Mapper’s Advantage   Leave a comment

On Saturday we had a national event on the map I made last year of Shimshit. The unwritten rule here is that the mapper can not run competitively in the first race on a new map, but there’s no problem afterwards. I started very early, so I could take care of the kids later on while Roni was running, and now that I think about it I was alone at all the controls but one, which was fun even though it doesn’t help the final result.

The course setters did a good job of choosing tricky controls – distinct features, but difficult to attack in the terrain. However, they used 5 controls from last year’s race in my course alone (which means that I had been at each of them at least three times previously: mapping, course setting, and placing controls), and also left some very prominent yellow marking streamers, which could usually be seen before the control flag. I still had a couple of small misses (3, 4) and a larger one at 13, where I missed part of the control description that was printed on the map.

I enjoyed running on my map – I really tried to actually read it and trust my mapping, and not orienteer by memory. I won H40 handily with 60:07 for the 6.4 km course, and the next race is the Israeli Championship, which is also the Mediterranean Championships this year and will include more foreign orienteers than usual.

Posted 27/01/2015 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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