Rodings Rally Information

61st RODINGS RALLY (2017)  Report

Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th  November

 

Dear Competitors,

Thank you all for entering the 61st Rodings Rally and well done to everyone who took part on what became was a particularly cold night – almost a case of frostbite trying to dismantle the checkpoint tents the following morning. Though it could have been worse looking at the forecast for this weekend… .

Numbers overall were down this year, possibly because people believed that last year’s 60th Rally was the last one. Our Chief Marshall, Peter Gamble decided that this was not the case, so off we – or rather you – all went again.

Thirty-six teams entered the ten-checkpoint event, and 13 found all ten checkpoints. I don't know whether it was the manned or the unmanned checkpoints that proved the problem, although if you read the feedback section, checkpoint nine may have been a bother. The stamps on the cards caused me some amusement, as despite our Val’s best efforts to build a proper section for each stamp, some of the cards came back with imprints all over them, fronts and backs. So long as they were on the card though, they counted.

Last year’s winners, the South London Orienteers won again this year, to the non-surprise of anyone manning a checkpoint, as they shot round the course in 3 hours and 16 minutes. This year the Dartford Scouts gave them a good run for their money, being only 14 minutes behind on the clock. Can SLO make it three in a row?

SLO team compatriots, SLOW Italians (who weren’t) and Isotopes came in 9th and 11th, making them the fastest group overall, and the only group of three teams to find all thirty checkpoints. Todd Fallesen, of the Isotopes asked before the event if they could all be entered as a group again, as for a few years they had all competed separately. It was a good thing he asked and the SLOW Italians were able to make up the numbers. What does the W stand for by the way?

In the short event, much to everyone’s surprise and delight, this year’s winners were Gyppes Guys, father and son Goff and Steve Hill. Goff has been competing in the Rally for donkey’s years with the Suf folk team in the ten-checkpoint event and finally conceded a bit to age this year, hoping to “prove I can still be competitive”. As his team shot past checkpoint two with a team number of 91, the last team out, somewhere in the midst of teams with numbers in the 30s and 40s I already had a good idea from inside the tent who had won the short event and so it proved. There is life in the older runner yet!

The five-checkpoint group event was won once again by the Creatures of the Night, a collection of teams with such delightful names as Is that a Torch in your Pocket or are you just happy to see me? (hell to squeeze on a checkpoint card and certificate though), Good things come in Trees, Mighty Morphing Epping Rangers and Midnight Slutdroppers (!) Morning Woods and The Night’s Watch. My favourite team name though came from the very enterprising Russell Stebbings of the Insect Room at the Department of Zoology in Cambridge – The Arthroplods!

Advanced warning to any younger competitors thinking about the 2018 Rally – you have a team to beat. The “Not Duffers” struck again this year, and are on a hat trick if they win in 2018. Kaitlin Lovell aged 12 and her friend Carys Bonnell also 12 plus dad Alex Lovell galloped round the course in the kinder but colder conditions this year almost twice as fast as the next team along. Not only that, but they were sixth overall in the five checkpoint event regardless of age. Hopefully the drier conditions made it the equivalent of last year’s ‘solid 8 out of 10’ experience for the girls and they will be taking on all comers next year.

Trophy winners will be contacted shortly. I am not sure that all of the trophies came back to us this year – we certainly have two of them and need to track the others down. In some cases, the holders may also be this year’s winners, who will then be invited to hang on to said trophy for the while to save postage all around!

Rounding off, I have to uphold a complaint made by one of our teams because it is an issue that we were not aware of before. Goff Hill, of Gyppes Guys reported to us that one of the teams in the forest was using a laser pointer to highlight the compass direction in which they were headed. Not only is this not in the spirit of things, but, with so many other people about in the forest especially at night, it is also quite dangerous. Lasers can damage people’s eyesight and that is something we absolutely do not want. I will be making it clear with next year’s entry forms that these items are banned and anyone using one will be disqualified.

And Finally:

Before we go, we do just want to let everyone know that the 2018 Rally is likely to be the last one that EFOG will be involved in. It's a great event and we all enjoy it and the responses from you all over the years have been great. However, time marches on and frankly as a group we are getting too old. Our Chief Marshall, not that he will thank us for saying it, is 75, and we have a large group of people the wrong side of sixty many of whom can’t do a night out in a tent any more, or indeed stay up all night in the Village Hall (thanks Jenny for doing this task for several years running, you deserve to bow out gracefully). As a result we have very few drivers to transport people and materials about, and this combined with a limitation on access to car parks (caused by a severe fly tipping problem in Epping Forest) all puts too much of a strain on resources. I have also decided that next year will be my last rally because apart from all of the administration duties, I am also number two marshal and planner, so my Rodings year now stretches from June to January. There is only one of me and its not enough to go round and more! The decision is going to our AGM next January but its pretty certain that it will be confirmed.

 

If anyone from a group or knows a group who might be interested in taking over the franchise, do please get in touch. We would be happy to hand things over and give you as much help and information as possible if you would like to continue the event on your own terms.

Thank you

Susan Carroll, Rally Administrator


RODINGS RALLY CLUES 2017 – The Answers: (grid reference with asterisk)

1) Holy Jet (Church Plain)

a) 7720 1945 b) 7695 1965 * c) 7690 1955

2) Dark, hold back H2O (Blackweir Hill)

a) 7870 2010 b) 7885 1985 c) 7870 1985*

3) Push a fire over (Tippa Burn)

a) 7955 2125 b) 7965 2135 * c) 7935 2120

4) Not half Tom (St. Thomas’s Quarters)

a) 7925 2235 * b) 7990 2110 c) 7940 2245

5) F1 tyre change area (It’s the pits)

a) 8070 2215 b) 8095 2230 c) 8075 2235 *

6) A little jewel of a checkpoint (Gemini)

a) 7870 2055 b) 7875 2065 * c) 7910 2080

7) We have high standards (Flagstaff Hill)

a) 7725 2125 b) 7765 2105 * c) 7760 2085

8) Most likely for this time of night (Black Bushes)

a) 7790 1930 * b) 7810 1945 c) 7820 1925

9) Bottom’s up (Fairmead Bottom)

a) 7685 1895 * b) 7695 1915 c) 7680 1885

And finally:

Found:

Only two items of lost property this year, a grey woollen hat with Vitality Parkrun on it and a clear compass. If either of these items belong to you, please let me know so that we can rehome it.

 

Lost:

Two items of missing equipment were also reported, both oddly in the vicinity of checkpoint one. If you saw either can you let me know and we can try and rehome these also:

A red wristband

A R7 torch

 

If you are looking for the results tables, please see the links below for the five and ten checkpoint events. They are in excel, so if this is a problem, let me know and I will mail a copy to you.

Results for the 2017 Rally are available as downloadable .xls files (about 50Kb)

for 5-Checkpoint results Click Here

for 10-Checkpoint results Click Here


Feedback:

Thank you once again to EFOG for putting on a great event, I enjoyed the short course this year because it shows I can still be competitive at that distance! I have a few points to mention.

First, did anyone hand in a P7 torch after the event? Steve dropped his on the way to the first control. We went back to search but it was like searching for a needle in a haystack with all the leaves. Probably not, but it’s worth asking.

Second, some feedback for the planners. The short course was excellent, fair and accurate. The plotting was straightforward with grid references close together. The clues were easy compared to some years (no codes, anagrams or patterns to solve – though of course these may have been used on the long course). The position of the first control was excellent, giving some good route choice and needing careful navigation. The second control too offered good route choice (but one of the routes was along the road). Other controls didn’t offer so much route choice but the fine navigation to find controls 2, 3 and 4 was challenging. We found all controls to be accurately positioned.

Thirdly, one of the teams was using a laser pointer to help them navigate through the forest. We found ourselves running towards that team on the way out from control 2: you don’t have to look towards a laser beam for very long to cause eye damage. We think you should be aware of this, as it does seem to be a safety hazard.

Thank you again for a great event and best wishes for Christmas,

Goff

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We just want to say a big thanks to you and the rest of the organisers /volunteers for yet another superb Rodings Rally!

We realize a lot goes into this event and appreciate all the hard work.

It is such an excitement finishing the checkpoints but then a sad feeling knowing we will have to wait another year to do it again!

Best wishes to you all.

Ruth (and the Forest Foxes)

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I hope you guys get a good day’s rest, but thank you again for a great event.  We had a great time, and it was as always a lot of fun!  

Cheers, 

Todd Fallesen

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Many thanks to you and the team for another excellent Rodings Rally. We appreciate you persisting despite the diminishing volunteer pool. To show how much we appreciate it, I am prepared to volunteer to man a checkpoint next year (in a tent), so please do contact me nearer the time.

We had an excellent event and revelled in the dry weather (compared to Storm Angus last year!).

Any chance of the results soon? We are hoping we crawled in to the top ten of the 10 checkpoint event this time! (They came sixth!)

Many thanks,

Mike Pinnock

The Ousers (team 14)

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Where did you come? The results are available as downloadable .xls files (about 50Kb)

for 5-Checkpoint results Click Here

for 10-Checkpoint results Click Here


 

 

60th RODINGS RALLY (2016)  Report

Saturday 19th / Sunday 20th  November

 

Dear Competitors,

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s event, our 60th Rally. Who would have thought that it would still be going when they first started, way back in 1956?

Perhaps one person. As a wee nipper of 14, Peter Gamble was about for that first Rally and he is our Chief Marshal now, so a man of enormous faith or a complete glutton for punishment! Peter and Marilyn did have a bit of a break from EFOG when they got married and raised a family, but they came back and without them I very much doubt the club would be in existence.

Time does catch up with us though, and unfortunately three days before the Rally Peter was hospitalised with an infection which caused a major panic as not only is he chief marshal but he knows where everything is! Luckily the route had been planned and marked, but who had what equipment was a bit of a problem. Everything we had we took with us and sorted it out on the hoof, but inevitably there were a few humps in the road, not least with the tea tent, so if you were amongst the unfortunates who arrived there before the milk did, our apologies!

A big thank you also to Duncan, another stalwart, who knows the forest like the back of his hand and who made space in a busy schedule to help out with putting people out, finding markers and generally being a big calm presence, and to our actual Chairman, Brian, who was cruelly snatched from a night in a warm tent to run people around and get marshals out and about and did so with good grace. He did get to go home and spend the night in his own bed, which he wasn't expecting but I am sure made up for missing the tent.

At the village hall the tea time crew sent us off with a last meal in excellent style, and as many of you will have had the benefit of, the breakfast ladies, who get up at 3.30 to come in and start cooking did their usual life saving task of feeding the wet and starving masses. Throughout the night the two Marilyns and Jenny kept the drinks coming and kept you all in check for the fact checkers and our computer man Alan, and made sure all the muddy boots stayed in the doorway. It's a hard task as they are up all night unlike us in the tents as we can nap in the warm, so a big thank you to everyone both there in the village hall and at the start, who stay sane while 300 people come at them for three and a half hours!

Last but not least a big, big thank you to all of you who took part. The cold weather that we had been promised didn't materialise, instead you were all subject to a constant downpour that left everyone looking like drowned rats, and defeated a number of teams who retired out, and I for one don't blame them. It always amazes me how much people enjoy banging about in the forest at night and as you can see from the comments section, some of you really do!!

The bad weather was reflected in the times competitors took to get round the course, and experience very much showed. The South London Orienteers, who won a couple of years back took 4 hours and 17 minutes to complete the course, about twenty five minutes slower that last year’s winners. ELR, who won the five-checkpoint event, were bizarrely faster than last year by 16 minutes, much to their excitement – see Edward Barnard’s comments below.

Can anyone beat the Rayleigh Rockets? The 10-checkpoint event Group Trophy, awarded to the Group or club with the three highest placed teams in each event, went again to the Rayleigh Rockets though they clearly had troubles as they found a total between their three teams of 22 checkpoints in 18 hours and 38 minutes. The best five-checkpoint group was a surprise though, certainly to their organiser, Satinder Sohel:

I haven't seen anything on Facebook or the website so I wasn't expecting to see anything relating to a trophy!

What trophy are we in contention for and what do you require on our side?

After doing the Rodings Rally for almost 10 years this is the first time I've got an email about a trophy so just a little shocked!

Upon being told which trophy they had won:

That's great news - something we weren't expecting at all! I only entered 3 teams so I know who to congratulate... I've already spread the good news. 

Regardless of the poo weather we always try to participate because it's such good fun every year. Thanks for putting on such an enjoyable event every year.

Best regards

Satinder

(Poo weather probably sums it up very politely!)

 

Trophy winners will be contacted shortly to confirm delivery arrangements if not already received.

As stated on our information sheet, 50p from every entry is donated to a charity nominated each year at our AGM. Those of you who entered the 2015 Rally may be interested to learn that your donations went to the St Clare Hospice. (see here)

Feedback:

This year, the Rockets Under 20 team trophy went to a surprise team (Scouts watch out, your invincibility is hereby challenged!) called Not Duffers. The team consisted of dad, Alex Lovell, his daughter Kaitlin aged 11 and her friend Carys, also 11. The girls were quite damp by checkpoint 4 (my tent) so it was very encouraging to hear dad talking to them, saying that the tea point was coming up, that checkpoint 5 was not far behind and to see how they felt by then. Checkpoint 5, our finance lady Val, reported that by then the girls had perked up and were prepared to go to the end. Alex described the experience for the girls as ‘life changing’. Here is what the girls had to say:

When my dad suggested we might go on a walk through Epping Forest I didn't expect that it would be in the dark, in the middle of the night, in the freezing cold and the pouring rain, looking for things that are almost impossible to find with only a map and a compass to help us!  Apart from that, it was an amazing time.  Everybody at the checkpoints was really nice and friendly and this helped us a lot to get through the night - as did the people on the tea tent who were also really kind.  Some of the checkpoints were really difficult to find - we spent nearly an hour looking for the third tent!  But we saw muntjac deer and lots of stars while we were looking.  Overall I really enjoyed the rally.  I felt a real sense of achievement when I finished and I'm glad that we did it.  Overall I would rate the whole experience as a solid 8 out of 10!

    - Kaitlin Lovell (age 11)

 

It was amazing, but very wet!  I loved every second of it.  It was quite hard, but also totally fabulous.  It's incredible how much effort the organisers and volunteers put into running the rally.  All the checkpoints were /SO/ well hidden (especially tent no 3).  I'm really proud to have made it all the way to the finish line. The ladies at the end were especially nice - thank you so much for the jaffa cakes and the lemon tart.

    - Carys Bonnel (age 11)

 

Yippee!  I can't believe that we've done it again!  It was so wet and

it was cold, but I don't think we'll ever beat that time - we found

each tent really quickly, something that's never happened before.  I

guess experience helps?

I'm so grateful to the volunteers who help run this event, I really

look forward to this each year, and our team is assembled from across

the UK for it (OK, they've moved to Kent and Somerset in the years

since we first competed!).

   -  Edward Barnard of ELR

 

Thanks for another enjoyable event.

Great effort by all the volunteers inside & outside, especially in the conditions.

Amazing to think it's been going 60 years.

 - Pete Huzan, South London Orienteers

 

Thank you to you and everyone at EFOG for arranging another excellent event.

It's a pity that the weather forecast seemed to have put off some of the

teams as I don't think it turned as bad as had been predicted.  Both

Scansorials teams enjoyed themselves.

The marshals will probably spot that both our teams were at the later

checkpoints at about the same time but this was completely coincidental.

Having started twenty minutes later we caught up with them at the tea point

but then went our separate ways - we just kept running into them at the

checkpoints even though we had used different routes to get there.  There is

now a good rivalry between the teams, particularly as this year's result

reversed the relative positions from last year.

Hope to see you again next year.

Regards

Kevin Cahalane

 

And from our side of the fence:

This was my first Roding Rally experience and although I’ve camped out several times over the years, never in such conditions as Storm Angus.

Luckily, my checkpoint partner had made a recce visit during daylight so once we had parked the car in Gilwell Park, I just had to follow through a small wooded area to find the marker for our pitch. As I had not been involved in the planning process, I had no idea where I was. Storm Angus was brewing, so as well as very strong winds, there was driving rain too.

Our tent (no. 7), was positioned in a very exposed spot on Chingford Plain, just in front of the ridge overlooking the Lee Valley. Once inside, we waited a few hours for the first of the competitors to come our way. Once the runners started to arrive, there was no time to relax as we were busy marking cards. The inclement weather affected the state of the cards, making it difficult to write on them.

Despite the awful conditions, the competitors were all very cheerful and positive. Many said they felt sorry for the markers on the checkpoints, but we were feeling sorry for them in their windswept and bedraggled state.

When morning came, the storm was subsiding and we saw the sun rise over the plain. The ground was very muddy but I felt that all this added to the atmosphere.

Being served breakfast after arriving back at the hall was very much appreciated, as was the meal the previous afternoon. What struck me most among the volunteers, was the camaraderie and willingness to help and offer advice.

In spite of being out all night in the cold, damp and wind, resulting in a stiff and aching body, I look forward to my next Roding Rally experience.

Eleanor Bloom

 

And finally:

 

Probably because of the weather there was a great deal of stuff left at the village hall or retrieved en route. If any of the following items belong to you, please let me know so that we can rehome it:

Grey mans scarf

Compass on a yellow string

Small torch

Black woollen hat and one black glove with dimples on palm

Petzl head torch that looks like a miners lamp!

Map pouch and pencil

Pair of quechua black gaiters

Two Oxford accessories soft cloth tubes for scarf wear or similar

Pair of grey and bright pink laced adidas trainers size 7 ½

 

 

 

Where did you come? Click Here and look for your team’s number in the event down the left hand side in the distance you covered.

 

 

60th RODINGS RALLY (2016)  Results

Saturday-Sunday 19th/20th November

 

The results are listed below by team number, not placing, so to find out which position you came in the order of things, please count down the appropriate list to find your team number. 44 teams finished the ten-checkpoint event and 32 finished the five-checkpoint event out of a total of ninety teams starting.

 

Ten Checkpoint Event

 No.
GROUP NAME  Team  
 YHA 
 Checkpoints  start    end    Hours    Mins  
11 STH LONDON ORIENTEERS   N 10 8.48 1.05 4 17
17 SUFFOLK/SOS ALLIANCE   N 10 8.56 1.31 4 35
90 SUFF FOLK   N 10 11.20 3.57 4 37
65 COCKNEY NIMRODS 2 N 10 10.32 3.59 5 27
47 EDI   N 10 10.00 4.28 6 28
41 RAYLEIGH ROCKETS 2 N 10 9.56 4.29 6 28
28 SCANSORIALS 2 N 10 9.20 4.23 7 3
10 IPSWICH OUTDOOR GROUP 2 N 10 8.50 3.57 7 7
78 SPRINGFIELD STRIDERS   N 10 11.0 6.11 7 11
18 SCANSORIALS 1 N 10 9.4 4.22 7 18
16 SMLG 1 N 10 9.0 4.25 7 25
56 MOTHS ATE MY HOMEWORK   N 10 10.24 5.58 7 34
40 NIGHT OWLS RELOADED   N 10 9.48 5.28 7 40
67 WIND BENEATH MY WITCH   N 10 10.20 6.0 7 40
44 LOST MEN OF EPPING   N 10 9.58 5.38 7 40
56 ISOTOPES   N 10 10.16 6.0 7 44
52 THE OUSERS   N 9 10.8 5.34 7 26
6 DARTFORD SCOUTS   N 7 8.38 2.46 6 8
31 RAYLEIGH ROCKETS 1 N 7 9.36 3.59 6 23
30 IPSWICH OUTDOOR GROUP 4 N 7 8.46 4.45 7 59
72 GO LONDON 2 N 6 10.52 5.03 6 11
64 IBEX SEARCH   N 6 10.44 5.03 6 19
74 IBEX RESCUE   N 6 10.50 6.28 7 38
26 THE JOHNIES   N 6 9.14 5.06 7 52
51 RAYLEIGH ROCKETS 3 N 5 10.14 4.01 5 47
37 FOREST FOXES   N 5 9.44 3.41 5 57
29 BILLY NO TENTS   N 5 9.40 4.42 7 2
60 TEN TWENTY   N 5 10.26 6.06 7 40
58 BATMAN & ROBIN   N 5 10.22 6.08 7 46
42 MUDDY BOOTS   N 5 9.54 5.52 7 58
4 CARLITO'S WAY   N 4 8.36 2.17 5 41
43 LOST CAVALIERS 1 N 3 9.2 12.29 3 27
71 TEAM BANANA   N 3 9.46 3.10 5 25
92 GO LONDON 4 N 3 11.32 5.21 5 49
82 GO LONDON 3 N 3 11.6 5.21 6 15
62 GO LONDON 1 N 3 10.30 5.21 6 51
1 IPSWICH OUTDOOR GROUP 1 N 3  8.30 4.08  7  38
21 PORTLY PURSUITS   N 2 9.10 2.53 5 43
55 COCKNEY NIMRODS 1 N 1  10.12 1.29 3 17
36 HMC OUTLAWS   N 6 9.38  5.54  8 16
95 DUMMY   N 5  0 0.0  0  0
102 GO LONDON 5 N 0  11.46 0.0  0  0
68 IN THE DARK   N 0 10.26 0.0  0  0
27 DYERTRIBE   N 0 9.24 0.0  0  0
3 TEAM VIPER   N 0 8.34 0.0  0  0

 

Five Checkpoint Event   (Vic Halstead Trophy)

 NO.
GROUP NAME  Team
 YHA
 Checkpoints 
   start   
end 
 Hours  
  Mins  
75 ELR   N 5 10.54 1.31 2 37
77 ESSEX FLYERS   N 5 10.58 2.38 3 40
8 BARNET STROLLERS   N 5 8.44  12.25 3 41
76 THE LOST BOYS   N 5 10.38 2.20 3 42
12 CREATURES OF THE NIGHT 1 N 5 9.16 1.09 3 53
23 THURROCK NOMADS 2 N 5 9.12 1.16 4 4
22 CREATURES OF THE NIGHT 2 N 5 9.28 1.33 4 5
14 2 FAST 2 CURIOUS   N 5 8.50 12.58 4 8
88 EBRD 2 N 5 11.14 3.28 4 14
33 SLACK OPS   N 5 9.34 1.52 4 18
19 RESOSITATED   N 5 8.52 1.26 4 34
80 EBRD 1 N 5 11.12 3.49 4 37
2 BRISTOL BABES   N 5 8.34 1.15 4 41
13 THURROCK NOMADS 1 N 5 8.40 1.24 4 44
32 CREATURES OF THE NIGHT 3 N 5 10.18 3.04 4 46
93 41 EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 5  N 5 11.22 4.11 4 49
45 NOT DUFFERS   N 5 10.2 2.51 4 49
46 DM MAP DETECTIVES   N 5 9.42 2.34 4 52
83 41 EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 4 N 5 11.18 4.12 4 54
25 7th STOKE NEWINGTON SCOUTS 3 N 5 9.52 3.15 5 23
66 TEAM RICKETS   N 5 9.18 3.0 5 42
89 FAMOUS WRECKS 5 N 5 11.16 5.17 6 1
34 CHESSEX   N 5 9.26 3.30 6 4
5 7th STOKE NEWINGTON SCOUTS 1 N 5 8.32 2.55 6 23
50 MASONS ARMS WALKERS LEGS   N 4 10.10 2.05 3 55
70 OAC   N 4 10.46 3.51 5 5
49 FAMOUS WRECKS 1 N 4 10.6 5.23 7 17
81 CAM & LUKE   N 3 11.10 4.45 5 35
38 WYCHELM BADMINTON CLUB 1 N 3 9.32 3.30 5 58
69 FAMOUS WRECKS 2 N 3 10.48 4.46 5 58
59 FAMOUS WRECKS 3 N 3 10.28 4.46 6 18
79 FAMOUS WRECKS 4 N 2 11.2 3.01 3 59
15 7th STOKE NEWINGTON SCOUTS 2 N 1 8.42 2.40 5 58
63 41 EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 2 N 0 10.42 0.0 0 0
7 EAST BARNET HEROES   N 0 8.44 0.0 0 0

 

 

Best Groups (Ten Checkpoint Teams)

GROUP NAME  YHA  Total Checkpoints  Total Hours  Total Mins
RAYLEIGH ROCKETS N 22 18 38
IPSWICH OUTDOOR GROUP N 20 22 44
GO LONDON N 12 18 15

 

 

Best Five Checkpoint Groups (Suffolk Trophy)

GROUP NAME  Total Checkpoints  Total Hours   Total Mins
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT 15 12 44
FAMOUS WRECKS 12 19 16
7th STOKE NEWINGTON SCOUTS 11 17 44

 

For a report on the 2016 Rodings Rally - click here


 

59th RODINGS RALLY (2015)  Results

Saturday-Sunday 21st/22nd November

 

Ten Checkpoint Event

No. GROUP NAME  Team  
  YHA 
  Checkpoints    start      end     Hours    Mins  
9 SUFFOLK & SOS   N 10 8.44 12.38 3 54
48 DARTFORD SCOUTS 2 N 10 10.4 2.0 3 56
81 RAYLEIGH ROCKETS 2 N 10 11.20 3.50 4 30
76 SUFF FOLK   N 10 10.58 3.30 4 32
42 STH LONDON ORIENTEERS 3 N 10 9.52 3.01 5 9
66 COCKNEY NIMRODS 3 N 10 10.38 3.51 5 13
50 CAMBRIDGE ZOOLOGY DEPT 1 N 10 10.8 3.26 5 18
71 RAYLEIGH ROCKETS 1 N 10 10.46 4.16 5 25
38 DARTFORD SCOUTS 1 N 10 9.36 3.06 5 30
77 GEOFLESS   N 10 11.8 5.07 5 59
37 STH LONDON ORIENTEERS 2 N 10 9.44 3.43 5 59
51 SCANSORIALS EXPERIENCE   N 10 10.10 4.18 6 8
47 STH MIDDLESEX GROUP 1 N 10 10.2  4.14 6 12
61 SCANSORIALS YOUTH   N 10 10.34  5.05 6 31
91 RAYLEIGH ROCKETS 3 N 10 11.50 6.24 6 34
56 COCKNEY NIMRODS 2 N 10 10.12 4.58 6 46
59 DIATRIBE   N 10 10.22 5.32 7 10
13 S LONDON ORIENTEERS 1 N 10 8.54  4.21 7 27
60 SPRINGFIELD STRIDERS   N 10 10.18  6.02 7 44
94 KATS ADVENTURE KLUB 4 N 10 11.38  7.23 7 45
48 DARTFORD SCOUTS 2 N 9 10.4  2.0 3 56
8 TEAM VIPER   N 9 8.46  4.07 7 21
30 IN THE DARK   N 9 9.16  5.02 7 46
93 TEAM IMPERIAL   N 9 11.40 7.38 7 58
49 MUDDY BOOTS   N 9 10.6  6.06 8 0
17 IPSWICH OUTDOORS   N 8 9.02 4.43 7 41
40 LOST CAVALIERS   N 7 9.42 3.39 5 57
20 COCKNEY NIMRODS 1 N 7 9.8 3.21 6 13
4 THURROCK NOMADS 1 N 7 8.36 4.07 7 31
27 PSWICH OUTDOORS   N 6 9.28 4.46 7 18
33 PORTLY PURSUITS   N 4 9.20  4.29 7 9
23 PLAINS DRIFTERS   N 4 9.18  4.29 7 11
75 KATS ADVENTURE KLUB 2 N 4 10.42  6.41 7 59
65 KATS ADVENTURE KLUB 1 N 3 10.30  4.07 5 37
95 PATHFINDERS   N 1 11.24  4.34 5 10
46 ST JOHN AMBULANCE 1 N 8 10.0  6.06 8 6
36 BILLY NO TENTS   N 6 9.48  5.55 8 7

 

Five Checkpoint Event   (Vic Halstead Trophy)

NO. GROUP NAME  Team
 YHA
  Checkpoints 
   start   
   end   
   Hours  
  Mins  
68 ELR   N 5 10.50  1.43 2 53
10 BARNET STROLLERS   N 5 8.50  11.52 3 2
52 NEW SOSPECTS   N 5 9.0  12.19 3 19
19 NIGHT OWLS TWOO   N 5 9.6  12.36 3 30
18 OLD NOT OBSELETE   N 5 9.4  12.53 3 49
29 FOREST FOXES   N 5 9.32  1.26 3 54
31 EAST BARNET SCHOOL 4 N 5 9.22  1.17 3 55
63 7th STOKE NEWINGTON SCOUTS 3 N 5 10.32 2.43 4 11
34 SLACK OPS   N 5 9.30  1.57 4 27
14 THURROCK NOMADS 2 N 5 8.56  1.24 4 28
26 IS THAT A TORCH.....   N 5 9.40 2.14 4 34
99 EPPING FOREST FIELD CENTRE 4 N 5 11.36  4.20 4 44
73 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 0 N 5 11.52  4.39 4 47
25 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 7 N 5 11.46 4.40 4 54
89 EPPING FOREST FIELD CENTRE 3 N 5 11.22 4.20 4 58
43 7th STOKE NEWINGTON SCOUTS 1  N 5 9.58 3.05 5 7
41 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 2 N 5 9.56  3.07 5 11
79 EPPING FOREST FIELD CENTRE 2 N 5 11.0 4.20 5 20
69 EPPING FOREST FIELD CENTRE 1 N 5 10.44  4.21 5 37
16 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 8 N 5 9.26 3.06 5 40
100 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 6 N 5 11.16  4.58 5 42
90 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 5 N 5 11.10 4.58 5 48
2 NIGHT SQUIRRELS   N 5 8.32 2.21 5 49
80 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 4 N 5 10.52  5.03 6 11
6 SUSAN BOYLE   N 5 8.58  3.18 6 20
78 PGTK 3 N 5 10.56  5.20 6 24
72 PGTK 2 N 5 10.54  5.20 6 26
28 MADS   N 5 9.34  4.04 6 30
58 41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 3 N 5 10.24  5.03 6 39
62 PGTK 1 N 5 10.28  5.10 6 42
21 EAST BARNET SCHOOL 3 N 4 9.14 1.13 3 59
1 EAST BARNET SCHOOL   N 4 8.30  1.13 4 43
22 ST AUBYNS CADETS 1 N 4 9.12  2.21 5 9
12 NIGHT LIONS   N 4 8.52  2.21 5 29
92 PGTK 6  N 4 11.30 5.44 6 14
44 SHARKS IN THE DARK    N 3 9.46 12.58 3 12
11 EAST BARNET SCHOOL   N 3 8.48  1.13 4 25
55 WOODCRAFT FOLK 2 N 3 10.14  4.32 6 18
74 CATCH A CAMPER   N 3 10.48  5.07 6 19
64 STUCK IN THE MUD   N 3 10.36  5.08 6 32
39 WOODCRAFT FOLK 1 N 3 9.54  4.32 6 38
57 ST JOHN AMBULANCE 2 N 3 10.26  5.39 7 13
3 THE EMERYS   N 1 8.34  11.0 2 26

 

 

Best Groups (Ten Checkpoint Teams)

GROUP NAME  YHA  Total Checkpoints  Total Hours  Total Mins
RAYLEIGH ROCKETS N 30 16 29
SOUTH LONDON ORIENTEERS N 30 18 35
COCKNEY NIMRODS N 27 18 12
KATS ADVENTURE KLUB N 17 21 21

 

 

Best Five Checkpoint Groups (Suffolk Trophy)

GROUP NAME  Total Checkpoints  Total Hours   Total Mins
41st EPPING FOREST SCOUTS 15 14 52
EPPING FOREST FIELD CENTRE 15 15 2
PGTK 15 19 32
EAST BARNET SCHOOL 13 12 37

 

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No. GROUP NAME Team Yha Chkpoints start end Hours Mins

9 Suffoc & SoS N 10 8:44 12:38 3 54

81 Rayleigh Rockets 2 N 10 11:20 3:50 4 30

76 Suff Folk N 10 10:58 3:30 4 32

42 Sth London Orienteers 3 N 10 9:52 3:01 5 9

66 Cockney Nimrods 3 N 10 10:38 3:51 5 13

50 Cambridge Zoology Dept 1 N 10 10:8 3:26 5 18

71 Rayleigh Rockets 1 N 10 10:46 4:16 5 25

38 Dartford Scouts 1 N 10 9:36 3:06 5 30

77 Geoffless N 10 11:8 5:07 5 59

37 Sth London Orienteers 2 N 10 9:44 3:43 5 59

51 Scansorials Experience N 10 10:10 4:18 6 8

47 Sth Middlesex group 1 N 10 10:2 4:14 6 12

61 Scansorials Youth N 10 10:34 5:05 6 31

91 Rayleigh Rockets 3 N 10 11:50 6:24 6 34

56 Cockney Nimrods 2 N 10 10:12 4:58 6 46

59 Diatribe N 10 10:22 5:32 7 10

13 Sth London Orienteers 1 N 10 8:54 4:21 7 27

60 Springfield Striders N 10 10:18 6:02 7 44

94 Kats Adventure Klub 4 N 10 11:38 7:23 7 45

48 Dartford Scouts 2 N 9 10:4 2:0 3 56

8 Team Viper N 9 8:46 4:07 7 21

30 In The Dark N 9 9:16 5:02 7 46

93 Team Imperial N 9 11:40 7:38 7 58

49 Muddy boots N 9 10:6 6:06 8 0

17 Ipswich outdoors N 8 9:02 4:43 7 41

40 Lost Cavaliers N 7 9:42 3:39 5 57

20 Cockney Nimrods 1 N 7 9:8 3:21 6 13

4 Thurrock Nomads 1 N 7 8:36 4:07 7 31

27 Ipswich outdoors N 6 9:28 4:46 7 18

33 Portly Pursuits N 4 9:20 4:29 7 9

23 Plains Drifters N 4 9:18 4:29 7 11

75 Kats Adventure Klub 2 N 4 10:42 6:41 7 59

65 Kats Adventure Klub 1 N 3 10:30 4:07 5 37

95 Pathfinders N 1 11:24 4:34 5 10

46 St Johns Ambulance 1 N 8 10:0 6:06 8 6

36 Billy No Tents N 6 9:48 5:55 8 7

 

59th RODINGS RALLY (2015)  Report

Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st  November

Dear Competitors,

Thank you all for entering the 59th Rodings Rally and well done to everyone who took part on what was a particularly cold night, though most of the people I spoke to did not seem to mind the chill. It did every one a favour in some parts by freezing the muddy patches! We also had a lot of interesting teams from universities, including the Dragon Flyers from the Insect Room at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge who came in a very creditable seventh in the ten checkpoint event

Unusually this year, teams won the individual events who have never won before, so it just goes to show that if you keep going you will eventually succeed. Also returning to the fray after a bit of a hiatus was East Barnet School, who not only rustled up four teams, but one of their teams also will be taking home the Rockets Trophy for the fastest under 20 team over the five mile course, so well done them.

Of the 42 teams entering the 10 checkpoint event, 20 teams managed to find all 10 checkpoints. The winning team, Suffoc & SOS surprised even themselves by coming home in three hours and fifty four minutes, just ahead of the Dartford Scouts, who were two minutes behind them, and the Rayleigh Rockets number two team who took four and a half hours to complete the course.

Last year’s five checkpoint event winners were a team going by the mysterious name of ELR, who were equally stunned to have finally made it home in first place after several attempts. They came home in two hours and fifty-three minutes, nine minutes ahead of last year’s joint winners, The Barnet Strollers and a further seventeen minutes behind, the New Sospects.

The Group Trophies, awarded to the Group or club with the three highest placed teams in each event, went again to the Rayleigh Rockets in the 10 checkpoint event (30 checkpoints in 16 hours and 29 minutes hours). The best five checkpoint group again was the 41st Epping Forest Scouts, who managed 15 checkpoints in 14 hours and 52 minutes. Since both of these teams have held the trophies for a couple of years now, it’s up to you to mount a challenge!

The Rockets Trophy, as I mentioned above, went to a team from East Barnet School, their number 4 squad. The teams from the school, all of them under twenty years of age, came fourth as a group in the five checkpoint challenge, which is very creditable indeed. They were four of the eleven under twenty teams we had this year and we hope to see them all back again next year, bringing their mates along after telling them what a great time they had!

Trophy winners will be contacted shortly to confirm delivery arrangements if not already received.

As stated on our information sheet, 50p from every entry is donated to a charity nominated each year at our AGM. Those of you who entered the 2014 Rally may be interested to learn that your donations went to the Cody Dock Project.

 

Points to Note:

This year, Checkpoint one seems to have given a lot of the teams grief and it also seems to have been the area of most lost property. The only item I have of lost property is a right-handed grey and black glove with Seal Skinz on one finger. However, three teams asked us to put out an APB on the following items:

A pair of thin black gloves – John Pennifold

This is a long shot, but I have lost a reasonably expensive 'Silva' compass that was a Christmas present from my kids 3 years ago!  (Typical rectangular base plate and should have a short thin cord attached - If I remember rightly the rotating bezel was black rather then the usual white.).  If anyone's handed it in, I'll refund the postage and a bit extra for a beer! It was fairly early on in the night, about 10.20-10.30, on the way to checkpoint 1. Using your map, between grid references 7820 1925 (Junction of Debden Slade & The Green Ride) & 7830 1940, near top of the small hill. Probably on left side of The Green Ride (W) as you walk uphill (N). - Robin Richardson

One of my team members lost a head torch on our way into checkpoint 1 and was wondering if anyone has found it and handed it in. It was a very bright (think Neo or something like that) with a head-strap and rechargeable battery pack on it. Not sure how he lost it the size of it but there you go. It was almost brand new so he’s a bit gutted he lost it! - Tim Cartwright,

If anyone picked them up, could you contact me and I will make arrangements to get them back to their rightful owners.

 

Click here to read some feedback from competitors.

 

And Finally:

Next year is our 60th Rodings Rally, and as such will be a special event, on Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th November 2016. Because of this, the rules for entry are going to be tightened up a bit, as we had a few issues this year, and I am fairly sure that the anniversary event will be quite popular. Spaces will be on a first come, first served basis, so no asking for an early slot unless you are backing up that request with a completed entry form, properly filled in (mind out all of you I had to chase this year for various details, for example what distance you want to compete over) and with the finances taken care of. As usual, you can pay by bank transfer or cheque, and if you do use a bank transfer, please, please let me have a receipt/screen shot of the payment. Every year our poor Treasurer tears her hair out as we go back and forth trying to work out what belongs to whom, so for her sake if not mine, then have your receipts at the ready. We will also be moving the date for last e-mail entries forward by one day, to Wednesday 16th November (postal entries will close on Friday 11th November. Please make sure your entries are in before the 16th as demand for slots should be high.

 

Where did you come? Click Here and look for your team’s number in the event down the left hand side in the distance you covered.

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