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GSRR Results 2006
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Great to see so many runners enjoying the traditional sunshine this year. Eighteen teams is a record turnout, one more than the seventeen who started back in 1995. And partcularly good to welcome some new teams to the event. Some adjusted more quickly than others to the need to navigate as well as run; I hope those of you who discovered that picking out the route was more of a challenge will be fired up with enthusiasm to come back next year and get the better of the signposts.

The hot weather did nothing to slow down the pace this year. Not only did we see a new all time record for covering the 33 odd miles, but a dozen new age-group bests for the various legs as well. Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers set that blistering time, taking three and a half minutes off the previous record, to finish in 3 hrs 28 mins. If you study the results you'll see that the Flying Buzzards were never very far behind, but never quite in sight. Both teams went through the rest of the field, from last starters to first (and third) finishers. It's interesting that not since 1992 has the Handicap Trophy been lifted by the fastest team on the day.

The third trophy was taken away this year by "Ice Cold in Alec" of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, with a time that broke the 3+3 Mixed Team record by a close 12 seconds (although I should acknowledge that Garden City Runners ran faster with 4 ladies in 1999). Handicap breaker of the day was their Linda Dewhurst, who in running the long leg 3 in 56 minutes, was a massive 20 minutes up on par time.

I have to mention that I received reports of a couple of 'advantageous detours' this year, at least one of which I know was an inadvertent error. I don't believe either affected any of the top placings, so in the friendly spirit of the event I decided to let results stand rather than introduce ugly disqualifications. If the race grows I may have to try to place the odd marshall at some parts of the route where a short-cut is possible. It seems the dog-leg down the hill into Clophill past the Stone Jug pub is an easy one to miss. If nothing else it underlines the wisdom of reccying the route before running; not only to avoid getting lost, but to avoid others thinking you are cheating.

On the 2006 results link you'll find the results sheet, with leg times, leg positions and performances against handicap; I have also updated the leg record tables. There is also a link to a bit of Orienteering technology that rather neatly displays the race progress in graphic format. Great for getting an idea of where time was won or lost, and where teams swapped positions during the race. Click on the team names to select or deselect each one. The tool opens in "Splits Graph", which presents it as a straight race. Select "Race Graph" from the drop-down menu to see the staggered start handicap positions.

As for next year - I hope you'll all come back and make it another great day out. The Landlord of the Crown said he would lay on a barbecue next time, so there's another good reason to come and cheer your team into the finish. As promised we will change the date permanently to the 4th Saturday in June from next year to minimise event clashes, making the 2007 date Saturday 23rd June. I look forward to seeing you then.

Richard Pownall
SMOC

 

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