Sprint format shines in the sun at Hanham

The BOK Urban Series changed format slightly for the races in Hanham, with 2 sprint races for each competitor rather than the normal longer urban race.  We luckily had bright evening sunshine - making for the perfect weather for a spot of sprinting. Food and refreshments were also provided by Ivy’s Cafe meaning that we had a very social club event.

Comparing maps at the finish
Comparing maps at the finish

The courses were planned to give most competitors a largely forest sprint in the first race, and a tricky urban sprint in the second race.  Winning times were planned for 15 minutes by Jim Bailey, and it seems that he got it spot on - Adam Potter won on the Long 2 course in a time of 14:59!

Adam Potter sprinting to the win
Adam Potter sprinting to the win

The first races through the Gover Road community forest tested each competitors ability to navigate at speed with a compass, as it was easy to get confused with the networks of paths.  The races then came out into central housing estate, with route choice around buildings making the difference to those that had the fastest splits.  The optimum planned course lengths are shown below - did anyone take these routes?

There was a short break between the races - where most people took the opportunity to have some of the excellent cake and refreshments on offer from Ivy’s Cafe.

Relaxing outside Ivy’s Cafe in the sunshine
Relaxing outside Ivy’s Cafe in the sunshine

The second race was quickly into the complex housing estates, with long legs that required some forward planning for the best route choices. The final loops back through into the finish area were planned knowing that runners would be tired with lots of potential for small errors.  Again, the optimum planned course lengths are shown below - did anyone take these routes (particularly the long course route left on the longer leg)?

Adam Potter won the overall combined long courses with a time of 29:07, with Cecilie Andersen and Daniel Weaver in 2nd and 3rd.

Ifor Powell won the overall combined medium courses with at time of 29:44, with Rachel Leathwood and Craig Smith in 2nd and 3rd.

Emily Leathwood won the overall combined short courses with a time of 21:22, with John Parfitt and Sophie Leathwood in 2nd and 3rd.

Full results, splits, routegadget and analysis are here.

BOK Urban Series League 2022 scoring is available here

John Fielder and Jim Bailey at the start awaiting the first competitors
John Fielder and Jim Bailey at the start awaiting the first competitors

A big thank you to Scott Bailey and Jim Bailey for organising and planning. John Simmons, John Fielder, Amy Curtis, Carol Iddles, Dave Pilling, Diana Nicoll and David Faulkner for all the support as helpers on the evening.

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Race 6 BOK Urban Series - Hanham - June 2022