Past Events > 2002 > Weardale Challenge

Weardale Challenge

11th August 2002

Several years ago a group of us went to this site for an off road driving day (the first Sunday of every month) and vowed that we would go back there at some point... well some of us finally made it back and the site was better and bigger than we had remembered ! We had a great weekend with off road driving on Saturday and an orienteering event on Sunday for those that fancied it.
Results from Sunday's event are posted below. Thanks to all those who sent me their pictures, if you attended the event how about putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and putting your experiences and thoughts on the event down ?

Results



Team Number Vehicles
Members
Punches (pair numbers)/points gained
Score
Penalties
Total

 

1
2
3
4
5
 



4
90
Kevin and Ruth Mulholland
100
100
100
100
100
500
0
500
90
Brendan Brew
2
110
Tim Frankland and Joanne Ackroyd
100
100
100
100
25
425
163
262
110
Paul Everett
1
90
John and Lauren Davies
100
0
50
100
0
250
0
250
Range Rover
Nigel Waller and John McCann
3
Ibex 240
Tom Perrin and Dave Leach
0
100
100
0
0
200
0
200
101
Dave Thompson
Daihatsu
Paul Weber

Sunday was a variation on a theme for us following the success of the orienteering trial at Tong last year. 8 punches were positioned around the site, which were then made up into 5 pairs, the last pair intended to be used as a tie break and used one punch furthest away from the control point and one that was proving particularly difficult to get to as it was in the middle of a bog ! Those who wanted to go were divided into 3 teams of 2 vehicles and a team of 3 and each team were given a pair of punches to find. for each pair the team were given a precise map reference for one and an approximate area for the other.
The morning session was set to last from 10.30am to 1pm with the afternoon session to last from 2pm 'til 4pm. returning late to the control for either of these deadlines would result in penalties being applied, as would the use of winches unless on safety grounds. The teams were to get both vehicles to both punches and return to the control where they would be allocated their next set of punches.
The morning session started and the vehicles set off to find their allocated punches. Unlike Tong's event everyone at least set off in the right direction ! Mine and Matthew's main concern (that all teams would get to all 5 pairs of punches by dinnertime) proved unfounded when the first team (team 4) arrived back at control at just before 12 to get their next pair and have their score cards checked to gain points from the previous pair. They were rapidly followed by team 2 and team 1, all arriving within minutes of each other. Team 3 (the team of 3) had pair 3 as their first target which delayed them considerably when the 101 got bogged down near the punch. This pair of punches was to prove troublesome for Team 2 who had similar problems when they were allocated this pair as their second target. By 1pm all the teams had arrived back at control, some with just a few minutes to spare, with team 4 leading the field with 2 and a half pairs successfully collected, team 1 had 1 and a half pairs, team 2 and 4 both had one pair each.
Special mention had to be made of team 1's morning attempt to sink Nigel's Range Rover, losing them a significant amount of time in the process. Had their been an award for smelliest vehicle the Range Rover would have won hands down. I have no idea what was in that bog but you didn't want to be downwind of it !

The afternoon session saw team 4 continuing with their tried and tested technique. Working well as a team, Brendan and Ruth drove the vehicles while Kevin ran around like a man posessed, directing the vehicles and locating the punches. After a plan was hatched during dinner, team 2 seemed to be on a mission, returning to the punches they had had to abandon in the morning as they ran out of time. Teams 1 and 3 lost the plot slightly, both teams returning with incorrect punches and having to go back and try again.
By 3.15pm team 4 were still going strong having completed 4 pairs and set off with 45 minutes to collect the final tie break pair, pair 5. Team 2 arrived at control ,10 minutes behind team 4, also having completed 4 pairs and set off to try and complete the pair and get back to the control before 4pm. Ironically, a punch they had just collected made up the first of the tie break pair so they confidently set off to collect the punch again. Tim was first to drive to the punch and, having collected it attempted to reverse out of the bog. It was at this point that it all went badly wrong for them as the 110 slewed around and sank at one side. All attempts by Paul to recover his team mate failed and Matthew intervened with a winch when it looked as if the recovery attempt may have damaged the vehicle if they continued. So it was that teams 4, 3 and 1 returned to the control by 4pm. Team 2 arrived 10 minutes late so were penalised 50 percent of the points gained during the afternoon session but still managed to hold onto second place by the skin of their teeth !

Congratulations to Kevin, Ruth and Brendan on their well deserved win, commiserations to Tim, Jo and Paul who put up a brave struggle to fight back in the afternoon but, in the end went a punch too far !

The consensus from those who attended this event was that we should do it again so we are already pencilling in a return trip for next year.

Pictures of the event can be seen here
 
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