We have so few indoor events in this country that they are just a ‘fun’ event. I was , therefore, surprised that over 200 orienteers turned up on a damp Saturday afternoon in October for the Millthorpe event. From the comments I received afterwards and at the Brough urban the day after most people enjoyed it in a peverse sort of way. I have never seen so many orienteers standing around just looking at their maps – especially in the corner of the dining hall. It was worth the 4 plus hours Steve and myself spent setting up the controls. I do have empathy with them as I got lost around stairs N whilst waking up the controls!
The key to the longer courses was to use stairs P and O which went down into the cellar and back up again but I saw quite a few people sitting at tables in the outdoor area trying to work this out!
Also sorry about the use of so many toilets – about 7 in all – but they were really good places to hide the controls. Jan did suggest that I should have put the girls toilets on the Women’s courses and the boys toilets solely on the Men’s – but I missed out on that one!
Special mention to John Smales who successfully completed the Men’s course on a par of crutches – must have taken some doing with all those stairs!
Thanks to Steve for his meticulous controlling – I learned a lot. Also to the very efficient Ebor team who turned up early on the Saturday and just helped things run so smoothly.
P.S. just watched Tony Udris’ brilliant video – can recommend watching it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_FRi6BXXBs
But it does seem to be frozen at one point!