Past Events > 2003 > Navigational Scatter

Navigational Scatter

19th January 2003

This was a first for the club - an ON road event in our 4x4's. The event was designed to be a test of navigational skills with a mixture of map reading, plotting, route finding, tulip diagrams and clue solving. As it turned out it also turned out to be a test of timekeeping !

Each entry was given a list of 32 grid references and 6 hours to visit as many as they could and answer the question associated with each reference. 4 of the references also marked the start of special tasks which could be used to gain extra points if successfully completed. One of the stipulations of the MSA regulations for this event is that only 75% of the references should count so the maximum number of points any competitor could score was 20 points for the references with another 20 points available for the special tasks.

Myself and Pam were hoping to do the event in Pam's 90 but with no sign of the necessary documents arriving from the DVLA we had to use my Discovery instead. We turned up bright and early on the morning of the event, went through scrutineering without a problem and, following a briefing from Dave Barker (Clerk of Course), each vehicle was supplied with their instructions and references for the day with 6 hours allowed from the time these details were received to get back to the finish.

For many of those competing, including ourselves, the 6 hours seemed like an eternity when we set out but soon turned into a race against time. Having plotted all the references on the map prior to setting off, we had a route planned out that should see us getting the maximum available points within the time. During the day we had no navigational mistakes at all and seemed to have made all the right decisions regarding the routes we took. Time was beginning to tighten but with an hour and a half to spare we had visited 18 of the 24 references we were to visit with the remaining 6 all being along a single road that would lead us back to the finish. The first of these points proved simple enough but on the way to the second Pam felt that there was "something wrong" with the Disco so at the next reference a quick look around the vehicle revealed a flat tyre.

As the Disco is still quite new to us I was relieved to find that the jack was still in it's place and the locking wheel nut adaptor was in the dashboard. Unfortunately we then found that the spare tyre was also flat ! Luck was on our side though as a few minutes into the operation Dave Reid stopped in his Range Rover and had a 12V compressor with him which we borrowed. It seemed to take an eternity to get any air in the spare but eventually we were ready to go having lost about 20 minutes. This left us very tight for time with another 4 clues to get. Of the remaining clues, only 1 proved to be a problem and with little time to spare we had to give up on it. The other 3 were solved without problem although our bad luck returned briefly when a Discovery travelling in the opposite direction cam round a corner on the wrong side of the road and smacked our wing mirror as he went past. Hasty repairs were made to stop the popped glass swinging around in the wind but this further delayed our progress.

As is always the way, when you are trying to get somewhere every "Sunday driver" seems to decide to drive along the road you are on and after a series of these slowed our progress to a slow crawl with the odd complete stop for good measure. With penalties being awarded in 15 minute intervals the levels of frustration were rising as we approached the outskirts of Harrogate with our target finishing time now upon us. In the end the run from Harrogate wasn't too bad, following the back roads to avoid traffic we arrived with a couple of minutes to spare before the second level of penalties would be applied.

We turned up at the finish expecting a car park full of vehicles with everyone else having returned on time and a great deal of mickey taking at our expense. Strangely the car park was nearly empty and, as it transpired, we were actually doing a lot better for time than the majority of other competitors. As the rest of the field gradually filtered in and made their way to the bar it seemd that everyone had had a great day but in the end it was the time element that had turned out to be the difficult part.

It was a cracking event and I'm still not sure where those 6 hours went to ! A number of those taking part have already asked when the next one will be... well it's up for discussion but perhaps a summer event would be nice.Nigel and John should receive special mention as the only competitors to acheive a maximum score which, unfortunately, they lost as a result of late arrival at the finish.

Before the results, I though the following emails would be of interest, I hope their authors don't mind me "publishing" them...


Please could you pass on my sincere apologises as I have just
received a report from Tom and it seems that the representatives that I sent
on my behalf were just not up to the job. Late arriving and late returning,
it just was not good enough. Once I'm fit again I'll kick there arses.
Even though they failed miserably on punctuality I understand they managed
to organise a beer in a brewery in Masham without any problem, a case of
getting their priorities mixed up I think.
Anyway I offer my apologies once again and assure you that I will do my
utmost to ensure it doesn't happen again.
Cheers
Dave Leach


After arriving back at the pub from the Navigational Scatter totally k.........d, late as per usual but having had a great time we would like to thank you and your co-conspirators for taking the time to set out great day with some well thought-out clues and tulip diagrams.
It is the first time we have done anything like this and we both really enjoyed it even though tempers were a bit fraut at times!! We were only glad that compasses weren't needed and the weather was good to us.
Cheers
Amanda and Mark (TDI power)


Many thanks for a well organised day and also for your phone call when we were late, I don't think that we would have threatened the winners but we had a lot of fun none the less.
Looking forward to the next event I can get to, yesterday was a good taster.
Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
Dave Griffiths.
 

Results

 

Penalties were awarded as follows: up to 15 minutes late - 25% 15-30 minutes late - 50% over 30 minutes late - 100%, those competitors not listed in the results were deemed to have retired.


 
Competitor
Vehicle
Score Acheived
 
Penalty
Total
 

References
Tasks
Total


Matthew and Kathryn Sykes
110
13.5
19
32.5
0
32.5
Bob Christmas and Alix Craven
Range Rover
16.5
15
31.5
0
31.5
Pam and Dave White
Discovery
19
20
39
25%
29.25
Richard Suddall and Nigel Thirkill
110
16.5
10
26.5
0
26.5
Robin and David Sermon
Range Rover
15.5
9
24.5
0
24.5
Dave Reid and Tom Benson
Range Rover
14
9
23
0
23
Chris Depledge
Discovery
19
0
19
0
19
Paul Crosby and Brendan Brew
90
14.5
20
34.5
50%
17.25
David Gelman
110
12
5
17
0
17
Ruth and Kevin Mulholland
90
18.5
15
33.5
50%
16.75
Jan Carr
Discovery
12
15
27
50%
13.5
Dave Wood
90
14.5
9
23.5
50%
11.75
Mick Simpson
Freelander
17.5
5
22.5
50%
11.25
Neil Benson
90
11.5
10
21.5
50%
10.75
Dave Willard
90
8
10
18
50%
9
Nigel Waller and John McCann
Range Rover
20
20
40
100%
0
John Richardson
Mitshubishi
13.5
19
32.5
100%
0
Adam Field
Discovery
17
15
32
100%
0
Dave Thomson, Tom Perrin, Nick Buckham
Discovery
12
19
31
100%
0
Paul Everett
110
12
17
29
100%
0
Tim Frankland
110
14
10
24
100%
0
Tom Zimmerman
110
13.5
5
18.5
100%
0
Mark Robson and Amanda Taylor
90
10
5
15
100%
0
 
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