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Blackden Rogain on Sunday 17th March 2019

The were a small band of brothers that took to the start of the 3rd and final Rogaine for this year. 10 turned out in what was a real mixture of conditions. We had bright sunshine one minute, followed by hail showers the next. It was however, a much nicer day than Saturday when i put out the controls in a torrential downpour.

Blackden has always been a favourite of mine and as it turns out is also one of captain Harmers so he was along as one of the 10.

24 controls and 800 points were on offer on the course and there was a real range of route choice with no controls left without a visit which is nice from a planners points of view. Rich Hunt took overall honours today getting 700 points and only missing 3 controls. James Lowe gave it a good push but came back late so lost 60 points dropping him to 3rd, with Jon Moulding taking 2nd place.

In terms of direction there was a pretty even split of clockwise and anti clockwise. The older crew and me going clockwise with the younger whippets anti clockwise. The biggest challenge for someone who wanted to get them all however, being how to get controls 26 and 25 deep in the valley having climbed up to get the controls along the edge. Depending on route choice this could add in a lot of climb. When out setting the course and even Saturday putting the controls out I couldn't quite settle on the "best" route. A previous run saw me do 39,16,40,26,25,18,23,32,15 but this did add in a bit too much climb in for my liking so the planners route became 26,25,13,37,33,34,28,39,40,16,32,23,15,35,36,27,38,18,30,31,2,3,24, running into the middle of the course before picking up one control. This meant avoiding another big climb and making a nice traverse of blackden edge into the waterfalls at the head of the valley.

So with no juniors in attendance as many were representing Dark peak at wolfspit i had an opportunity to run the course. Following my planners route it became apparent that it was the optimal route as I managed to clear the course in a time of 1.40.12, 12 seconds over the time limit. I did have a distinct advantage knowing exactly where all the controls were, so not losing precious time looking for the exact location and only using the map a couple of times and never needing the compass. I'm sure some of our quicker boys could knock at least 10 minutes of this.

The controls will be out for another couple of weeks before Rich Hunt is kindly going to bring them in for me.

I'd like to run a summer rogaine from Blackden but will have to survey the bracken as it will affect much of the route planning. But i'm sure it'll be possible so watch this space.


Name Points Penalties Score Number of Controls Points per control Time
1 Rich Hunt 700 - 700 21 33.3 01:38:50
17 Jon Moulding 620 - 620 18 34.4 01:38:00
15 James Lowe 680 60 620 20 34.0 01:50:07
10 Ian Winterburn 520 - 520 16 32.5 01:32:40
7 Martyn Jones 450 - 450 13 34.6 01:39:49
6 Andy Harmer 400 - 400 12 33.3 01:31:06
2 Roy Small 400 - 400 12 33.3 01:31:50
13 Andy Bell 420 40 380 12 35.0 01:38:48
14 John Dalton 330 - 330 9 36.7 01:32:40
3 Moz Musson 320 10 310 9 35.6 01:42:00
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PosNameTimeClubCatComment
1Richard Hunt01:38:50Dark PeakM45 700
2Jon Moulding01:38:00Dark PeakM40 620
3James Lowe01:50:07Dark PeakMSEN 620
4Ian Winterburn01:32:40Dark PeakM50 520
5Martyn Jones01:39:49Dark PeakM45 450
6Andy Harmer01:31:06Dark PeakM70 400
7Roy Small01:31:50Dark PeakM65 400
8Andy Bell01:38:48Dark PeakM55 380
9John Dalton01:32:40Dark PeakM70 330
10Maurice Musson01:42:00Dark PeakM65 310

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