43 riders enjoyed the dry tracks on Saturday which made for a fast course and a few riders to clean up. The results are here, with report and map to follow.
Here’s the course map for next Saturday’s event at Bishop Wilton.
Hopefully the weather will have warmed up by then!
The map picture has lost some resolution, click on the map for the full pdf file.
Thanks to Adrian Parker for his first event planning and providing a testing course – which also included our switch from poly bags to waterproof paper for the maps, a welcome change. Here’s Adrian’s report:
The Washburn Valley score event on Saturday 27th April was the first event of the summer NYMBO season. Not that the weather knew. Although the ground was generally firm after the dry and warm late Easter, Saturday was breezy with a brisk Westerly over the moors and the day was punctuated with heavy showers.
The Washburn Valley is deceptive. As those taking part in the race will now have experienced, it has a lot of gradient and close attention to the contours lines was required. While planning I kept bringing the control spread in and in – in the end staying true to the event name and confining control sites to the Washburn Valley and ignoring the South West quarter of the map in Wharfedale. What remained was challenging enough – with 450 the highest score on the day. Without the wind, scores would have been a bit higher I am sure, but clearing would I think always have been a tall order. I had planned for the event to look like it could be cleared, but for it to not quite be achievable – forcing all riders, including the fastest riders, to have to make route choices and control selection.
Looking at the results there was a gratifying variety of routes taken. The highest scores were achieved by going out anti-clockwise and clearing the South East corner of the map first and then coming North through the middle of the map. After that there was a great diversity of successful options. Planning I had envisaged the best route as the reverse, with the roads to the East of Norwood providing a fast finish. However riders who set out clockwise seem to have been bogged down in the complex route finding and choices in the North of the map and then not been able to complete an efficient loop. The multiple crossing points of the valley and complexity of the road/bridleway and track network made for difficult route choices if both sides of the map were to be linked.
I was pleased that all controls were visited, including those on the moor West and North of Timble – and gratifyingly Graham Tibbot’s winning score included the moor loop (clockwise) – which was always going to be a gamble. The far moor has not to my knowledge been used in a NYBMO event before. While it does not (if you stick to legal rights of way) offer much in the way of route choices it has some technical riding and some good views. Even nearer points such as the 25 pointer on Cote Hill give a different view and perspective on the area.
I developed something of a love hate relationship with point 16 on the moor over the course of last Friday/Saturday, when I visited in on three occasions. On the first occasion I discovered I did not have enough wire to secure the control to the boundary stone – so I had to cycle back to the car on the far side of Timble and do the climb again – but on the other hand I did see a Great Grey Shrike on my way back up. I revisted the control again at 6pm on Saturday evening control collecting, at which point the heavens opened and I was battered and drenched by a hail storm that pursued me off the moor.
A few thanks are in order. Firstly to all the control collectors who went back out having completed a challenging course (and sorry Simon for sending you to collect a control that would already have been collected by the time you got there!). Thanks to Steve Willis and Geoff Moorhouse for manning download and sorting out the results, and Tim for sorting the maps. Many thanks also to John and William Anderson, who while their wife/mother Jo Anderson was out riding set up a café – which provided welcome cake and tea and a sociable atmosphere – and raised over £70 for a local woodland planting charitable fund run by the Rotary Club – planting woodland in the local area as a carbon offset.
Results for today’s event are here .
Control map for today’s event is below, report to follow.
The first event of the 2019 league is next Saturday 27th April in the Washburn Valley. It’s a 3 hour event planned by Adrian Parker, and whilst we guarantee weather like the Easter weekend hopefully the tracks will still be nice and dry! Full details and course map below.
Our monthly search for the numbers on hydrants, post boxes and pylons has come to an end after successful events between November and March.
The five events at Ellerton Lakes, Ripon, Hovingham, Harrogate and Heslington all went really well. There were no weather cancellations – although Hovingham came close! Harrogate got the most riders (43) and feedback from all the events was really positive. Thanks to Steve Willis, David Day, Brendon Smurthwaite, Tim Evans and Dave Robertson for the organising and planning. I think we were pretty lucky with the weather this year, even when it got worse later in the day (as it did at Ripon, Hovingham and Harrogate).
Planning a winter event has the added dimension of needing to find suitable clues in the right places – which can prove more challenging than where to put electronic controls. At Heslington last week I set a 30 point question “At the bridleway/footpath junction – on the danger sign what is the number written in red text” and I didn’t know why a number of riders came back with a consistently wrong answer. So this week I went back to check.
It turns out that two pylons, on to the west of the actual control and one to the north both have danger signs on them with the emergency phone number in red text. Despite the navigation to the right place on the map being a little tricky at the junction with the golf track, I thought it was good question. But I didn’t spot the fact that the question had a similar answer nearby!
Next event is at Washburn Valley on April 27th, starting at Norwood. Hope to see you there!
I’ve now checked the scores and made a few adjustments – thanks to those who sent feedback. The results are here Heslington_results_V20190402. I don’t have a card for Paul & Joshua Foster – if you want your result added please send across. Congratulations to the top scorers!
Most people reported enjoying their ride, although three riders suffered punctures which had a big impact on their score, hopefully they still all enjoyed their ride before that happened!
Despite looking carefully at previous and recent courses, the course area was probably a bit too big. There were also a couple of errors, with controls 8 and 25 being on the wrong path junction. This was due to me finding a better question but not changing the corresponding location of the control! Control 10 being aligned to a stream rather than the farmtrack. The question for control 4 was also slightly wrong. I gave points to everyone who reported that. Control 26 proved navigationally challenging – which is why it was the 30 pointer close to home. I’ve been strict about the correct answer for this control, as plenty of people got the right answer but quite a few had the wrong sign entirely!
The other issue was that the map at 1:25k scale enhanced detail that the 1:50k doesn’t, and this caused some issues, especially the “non-track” southwest of control 7.
The updated control map that fixes those issues is attached for completeness!
It was great weather, and lots of riders commented about it being a good area to explore. Comments welcome!