Feltham Street-O results

Here are the Results from the Street-O held in Feltham on Tuesday 12 April 2016, along with the updated overall series results. Please contact if you have any results queries.

Organiser’s comments

The Feltham Street-O encouraged the 47 participants to visit the area’s highlights (HMYOI & the secret mapping site) but unfortunately the only “blue plaque” (to Freddie Mercury) could not be included as it was too close to the venue.

As usual, my intention was to create a technical course with both overall and leg route choices, which proved successful. The inevitable consequence of not using post-boxes, was an ambiguous clue. The intended answer for Control 15 (Fire Exit, No * ) was “Smoking” and not an invisible number: award yourself an extra 10 points if you went there.

Thanks to my usual helpers (Carole, Fran & Nick) and to David Rosen (of LOK) for their valued assistance.

Only the Notting Hill Street-O remains for you to finally achieve your perfect Street-O run of the season.

Dave Wright

Notting Hill Street-O on World Orienteering Day, Wednesday 11 May 2016

The final race in SLOW’s 2015-16 Street-O series is on World Orienteering Day, which is Wednesday 11th May 2016 (not the usual Tuesday) in Notting Hill. Please note the change in day from Tuesday to Wednesday. This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one.

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Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Hillgate, 24 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill W8 7SR. The pub serves food until 10pm so plan to stick around for chat and prize-giving.

LocationNotting Hill
AddressThe Hillgate, 24 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill W8 7SR
Latitude/longitude51.5079, -0.1976
OS grid referenceTQ252803
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Hillgate is a mere two minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station on the Central, District and Circle lines.

Race Details

Entry fee is £1 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £2 for others. We should be able to take contactless credit card payments for this event.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Hyde Park (Kensington Gardens) closes at dusk, which is listed as 9pm, and Holland Park closes half an hour before then, so anyone wanting maximum route choice options should start by the official last time of 7:30pm.

The Street-O format has clues located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, an SI card if you have one, and a watch so that you aren’t late back! You may find a torch/head-torch and compass useful too, although many don’t take one.

All competitors take part at their own risk. You MUST be over 16 to take part in this event, unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a condition of our insurance.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event. Check the 2015-16 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Phil Marsland

Results from the Kingston Urban Race 2016

Results for the first Kingston Urban Race are available below.

The earlier issues with the main links are resolved – please refresh if they don’t load first time. Splitsbrowser and Winsplits don’t appear able to handle the timed-out section and so we have suppressed the links to those for now.

A runner catches the attention of passers-by on the riverside at the Kingston Urban Race. Photo courtesy of Mark Howells.
A runner catches the attention of passers-by on the riverside at the Kingston Urban Race

More photos from the day’s racing are available here, courtesy of Mark Howell, Southern Navigators.

Organiser’s comments

On behalf of SLOW I would like to thank orienteers who came from far and wide to run at race 3 of the South England Orienteering Urban League at Kingston. We were fortunate with the beautiful weather but I, the mapper Alan Leakey, planner Steve Clelland and controller Andy Robinson were keen to put on an event here since it provided a tricky urban challenge not just for adults but also for juniors given the pedestrianised nature of Kingston town centre.

Credit for this event going ahead has to go first to Ian Appleford and his security team at Kingston University for providing access to an excellent assembly area for us to put our event on. If we hadn’t been given permission to use the campus there would not have been a suitable venue. Thanks also to Kingston First for giving permission.

I would like to thank Gordon Parker and SportIdentUK for setting up our SLOW system to use the new SAIC cards. This event provided an excellent opportunity for orienteers to trial the new system and I appreciate everyone for giving it a go. The feedback I got on the day was mostly positive. Although the smooth running of the event gave the impression that it had all been done before, there was a lot of work behind the scenes between Gordon, Chris Fry (our equipment specialist) and Andy and Steve so thanks to them. Angus Lund and Andrew Turner also helped a great deal with entries and website when I was struggling to get organised a few weeks ago.

Although I’ve organised many forest events up north, this was the first time I had tried to take on an urban event. Therefore I appreciate the large army of helpers from SLOW, many of whom I allocated a task to and then re-allocated the day before the event without any complaints. And last but not least the competitors, I appreciate everyone for turning out and enjoying themselves. The number of people who came back from their runs with smiles on their faces made all the organisation worthwhile.

We were fortunate, thanks to Mark Howell, publicity officer for Southern Navigators to get photos of competitors on the day. If you wish to use these photos please get in touch with Mark via the Southern Navigators website.

The next SEOUL event will be this weekend at Warmister.
Duncan Grassie

Planner’s comments

It was a great relief to see the early starters heading off and the Kingston race finally become a reality, after first discussing it with Andy Robinson in late 2014.

The challenge in planning was to link up the most interesting parts of Alan Leakey’s excellent map, while minimising the number of major road crossings. The University campus always seemed like the natural choice for the finish and assembly, but this inevitably required a separate junior finish. After becoming aware of the consequences of SIAC cards coming close to a finish control, the junior finish was switched at a late stage to a location with less chance of contact from outgoing runners. Unfortunately on the day this revised location had to be moved at the last moment, with the help of marshals on the ground hopefully no competitors were adversely affected by the discrepancy with the map location.

The initial plan had been to put the start in Canbury Gardens in the far NW corner of the map, but the logistics of getting people there from assembly led to a switch to the southern end of the riverside. Overall I think most courses were improved as a result, although it did force courses 1 and 6 to use the underpass going out and back to access this portion of the map. In hindsight, looping course 1 through the town centre before heading to the far north would have provided some more challenging legs.

The surprisingly fast times did lead to an investigation of the course distances. It turned out that the map is in fact 1:4000 rather than the stated 1:5000, so the courses were 20% shorter than advertised. I’m not sure we could have squeezed much more distance out of the courses, but apologies to anyone who feels short changed.

Many thanks to Duncan, Andy and all those who helped both on the day and beforehand.

Steve Clelland

Controller’s comments

Well I’m just relieved that everything went so well – although I should say nearly everything as there are 3 areas which didn’t go so well and I’ll comment on those later.

The most important thing is to congratulate and thank those who put the time and effort into making this event happen. Duncan and Steve put themselves forward to be planner and organiser respectively some 18 months ago and then 9 months ago they swapped over! Anyway between them they sorted out permissions and came up with some really good courses. At first I hadn’t seen any way we could do a junior course in Kingston; so I’m really pleased that not just one but two could happen. Steve was also very thoughtful in his control positioning – obscure enough to fool quite a few of you with dead ends but not that obscure as to cause a possible permission problem.

Then there was Alan Leakey who produced the original map about 4 years ago and has done much updating since. Also Gordon Parker who arranged and ran the SI Air that you all used – not a complication I wanted to get too involved in! Will it take off? I’m not so sure. And finally all the other club members who helped in the day covering jobs from the frenetic (start, registration) to the quiet (junior finish, kit minding).

What didn’t go so well.

  1. Map scale. So it was 1:4000 after all!! Something we realised when we saw how fast the running times were. Nobody seemed to mind – perhaps you were all happy congratulating yourselves on running brilliant minutes per km.
  2. The gate east of control 206. Steve and I hadn’t noticed that this wasn’t a locked gate but just secured by a bolt. Someone (presumably an orienteer) unbolted it and left it wide open and so many seeing it open just went through it. From what I can make out from the splits the time gain was under a minute and as such I don’t think anything should be done about it. The splits indicate that a lot of people must have gone that way but identifying precisely who would be impossible. So thank you to those who self-disqualified but we’re not going to do that. I’d only like to DQ the person who unbolted it in the first place! Anyone want to own up?
  3. The timed out crossing. I’d decided not to set a maximum time for this due to the variety of times people could take to go through the two sets of lights. It’s obvious from the splits that some people were taking unreasonable advantage of that, and so I think it’s good that the splits effectively “name and shame” them. I also note that most of the offenders were SLOW members!

Finally thank you all for coming. We must do this again some time.
Andy Robinson

Hurtmore MTB Score Race, Sunday 8th May 2016

The second race in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2016 Series takes place near Hurtmore on Sunday 8th May.

This is a public race – all are welcome. All entries are on the day but we encourage you to please RSVP to the event via Facebook or email to let us know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Squirrel Inn, Hurtmore Road GU7 2RN.

Toilets and drinks are available before and after the race, and lunch is available from 12pm –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

LocationHurtmore
AddressThe Squirrel Inn, Hurtmore Road, GU7 2RN
Latitude/longitude51.1988, -0.6447
OS grid referenceSU948453
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is right off the A3 Hurtmore exit, west of Guildford.
  • By train, Godalming is the nearest station, only a 15 min warm up ride away

Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

Race Details

The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for BMBO (with their membership cards) and SLOW members, and £6 for under 21s.

The race will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MTB Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and carry a whistle and first aid kit (a minimum of plasters & dressing). The following equipment is also recommended:

  • Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass

There will be series prizes for top male/female/pair and veteran male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1100
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1100

Race duration is 2 hours and the course will close at 13:00.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls, and a limited number of SI dibbers will be available. Please bring your own if you have one.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planners: Sid Hardy, Mark Humphrey

Image: Mark Humphrey, courtesy of TriAdventure

 

Results from the Richmond Park Night-O

The final race of SLOW’s 2015-16 Night-O series was held in Richmond Park on Tuesday 22 March. Paul Couldridge won by almost two minutes, with Melanie Hilton beating Sue Carter to be the first lady home.

Overall 2015-16 Night-O series results

Paul Couldridge’s three first places over the course of the series secured him the title, although he was closely followed by Scott Collier and Tom Cochrane in joint second place with 296 points each. Michael Crone was one point behind them in fourth with 295 points. Competition at the top is fierce!

In the women’s competition, Sue Carter had an unassailable lead going into the final race, but Melanie Hilton’s first place in the final race allowed her to leapfrog Sheen Straggler Emma Baker into second place.

Esher Scouts win the SN Junior League 2015-16

Esher Scouts Orienteering Club have won the Southern Navigators’ 2015-16 Junior League. This is the first time that the club – associated with South London Orienteers – has won in the thirty years of the series. The win is particularly notable as the trophy has been shared between two schools for 19 of the last 20 years!

Esher Scouts celebrating their win in the Southern Navigators Saturday Series 2015-16.
Esher Scouts celebrating their win in the Southern Navigators Saturday Series 2015-16.

The team of scouts from ten groups in the Elmbridge District of southwest London had wrapped up the competition ahead of the final round, but individual trophies were decided at the final event, with three going to orienteers in their first season.

Thomas from Oxshott came second in the B7 category.
Thomas from Oxshott came second in the B7 category.

Thomas – SLOW’s reigning junior champion – and Benedict from 1st Oxshott came second and third respectively in the B7 class for boys in year 7 and under. Thomas had led the competition for much of the series, but was narrowly beaten into second place by winner Hamish by only five points out of nearly 800.

Benedict receives his trophy for third place in B7.
Benedict receives his trophy for third place in B7.

Idris from 1st Hinchley Wood won the Alex Lane trophy for most improved runner during the series, and achieved fourth place in the B7 category, meaning ESOC took second, third and fourth places.

Idris from Hinchley Wood won the Alex Lane trophy for most improved runner during the series.
Idris receiving the Alex Lane trophy.

Special mention should go to William from 1st Claygate who missed out on third place in the B8/9 category by one point, to Nathan of 1st Oxshott who was competing for his school Claremont Fan Court rather than ESOC.

Over 30 scouts turned out during the course of the series. The scouts’ orienteering will continue with a set of one-off events through the summer and the Saturday series will resume in September.

Photos courtesy of Clinton Askew, Oxshott Scouts

Paul Couldridge wins the 2016 Spring Handicap

The final race of the the 2016 Spring Series was held at the CompassSport Cup Qualifying round at Hollands Wood in the New Forest. SLOW narrowly failed to qualify for the final, but Paul Couldridge produced one of the standout runs of the day with a win by over two minutes over someone half his age on the Short Brown course.

That performance earned him sufficient ranking points to edge Andrea Rebora into second place, and for Paul to win SLOW’s 2016 Spring Handicap series by five points. Charlotte Turner was third two points back, with Raffaella Marin in fourth seeing the Rebora-Marin household very well-represented in the final standings.

The spring series handicap is designed to reward runners improving on their previous year’s performance, which means that it is usual to see a different name on the trophy each year.

An overdue mention should go to Matt Schepisi who won SLOW’s 2015 Spring Series, with Andy Robinson in second place and Rob Patterson in third. The series results were only calculated in 2016 – apologies to him for the delay.

Past winners are:

  • 2015: Paul Couldridge
  • 2015: Matt Schepisi
  • 2014: Dorte Torpe Hansen
  • 2015: Katie McInnes

Many thanks to SOC for producing some wonderful weather for us to run in this last weekend, and to CHIG, BKO, MVOC and HH for hosting the first four events.

The scoring is a handicap based on both runners’ average performance in 2015 and their variability. The ranking points that they are awarded are normalised to see how far they were above (or below) their expected score. This is similar in concept to the ranking system used by British Orienteering, and allows us to compare results across courses. Competitors points above expectation are then ranked and scored from 100 down, similar to our other competitions. This rewards consistency rather than one-off high-scoring runs.

Kingston Urban Race, Sunday 10 April 2016

South London Orienteers is pleased to present the first Kingston Urban Race. Kingston is an ancient market town southwest of London where Saxon kings were crowned on the banks of the River Thames. This event will use the wireless SportIdent Active Cards, although regular SI cards will also work should you wish to use your own.


Kingston Urban Race 2016 Final Details now available

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Race Venue

The event centre is Kingston University Students Union. Kingston University is easily accessible by public transport, with regular trains to either Surbiton or Kingston from Waterloo and Clapham Junction, and then either a 15 minute walk to the University or by taking one of many buses between Kingston and Surbiton with a short walk along Grove Crescent/Fassett Road on the east side of the campus to the assembly area.

Parking for a limited number of cars should be available adjacent to the event centre. If driving please approach the university from the east side on Grove Crescent/Fassett Road, rather than from Penrhyn Road.

LocationKingston
AddressKingston Town Centre
Latitude/longitude51.4022, -0.3032
OS grid referenceTQ181684
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

There will be no event catering, but Kingston has a wealth of coffee shops, bars, restaurants and pubs to provide sustenance after the event.

Courses and Map

Start times will be from 1030 -1200 and will be loosely allocated in the week before the event, although competitors who require a specific start time should be able to start when they require.

RegistrationBetween 1000 and 1200
Start TimesBetween 1030 and 1200

The new map is 1:4,000 scale. There will be a spectator control on the university campus easily accessible from the assembly area.

Course Distance (km) Classes
1 8.3 Men’s Open
2 6.2 Women’s Open, Men’s Vets (M40+)
3 5.3 Women’s Vets (W40+), Men’s Super Vets (M55+)
4 4.5 Women’s Super Vets (M55+), Men’s Ultra Vets (M65+)
5 3.0 Women’s Ultra Vets (W65+)
6 4.0 Juniors
7 1.9 Young Juniors

Entries and Fees

Entries are open now through Fabian4. Entry on the day will be subject to map availability.

Online before 23:59 on 3 April EOD*
BOF Members – Seniors £8 £10
BOF Members – Juniors / Students £4 £5
Non-BOF Members – Seniors £9 £10
Non-BOF Members – Juniors / Students £4 £5

* EOD will be subject to map availability.

Thanks to SPORTident UK for providing SI Active Cards for our event. Although you will still be able to use your own SI card if you have one, it will be possible for competitors to hire cards on the day to take advantage of the remote punching system. Please enter your SI card number in the online entry system for now (or indicate “hire” if you don’t have one, you will not be charged) and the SIAC chips will be allocated at the event.

Any questions can be sent to the organiser Duncan Grassie at .

SportIdent hire will be free for this event, courtesy of SPORTident UK. Lost SIAC cards are charged at £50.

Officials

  • Planner: Steve Clellan (SLOW)
  • Organiser: Duncan Grassie (SLOW),

Entry conditions

The personal data you give will be stored on computer and used by the event organisers and their agents only for the purpose of processing and publishing the event entries and results, for conducting safety checks and to validate British Orienteering insurance cover. Submission of an entry for the event will confirm your acceptance of this procedure.

Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with British Orienteering and not joined an orienteering club which is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance.

Orienteering is an adventure sport and your safety while orienteering is your own responsibility. Parents are responsible for their children and advice is available on request about what courses may be suitable for their children. All competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.

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