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South Burdon Wood

Organiser's Comments

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Organiser's comments

We ran our minimalist Virtual Orienteering (VOC) event at South Burdon Wood, after unfortunately having to cancel the Sprint event planned for the same day at Hardwick Park (due to a late change of mind by Durham County Council).

It was a bit 'touch and go' for the South Burdon Wood event as well, as Forestry England finally gave us permission on Thursday 24th September – two days before event.

It was a bit chilly and windy for me to want to sit in the beer garden so, after using the middle of the car park for a bit, I moved the maps to another holding place!  See the photo on the right.  They still tried to escape!

Many thanks to the team who put together the map and courses during lockdown back in May, and to everyone who came along and enjoyed the area and discovered that the woods do bite back – although going round them means you run further, it's faster than going through them!  Also, it's harder to navigate when you don't have a control flag to lead you in at the end.  Very good training for us all!

The mushroom soup and garlic mushrooms afterwards in Platform 1 were very nice as well.

As this was a Virtual Orienteering event, the courses will remain available in MapRun if you want another go or some winter training.  Just print off your own map – or ask me for a waterproof map (except the Medium course, which we are now out of).

Caroline Mackenzie