Results from the 2016 OK Nuts Trophy

Results for the 2016 OK Nuts Trophy, which took place on 25 September, are now available.

OK Nuts Trophy 2016 Prize Winners

M21 Paul Couldridge
OK Nuts Trophy
South London
M35 Richard Collyer Guildford
M40 Ian Marsden Hertfordshire
M45 Kevin Fielding Hertfordshire
M50 Nigel Bunn Thames Valley
M55 Chris Hooker Southdowns
M60 Andrew Evans Dartford
M65 Phill Smithard Kingdom of Fife
M70 Geoff Wright Guildford
M75 Roger Maher Southdowns
M80 Patrick Maher Southdowns
M20 Nicholas Jarvis Southdowns
M18
M16
M14 Nathan Judd
Margaret Loveless Trophy
Mole Valley
M12 Maxime Pesenti Dartford
M10 Thomas Rollins Southern Navigators
W21 Kajsa Johansson
Heather Monro Trophy
Jönköpings OK
W35 Melanie Slade Southern Navigators
W40 Helen Marsden Hertfordshire
W45 Julia Jarvis Southdowns
W50 Dorte Torpe Hansen South London
W55 Jill Blount Southdowns
W60 Christine Kiddier Guildford
W65 Teresa Turner South London
W70 Bridget Hooper Southdowns
W75 Susan Parker Southdowns
W80
W20
W18
W16
W14
W14 Laura Barrett Southern Navigators
W12 Charlotte Slade Southern Navigators

Organiser’s comments

Congratulations to Paul Couldridge, now officially a legend after winning the prestigious OK Nuts Trophy. A very worthy mention also to Sarah Rollins, only 86 seconds behind Paul, who nearly became the first female winner of that trophy.

Congratulations to Kajsa Johansson (W20), the winner of the Heather Monro Trophy, taking part in her first orienteering race in the UK since arriving from Sweden a short while ago.

The Margaret Loveless Trophy for best junior performance was awarded to Nathan Judd of Mole Valley, for his 2nd place on the Light Green course. The decision was a tough one as there were other notable performances from Maxime Pesenti and Laura Barrett on Orange and Tommy Rollins on Yellow.

charlies-road-signsThe sun shone and everything seemed to go very well, thanks to a lot of hard work behind the scenes beforehand and on the day. Particular thanks to Charlie Turner, who not only planned the excellent courses but also contributed a huge amount to the organisation and even slept in the finish field overnight to validate the portaloos’ insurance! Many people commented on the brilliant count-down signs to the car-park – all Charlie’s creation (patent pending?). Thanks too to Peter Chapman (Southdowns), our thorough but relaxed Controller and to Mike Elliot and Mole Valley for the loan of the generator, when the aging SLOW one refused to co-operate.

Many SLOW members volunteered to ensure the smooth running of the event. We worked hard, had good fun and got to know each other a bit better: that’s what volunteering is all about. (What a shame that some members missed out). All volunteers, bar one who was injured, had a run.
In no particular order:

  • Vicky Robb – alarm at 4.30 to catch the bus to our house; registration and anything I asked her to do, including crawling underneath a portaloo to retrieve someone’s lost dibber (didn’t have that on the Risk Assessment)
  • Teresa Turner – for putting up with Glover’s Wood having taken over her life for the past few months
  • Andy Robinson – chief gofer and nagger
  • Charlotte Turner – Assistant Planner
  • Lydia Farzin-nia – Assistant Planner’s assistant
  • Gordon Parker – SI chief and results provider and driver of an extremely full car to return ALL the equipment to the SLOW store
  • Alan Leakey, Matthew Schepisi, Peter Huzan – SI team
  • Nigel Saker – Entries Sec and Registration and Welcomer in Chief
  • Heather Walton, Fiona Tam, Eoin O’Callaghan – Registration team
  • Andy Jones, Paul Street and Chrissie Glew – Car Park team
  • Raffaella Marin, Matteo Rebora, Andrea Rebora, Olin Davies, Keith Davies, Sarah Brown – String Course team
  • Paul Couldridge, Sue Carter, Hanna Tuomisto, Don McKerrow, Peter Huzan, Dmitry Adamski – Start team
  • Steph Moss, Simon Moss – for erecting flags, bits of marquee and notices
  • Ed Stott, Cate Slade (a member of Saxons!), Hing Hung, Dmitry Adamski, Peter Huzan, Don McKerrow, Matthew Schepisi – control collecting
  • Nigel Clemens, Kim Rowe, Neil Mitchell – road sign collection
  • Gail Parker – control dismantling and generally tidying up
  • Chris Fry – keeper of the SLOW store who got everything ready for collection

Finally a shout-out to a certain gentleman from SN who gave me the biggest laugh of the week by claiming he had fallen asleep watching Poldark and so had missed the first closing date and could he please pay at the lower rate – and offering his wife to collect in controls.

Many thanks to all competitors too for coming; also to Ultrasport, Tom’s Catering and Southern Medical Services for tending to our every need.

Good fun, hard work and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Christine Robinson

Planner’s comments

Glovers Wood has such a wide diversity of terrain for its small area and this coupled with its good runnability at this time of year makes it a wonderful orienteering area. Use of a large part of the area is controlled by SSSIs protecting spring/summer flora in the long valley, which runs the length of the map. The whole area is weald clay and from early October onwards the parking field is a no go area – hence the earlier than usual date for the OK Nuts event.

The courses seemed to provide a challenge for everybody and I know the frequent changes of direction, with short course legs, resulted in some people making big errors. The small thickets caused some problems and maybe by the next time we use the area these will be a little larger. The Woodland Trust who owns part of the area will be made aware of the expanding holly and hopefully, with time there will be some thinning to ensure future runnability. I will try to encourage them to leave some isolated bushes for control sites!

A big thank you to Peter for checking everything and spotting some things that needed improvement. As a dad with two young children he was very keen that the White and Yellow courses should be exactly right. I am pleased that Ben and Emma, together with the other entrants completed the White course with no issues.

Charlie Turner

Controller’s comments

Q1) Who would have believed that such a diverse and runnable area (especially at the end of the summer) would exist in the relative flatlands of this part of the Wealden clay?
A1) Well SLOW did and this was the second time that they have used Glover’s Wood for their prestigious OK Nuts Trophy event. The previous occasion was in 2008, when the event featured middle distance courses.

Q2) Who would have believed that it would be possible to get a good 10km course into an area barely 1km square?
A2) Charlie Turner had the faith to promote the area to his club and push ahead with obtaining (complex) land permissions, preliminary organization, updating the map, and planning courses (assisted by Charlotte).

SLOW had faith in Charlie and rallied round to support Charlie’s efforts to stage the 2016 OK Nuts Trophy event on a pocket hankerchief sized area 2km off the end of the Gatwick runway. SLOW’s organizational capabilities (overseen by Chris Robinson) were impressive and the result was a very fine event.

The event seemed to grow in stature and presence as the planning and organisation advanced. Though registered at level C, it had almost all of the characteristics of a well organised level B event. The main level B feature not seen (strictly allocated start times) was probably seen as a benefit by many of the participants! Proximity of assembly, car parking, start, finish, string course helped to produce a really user friendly event.

The anticipation of a quality orienteering challenge lived up to expectations. Area size, shape and terrain type meant that very long technical legs were not possible (longest leg was approx. 550m). The longer courses, especially, therefore took on a middle distance type characteristic, but did not suffer because of it.

Course lengths were calculated based on the 2008 middle distance event results. Winning times for this event were generally close to the target times for long distance courses. Though the terrain was overall flat and pretty runnable (even in the “green” parts, the low visibility and frequent demand for accurate fine navigation resulting from the number of controls on the courses led to a relatively slow course speed (e.g. 7min/km for the leading Black course runners). The length of the black was justified by the winning time (70 minutes) – target for this course was 67 minutes for a “top elite”. Other course lengths were scaled from the black (in line with the current BO rules) and were close to the required course length ratios. Short Brown was, perhaps, a little short – but only by a few hundred metres and finish times were reasonable.

The low visibility terrain penalized navigational errors. There were a large number of controls, and great care was taken to select sites which didn’t fall foul of the 60m (similar feature)/30m (different feature) guideline for the technical courses. On the whole, this was successful and, despite of having 91 controls in the compact area, there were very few mis-punches. Control 165 seemed to cause some people problems (Short Brown and Green), but the general view was that it was a fair control.

Short Green / Green maps – A small, but significant, number of people inadvertently ended up with Short Green course maps instead of their intended Green course. There is an onus on the competitor to check before they run out of the start area, but in this instance (in view of the numbers) there appear to have been contributory factor(s). It is possible that a few rogue maps were mixed into the Green map box at the start (but impossible to confirm after the event), but the main factor seems to have been that Green and Short Green maps were adjacent in the start lanes and not clearly enough identified (I apologize for not having spotted it). The best compromise remedial action that could be taken was to ensure that none of the effected participants were disqualified, but were given a valid finish time on the Short Green – the fairest action in the circumstances.

Bites and stings – a number of competitors (I saw at least three) seemed to suffer from various bites and stings. My opinion is that this is just down to the time of year and the lack of any significant cold weather to knock back the activity of the insect life yet. We are not aware of any particularly prevalent voracious insect pest in Glover’s Wood – it’s just the last hurrah of the summer insect life before the autumn/winter cold knocks them back. Bad luck to those who were afflicted!

Finally, I’d like to offer my congratulations to the winners of all classes and the main trophies and say a big WELL DONE to the planning team, organization, and all the band of SLOW helpers.

Peter Chapman, SO

SLOW Night-O Series 2016-17

SLOW’s Night-O series returns for 2016-17 with a series of five races from early November to March.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, with the notable exception of the first event on 1 November. The full schedule for 2016-17 is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
1 November 2016Richmond ParkSue Carter with Tom Cochrane
22 November 2016Wimbledon CommonScott Collier or Pete Huzan
24 January 2017Bushey Park (TBC)Steve Clelland
28 February 2017Wimbledon CommonScott Collier or Pete Huzan
21 March 2017Richmond ParkJames Lyne

Full details on each event are posted on the SLOW website, a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

Series Results

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

Gomshall MTB Score Event, Sunday 23rd October 2016

The fourth and final event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2016 Series takes place from Gomshall on Sunday 23rd October.

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

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Gomshall Mill, Station Road, Guildford, GU5 9LB

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available after the event –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

Check back here for final details.

LocationGomshall
AddressGomshall Mill, Station Road, GU5 9LB
Latitude/longitude51.2195, -0.4472
OS grid referenceTQ085478
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 10 minutes drive from the A3, between Guildford and Leatherhead.
  • By public transport, trains run from London to Gomshall via Redhill, or get the fast train to Guildford and ride to the start!

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

Event 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 event 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

Event 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 and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planners: Dan & Helen Murphy

Image: Dan & Helen Murphy (courtesy of TriAdventure)

Southfields Street-O, Tuesday 11 October

The second race in SLOW’s 2016-17 Street-O series will be held on Tuesday 11 October 2016 in Southfields. 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 Old Fields right next to Southfields tube station. The pub has a tasty Menu which we’d encourage everyone to stay around for. The pub is also hosting a quiz night from 8pm if you want a double challenge that evening!

LocationSouthfields
AddressThe Old Fields, 20 Replingham Road, Southfields SW18 5LS
Latitude/longitude51.4447, -0.2052
OS grid referenceTQ248733
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Old Fields is practically adjacent to Southfields tube station on the District Line between Putney and Wimbledon.

Race Details

Entry fee is £1 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £2 for others.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

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 2016-17 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Rebecca Slack,

Wapping Street-O results

Here are the Final Results from the first Street-O of the season held at Wapping on Tuesday 13 September 2016.

Congratulations to Matt Schepisi and Helen Gardner for getting the most points, and to all 83 competitors for braving the heat! Thank you to Katrin Harding for organising and also to the helpers on the night.

The next race in the Street-O Series 2016-17 will be held in Southfields / Wandsworth on Tuesday 11 October and we hope to see many of you there!

Results for the 9th London City Race

Results are now available for the London City Race Weekend events including the Crystal Palace Park Sprint (Friday), the 9th London City Race in Rotherhithe (Saturday) and the Soho Urban Sprint (Sunday).

Park Sprint, Crystal Palace

9th London City Race, Rotherhithe

Urban Sprint, Soho

Results queries/clarifications? Email for Saturday/Sunday’s races.

Planner’s Comments for Rotherhithe

Thanks to everyone for coming – it was great to see so many orienteers swarming over this usually quiet neighbourhood.

I was keen to use the opportunity presented by the map and focus the race on route planning over sprint-style navigation. There were only a few trick controls and most sites should have been easy to find once you were close. Average leg lengths were 300 to 350m for most courses and a little less for the more senior classes. A central start and finish meant that there was no bulk flow of competitors around the area and many of the interesting legs could be found in opposite directions on different courses where it was safe.

The senior courses had a checklist of features: first, one or two long legs that accounted for around a third of the total distance. Second, a leg traversing the bridge with its sneaky underpass on just one side of the canal underneath, which was my favourite feature on the map and therefore probably the busiest. Third, all courses up to Men’s Super Vet took a trip up to the top of the hill to add some climb to an otherwise flat area – Men’s Elite went up twice. Finally, where distance allowed, courses took one or more brief visits to the bank of the Thames to add some interest and context. Junior courses were easier to plan than in other urban areas thanks to the complex Russia Dock woodland and the underpasses allowing traffic-free access to Greenland Dock.

Some runners chose a long blast around the road on a few of the long legs. I don’t think that would have benefited every runner and many would consider it less interesting than the direct but navigationally-intense alternative. I intended that these road options would be considered and dismissed due to the extra length but, somewhat allegorically, it would be questionable if the orienteer really has free will if they never make the ‘wrong’ choice in practice.

Some things could have been improved. Despite my efforts to make every leg interesting, a few fillers crept in. Women’s Ultra Vets had a route choice that I had not considered, which crossed a ‘crossable’ wall that was too physical for this class and should have been avoided. The start was difficult to see on the map, depending on which way the triangle was orientated for your course. Finally, the winning times were fast. Some might not have appreciated longer courses but I wonder if this area is little faster than the previous London maps.

— Ed Stott

London City Race: Final Details and Start Times

Final details and start times are now available for both Friday in Crystal Palace and Saturday in Rotherhithe, along with start times for Sunday in Soho. These are available at the main London City Race event page. The final details contain important information about how to get into the event arenas without compromising yourself in the course areas. Please ensure that the details you have are “v3” for each of the days!

We recommend that you use public transport to get to the events, particularly on Saturday in Rotherhithe and Sunday in Soho:

  • Friday: Crystal Palace station, which is 20-30 minutes from London Bridge and London Victoria stations and also on the London Overground.
  • Saturday: Canada Water station, which is on the Jubilee underground line and also on the London Overground. There is a taped route north from the station to the event centre.
  • Sunday: Temple underground station, which is on the District and Circle underground lines. The Tour of Britain cycling race is taking place near there that afternoon so access via other routes may be restricted. Please check the map in the final details.

Transport for London’s Journey Planner is very useful in helping show the best routes on public transport around London. The easiest way to travel is to use a contactless credit/debit card, this will work on almost all trains, tubes, trams and buses in London. If you don’t have a contactless credit/debit card, an Oyster card can be purchased from the larger ticket machines at almost every tube station. Here’s the three tube/train stations to use for each of the three days, click for a larger version or see the full tube map on the TfL website:

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