Mt. Tom Reservation, Holyoke, MA
June 11, 2011
Meet Director: Ian Smith
Despite a torrential downpour all over western Massachusetts and Connecticut and in the morning, a doughty group of about 35 orienteers made it to Amherst for the Mt. Tom races. The courses were challenging given the climb and hilliness of Mt. Tom and the wet conditions. The event offered the six standard courses after a 9.3 km blue course was abandoned by the course setter during the morning control setting. Once the rain abated at about 11:00 AM, the running conditions and visibility improved considerably. This was my first event at Mt. Tom, and I greatly appreciated the quality of the map and terrain. In my zeal, I made the orange course more difficult than it should have been, for which I apologize.
As I did not have room for a tent in my car, I ran the meet from the shelter of an umbrella and kept the most sensitive papers - like the maps - in my car. I am very grateful for help from Barbara Lamay, Kim Weeber, and Lori Eldridge, who contacted me in May to express interest in volunteering at the event; without their assistance, it would have been very difficult to run the event. Thanks to Ross Smith, Peter Gagarin, Ken Walker Sr, and Ed Despard for their help picking up the controls.
|White – 2.0k
|Mori and Susie Finlayson||NEOC||DNF|
|Yellow – 2.5k
|Orange – 4.1k
|Brown – 3.6k
|2||John Eric Nelson||WCOC||1:08:49|
|Green – 4.7k
|John Eric Nelson||WCOC||DNF|
|Red – 7.3k