Inaugural Santes Dwynwen Navigation Run
Many thanks to Caroline Parry for this report on the event organised by herself and husband Gruff.
We had a brilliant night and an excellent turn out for the first Navigation Run of the year - the first Santes Dwynwen Nav Run.
With a drivers’ briefing kicking off at 7pm, we welcomed lots of newcomers preparing for the Valentine’s Rally and some old friends, all dusting off the mental cobwebs and getting to grips with their navigation skills. The format was a 20-mile treasure hunt, with 11 VIAs, 5 triangles and 6-figure grid references. Only one white was used (Tarmac), with the majority on good, hilly and winding, yellows. 55 symbols were scattered throughout the route, comprising alphabet letters and hearts, in honour of the romantic date. In the end only 6 clues were not found by any crew (phone-box, fence post, stone wall x 2, metal gate and bus stop). It was straightforward with no navigational tricks, but challenging enough! There was plenty of help with plotting available at the start, and we hope this was useful practice for crews doing bigger rallies later in the year. We recommend the upcoming table-top navigation night if you’d like more guidance with plotting.
The weather was mild, dry and clear as crews made their way from Menai Bridge, via Llandegfan, around Penmon, down to Llanddona and finally to the warm and friendly finish at Owain Glyndwr pub. As ever, even a few experienced crews missed some instructions, got lost or ran out of time, but a good time was had by all and we’re delighted that every single crew made it to the finish line - a fantastic achievement. We finished at 9pm and results were announced at 9.20pm.
Congratulations to Merfyn Williams and Duncan Littler, who were professionally dressed as a team in club wear, plotted quickly and were out the door by 7.10pm; they collected 47 symbols and finished by the allotted time. Second place went to Ian Owen & Rhys Owen/Deio Hughes & Will Hughes who scored 40 symbols. Well Done! The average number of symbols found was 30. We hope to see some of you (especially newcomers and beginners) for the March Hare Nav Run on March 22nd; you’ll be able to re-use the same map, watch this space for details.
1. Merfyn Williams & Duncan Littler - 47 points
2. Ian Owen & Rhys Owen, Will Hughes & Deio Hughes 40 pts.
3. Joe & Gerwyn – 36 pts.
4. Rhian Jones & Gwyn Jones – 35 pts.
5. Ifan Devine & Thomas Devine – 31 pts.
6. Chris & John, Jason Hardy & Elis Hardy , Aled & Dewi – 30 pts.
7. Danny & Phil – 26 pts.
8. Mike & Liz – 17 pts.
9. Rhys Jarret & Finn McMillan – 15 pts.
10. Nigel Griffith & Sion Griffith – 13 pts.
11. Carwyn Davies & Robat Davies – 10 pts.
12. Mike & Rowan – 8 pts.
This Navigation Run is organised by Gruff and Caroline Parry and will start from David Hughes Leisure Centre, Menai Bridge, LL59 5SS - map reference 114/547 723. Report to the classroom for 7.00pm with the usual navigation aids. The map required is to be confirmed.