National YHOA Superleague Event
A National event at Tankersley Wood
On Sun 18th Feb 2018
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Middle Distance Event
I've always said that on the day of a well organised event the organiser should have very little to do... Mark, Dave and Ian had done a meticulous job. The team leaders were all fully prepared and took control of their bit on the day. The weather was kind and the courses well received. Thanks to all the helpers for their efforts and the competitors for making it such an enjoyable day. Special thanks to the Dakins for saving me a trip back to the garage!
Dave made excellent use of the area. Tankersley is interesting but limited by being fairly narrow so the courses needed lots of crossing over. I heard a couple of tales of people following the wrong line but accepted it was their fault. As Mark mentions, there were a few problems running up to the event but they were all tackled with minimal fuss. Thanks to Dave, Mark, Amanda and the whole of the highly efficient SYO team for making my job very easy.
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...