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Dales Weekend

Last edited: Mon 18 Sep 2017

A great weekend's competition. Thanks to all helpers. And all participants except the one (or more?) who did the damage shown and failed to report it. Cost us to repair it, and unknown reputational cost with farmers and landowner.

The following is an extract from the Organiser's Comments which can be found in full on the Results page for the Malham Moor event here:
Dales Weekend - Malham National Event-2017-09-17

The only incidents were related to wall and permanent stile damage. A few competitors accidentally knocked a stone or two off the wall when crossing one of our wooden stiles and kindly reported this to us, and a permanent stone stile which was in a poor state beforehand was afterwards in a state of collapse due to heavy use during the event. A much more serious issue was caused by a competitor, witnessed crossing an illegal wall, which resulted in the scene depicted here.

Many thanks to those people who reported this damage, as we were able to contact the farmer involved immediately. Luckily we don’t seem to have lost permission to use his fields again, but word will get around the other farmers in the area who might be less understanding, and the club will have to pay a hefty bill to have the wall rebuilt. Many of the drystone walls in the Dales are in a fragile state and I hope this image will remind all of us why we should not cross walls marked as un-crossable.

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