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Course/ Category Mens/ Boys Runner up Womens/ Girls Runner up Age 10 and under Chris Markham OD George White OD Florence Lunn OD Tabitha Lunn OD Age 11 - 16 Felix Lunn OD Sam Leadley OD Gemma Cairns-Smith WCH Jessica Parker WRE Age 17 - 39 William Gardiner OD Matthew Elkington OD Anne Straube OD Ellie Boot OD Age 40 - 59 Chris McCartney OD Barry Elkngton OD Delia Kingsbury WRE Suzanne Humphries OD Age 60 + Michael Baggott HOC Richard Gardner OD Margaret Willdig OD Sue Hallet OD
Age 10 and under
Chris Markham OD
George White OD
Florence Lunn OD
Tabitha Lunn OD
Age 11 - 16
Felix Lunn OD
Sam Leadley OD
Gemma Cairns-Smith WCH
Jessica Parker WRE
Age 17 - 39
William Gardiner OD
Matthew Elkington OD
Anne Straube OD
Ellie Boot OD
Age 40 - 59
Chris McCartney OD
Barry Elkngton OD
Delia Kingsbury WRE
Suzanne Humphries OD
Age 60 +
Michael Baggott HOC
Richard Gardner OD
Margaret Willdig OD
Sue Hallet OD
WEST MIDLAND PARK CHAMPIONSHIPS
I thought Brueton was well suited for a “Park” event, especially with the Nature Reserve fields to the south providing some variety for the longer courses. Bob Brandon made good use of it by providing fast courses, but with frequent changes of direction to keep you on your toes. My only concern was that the path structure limited the options for the M/W10 course, which was unavoidably rather boring as a result.
The map is beginning to show its age, but I am grateful to Bruce Bryant for his work on producing the layout and for other help – particularly for making significant updates which had been suggested. The seasonal vegetation in, and bordering, the wooded areas was more extensive than the map suggested but we tried to avoid it as far as possible. There were notices at the start warning about this.
An early failure of control 141 was quickly rectified, and the value of the back-up punches on emit cards was helpful in ensuring that nobody was penalised.
Congratulations to the Champions, and my thanks to John Middler, Bob Brandon and the OD Team for the opportunity to work with them on this event.
Robert Vickers (HOC)
My first attempt at planning the courses had the start and finish together close to parking. Courses A to D worked their way to the top of the park and back down again, with A,B&C visiting the more wild part of the park beyond the 6th Form College.
I then noticed the specification for Course E - M/W10 minus which, to me, needs a White course. The particular suitable path simply snakes its way through park and doesn't come back. However, remembering the secret passage-way meant that by magic the Start relocated in Malvern Park.
I hope that you enjoyed your course.
I found Robert Vickers' input invaluable as the final courses took shape. Robert's external eye helped also as that mapping legend, Bruce Bryant, brought the map up to date - Bruce also keeping an eye on my developing Condes course file. Thanks to both of them, and thanks also to Mike Baggott for bringing the dodgy unit 141 to our attention !
What a great day, spoilt only by the occasional showers early in the day. Thankfully we had set up 2 of the frame tents so we could shelter through the worst of it. Courses and assembly area were in place before 9am so there was very little for helpers to do when they arrived at 9.30. I am eternally grateful to all of the helpers, especially those non competing parents Kimberley and Phil Lunn. You will be glad to know that the finances balanced to the penny! Registration ran really smoothly thanks to Lyn Page who issued EMIT cards and ensured runners were entered in the correct class.
We had a very good turnout, almost double from last year. Numbers were boosted by our neighbours from LEI and DVO. We even had visitors from MDOC, EBOR, PFO (Accrington) and SOS from Essex. However, the most travelled award goes to the Westin family from Skien in Norway. Welcome Kjell, Lenka, Kjersti and Emilie and I hope you are enjoying your holiday. We must be doing something right, we are attracting an international field to regional events!