Sounds like you wouldn't like my score events either.
Who does like Score events ? They are the orienteering equivalent of lame newspaper cartoon strips.
We may end up scrapping them next season.
I like lame newspaper cartoon strips! And score events have their place.
Yes, it's called rogaining :-)
The 45-minute score events seem to work well in the Sydney Summer Series - I think in part because it's a standard format, so people who aren't up the front can still shoot for a target score in the 300s/400s/500s (600 is the maximum), giving goals potentially to anyone.
The problem with a 60-minute score in the Victorian park/street format (and I'm guessing Perth is similar) is that, unless the street pattern is especially convoluted or there are major barriers on the map (freeways/railways/rivers), it's difficult to get more than 10-11km in a 20-control course on an A4 1:10000 map, which means that the faster runners normally start expecting that they will get all the controls - something which turns it into a poor cousin of a scatter event.
The 45-minute score events in Sydney work because some people spend nearly as long again planning their route in advance...
The plan had been to use large maps for our score events and I did manage that with two of them but the other two had last minute location changes, the second of which is still on a large map. The one I ran on the weekend ended up being a fairly small map but I set it well enough (30 controls) that the leaders barely scraped home with all the CPs. It'll be up to the other setters to set decent courses although I'm not all that confident with some of them doing so. Time will tell...
Also given the extra 15 minutes this year, I didn't give people planning time.
No pressure on the Gwelup score then!
Hold up setting your courses until a consensus on times has been reached :-)
Was thinking to head out and have a look and see if the map needs any updates in the next week or so, not thought about courses yet, have two months to get sorted