Icenian 2019

Full results and course maps have been published here.

Today we hosted a classic race. Depending on who you ask, it was primarily the Icenian/EUOC/EAL/SWELL, but in any case, it was quite good. Having looked at the 2017 report, James has decided not to use the same metric of success, because he does not ever want to look at his email inbox again. However, in common with the 2017 organising team, we are very thankful to all of our helpers and especially Mike Bennett, our controller.

The day began at 6am, when the planner arose fresh from 4 hours of sleep (the gmail was finally closed at 1:55am). With a jump of energetic delight, James raced out of bed full of anticipation and also fear about map numbers. Before he could spritefully jog across Parker’s Piece to print some more maps at the library, a text arrived from the organiser. In an act of exceptional foresight, extra maps had already been printed the night before, because James’ mathematical abilities had been quite rightly doubted and insured against. A while later, we arrived at paradise. Though the hard-standing parking was very welcome, it was generally agreed that the name was an exaggeration, and that other paradises (1)(2)(3)were available.

Quickly, everyone got to work and everything was set up with at least -5 minutes to go before the first start. Fortunately, in a second act of exceptional foresight, almost nobody had been given early starts, so this didn’t actually matter very much. After a while, James decided to go on a ‘grand tour’ of the area, including such highlights as assembly, N start, N crossing and S crossing. This took a while, but was altogether thrilling, as demonstrated by Luke’s photography of one happy planner boi climbing less than his own head height off the ground on a tree.

trees are really good places to hide from criticismSadly this expedition ripped James’ brand new CUHH trakkie bottoms, but thankfully they weren’t CUOC stash, so it didn’t matter.

The Men’s EUOC podium was all CUOC past and present, with Aidan’s ‘five-year-plan’ securing him a third place, Paul’s reckless pre-race recceing definitely not helping him by any margin of more than two seconds as he cruised to the silver and Ben Windsor taking the win despite photo evidence suggesting he only ran with one of his legs. will this technique catch on?

In the Women's, the Rigby family took another third courtesy of Alice’s run. Perhaps if they keep up this form they’ll be able to upgrade their 6ft stag to bronze. Helen put on a great show in her capacity as welfare officer, cheering us all up with a late second-placed run that secured the EUOC title for CUOC, and Fiona took the win by a good margin, using a very familiar running styleYes, yes it will. We also won our own cup with the best possible score of 6, though this will shortly be normalised to range 0<x<1 once we figure out what the upper bound for scores would have been.

In the Icenian trophy it was all very exciting. At first, no one won, because the rules say the spreadsheet decides who wins, but the spreadsheet didn’t say anyone had won. After hitting it with a spanner for a bit, the spreadsheet decided that WAOC had won, but then TVOC won instead which was good for them, but not so good for WAOC.

Everyone had a lovely time except the people who didn’t, but most of them didn’t tell the planner about it so it’s okay.

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