|The Thomass Series - 2011/2012
Winter Adventure Running
Starkey Hills is a Gators heritage map in use for the last 30 years (at least). The venue for the event will include the main
Grand River Conservation Area lands in addition to private lands on the east and west side. To provide a different perspective, we'll be
starting the race from the south-west side of the map. The Gators are truly grateful for the generosity of private landowners in the area for access
to their beautiful land.
This Thomass event will be typical in format but will be longer than a normal Thomass.
The expected winning time will around 50 minutes but the actual distance will
range from 5.5km to 8.5km, depending on your handicap and the number of controls that you
will visit in the Thomass Box. Instructions will be provided prior to the
A key characteristic of the Thomass format is the Thomass Box. The Thomass Box
is an area on the map that marks a set of controls that may be
visited in any order. Depending on your handicap, you may drop controls (not visit) according to the
following table. Please note that the control locations in the Thomass Box are always
marked with a letter; the manditory controls are marked with a number and must be
visited in order. Of course, anyone can visit all the controls to take advantage of
training opportunities and also to take advantage of visiting a nice location in the forest.
The challenge for the course setter is to choreograph the handicaps to, ideally,
create a mass finish. The challenge for the competitor is to visit the boxed controls
to minimize overall time and finish before everyone else, even the elite aged competitors.
|12 or younger||4|
|65 or older||4|
|14 or younger||3|
|55 or older||3|
|16 or younger||2|
|45 or older||2|
|19 or younger||1|
|35 or older||1||Examples, |
- Woman, age 36, handicap will be 3 (1+2) or, drop 3 controls in each Thomass Box
- Male, age 15, handicap will be 2 or, drop 2 controls
- Woman, age 58, handicap will be 5 (3+2) or, drop 5 controls
- Male, age 25, handicap will be 0 or, visit all controls
- Woman, age 66, handicap will be 6 (4+2) or, drop 6 controls
Please stay after the event and enjoy our famous chile and vegan stews - and, talk about your run.
Coffee or hot cider will be available at registration time. This year we'll have our normal meat based chile
for carnavors and
African Stew and Lentil Stew for those who choose a vegan lifestyle.
The SPORTident timing system will be used for all controls of the Thomass course
||Sunday, November 20th, 2011
09.30 - Registration and waiver formalities
11.00 - Mass Start
||Gators Orienteering (GGO)
||Starkey Hill South (2002) Scale - 1:10,000 Contours - 5m (revised in 2010)
Annette Van Tyghem
Event Manager: Doug Innes
Course Setter: Doug Innes
Event Controller: Harper Forbes
Typical Thomass format but with an expected winning time of 50-55 min. The actual length
of this run will depend upon a participant's handicap, with approximate distances between 5.5km and 8.6km.
A trail oriented novice course will also be
available. Please select this at registration time.
Please pre-register at least 1 day in advance
to ensure a pre-marked map is reserved for you. Please use the this link to
Here is the current list of participants for the Thomass KickOff -
|Instruction / Clinic:
||Only event related instruction will be provided before the start. We will
also have a trail oriented Novice course available which will not contribute to the Thomass results. If you are
interested, please register using the online interface and select Novice for your course.
For Family options, please let us know at registration time on event day
GGO/FCO members are free
From Hwy 401 / Hwy 6 south (Exit 299) , go north through Aberfoyle to Brock Rd.
Continue north as Brock Rd runs into Gordon Ave then turn east (right) at Maltby Rd,
4.7km from the 401. Continue east past Victoria Rd to Watson Rd then turn left (north).
Continue to Hume Rd then turn left. Park on the side of the road around the
railroad crossing. Registration will be on the road at the tracks.
GPS co-ordinates -
Latitude - 43.529819
Longitude - 80.149224