High Rock, Foxborough, MA
May 20, 2018
Meet Directors: Bill Binette, Jim Paschetto
It was a very fine day's weather between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm. Early in the day it drizzled a little, and about 3:00 pm there was a heavy shower. It affected only the set up and pick up. The competitors had the best 4 hours of the day to run and walk. The venue did have one problem: it would have been much improved if we had a mosquito forecast to help the planning. There was a huge bloom of insects just the day before the meet. The course setters saw nothing as bad as today during the whole month of May.
Many first-time orienteerers were recruited from the numerous dog walkers. They commonly expressed gratitude for NEOC showing them another way to enjoy their local woods. And they got a really neat map of the State Forest.
Much appreciation was stated about the new map, completed for the National event in 2016, with contour interval 2.5 m, updated from 5 m. The interesting terrain in now much more visible. A direct comparison between old and new maps was striking while setting the courses. There are many more targets now.
Purple Pen calculated the White course at 1.9 km and the Yellow at 2.0 km. One observant person asked why yellow seemed so much longer. Good Question. Purple Pen measures as the bird flies in a straight line. Yellow is longer because we humans travel on the paths between each control, and for 10 controls we run perpendicular to the bird path for an average of 50 feet into the woods and another 50 feet out returning to the path. That is an extra 1000 feet before mentioning the zig-zag around other obstacles like fallen trees and the occasional running a circle. White is strictly on the path with almost no deviation from the flight of a bird.
There were 78 starts today, mostly running on the hardest and easiest end of difficulty. I recommend the newbies check out Winsplits. I am sure the experienced runners will check out the split times. There were 2 plausible route choices on almost every split. I am amazed that some people ran across the swamps and marshes. Did they not know about yesterday's rain? I guess it did not matter on some crossings, because they had some really good overall times. I think it would be very interesting to have every route on Red and Green courses plotted on RouteGadget. So, if you have the time, please share. (RouteGadget is found in the Results menu.)
Several people did double duty working him/herself on a course, and helping with the registration, set-up and pickup. Thank you to Andy McIlvaine, Pelle Wåhlström, and Mark Webb for their help with the crush at Registration; and to Sylvie Guichard, Xavier Fradera, Sam Levitin for pickup. Special thanks to the two people who did triple duty... Karen Yeowell and Mark O'Connell. They each ran Red, picked up controls, and were the only people to be caught out in the heavy rain at 3 pm. Thank you for all the help. It is very much appreciated.
View the splits here (courtesy of WinSplits). For the raw splits file, click menu Results>Raw Splits Files.
This event is in RouteGadget (in the Results menu) — share your route, or just use the Splitsbrowser (click in the menubar).
|Short White 1.0k|
|4||Leigh Niedeck, Hannah Petersen||EMBK||17:38|
|White 1.9k 55m|
|6||Josh G., Meghan O.||43:23|
|7||Mark Tiede (4)||55:10|
|Yellow 2.0k 70m|
|4||Quenton Friedman +1||49:12|
|5||Kirsten Hummel, Shawn Lowry||NEOC||54:24|
|Leonardo Chen +4||DNF|
|Orange 3.2k 105m|
|2||Emma & Sean||NEOC||68:11|
|3||Wesley McCarty +1||NEOC||89:44|
|Brown 4.2k 190m|
|Green 5.3k 195m|
|12||Jeanne & Mark Hummel||NEOC||149:25|
|Red 6.9k 215m|