Spring Wood, Whalley, Jan 12 2013
Date of event: Sat 12th Jan 13
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Whalley, Lancashire
Spring Wood, Whalley.
The forecast included the word "snow", so we were apprehensive. On the day, however, it was dry with a cold breeze to steel the nerves. The wood was muddy but nowhere Noah wet, as it had been in December. Perfect conditions for a good run out.
For a small event, what a good turn out: 26 on Light Green (only 25 maps printed) and many double and treble entries on the easier courses. We apologise for our having to re-circulate some maps on some courses. If you were affected and want a copy, please look on Routegadget first, or e-mail the Organiser for a PDF copy.
There were a couple of mis-punches and some unusual route choices taken (especially LG 11 -> 12, with several competitors erring much too high up the hill), but other than that, all went well.
Thanks to our officials and helpers: Jim/controller, Mark/planner, Bill/permissions, Carole & John/registration, Steve/SI setup-results-Routegadget, Mike/equipment-fettler & registration-cleaner and supporting parents/carers/leaders. Without you, it would not have happened! Everyone else got a run, I think. Thanks for coming.
Next Event: Pendle Hill, Barley 3rd Feb. Yellow to Brown. Details on this website. Be there.
LOST PROPERTY: One pair of Inov8 O-Shoes was left on the car park verge. If you can identify the original (pre-muddy) colour and their size, you can have them back! E-mail the organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org << Monday news: The slipper fits - Cinderella has been found!
Original event information below:
Spring Wood, Whalley is a classic woodland orienteering area with a good path network for introductory and easier courses plus pleanty of technical features and route choices for experienced orienteers. A "surprise" additional section of woodland has been added to the competition area.
Recent clearance of rhododendron clumps has improved the runnability in many parts of the wood and has revealed some hitherto hidden features.
Planner: Mark Jesson PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Jim Mitchell, PFO.
Info for dog owners
Dogs are permitted under control.
Public toilets at the car park.
About the area/map
Spring Wood is a traditional orienteering wood comprising runnable woodland set on a steepening hillside with small quarries and outcrops around the top of the hill.
There is contour detail from historic excavation, plus a mix of thicket, rock and water features. The area is a favourite with dog walkers as there are many paths, which makes it suitable for easier courses. For more experienced orienteers there are many point features and alternative route choices.
For many years the area has been characterised by rhododendron bushes. Due to their implication in spreading Sudden Oak Death, amongst other tree diseases, the rhododendrons in Spring Wood have been felled (2011/2012/2013) and in some cases burnt. For the orienteer this has meant the disappearance of almost all of the areas of fight and, in their place, the appearance of brashings. Some brashings are impassable (double hatch vertical green screen on the map) and some slowly passable (single hatch screen). A few clumps, presumably not diseased, have been left standing and shown dark green, as are the more substantial hollybushes. Interestingly, the rhododendron roots have not been killed and so new shoots are already appearing. It remains to be seen whether fresh growth will be permitted or cut back once again.
The most likely outcome is that the map will need updating again soon.
The map was extended for the event in January 2014 and now includes an area of rough land crossed by many tracks and bike trails. This adds distance and interest to the original mapped woodland. An underpass enables courses to cross the main road in safety.
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Posted by Steve Wilson