Devon Orienteering


Christmas Novelty Event

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Killerton Park, Exeter

Sat 28 Dec 2013

Info updated: 31st Dec
Type of event: Local-(D), Social
Type of terrain: Parkland


Christmas Novelty Event Results  See attached results which in the spirit of a fun event are not ranked.

Organiser's and Planner's Comments

Thank you to everyone who turned up to enjoy this event. We think it went smoothly and apart from the odd controls with the wrong number the event provided a personal challenge for all levels of ability and an opportunity to run off Xmas excesses. Some people even managed to come up with equally valid songs but were not ok what we had linked to the picture clues.  In the festive spirit we did of course allow the point. But please don't question our scoring (or should we say your self-scoring) as we had no appeal process.

We think the clubs' procedures for letting people know of cancelled events have been fully tested after cancelling twice due to strong winds, last year and this. The National Trust seem to have set the criteria of cancel if winds (and gusts) are 45 mph or more. Indeed Killerton Park had been closed to the general public in the Christmas week, at least in areas away from public footpaths, and there were signs of significant tree damage. But it would be good to have a back up plan with at least one person available and able to send out a mass e-mail to all club members in the lead-up to any event, and to recipients of the regional newsletter SINS. As it happened we had to spend a lot of time sending out many e-mails to a few recipients at a time to inform them of the change from Friday to Saturday for this event. Our Orange account eventually was frozen due to the unusual number of e-mails sent.

We would like to thank Denise and others of the National Trust for supporting the event. Thanks too for Roger Green's efforts as Controller and preparing the map and self-scoring reverse side of the map. Finally, thanks to the Griersons for helping put out the controls and Patrick Devine-Wright for collecting some afterwards.

Helen and Adrian Taylor

Pre Event Information

Please note late necessary change of date from 27th December to 28th December due to forecast weather conditions.

Check website again prior to event for any further change. All other details as before.

Please see amended flyer for the event below.

Killerton Christmas Novelty Event


Nearest town: Killerton Park, Exeter

Directions / Parking

Signed from B3181, near Broadclyst, Exeter

Registration & Start Times

Registration 10.00-10.45 am (prompt)

All welcome:  Mass start 11.00

1 hour score event

Entry Details

Cost: Adults £5; Juniors £1

Contacts / Officials

Organisers: The Taylors (of Exmouth)

Cotact: Helen Taylor

01395 274152

Safety and Risk

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