PreO – What is it?

PreO sprint at Breezy Knees  

*Trail Orienteering: PreO  Sprint: this is a recent format that has been developed internationally. 

At Breezy Knees viewing will be from a firm, flat path about 150m long. As usual, competitors may not venture into the terrain (and may not speak to nor distract others). The map is marked with 12 numbered circles and 12 flags will be visible in the terrain as you walk the length of the path. The task is to decide whether there is a flag at the centre of a particular numbered circle. If yes, use the pin punch to mark ‘box A’ against that number on your card; if no, mark ‘box Z’. (You will receive the map/card combination and pin punch as you start). 

The aim is to complete these tasks as quickly as possible. As with a score event, there is a maximum time allowed, say 14min, with points taken off as a penalty for exceeding that time. The results are listed in order of correct answers and then time taken. i.e 11 correct (10m3s) beats 11 correct (12m15s) beats 10 correct (9m32s) and, of course, 12 correct within time beats all three. 

The total time taken is recorded by using your dibber – don’t forget it! At the end dib in the finish box, drop your pin punch in the collecting box, download to record time taken and hand in the map/card. To return to assembly in readiness for the afternoon sprint, return to the start and onwards by the marked route to the car park. Please remain silent until you are well clear of other competitors. In November, time is tight for three events so to you will need to keep moving. 

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