After the success of Nationals 2021 and the camping options at Leighton’s Farm, NWOC wanted to put on a 2-day weekend with maps and camping all in close proximity. The old Wilson Road map, once owned by Rob and Marquita, had been nicely growing away over the last 20 years and with local contacts, permission was obtained to re-map it and use it for an event. After a preliminary scout by Rob, Marquita, Geoff, and Lisa. Rob and Marquita took another walk and confirmed it was in great shape for orienteering again.
Still in lockdown, Marquita jumped at the chance to do something more entertaining than water blasting the roof (and the house, the driveway, the patio, and anything else that looked grubby) to start on some re-mapping.
The current land owners have done a fantastic job of planting and beautifying the area with park-like grounds in the lower areas of the map. It was a shame that covid restrictions meant we had to limit gathering as it was the ideal place for a picnic and a catch-up. The area is quite small, so we originally thought we would do a middle, but with some fiddling and map flips managed to get course 1 out to nearly an hour for Duncan Morrison.
We had great feedback, and hope to use the area many more times in the future.
A number camped down the road on Leighton’s farm, the scene of last year’s National relays, and day 2 was in Woodhill forest using the fantastic area we had for last year’s National middle.
Tegan and Renee came up with great, but tough, courses with the novel idea of a common sprint for the last few controls on courses 1-3, with a separate timing printout. It felt a bit like a major event, with a bulletin, and no on-the-day entries. Considering the covid problems people were having, we were pleased to have 200 odd people for each day.
By Marquita Gelderman