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Tweet Wednesday 18th November 2020

Blustery winds blow away the cobwebs at Cleveland Orienteering Klub's Middle Distance Event

Report and photos by Neil Hunter, Organiser and member of Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK)

Please note:  this event took place before the new lockdown measures came into force in England at 00.01 on Thursday 5 November 2020.

Strong winds met the competitors at Cleveland Orienteering Klub's (CLOK’s) Birk Brow (near Guisborough) event on Sunday 1st November, but clear skies and mild temperature allowed good running conditions. The turnout was decent considering the area is not our finest, but it’s private landowner continued to support us, which made it ideal. We drew entries from many of our neighbouring clubs, as those whose O spikes have grown rusty over lockdown rushed to get a last one in before the tighter restrictions bite. Considerable COVID-secure arrangements were in place, from full pre-entry and timed arrivals in the car park, to social distancing stakes at the start and a download box dangling out of a car window. These procedures worked well and out on the courses, the enjoyment was back to normal as the familiar navigational challenges and tough physical conditions were the only concerns. Special thanks to the Dennis Hooton, planner and map updater, who, together with Controller Ray Barnes, braved the squally conditions at dawn and dusk and to the helpers at the start.

Feedback from a happy club member was....
"This was an epic event! Extensive gorse, steep slopes, waist-high heather, crags, boulders, bramble.... and believe it or not, thanks to good planning, the courses were excellent though on the tough side of normal. Lots of intricate legs in the contour detail and great views of the seascape."






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