Three controls – K L X – have been moved away from ever-expanding brambles. The old posts have been left in place, and will stay for a few months, so people with existing maps will still have a chance of finding their controls, but maps printed from the 25 Feb 2020 onwards will show new positions for these controls.
A pleasant day of joblets in Trafford – Princes Park Irlam, Sale Water Park, Longford Park. Photo is post K at Sale – which raises the serious question of what we should do about posts that disappear in balsam and brambles for half the year ? Moving the posts to somewhere veg-free probably reduces the orienteering challenge significantly, but leaving them there is pretty unkind to people trying to find them. Across all our parks, the issue of rampant vegetation seems to be getting worse almost everywhere.
Lots of jobs done at Burnage Rugby Club – though we found that the post fairy had been out and saved us some effort (thanks!). What was W is now TC; J has moved a few metres out of brambles.
Post Q at Wythenshawe nudged out of brambles. A very old post E nudged from behind a hedge at Sale Water Park. Post 33 at Woodbank dug in properly. Post B at Strinesdale dug in properly.
Couple of map changes at Chadderton Hall Park, also post F re-sited and post J dug in properly.
Possibly the best smartphone orienteering app to date – MapRun. Check out the smartphones page – we have half-a-dozen of our most popular parks set up for it – Chorlton Water Park, Dove Stone, Heaton Park, Lyme Park, Sale Water Park, Wythenshawe Park.
Last week, the frozen conditions prevented digging in replacement posts … so we went on a tour of post checks and gardening – Kersal Moor, Philips Park Prestwich, Clifton, Blackleach and Sale Water Park.
Photo is a boat-shaped thingy at Clifton Country Park.