It is some 20 years since we last used the Mousehold Heath area for competitive orienteering and for many this was the first time that they had run on this area. I think everyone will agree that it is very different to a lot of the areas we have in Norfolk and a unexpected treat in the middle of Norwich. The production of a new professional map which was financed by the club and Norwich School and completed at the beginning of the year is a massive improvement on the old map which we used for so many years. The contour detail is now correct and a lot more features have been added.
Judging by the comments received from people on the day the majority of competitors found the courses challenging but fair. The mistakes that were made by competitors were down to navigational errors often choosing the wrong path and not due to the courses being unfair or to the wrong standard of difficulty. Paul did a very good job of planning albeit with Karen’s help in producing the maps. In particular the Blue and Green courses provided plenty of opportunity to see the best parts of Mousehold Heath.
Thanks to Alan and his usual well-oiled organising team who were not perturbed by any eventuality even when the two club tents took to the air when a very strong gust of wind hit them. Thank you to everyone who turned up. The Mousehold Heath Defenders and Conservators (from whom we have to get permission from to hold the event) were monitoring the event and were very impressed with the organisation and enthusiasm of everyone.