Boojum Rock, Stoneham, MA
October 13, 2019
Meet Directory: Tobias Karlsson
This Sunday was a beautiful day for orienteering. All the fall colors were represented and the temperature just perfect for a day in the park. The two days leading up to it, and the days I spent placing the advanced and Orange course controls, were quite wet, but I'm happy to pay that price if it means that the day of the event is lovely.
We had a good group of people attending, but it was a little bit thin on the beginner courses given that it was a beautiful day. Maybe by this time in the season everybody has advanced to higher course levels. Although Boojum Rock is a bit far from urban Boston, it was encouraging to see some attendees arrive via a combination of the T, bicycles and skateboard!
The course-setting was a little bit last-minute this time around due to some confusion with the permit, but even so in the end I was fairly happy with the outcome. The feedback was generally good with the occasional comment about the sometimes somewhat concealed control locations. The vegetation was generally reasonably pleasant but with frequent un-mapped patches of briers. The map is unfortunately of little help with the thickness of the terrain. Instead it is usually a good idea to avoid low areas.
The advanced courses all started and ended with the same string of controls, with extra controls in the middle to create the longer courses. This has the advantage that the longer course maps can be used for the shorter courses, and thus we can print fewer of the short course maps. The obvious drawback is that it can get a bit crowded in the shared sections.
I had a great team of volunteers that made the event run smoothly. Pelle Wahlstrom helped with transporting material to and from the event which was of great help since my car can not fit all of it. Jim Crawford brought and ran the computer station with help from Bridget Hall, Andy Hall, and Andy McIlvane. At the registration we had Kristin Hall, Andy Hall, Bridget Hall, Pia Webb, Andy McIlvane, and I'm sure there were others (please let me know). For control pickup I also had a great team: Pelle Wahlstrom, David Quinn, Jonas, Anna, Harold, & Tim Martner, Pia Webb, Marianne Ray and Ian Finlayson. Sam Gruetter help with folding and sorting the controls. Finally, thank you Pia and Kelly for being great diplomats. Thanks again to all of you!
Split times are here (courtesy of WinSplits).
|2||Wendy & Carol & Isla||NEOC||77:44|
|4||David & Heather||NEOC||115:17|
|Paul Hennessey + 5||DNF|
|9||Jose Luis Bernal||NEOC||96:08|
|15||Boyd Potts & Gail DeRuzzo||NEOC||120:35|