Courtesy of Graham Skeggs and John Murdoch:
Attached are the final results from the Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally. There have been some minor adjustments to the provisional results announced on the night, now that we have had the opportunity to look at the marshals’ check sheets. We have also considered the comments made as a result of the location of MTC11 not being given in any of the paperwork given to the experts, which meant that the final section had to be solved in order to reach that control, with a couple of crews then not making it in time. On reflection, we consider that the fair and reasonable course of action is to penalise OTL on the same basis as at a TC (30 minutes) rather than exclusion. This has not made any major changes to the results, but means that all finished, apart from Colin and Rhys who unfortunately experienced car problems half way round.
Firstly, many thanks to the marshals, listed below, who enabled the event to take place. Thanks to their support we were able to man all 11TCs and 5 secrets.
Congratulations to Ben Willshire and Derek Harden who, running as beginners, returned the best result of all. Whilst they had the benefit of marked maps, on such a complex route, with a number of not as map triangles, it was no mean achievement to get round the route without missing any of the boards, although they did record the only dummy board on the route, on the short way round a long way round triangle.
The best performance in the other classes, and therefore winners of the Gwyn Jones Memorial Trophy, were Chris Pratt and Glynn Hayward; congratulations to them. They persevered when things may not have been falling into place as normal, and ended up only missing two boards (and also recording the dummy).
We certainly intended the event to be reasonably challenging, wishing to reward the best navigators, and not just the fastest drivers, although we do hope that all did enjoy the route. However, we know just how hard it is to get the right balance, and from your comments it is clear that the navigation proved more challenging than we had intended. We attach brief explanations of the navigation handed out to experts, and whilst it is always so much easier to solve navigation in your living room rather than being bounced around in a rally car, it might be that you will now notice hints that you might have missed on the night, and that would have helped.
Many thanks for your support of the event, most certainly including the following marshals:-
Simon May, David Ley, Iain and Jim Morris, Steve and Wesley Warne, Bill Stewart, Andrew Parr, Steve Partridge, Elise East, Dan and Sam Middle, John and Harry Nicholls, Richard Dix, Dave Wilson, Bob Renwick, Roy and Tim Cuthbert, Neil Harrison and Nick Taylor.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe 2021.
Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media