event :: ne juniors do micro-o

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A form of Micro-O formed an interesting sting in the tail for competitors at the recent CLOK/NE Juniors colour coded event held at Hutton Lowcross Woods on 25 September 2005.

The final 140m of the courses for Light Green, Green, Blue and Brown competitors involved criss-crossing a technically intricate wooded shale tip, visiting 10 controls in the process. The area, called The Mound, incorporated many contour, rock, vegetation and man-made features found on full size courses, such as knolls, depressions, re-entrants, crags, cairns, thickets, paths and even a chair!

The map of the area was at a scale of 1:250 (the maximum that would fit on an A4 sheet), and was given to competitors at the start, back-to-back with the rest of the course on a normal 1:10,000 O-map, with a link control, common to both maps, to prompt the flip-over.

Enthusiastic participants included 2005 World Championships Sprint Bronze medallist Heather Monro and her partner Dickie Jones, who, having started the Brown course 4 minutes apart, arrived at The Mound virtually together. Although Dickie was fastest overall on the Brown, Heather won the Micro-O 1.55 mins to 2 mins!

The Micro-O part of the event was devised, mapped, planned and gardened by Start Squad member Jenny Thornton and her dad Paul.

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