it was my first effort at planning, the Nower provided me with some
interesting challenges. The primary one was the size of the
area, given that the BOF recommended distance for a Green is 3.5km to
5km and the map is only 1.25 km long. The plentiful path network
made the Yellow and Orange courses reasonably straight forward,
especially after Gordon corrected my initial over-zealous plans for
the Orange. Use of SportIdent removed a lot of constraint for
the Green, but I still felt it was necessary to have a second master
map due to the inevitable criss-crossing required to get enough
second constraint was the Hill Race start and finish, and I tried to
keep the shorter courses away from the likely approaches to the hill
race, which tend to be fast and downhill. We still got a number
of hill race finishers trying to download in the colour coded finish.
received a number of comments about the courses at the finish, some
complimentary and some not so. It seems on balance that most
enjoyed it. On reflection, I based my decision about distance
for the Green course on previous finish times without allowing for the
fact that Green was the longest course available. Clearly, more
faster runners would have run and as a result the course was probably
slightly long, even though the winning time was faster than last year.
would like to thank Mike Elliot for his excellent efforts on Sport
Ident and, in particular, Gordon Parker, who went well beyond his
duties as controller to ensure the event went well.