Event Report - Perth Waldorf Sprint

A tRicky event!

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Today's event at the Perth Waldorf School was to be my final at setting in WA and I was ever so pleased that the school allowed us access. I had mapped the school in July last year and it was so very complex that I needed two field trips to get everything right and even then I found errors when out course checking (and sadly more when putting out controls but nothing major so I had hoped no-one would notice). The natural bush setting (and the occasional quenda or rabbit sighting) added to the atmosphere.

I thought I'd do something special for such a compact and complex school so the two short courses required a map flip with the long course needing a flip, an exchange and then another flip! The idea of the long course was for the first two maps to have long route choice legs then after getting participants familiar with the school, bouncing them around short legs requiring constant direction changes, with bonus route choice to mix it up every so often. This worked well and runners needed to keep constant map contact with the 1:1500 scale meaning it was easy to overshoot things.

Sadly there were more MPs than I'd hoped for but I got a lot of positive comments from everyone and I'm so very glad to have ended my time in WA with such a tRicky event. I've enjoyed working with WA producing heaps of maps, setting courses and organising MTBO and hope to continue doing so from the other side of the country.

Thank you to everyone who helped out today: Sue, Jack and Paul Dowling, Hadrien Devillepoix, Jan and Ian Fletcher, Simon Windsor - from setup & pack up to control collectors and especially to Tash for overindulging in my activities over the past many years, with lots of early mornings to head out to setup events. Also to our computer operators, Rosalie McCaule,  Jack Dowling and Melinda Richards.

I hope to see everyone again soon. 

Results from the event can be found here 

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Department of Local Government,Sport and Cultural Industries

Acknowledgement of country

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