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Operation Red Flare 2016

Congratulations to the winners St Saviours ESU, Wimbledon & Wandle District.

Wholehearted thanks to all who helped marshal the event. Please see attached a score-sheet for your information. There appear to be one or two anomalies, but I don't think it fundamentally affects the overall result.

Next year we will seek to simplify things somewhat particularly in relation to the various bonus scores. For the record 22 of the teams were from GLSW and 10 from other Counties + the Guides. Sutton had 9 teams, Richmond 5, Royal Kingston 4, Croydon 3, and Wimbledon & Wandle 1. There was only 1 Network team this year down from 6 a couple of years ago.

This year 40 teams entered but only 32 started. The number of teams withdrawing before the event was the highest ever and therefore of concern not least because we had to turn away two teams having reached the maximum entry even before the closing date. There will always be genuine reasons why a handful of participants have to drop out, but not significant numbers in several teams. If you have any thoughts as to how we might overcome this problem in future please let me know. Just a thought did Mothering Sunday have an impact ?

The route this year was a little longer than usual but over relatively gentle - though muddy in places - ground. Several teams found the more testing sections quite difficult, and didn't seem totally confident with their map reading and use of compass. It would make sense therefore to hone these skills in time for next year's event on March 4th 2017. Initial information will be released in the autumn as usual.

Only 11 teams finished the whole route in the time allocated - 10 hours - and as a complete team. I would suggest they qualify for the Navigator level 4 badge, but leave it to Leaders to make decisions for the other teams based on known individual competencies.

I have a number of items of lost property including a map, compasses, a torch, water bottle, his vis jackets and a waterproof top, but thankfully no muddy trousers, socks etc.

We will issue a feed back form quite soon so that we can gain some customer evaluations, but in the meantime if you have any observations, comments or suggestions please email to me (Chris Dean Deputy CC) so that I can keep a record before great ideas get forgotten.

The key dates for the 2016 event are :-   Saturday 5th March overnight to Sunday 6th March 2016   Adult Leaders' Briefing February 28th (Sunday afternoon) - as usual we shall need plenty of help.   Closing date for entries Saturday 20th February unless the maximum number of teams (40) is reached prior to this date.   Full payment with entry.   No further information will be available until late November 2015   No more than 2 teams per Unit/Network.   Please circulate this information so that all Units are aware and have the opportunity to participate.  Chris Dean  Deputy CC  ...

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