Wheldrake – Initial Results & Report

I hope everyone enjoyed today’s event – here are the provisional results.

Penalty times highlighted (red); riders who don’t appear on MapRun and have a shared score with another rider (yellow) and the two riders with manual scores (blue). The times are all from MapRun.

Let me know if my maths is wrong for any penalties, or if you have checked your course and a control is missing (some riders had a issue with #4 and #8)

PDF – 20220212-Wheldrake Provisional results

You can have a look at everyone’s results and the course they took on MapRun here:

Maprun link here to full table and tracks

By Saturday morning the bright blue sky of the previous day had been replaced by more blustery weather which meant everyone had a headwind at some point. However, the rain (mostly) held off and the tracks were mostly in a decent condition.

Reports at the end from the 44 riders who took part were generally very positive and it was good to see a couple of riders who hadn’t taken part for a couple of years.

I enjoyed planning the course, and was able to make the most of the good weather in January to ride everything, remove the bits that weren’t good and decide upon the course size. It’s quite hard to develop a course that is challenging enough for the fastest riders, but offers something for all abilities. Whilst there were some “small circuits”, I think there were lots of options available.

Of the 30 available controls, it was brilliant to see that Nuno Cerqueira made it to 28, and Chris Hollingbery got to 26 – which suggests it was about right. A total of 7 riders had scores above 400, and 15 riders over 300 and it is fascinating to see the different routes that everyone chose.

Thank yous:

The track through Wheldrake Wood only works with the additional permission from Swallow Hall Golf Course to use the track from the road to the wood. Grateful that they allowed access once again, and if you know any golfers please do encourage them to visit the course – its a small family run business and it is good of them to allow us permission.

Most riders went into the Escrick Estate at some point, and they also provided permission to use the tracks between #27 and #2. We’ll be making a donation from the event to The Woodmeadow Trust in return for the Estate allowing us to use the tracks today.

Lisa and team at The Wenlock Arms did a great job today – I think everyone got their food on time and it was good of them to allow us to host the event there.

The Girl Guide’s White Rose Hall  was the location of the additional parking and the start. I know parking wasn’t that easy – although the hall car park wasn’t full!

Thank you to Steve Willis for running the start for me – it’s a chilly job on day’s like today; and Tim Evans for the advice, mapping and MapRun advice!

MapRun and the course map,,

I think MapRun worked well today. 3 riders couldn’t make it work and the were a couple of control issues but overall it worked well.

Tim and I debated using a 1:50 scale map, or a 1:25 definition reduced to 1:40. We opted for the latter as the extra detail should have made for easier navigation. Tim highlighted the bridleways and I tried to place controls to make the routes easier to navigate.

At control #7 there is only one bridleway heading towards control #22 (but I can see that the drainage ditch looks a bit like a track running NNE). It might also have helped to mark the permissive tracks a different colour (Swallow Hall, Escrick)

Control #26 (on a brighter day!)

Wheldrake event info – MapRun & Parking

Here are the MapRun and parking details for Saturday’s event – please make sure you read the parking information as parking is tight!

The Wheldrake course is now available to download in MapRun. You’ll find it by choosing ‘Select Event’ and  navigating to UK | North Yorkshire | NYMBO | Wheldrake

Or you can use the QR code

The Finish (Red) is at the back of the pub car park) and the Start (Green) is in front of the Guide Hall next to the Chuirch Gate.




Please don’t street park on Main Street (east-west) or on Dalton Hill (next to the pub) as they’re both busy. Here are the main options:

1. The Wenlock Arms has a car park for 15-20 cars. Please park carefully so that we maximise the spaces.

2. Behind the White Rose Guide Hall there is space for a small number of cars – the entrance is narrow so this won’t work for anyone with larger vehicles! We’ll use this for the early arrivals so as not to disrupt the start.

3. Back Lane – this is the best street parking as there are places that won’t disrupt any residents. Turn into Church Close and follow round the corner into Back Lane (marked in yellow below).

I hope that can accommodate everyone!



Updated map for Wheldrake on February 12th (online entry closes midnight Thursday)

Here’s the updated blank map for the Wheldrake event next Saturday 12th February.

Online entry here (closes midnight Thursday 10th)

Registration: 0915 – 1015
Starts: 0930 – 1030

Don’t forget that there’s no entry on the day! You’ll need to download the course on MapRun before you set off – the QR code and start/finish locations will be on the website on Friday, along with parking information.

Details here for the The Wenlock Arms in Wheldrake, and you’ll find the lunch menu here for pre-ordering before you set off.

The South York course area is flat and so it’s a fairly large area. The course uses all the suitable bridleways and cycle paths plus I’ve also got permissive access for some additional tracks. Care will be needed on the short sections where the A19 is unavoidable- the section at Escrick has shared cycle/footpaths.

Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Blank Map for Wheldrake – Saturday Feb 12th

Here’s the blank map for the Whledrake event that takes place on Saturday 12th February.

Online entry here (closes midnight Thursday 10th)

The map is not quite finalised – but the extent of the course is unlikely to change.

Our 4th winter event of this series is based at the excellent The Wenlock Arms in Wheldrake (sadly The Jefferson Arms in Thorganby and The Black Bull in Escrick are both closed). The South York course area is flat and so it’s a fairly large area. The course uses all the suitable bridleways and cycle paths plus I’ve also got permissive access for some additional tracks. Care will be needed on the short sections where the A19 is unavoidable. Hopefully the course is good for riders of all abilities – a challenge but plenty of interesting areas too.

I’ll update on the pub menus and parking arrangements next week (Parking in Wheldrake isn’t quite as easy as venues like The Squinting Cat).

Please get in touch if you have any questions!

20220212-blank map

Thornton Watlass Final results

Here are the finalised results, as some of you spotted we had swapped 4 and 9 round but then sent an old map to the printers so we have awarded points based on the map scores, this means if you visit 9 on the map , maprun showed you as visiting 4 so we have added 5 points to your score , if you visited 4 map run shows you listed 9 so we have removed 5 points.

I have made it clear in the right hand column what I have done, if you think this is wrong please let me know and I will adjust again. I have also updated for controls that didn’t pick up ( Control 2 for 2 people ) .

Results summary: 20220122-results_final

MapRun link with Splits here

Two admin items for riders:

1. You will note most results are in yellow, these are the ones on the maprun server , those not in yellow have told Steve their result but not uploaded their track or result to the server.

If you go to maprun look at your result and in the top right hand corner click on the lines and then select manual upload, this should add your result and I can then adjust for 4 and 9 if you visited them.

2. The other item is if you think you went to a control and it isn’t green on the map on your phone using the HITMO option on the top Right hand button allows you to widen the search , it is far better if you do this rather than the admin as it preserves your score . Your score then shows you have done this and the admin can remove this note and the other results if it has come through.

Any questions ask Tim and the next event, although he isn’t up to speed on using a Garmin watch.

Thornton Watlass Report

Thanks to Steve Willis for planning an excellent event yesterday and ensuring the weather stayed fine! here’s his report. I’ll update this post with the MapRun results link as soon as I get it.

Thanks to Tim Evans for an excellent map and advising riders about Maprun at Registration; Dave Robertson for looking after the Start; and Vicky and all of the staff at the Buck Inn for a very warm welcome as well as delicious food served very quickly.

I thoroughly enjoyed planning the course as usual as it gave me a good excuse to ride in this lovely gentle countryside not far from my doorstep. It was even better last week when the bridleways were even firmer and the hedges hadn’t been cut! It was disappointing that so many of you had to repair multiple punctures.

Controls 4 and 9 were the wrong way round on the map so some scores will need adjusting.

It was great to see 62 riders at a winter event and congratulations to the winners. Martin Edwards rode an impressive 55k and visited all but 4 of the 30 controls to score 490 points and win overall. John Dixon marked his first competitive ride for a few months to beat all the other Veteran Gents. Claire Riley rode solo to outscore the other Ladies. Sally Buckworth & Saul Muldoon won the Mixed class while Laura & Jeff Barber won the Generation class again.
Hope to see as many of you at our next event on February 12th at Wheldrake
Take care and stay healthy
Steve Willis

Next event – 2 hours at Thornton Watlass – Saturday 22nd January

It’s just over a week until our first event of 2022 – Saturday 22nd January at Thornton Watlass.

Online entry is open until midnight Thursday 2oth – click here to enter

Don’t forget, these events are usingMapRun. If you’re using a smartphone, don’t forget to load the course onto the phone at home; if you’re using a smartwatch or Garmin, you need to synchronise with satellites before approaching the start. Please do this just before the event so you get the correct version.

The controls have been set so you can ride straight through them, if you are sure you are in the correct place and you don’t hear it please continue to the next control rather than stopping in the middle of the road. There are some new tweaks you can do on maprun and we have added these to the FAQ so you can make the ‘ping’ louder and use a different tone.

Please sign in at Registration outside the pub and collect your Description sheet as well as the Pin number. Load the number into your phone, collect a map and ride to the Start at the SW corner of the village green.

We are only using 4 of the bridleways on the map and they were all rideable last week. This is a pleasant undulating area with lots of quiet country lanes and pretty villages for you to enjoy. Please be careful crossing the A684 at the marked crossing points
The Finish is next to the banner in the car park behind the pub

Course map: 20220122-ThortonWatlassCourse

Squinting Cat Race Report & finalised results

Almscliff Crag at control #9

Almscliff Crag at control #9

A very late report on the 11th December race from the Squinting Cat at Harrogate. I ordered the maps based on a few more entering after lunchtime on the Thursday and luckily ordered 60 as by the time entries closed at 23:59 we had 60 entrants.  52 of you entered on the day and seemed to go on numerous routes. Top 3 finishes were Ian Furlong with 429 points who rode 37km, Simon Coiley on 389 points who rode 35.5km and Carrick Armer on 385 points who rode 33.7 km. Other category winners were David Day in the Male 0ver 60 class who was a very credible 5th with 359 points who rode 33.5 km. Top Mixed pairs were Lois and Adrian Parker who scored 350 points and rode 31.6km . First Lady was Sue Booth on 309 points who rode 32,9km and top generation team were Jeffrey and Laura Booth who rode with Mieszko Lichtarowicz they scored 307 points and rode 30,7 km .

Full routes and scores are on the maprun portal here .

Thank you for all your feedback and comments and I hope you all enjoyed your ride. I enjoyed planning my first maprun winter event, no longer did I need to find obscure clues although I did leave a post box in for those who read the clues, you simply decide you need a control in that location and place it , this means that when I realised the event was too large I could easily move some of the controls to make it more compact.

I was surprised less of you visited the outlying controls 8 and 22 as I suspect they would have been quicker route between 27 and 21 and got you 5 more points , similarly I think 28 to 11 may  have been faster via 7 as given the recent rain some of the tracks were much slower.  In hindsight I think the urban bits round Harrogate probably favoured the local riders a bit much  although there is no excuse for going down the wrong road at Pannal Ash Roundabout which at least 2 riders did I won’t embarrass them by naming them., but it meant they picked up 15 first.

We had very few problems with Maprun which is good to see, a couple of controls were not picked up but the riders had clearly gone towards them and increasing the search radius from 30m to 60m meant the system recognised them.

Thanks to Bridget for manning the registration for me and Dave Robertson for his excellent web work and e-mail production, and the staff at the pub for their warm welcome.

I hope you all have everything planned for Christmas and New Year and we look forward to hopefully seeing you at our next event on the 22nd January from the Buck in in Thornton Watlass, Steve has already planned an excellent event for you.  This will be followed by a February event near York and a March event in deepest West Yorkshire planned by Tony Thornley.

We are starting to produce a plan of events for the Summer 2022 series  so if you want to have a go at planning all you need to do is find an area, a start venue such as the village hall and get planning , you can use Maprun or SI the choice is yours , please get in contact via the website so we can hopefully have a full year of events, and build on the success that we managed to make from 2021

Best wishes for Christmas & the New Year