Hammersmith Street-O Results

Here are the Results from the 3rd Street Orienteering Race of the season held at Hammersmith on Tuesday. There is also a first version of the Series Results available, but with 5 races out of 9 to count there is all to play for.

Thank you to Duncan Leeson for organising and we hope to see many of you on the other side of London – Bethnal Green – on the 12th of December (details coming soon).

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Autumn Series – Final Race Looms

Updated version: because ranking points for Bucklebury have become available.

On Sunday, at Wormley Woods near Broxbourne,  the final race of the SLOW Autumn Series happens.

The last four Sundays have been the other races in the series, at Epsom Downs, Ambersham Common, Highland Water and Bucklebury Common. We all decided that we would use BOF ranking points to compare runners, and then use a 100-99-98-etc scale to award points, with best 3 of 5 to count. All just in time for the AGM.

Unfortunately, last Sunday’s Berkshire Orienteers’ Bucklebury has not had the best of luck, although the woods were lovely and the weather was good if not so warm. As of Wednesday evening the results are not uploaded to BOF and ranking points are not available. The whole point of having a  series is to have the light-hearted comparisons, and maybe create a little bit extra to the race for those going on Sunday.

So, by calling on the rule that:

if anything unforseen happens, we will do our best to do sensible things,

we have used relative speed in mins/km (adjusted for height gain) to enable scoring of last Sunday.

Update: (Thursday morning) Results were uploaded about midnight last night and ranking points calculated overnight. There is little change to scores based on estimation (which have been left in the attached pdf for interest) – Simon and Dorte have swapped the 94 and 93 scores.

We are setup with some interest for the last race, with several folk likely to add a third run, or to improve an earlier one. At the top of the table with Paul’s fast run at Bucklebury not counting because of a missing control (of which there were quite a few across all runners)  Yordan leads overall. But Paul and Ollie are pre-entered to get their third scoring runs, and have a fair chance (Paul‘s is better than Ollie‘s.) Dorte looks a safe bet for leading woman, and Olin has probably done similarly in the junior comparison.  In the body of the table plenty of places can be won, and you can spot several “local rivalries”.

Bucklebury scores:   Bucklebury_Scores

Summary scores so far:    AutumnSeries_2017_16Nov

Autumn Series 4 – Bucklebury

Photo of Don gliding through the forest, by David Jukes  (who long ago when a member of London OK made a great map of Hampstead Heath.)

It was nice and challenging Chilterns forest on a fairly crisp day, the heavy rain having stopped earlier in the morning. Thanks to Berkshire Orienteers for putting it on.

This was nominated as the fourth race in the SLOW Autumn series of five races.

After a delay because of problems with some controls, results are now published.  Paul Couldridge and Olin Davies are down as having missed a control. Given the evident problems with some controls I think they can be counted as even more unlucky than usual. Also, Paul did the second fastest time on the longest course and would have wrapped up the Autumn Series had his run counted.  Olin‘s run on the blue is noteworthy as a long run for an M14. And his dad Keith did blue too, so they will have been able to talk through the course and compare splits anyway (Olin was quicker, but I guess that doesn’t count unless you get all the checkpoints.)

That left 16 SLOW runners completing courses that will get ranking points.

Brown: Paul Nixon, Dmitry Adamskiy, Simon Moss, Kwun Him Himmy Lau.

Blue: Yordan Kolev, Paul Street, Don McKerrow, Andy Robinson, Chris Evans, Di Leakey, Sarah Brown, Fiona Tam, Keith Davies, Heather Walton.

Green: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Chris Robinson.

We cannot score the Autumn Series yet, because that depends on Ranking Points and they are not yet available.

There are currently 15 SLOW entries for the final race in the Autumn Series, at Wormley Woods in Chigwell territory, on Sunday.

Ralph Street’s 2017

As the Scandinavian 2017 training year ends, Ralph has written a summary of his year on Attackpoint . He says his worst relay run this year was the JK running for SLOW. He anchored SLOW to fifth place, a record high for recent times.  He did  show off the club jacket well at the individual prizegiving for the middle race (see picture below.)

Ralph runs for two other clubs too, one in Norway where he lives, and one in Sweden where he used to live – he joined them six years ago. Last month he helped  Södertälje-Nykvarn Orientering (SNO), to third place in the 25-person relay in Sweden that is one of the all club great days of the year. 374 teams took part.  Here is the  SNO site (text in Swedish).

Ralph did several races for the Great Britain team this year, with some noteworthy team results in the sprint relay. The season finished with the World Cup Final Meeting in Switzerland, in Grindelwald just by the Eiger. Above is a team photo after the long race. The 2018 international season will start in Switzerland with the European Championships next May. They are at Ticino in the Italian speaking part. The website for the competition is here.

He also took part in the World Games, with a good run in the relay  helping GB to 5th place. And he also had a minor hit with the feeling a bit naughty training picture.

But for many non-orienteers his 2017 will be best known for his contribution to a genre:  Race The Tube – Oslo

JK 2017 Middle Prizegiving, photo by Robert Lines for the JK

November Classic

Thanks to Steve Rush of Bristol OK for the use of the photo of Simon Moss crossing one of the open areas.

Southampton Orienteering’s Club 50th running of the November Classic yesterday, incorporating the Southern Championships, was the last “major” race of 2017.

It was also SLOW’s Autumn Series Race 3 of 5; an event we felt all members could enjoy. And so 35 of us made the startline.

The map was “Acres Down & Highland Water”. It was usual New Forest conditions for Autumn – fast on the whole, but with leaves, water and mud, so no-one got to the finish with dry feet.  Heavy going  on a lot of the tracks meant the forest sometimes provided easier running. The weather was bright if not so warm.  And  the navigation was pretty tricky in places, with many controls on small features.

A summary of all SLOW results (external link.)

Congratulations to SLOW runners in the top 3 of the Southern Championships. We have three Southern Champions!

M35 1st – Ed Catmur, 3rd – Tom Davies.

M40 2nd – Paul Couldridge

W50 1st – Dorte Torpe Hansen

W65 1st – Sarah Brown, 3rd – Anne May

M70 2nd – David May.

UPDATE: Wednesday 8th November. BOF Ranking Points have now been allocated, and so SLOW Autumn Series points too.

Top points were taken by Paul Couldridge, with a score that is one of his best for the last 12 months. Tom collects a sixth counting score in the last 12 months so will leap up towards the top of the SLOW list. The top 5 SLOW scores were:

Runner Ranking Points Series Points
Paul Couldridge 1319 100
Ed Catmur 1296 99
Matthias Mahr 1280 98
Abi Weeds 1276 97
Tom Davies 1237 96

Three runners  had their highest scoring runs in the last year: well done, Abi, Chris (Robinson), and Nicki. Great to do that at a major championships.

Closest companions are David and Andy (Robinson) (2 points apart), Karen and Steph ( also 2 points apart), and Heather and Anne (also 2 points apart.)

Not everyone had a good run. New Southern Champion Sarah for example, had, if I understand the system correctly, a run that was so below her normal scores that it was automatically excluded from the calculation of the target time for that course.

EDIT – SLOW Autumn Series, Scores after 3 of 5 races (pdf)

AutumnSeries_2017_8Nov

Wimbledon Common Night-O, 28 November

The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place on Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 28 November 2018. The race centre will be The Telegraph Pub on Putney Heath.

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The Night-O series is a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Pete Huzan know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Telegraph on Telegraph Road, London SW15 3TU. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Telegraph, Putney Heath, SW15 3TU
Latitude/longitude51.4486, -0.2255
OS grid referenceTQ234737
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Telegraph is in the middle of the heath and there is plenty of parking available on nearby roads. Several bus routes go to “Putney Heath Green Man” which is at the north-east corner of the map and about 500m from The Telegraph.

Race Details

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The race will use SIAC contactless punching with SIAC cards available for free for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

Wimbledon Common was fully re-mapped this year. The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser/Planner: Pete Huzan,

Results from first 2017-18 Night-O: Richmond Park

The first race of SLOW’s 2017-18 Night-O series was held in Richmond Park on Tuesday 31 October.

Organiser/Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. We had a good turnout on what was a good evening for night orienteering.

I hope the courses provided you with the challenge you were looking for. If you have any constructive feedback, I would be interested to hear what you have to say. Please upload your routes to routegadget. It’s helpful to see which routes everyone took.

Thanks to Don, Duncan and Anders for their help at the event. These events couldn’t go ahead with this kind of help.

Lost property: A baseplate compass with a blue bezel and a red cord. Let me know if it’s yours and I’ll work out some way to get it back to you.
Sue Carter

Autumn Series 2 – Ambersham

(Image above from the Guildford Orienteers Routegadget Website)

The SLOW “Autumn Series 2” race was in Sussex at Ambersham Common  – the same map used for this year’s championship JK Saturday races back in April. It is one of the finest heathlands in the South Downs National Park. And as at the JK the planning was “middle distance”. Thanks to Guildford Orienteers, particularly  to the main officials of Jim Morris (planner) and Frederick Smith (organiser). Robin Smith of Southdowns was controller.

With the weather bright and fine, assembly was in vast flat Polo fields  (thanks to Cowdray Park Polo Club), with great views of countryside towards densely wooded slopes to the north. A short warm-up walk/run led to the competition area.

Link to results.

Paul Couldridge won the brown course by nearly 4 minutes, and is looking forward to our club championships ( Wisley, Saturday 2nd December.)

(Updated 6th November.) Our Autumn Series uses unadjusted BOF Ranking Points for a light-hearted comparison of our runs. Here is a summary of SLOW runners, with Autumn Series points.

Brown 5.3km/95m, 25 controls Points
Paul Couldridge 100
Ollie O’Brien 99
Andy Jones 98
Paul Nixon 97
Yordan Kolev 96
Dmitry Adamskiy 95
Charlotte Turner 94
Charlie Turner 93
Gordon Parker 92
Simon Moss 91
Diane Leakey 90
Fiona Tam 85
Lydia Farzin-nia 83
Blue 4.8km/70m, 25 controls
Paul Street 89
Dorte Torpe Hansen 88
Sarah Brown 87
Stephanie Moss 86
Green 3.9km/45m,19 controls
Karen Jones 84
Teresa Turner 82
Virginia Catmur 81
Gail Parker
Orange 2.1km/15m, 8 controls
Jemima Hayward-Bhikha

 

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