortunately quite a number of you were still affected. My apologies on behalf of the thief.
Congratulions to all class winners. The following deserve particular mention: Rachael Rothman's time on W21L (course 3) was excellent, beating all the old men (course 3A was nearly identical) and narrowly missing out on Aidan Smith's scalp. Jenny Peel showed her class on W45L, winning by a large margin. I was also particularly pleased to see how competitive M21L was: Jonny and Rich's dead heat was closely followed by a number of other classy performances. The winning time was even very close to the requirement of 75 minutes.
The following need my thanks. Firstly my son Michael for effectively being my assistant planner, dealing with planning issues whilst I was away but mostly for his assistance in putting out and collecting controls. Nick Barrable was also a great help with control collection. All controls, not being reused the following morning, were back in by 10.45pm. Charles Daniel controlled me efficiently and with minimum fuss. Even the weather was kind. No thanks to whoever stole the three SI boxes; what do they think they'll do with them?!
Tankersley Woods has a rich industrial heritage and once contained factories and railways during the war when it was heavily bombed. It now contains a wealth of detail with many bell pits, bomb craters and myriad of paths created by local people spread across mixed vegetation comprising natural oak woodland with bluebells through reclaimed spoil heaps with maturing shrubs and young trees.
The area has been worked for coal and iron, which has left complex slopes covered by the scars of hand-hewn "bell-pits" and other earth-works from the 19th century and before. These days the area is used by dog-walkers, cyclists and trail-bikers, leaving a large number of paths. In the most active biking areas the path network is very complex. The mapping of these paths is good, but small new paths can be created quickly.
There are brambles in parts of the area, but most are at ankle-length, are pretty runnable and have no bramble screen. There are some areas of thicker brambles in the far south of the map.More details about Tankersley Wood...
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