Up to Barr Beacon last night for possibly the first-ever event there. Organised by Barry McGowan, this area was mapped under the same auspices as Fibbersley and Rough Wood, thereby providing Walsall borough with several new useable areas.
As well as the first use of the map, this event marked the launch of the permanent orienteering course, and the turnout was excellent. As well as lots of familiar faces from Harlequins and Octavian Droobers, Peter Sunley brought a group from Queen Mary’s Grammar School, and there were also some members of the public.
The Beacon is nice for O training, only spolied by a pesky reservoir that splits the area in two. I did the long (7k) course in 54 minutes.