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Keurboom Park Event

Competition nameKeurboom Park Event
Start date20070227
End date20070227
CountrySouth Africa
Race typeNational
Nearest place or cityCape Town
Club/organizerPeninsula Orienteering Club (PenOC)
Region of countryWestern Cape
Number of competition days1
Expected number of runners100
WRE event?No
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Event descriptionRegistration: 16:30 onwards. Starts: 16:35 to 17:30. Where: Ave de Mist near corner of Coniston Road near electricity substation. Rondebosch.
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Short race reportIt was quite difficult to find challenging control sites in a flat generally open area that contained mainly linear features. The sprint orienteering format has been defined by the IOF as follows: "Sprint Orienteering is a fast, visible easy to understand format... The wining time shall be 12-15 minutes, preferably the lower part of the interval". When Richard Lange finished in 11 mins 32 secs, I thought that I had the distance at 2.5km just a little short. Then Owen Middleton came in later at 10 mins 40 secs, then I knew that the course was too short. It would appear that 3 km in a flat area is about right reducing to about 2.5km in an area with about 100 metre climb. I tried to introduce a variety of control sites. Three sites were on the edge of a "forest" that had a least one tree standing a short distance away and marked as a separate tree. This meant that one had to read the map accurately to go to the edge of the "forest" rather than to the outermost tree. There were no comments on this, so I assume that all persons read the map accurately. I picked up one error on the map where I had moved the control from a fence corner to a forest corner and manually corrected the map and explained to all orienteers the need to go to the blue circle. Congratulations to Owen Middleton for recording the fastest time for men and Meris Mills for the fastest time for the ladies. We had an overseas visitor Mr Szechenyi, who is a vice President of IOF. He said that he got the details of the event from our website. This shows the importance of keeping the website up to date with details of future events. Thanks to Ruedi for printing the maps and for collecting the controls. After the event most competitors adjourned to my house for the AGM and refreshments. The sun had long set by time the meeting had ended. RESULTS 1) Owen Middleton 10:40 2) Richard Lange 11:32 3) Toby Mills 12:26 4) Jeremy Main 13:02 5) Johan Hammes 13:17
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