In case you have not seen, the full breakdown of results for yesterday’s Christmas Novelty are up on the website: Taunton West and Longrun Meadows - Quantock Orienteers
This was my first experience of Snooker ‘O’ as a format, and I really enjoyed it!
Orienteering is already quite a ‘thinky’ sport - but trying to work out the most efficient way to collect points whilst fulfilling the order rules whilst running at urban speed was quite something. It was quite satisfying working out decisions like taking the brown after a specific red ultimately meant more points than over using the pink control.
I was a bit worried that roaming controls would make it too luck based but, whilst I did not have the pleasure of finding Rosie (except when she was standing next to the more valuable Roger), there were a few opportunities to track the direction Roger (and his cape) was heading on route to a red so I could grab the 70 points.
Sadly I fell foul of having too much local knowledge - very early on after scanning the whole map I had mentally decided Blue was by Tescos… so I headed off in that direction after Brown without looking at the map. I only realised my error at the entrance to Tescos
It also turns out that there is a knack with a SIAC for double punching a control, so officially I never made it onto the colours anyway (and I was 5 mins late back!)
Thanks to Andy (and his helpers) for a fantastic event!
Happy New Year to everyone!