OK Nuts Trophy, 30 November 2014

South London Orienteers present

The OK Nuts Trophy and Blood Races
Wisley & Ockham

Sunday 30 November 2014


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SLOW would like to thank Southern Navigators (SN) for the loan of the area, and Surrey Wildlife Trust for access, allowing the 2014 OK Nuts Trophy and Blood Races to be held at Wisley & Ockham Commons; an ideal forest for tough and runnable mass-start racing.

Runners may enjoy combining the event here with Southern Navigators’ urban event in Farnborough the day before on a new map of the town centre.

The OK Nuts Trophy is in memory of Mike Wells Cole, former British Champion and a member of Nutfielders OK, who died in 1976; this will be awarded to the winner of the Full Blood. The Heather Monro Trophy will be awarded to the first woman on the Half Blood course and the Margaret Loveless Trophy for best Junior performance on any course. Additionally, OK Nuts coasters will be awarded for the top runner in each age class based on the table published on the SLOW website and in the final details.

Race Venue

LocationWisley & Ockham
AddressRHS Wisley
Latitude/longitude51.3136, -0.4726
OS grid referenceTQ065583
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Parking is adjacent to the area, at the Royal Horticultural Society (brown signs, map ref TQ068581, from A3 northbound near M25 junction). The RHS coffee shop and toilets are at the car park, and Ultrasport and Tom’s Burger Van will attend. The nearest station is West Byfleet, approx 4km distance.

Courses, Terrain and Map

  • Three Blood Races with a mass start. Runners will encounter gaffling. The Full Blood, Half Blood and ‘Very Nearly an Armful’ will be roughly equivalent to Black, Brown and Blue courses respectively.
  • Five colour-coded courses. Traditional non-mass start courses.
Course Distance Class Eligibility for Prizes
Full Blood 15km M20, M21, M35, M40
Half Blood 11.5km M18, M45, M50, W20, W21 , W35
Very Nearly an Armful 8km M16, M55, M60, W18, W40, W45, W50
Green 5km M65, M70, W16, W55, W60
Short Green 3.5km M14, M75+, W14, W65, W70+
Orange 2.5km M12, W12
Yellow 2km M10, W10
White 1km

The area is largely runnable woodland and sandy heath, often with heather, and wet in places. There is little overall climb but several incised hills and slopes.

The current map was first surveyed in 2011 by Peel Land Surveys. Appropriate updates will have been made for this race. The 2011 version of the map is available on Routegadget. The map will be at 1:10,000, overprinted and waterproof.

Registration and Start Times

Blood races will start together at 10:30, with a 10:20 call up. Start times for the colour-coded courses are shown below.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1114
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Entries and Fees

We prefer online entries at Fabian4. The closing date for entries is Thursday 27 November. Postal entries close on Thursday 20 November and should be sent to OK Nuts, 35 Halford Road, Richmond, TW10 6AW. Cheques should be made payable to “South London Orienteers”. Any questions can be sent to .

On-line / Postal Later and EOD*
BOF Members – Seniors £10 £12
BOF Members – Juniors / Students £5 £6
Non-BOF Members – Seniors £12 £14
Non-BOF Members – Juniors / Students £6 £7

* EOD will be subject to map availability.
Adults on the Orange, Yellow or White courses are charged as juniors.

SportIdent hire will be £1 for seniors; there will be no charge for students or juniors.

Officials

Controller: Mike Murray (SLOW)
Planner: Simon Moss
Organiser: Paul Street, Melanie Hilton

Entry conditions

Entry details will be stored in a computer; submission of an entry for the event will confirm your acceptance of this procedure. In the event of cancellation, we may retain all or part of the entry fee to cover costs already incurred.

Orienteering is an adventure sport. All competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.

Check the SLOW web site prior to travelling in case of any last minute changes.

Crouch Hill Street-O, Tuesday 11 November

The third Street-O race of the 2014-15 series takes place on Tuesday 11 November in Crouch Hill, just north of Finsbury Park. 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 organisers below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race HQ

The race will be based at the Stapleton Tavern, 2–4 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AU. Good food and drink will be available at the pub afterwards, alongside plenty of post-race analysis, so please stay for the social part of the evening!

LocationCrouch Hill
AddressThe Stapleton Tavern, 2 – 4, Crouch Hill N4 4AU
Latitude/longitude51.5708, -0.1153
OS grid referenceTQ307875
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The pub is right by Crouch Hill overground station on the Gospel Oak to Barking branch. It’s also a 1km walk (or a short hop on the W3 or W7 buses) from Finsbury Park (on the Victoria and Piccadilly underground lines and from King’s Cross and Moorgate by train). Parking is restricted and limited in the streets near the pub – we recommend using public transport.

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 2014-15 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Jo & Hugh Hurley

2014 Club Championships: Frith Hill, Saturday 6 December

Last year’s Club Championships was a huge success, and Southern Navigators have kindly agreed to host this event as part of their Saturday Series at Frith Hill on Saturday 6 December.

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Two courses are being put on with approximate distances of 6km (men) and 4km (women). The start times for club members wishing to compete are between 10am and 11am so that we can do the prize-giving at a reasonable time.

Full details for the event will be available nearer the date from the Southern Navigator’s event calendar.

We have to provide SN final numbers by Friday 28 November, so if you want to run then you need to let me know by then. If you miss this date then you will not be able to compete in the championships. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.

To confirm attendance, e-mail Paul Couldridge or say that you are coming on the Facebook event above.

Organiser for SLOW: Paul Couldridge

New Malden Street-O results

Here are the results from the New Malden Street-O held on Wednesday 15 October 2014. The first overall results table of the series will follow after the November event.

Organiser’s comments

Thank you very much to the undaunted 50 who came out to the suburbs on a wet Wednesday night. Fortunately the rain held off for some of the time. And a very big thank you to Angie and Lucy who did the honours upstairs with Mark. New Malden is a convenient place to run to/on Wimbledon Common or in Richmond Park. But it offers challenges for Street O:

  • identifying a pub near a station with right sort of offer
  • the private roads to the North (we had to keep you off those that had no right of way)
  • a couple of private golf courses
  • the railway (with a principal crossing place a level crossing that is closed 40% of the time); and
  • the A3.

On balance that all meant going North, but not too far North. We tried to work round the constraints and pull you off the grid-like area in the middle to the more varied areas towards the edge, and to reward those who went there. Special kudos to those who ran up the hill to get No 39.

Thanks to you all for your tolerance for our first event and to Ollie for his marvellous contribution to Street O. Apologies to those who felt hard done by on one marking decision. We did give the benefit of the doubt where we could on decisions, given the conditions. The main cause of contention was ‘got’ correctly by the majority, but I take the feedback and will leave no room for ambiguity next time.

Good luck next month, Jo.

PS: Lost property: 1 Petzel headtorch found. Please e-mail me your snailmail address at and I will post it – assuming there’s only 1 claimant!

Andrew & Mark Turner

Autumn Series 2014

South London Orienteers’ third annual Autumn Series kicks off at SOC’s November Classic on 2 November, with four more carefully selected events organised by other southern clubs through November and December.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
2 November 2014Kings Garn GutterSouthampton Orienteering ClubDetails
8 November 2014MytchettSouthern NavigatorsDetails
23 November 2014Epping ForestChigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering ClubDetails
7 December 2014Broadstone WarrenSouthdowns OrienteersDetails
21 December 2014Pippingford ParkMole Valley Orienteering ClubDetails

Each of the events will have a pub associated for post-race lunch and inevitably some route analysis!

The competition is open to all full members of SLOW, with three events from five counting for the competition. Results on different courses are combined using the national ranking points, and the person with the highest points in each race scores 100 points, the second 99, etc. In case of a tie, the results in head-to-head competition will be considered.

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