A few thought about Sunday's happening:
I've thought that 'orienteers go fell running' could cause problems for a while now. With ShUOC we had potential hypothermia cases in snow at the BUCS 2015 relays on Barr Wood with some novices and have since tightened up training and safety advice. There is still more we need to do however. Given the early JK details said 'Day 3 visits Fell Running territory' maybe the FRA rules should have been looked at prior to the event - they're pretty tight now after Brian Bellfield's death in 2012.
I think kit requirements need some serious thought for 'when orienteers go fell running' - i.e on exposed areas, especially in winter/spring. I'm by no means a saint and often moan about having to carry a cag but do so as it's a) the organiser's prerogative and b) I know what can go wrong. It's for this reason I've shelled out for a proper winter running jacket specifically for OMM/Long autumn/winter races/training runs with bad weather forecast - my Inov8 racing jacket is good, but isn't good enough for some things. A lot lies with the competitor, but the organiser has to take into account their knowledge of the area, conditions and that people will always try to get away without carrying extra kit.
On Sunday there were no check for cags save (maybe) at the whistle check (my cag was on for the jog to the start so I wasn't asked to show one. I had gloves and a buff with me as well). I know of one person who after the check hid their cag before starting and only carried a glove. Another wore an OMM cypher Smock - 70g windbreaker, paper thin, less use than a bin-bag. Club jackets are not much better, will wet out quickly and let the wind through - plenty of people wearing just these, including those should know better. There's then the issue of people not using Sound Mountain Judgement - given the drop-out rate it seems plenty of SMJ was used, but again, those not used to being high and exposed in a shit-storm, their only real hill experience in benign weather, will obviously have less experience and SMJ to utilise.
You don't have to shell out loads of cash for a jacket - even Decathlon's £6 walking jacket is partly taped, has a hood and, when put on, will provide more protection than a club jacket. It may not be nice to run in, but putting it on over a base layer when the weather turns will do the job.
Being ill-equipped is not only putting yourself at risk, but potentially fucking up the life of the organiser, planner, safety official, not to mention family, friends, orienteering in general.
If you don't like running with a bum-bag/in a cag, realise you will sometimes have to do it and practise with them every now and then.
SI boxes are used in fell races as back-ups to check when a person's exact location was definitively last known, but they are coupled with marshals who can relay to base immediately and - most importantly - deal with cold, tired runners, potentially even pull them out. Maybe a couple of marshals in the area to check? But then you have to think of their safety as well - this is a Fell Race organiser's primary though before deciding to carry on or abandon a race. Maybe the run-through marshal should have been detailed to check the well-being of runners in case of really poor weather?
When you consider that on Sunday getting us from the bus-stop to the arena across a couple of roads was obviously risk-assessed to within an inch of its life, it's slightly worrying that some (predicted) inclement weather put some people in really difficulty.
I know that those in their late teens/early 20s feel themselves immortal, that 'it'll never happen to me'. In some cases this is an enviable attitude to have, but in others it is dangerous.
I dislike overbearing health and safety culture, but when it comes to being outdoors I am now very cautious - especially with ShUOC and taking people out in the hills, even in good weather - as although only Fell Running properly for 6 years or so I have a lot more experience of shit conditions and what can go wrong. I don't want to come across all nanny-state telling people to put something more substantial on; admonishing them for not carrying/wearing suitable equipment - Orienteering and Fell Running are of course primarily about enjoyment - but in some cases it needs doing.
My worry is that Orienteering doesn't go Fell Running very often (when you look at the number of events listed on the BOF calendar), and that this may be thought about initially and then forgotten. This weekend a cyclist was killed in a race when hit by a race motorbike. The chances of this happening are likely higher than someone dying on a mountainous orienteering event - every bike race has motos, cars, road furniture etc. around it. But in the last year there have been many warning signs of riders being hit by motos/hurt by poorly thought out race routes/finishes, including some very big names (Sagan, Van Avermaert to name 2). Orienteering has had its warning and got lucky - lets hope it learns from it.