THE 'ELEPHANT'S GLORY' NAVIGATION EXERCISE
December 1998 - by Tim Murray
So far no one has asked me why this event was called 'Elephant's Glory'.
I have to confess that the name came about because I cheated. In the run
up to the event I was suffering from an acute lack of transport, as my
car was broken and my bicycle had died following a vicious and unprovoked
assault by a stationary motor car. I therefore used the route and some
of the route checks from the event I organised for the club some seven
years ago. A lot of the route checks and most of the navigation were new,
but anyone with a really good memory might have twigged. Luckily the elephants
in the club must have stayed at home that night.
On the night six crews turned up in the lay-by near Kendleshire. In
addition to the usual suspects it was nice to see Nigel Jones and Alison
Stroud, all the way from South Wales, and the reappearance of the Fortescue
family complete with latest addition Jacob. It only seems like yesterday
(more like eight (?) years) that young Abbey Fortescue was Jacob's age,
but whereas she used to lie peacefully in her carrycot during NavEx's,
Jacob is obviously keen to take on the driving duties, whilst Abbey is
now doing some of the plotting. Mum and Dad will soon be redundant.
The first section false origin and keyword caused problems for some,
as did the herring bone. This might have been easier had I not left a white
road off it by mistake my humble apologies to all. The crews whistled through
the rest of the plotting, however, and all left the start in good time.
I proceeded at a leisurely pace to the finish control, and got there just
in time to meet Paul and Howard who were checking in with plenty of time
to spare. Everyone else turned up within the time limit, in spite of all
having stopped to check on two young lads (not on our event!) who had overturned
a Golf just down the road, but no one was hurt.
The results showed that the event must have been far too easy, as the
first two crews had cleaned the event, with another two crews tied for
third having dropped only one routecheck. Maybe there were some elephants
out there after all. Thanks to all who turned out.
|=1.||Steve Webb/Martin Emsley||Toyota Corolla||72|
|=1.||Dave Cutcliffe/Martin Baker ||Peugeot 306 GTI||72|
|=3.||Nigel Jones/Alison Stroud ||Audi A4||70|
|=3.||Paul Bird/Howard Johnston||CitroŽn ZX||70|
|5.||Andrew Rigler/Dick Craddy||MGB||64|
|6.||Warwick, Jenni, Abbey & Jacob Fortescue||Alfa Romeo 33||30|