New timed-control map software
Tom Dobra UBOC has developed a piece of software for creating timed-control maps in the correct format and size etc. It is an ongoing development so it will be updated periodically. The software is available for download from https://tdobra.github.io/tctemplate/ .
Latest TrailO Rankings
The latest rankings, together with the score sheet for the recent JK, are posted at the foot of the TrailO Ranking and Selection page.
TrailO at the JK
Two challenging TrailO competitions were held at the JK: TempO on Day 1 and PreO on Day 3. There were 80 competitors for the TempO, and in the PreO there were 48 in the Elite class and 29 doing the Standard. Results can be found in the results section of the JK website.
The TempO competition resulted in an outstanding victory for an orienteer who is not a regular competitor in TrailO - at least up to now: Matthew Leitch of Edinburgh University OC. He was not the fastest on the course, but had a correct answer for 26 out of the 30 tasks - two more than anyone else. Second placed was University of Bristol OC member Matthew Pickering, who was fast but had 7 errors on the course. The next four places went to well-experienced trail orienteers: John Kewley MDOC, Nick Barrable SYO, Anne Straube OD and Ian Ditchfield MV. Dick Keighley WIM was the best of the Paralympic competitors.
In the PreO, Peter Huzan SLOW significantly advanced his credentials in trail orientering with a narrow victory over John Kewley. Both scored 17 points out of the possible 20 and both made some mistakes at the timed controls. Three participants scored 16, with Scott Collier KERNO seeing the timed controls through without fault to take third place ahead of Nick Barrable SYO and Ruth Harris DEE. Sixth was Rob Hickling GRAMP with 15 points and error-free timed controls. Leading Paralympic competitor here was Peter Roberts EBOR.
Many thanks to the two Planners: Iain Phillips (TempO) and Liz Urquhart (PreO) and Organiser Graham Urquhart, and to Peter Hornsby, Anne Straube and Charles Bromley Gardner for contributions to putting on a very successful two days of TrailO.
European TrailO Championships selections
Those selected for ETOC in Bratislava, Slovakia, 27 April – 4 May are:
Open PreO: Charles Bromley Gardner, Ian Ditchfield, Tom Dobra, Peter Huzan, John Kewley and Iain Phillips
Para PreO: Dick Keighley and Peter Roberts
Open Relay: Two teams to be selected from all named above
Open TempO: Charles Bromley Gardener, Ian Ditchfield, Tom Dobra, Peter Huzan, Dick Keighley, John Kewley, Iain Phillips and Peter Roberts
The Team Manager will be Charles Bromley Gardner.