A long trek north of the river for some of the 60 competitors, and some would say a cunning ploy to help the northerners win the day (we await the analysis!), but we hope you enjoyed this new area, courtesy of Tom Edelsten (CHIG) who originally mapped the area for Enfield school use. Also thanks to Mike Hughes (LOK) for taking on his first planning assignment, and for Pete Sacares’s (LOK) for his controlling ….. as you all enjoyed the courses, I’ve booked them for next year!
Grovelands Park was originally a heavily wooded area, close to the southern border of Enfield Chase (a hunting forest formed in the 12th and 13th centuries) up until 1777. In the 1700’s Southgate became a fashionable place for the wealthy London merchants to build their mansions, and the wood reduced in size to become parkland ….. hopefully the wooded areas that remain provided some variety to your run, and that the nettles I didn’t warn you about (sorry!), didn’t slow you down too much.
A reminder for those who are intending to enter several Park Race events … do register at www.parkrace.org so that your north/south allegiance can be included in our friendly ‘which side of the Thames has the best orienteers’ competition!
Next Tuesday (8th) we move to SLOW territory, with their first Park Race event at Battersea Park, followed the following week (17th) by a score event on Hampstead Heath ….. see you all there!
Neil Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org