First of all I would like to thank Clare for organising, especially sorting out all the permissions, Ian Webb for producing a great map, and Mike Capper for controlling.
Planning the City Race turned out to be quite a complicated task, mainly due to the nightmare of sorting permissions. The courses went through several iterations as we gradually found out what areas we could get access to, and what gates we could get open. Over the summer we lost access to Queens’ College and one of the university sites, so Clare rushed to get permission from Downing College as a replacement, and I had to replan the middle of courses 1-4. The gate we were using into Pembroke College changed from the main Porters’ Lodge (hatched purple on the map) to the chapel gate, with the result that I didn’t notice the quickest route from 5-6 on course 1 – it was meant to be a route choice between going round the bottom and round the top.
The week before the race, we lost access to Parkside School which meant I had to move 137, but this actually seems to have resulted in some nice route choice on course 2.
Luckily, everything came together on the day and it ran relatively smoothly.
Out of bounds areas were generally respected, but an interesting point which arose was the marking of trees on out of bounds college lawns. The trees are useful as a navigational aid, but some of them were mapped using white, so technically this suggests you can run through them.
Hatching all the white would make the map look messy, so maybe we should have marked these trees individually using green circles, or using the scattered trees symbol with olive green instead of yellow. Does anyone have any thoughts?
It just remains for me to say good luck to whoever plans it next time.