Results for Planning Competition 4 - Stickle Pike Blue and Yellow courses
The results are as below, the maps may be viewed using the links, thanks to Carol McNeill, for doing an excellent job of judging.
Note that some of the map links include both Orange and Very Short Green are included as part of a single file.
Start and finish – I commented on these for your Yellow courses so haven’t marked these again. Also length & RCW – I gave a free rein but it is still a Gallopen Blue. Most of you managed between 5 and 6km and no more than 300m climb. I wouldn’t want to run more.
My judging criteria for the Blue are more conventional than for my Yellow:
- Map reading (what Dick called technically challenging navigation) For me this is what orienteering is all about. You, the planner are trying to keep the orienteer wondering exactly where they are for as long as possible. Every control tells them where they are so not too many. Short legs tend to favour compass with only a bit of map reading at the end. Up to 4 points.
- Long Distance format. Selecting your long legs first is part of creating a good ‘long distance’ course. Make your long legs offer route choice & cross the map reading areas for as long as possible yet still requiring careful location of the control. Adding a few short, fine-O/compass legs through a complex area adds variety, interest, changes in concentration and can be used to get round a corner or set up for the next long leg. Up to 4 points.
- Control sites. This is technical 5 so controls must be in challenging locations. Obvious attack points within 100 metres can spoil a good map reading leg. 3 points.
- Route Choice. Long legs give the best opportunities for route choice. There were quite a few legs with options round Stickle Pike (NE area) and in my opinion the best choice which several of you found was a long leg across the top of the big slope on the west side. Cross line features rather than follow them. 3 points
- Climb overall climb over 300m is too much and no one likes to be sent down a hill just to climb back up. Best checked out when you think you have finished. 2 points for getting this right.
- Shape. Making good use of the terrain, a variety of leg lengths and no doglegs. I like crossovers but they should be as near to right angles as possible. Up to 3 points.
- Would I like to run your course? Not always the top scoring ones. I’d like to run courses B and K. B for shape and variety. K for its great long leg and only 11 controls. If yes then 1 point
I liked these courses and most of you got the technical 2 about right. Well done those who read Barry Elkington’s article. Some courses were closer to White (tech 1) and others more challenging (upper end of tech 2). Offering maps at registration allows accompanying adults to judge suitability. Plenty of climbing but I felt there was the benefit of great views and a sense of adventure being in the fells. If I am a Gallopen planner I always plan my Yellow and Orange courses first because they need to be person orientated.
I had a novel marking system. I chose a mean score of 17 then gave out plus points and minus points. So +3 and -2 gave you 18. So 17 or more is pretty good. No one gained more than 3 or lost more than 3.
- Plus points
- Overall one or more decisions on path legs
- If 3 or more line features were used. e.g. path, stream, wall, distinct marshes
- Useful taped routes
- Good variety and shape
- Minus points
- Getting to the start & from finish – a long way or going through the course
- Any legs more than 350 metres
- Too many off line control sites.
- Controls on just a path or other line feature without any additional feature to make it definite such as a path bend.
- Last control more than 300 meters from finish.
- Dog legs
- Taking competitors down just to go up again
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