Thame Urban Race

Level C

1st September 2019

Photos of the event can be found here.  You are welcome to use them in newsletters and the like, but please acknowledge Steve Rush.  And for commercial use please contact Steve.

Organiser's Comments

Mike Shires not only produced the map, but also secured the Town Hall for us at a preferential rate and obtained generous sponsorship for the event. He is also TVOC’s publicity guru, which involved not only his usual facebook campaign, but leafleting every household in the town and displaying several prominent roadside banners. We were delighted to see so many local residents taking part as a result.

We did all the time consuming pre-event ‘invisible’ stuff, like liaising with the First Aid team, leafleting homes near control sites , preparing printed details of A&Es & emergency plans etc. The TVOC Team Leaders organised the on-the-day stuff with their teams of willing club volunteers.

It was TVOC’s first level C event using SIAC (rather than EMIT). We hope you appreciated our move to touch free. Alun Jones put a lot of work in to learning (most of) SIACS foibles and we thank him in particular for going above and beyond in preparing for this event.

Rumseys enjoyed your patronage. We hope you enjoyed their chocolate etc!
A very big thank you to all of our sponsors.

And “Thank you” too to those of you who found the time to say thank-you. It does make a difference.

Glynis & Jon Wheatcroft

Planner's Comments

Thank you all for coming along to Thame.

As you see from the map the town is split into three basic parts. In the SW is the Cuttlebrook reserve, suitable for the younger junior/Yellow course. North of the High Street and Town Hall is more complex housing estate. To the South and SE are some less interesting older streets and inaccessible areas

Given that the Start needed to be in Cuttlebrook it was easy to plan the longer courses all around the map to finish back there. However, for courses 4 and 5, finishing in Cuttlebrook would involve much of their length in the less interesting areas. Hence the decision to finish those courses conveniently at the Town Hall.

This was my first go at course planning with SportIdent (since TVOC recently switched from Emit). A couple of confusing moments but in the end all went well.

I’d like to thank Eric Harper for his light touch in Controlling.

Neville Baker