Bush event number 55. A loop event on Ironstone Hill. Really enjoyable and social event. Only 33 runners, but everyone seemed to have a good time. Some observations-
Again, no runners from Melbourne. SiS seems to be better at keeping Melbourne orienteers local this year. I think about 160 today which is somewhat remarkable. About seven went south from Bendigo, and six distant members who would generally come to Bendigo. So maybe 12-15 down on normal attendees up here. Interestingly, the usual melbourne sprint averse who have come here in previous years stayed away from both events. The enthusiasts at todays event were not all that interested in a drive south. One even asked if we could request that next year SiS could be on Sunday. When it was explained that a request had once been made that Bendigo not run Saturday events in competition with SiS, the look was one of astonishment. I think the obvious conclusion is that local trumps almost everything else in Melbourne. Perhaps the seven locals going south shows that Bendigo is a travelling club? Personally, a short drive to a gold mining map for an event is hard to beat. Next week attendances will be interesting. The SiS terrain looks pretty simple. Its on the eastern end of Melbourne, a fair bit further from Bendigo. [Personally, a golf park next door looks interesting for tuning my swing, but I am organising the hagaby on New St Mungo).
SI issues. I was judged dnf by the software. Turns out that a second pivot control and the seconds start control had been reprogrammed from their usual numbers. Trouble is, the computer used had adjusted itself to daylight saving time, while all the other controls were on standard time. No-one synced the controls. If you used the reprogrammed pivot control first, the software got confused. All runners on course 5 used the reprogrammed start and were given a zero time. I have to sit down and manually repair the damagee before publishing results. And I have to reprogram and sync controls.
Update. No sign of my punch of 81 the first time. The gps shows I went there. I remember punching. I even interrogated the SI box, but found no sign of my first punch. No idea what happened here. Kept myself as dnf. Everyone else with legitimate results now has a result and sensible splits.
Map. Comments made that it was much more legible than the previous map. Printing at 7,500 probably helped as well as the mapping. One year post field work and already some vegetation needs remapping. And subdivisions are going in so we can expect the tracks to proliferate.