PPS scores for the Pamber event on Sunday are now available. We had a very large turnout of more than 50 members at the event, with several juniors, which was excellent, presumably with many turning out in the hope of gaining a good performance in our own Club Championship event. While there were some good results, we also saw quite a large number of retirals, which was a disappointment. The forest was not particularly technical, with plenty of catching features, but the map did contain a great deal of detail, and it was easy to become confused. Many controls in depressions were hung very low, making it difficult to spot the kite from even 10m away.
It was good to see Katy back in the forest, starting to compete again, and turning in a good result. Ian Cooper is also returning to form (unfortunately for me!) after his recent illness. I made two smallish mistakes, but also found it very hard to run right onto the sunken controls, and tended to lose some seconds each time. It seemed to depend how lucky you were with other people being present at the site. In general, ranking points gained seem to be below average at this event, so fewer people have gained high scores. Ken Ricketts will be sending out the results of the Club Championship to all members soon, so they are not included here. However, the Hot ROD awards for this event go to:
Congratulations to Robert for his outstanding run to gain this award. He already has six ranking scores, but managed to beat his best score by no less than 140 points! Truly a worthy winner. It looks like the Wilkes have been training hard for this event for some time, keeping their ranking scores within close bounds, and then pouncing on the big race day to clean up! Well done to our first husband and wife combination on the podium. Eight other runners also gained over 100%, headed by Denise Harper.
The event PPS scores can be found here, with the overall Autumn PPS results spreadsheet attached.
The League is starting to close up now with five events completed. We have a new League leader, Clive Jenkins being the first to average over 100%, just overtaking Simon Turton, with David Jukes clinging on to third place and Andrew Graham closing fast in 4th after a good run this time. There are a few members who can overtake them all with a good run at the last remaining Performance Event in December, so there is still a lot to play for.
So now it’s on to the SOC event on 11th December for the final push. Best of luck to everyone on the day.