Results for Planning Competition 4 - Stickle Pike Blue and Yellow courses

Fri 17 Jul 2020

The results are as below, the maps may be viewed using the links, thanks to Carol McNeill, for doing an excellent job of judging.

Blue Results

Position Planner Score (points) Links
1st Andy Robinson 20 MAP
2nd= Andy Lewsley 19 MAP
  Derek Allison 19 MAP
4th= Jo Cleary 17 MAP
  Harry Scott 17 MAP
  Roger Smith 17 MAP
7th Richard Tiley 16 MAP
8th Jerry Purkis 15 MAP
9th= Nick Howlett 13 MAP
  Gill Browne 13 MAP
11th Dave Walton 12 MAP
12th Matthew Horne 10 MAP

Yellow Results

Position Planner Score (points) Links
1st= Gill Browne 20 MAP
  Richard Tiley 20 MAP
3rd= Jo Cleary 19 MAP
  Andy Lewsley 19 MAP
  Jerry Purkis 19 MAP
  Harry Scott 19 MAP
7th= Andy Robinson 18 MAP
  Roger Smith 18 MAP
9th= Derek Allison 17 MAP
  Matthew Horne 17 MAP
  Nick Howlett 17 MAP
  Meg Layfield 17 MAP
  Dave Walton 17 MAP

 Note that some of the map links include both Orange and Very Short Green are included as part of a single file.

Carol's comments

Blue course

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

Yellow course

 - General 

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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