The North Sea Trophy 2022, 11-13 November
It was surprising to see relatively few Britons at this long weekend of events on the Belgian coast, only 50 miles from the French shuttle terminal. The competitions were a bit different from the norm. as the map scale was 1:5000 or 1:4000, depending on class, and sand dunes featured on all three days.
The venues were different each day, but all were within 5km of the event centre. The first two were on a mix of public open space, military terrain including around buildings, and an open air museum. The most challenging area, Schipsgatduinen, was saved for the final day, exclusively on the sand dunes along the coast.
The Organisers provided transport to the Start/Finish on Days 1 & 2. There was a real surprise to find a Toytown train 'locomotive' and 2 'carriages' at the pick up from the event centre!
The event proved popular, with 670 participants, and the Friday afternoon, Saturday morning & Sunday morning format worked well for a short break.
Saxons taking part were Sarah Howes (1st W60), Mark Glaisher (2nd M70) and Alison Howe (3rd W50).
The maps, Planning and Organisation by KOL (Kempische Orienteers) were first class.
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