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SLOW Juniors enjoy half term training on Esher Common

Nine SLOW juniors enjoyed the half term sunshine with a training session on Esher Common on Thursday 1 June. The session used three of the permanent courses that SLOW set up on Esher Common in collaboration with Elmbridge District Council.

The juniors aged 9 to 15 years all practised their technical orienteering skills – map orientation and route choice – on the Yellow course in the woods above West End Common to the west of the Portsmouth Road, before heading to Esher Common and running on the longer Orange and Light Green courses.

The weather was fantastic and everyone came away from the morning having improved their technique and more confident on the harder courses, ahead of the southeast relays on Sunday 18 June.

Many thanks to Paul Couldridge and Pete Huzan who gave up their time to coach, the juniors and of course their parents who came along for the morning.

Cannizaro Park Race, Tuesday 27 June

The fifth race of the 2017 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 27 June 2017 in Cannizaro Park, off Wimbledon Common. This is a small but very complex park with many navigational challenges, and this is the first time it has ever been used for orienteering.

Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Note that full leg cover is recommended for this race, but running in shorts will be permitted at your own risk (you have been warned!). A T-shirt and trainers will be fine on top and underfoot.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be the The Hand in Hand at the southwest corner of Wimbledon Common. the pub is about a 20 minute walk (or 10 minute warm-up jog) from Wimbledon mainline station. Alternatively, buses 93 and 200 will take you along The Ridgway to the Edge Hill stop a short walk away.

LocationCannizaro Park, Wimbledon
AddressThe Hand In Hand, 6 Crooked Billet, London SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4216, -0.2274
OS grid referenceTQ233707
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £3
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can borrow one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SI “Air” cards that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Long Approximately 5km
Short Approximately 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Don McKerrow at .
Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

GLOSS 2017: London’s Summer Series returns!

June sees the return of the Greater London Orienteering Summer Series, or GLOSS. This is a series of five accessible orienteering races held in parks and parkland around London on Sundays through late June and July.

The events are perfect for beginners and families, and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of one of London’s orienteering clubs. South London Orienteers won the competition in 2016 and 2015.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
25 June 2017Belhus WoodsHAVOCDetailsResults
2 July 2017Alexandra PalaceLOKDetailsResults
9 July 2017Wimbledon CommonSLOWDetailsResults
16 July 2017Cassiobury ParkHHDetailsResults
23 July 2017Morden ParkMVDetailsResults

Full details of the race series are available from the coordinating club London Orienteering.

The 40th Surrey Hills Race, Sunday 11 June 2017

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

Enter Online

Get off the roads and try something different next summer! The Surrey Hills race will take you along the footpaths and up the hills of the beautiful Surrey Hills and provides a challenge to all types of runners, orienteers and adventure racers. All races are mass start and require navigation to ensure you visit all the checkpoints on the course.  A purpose-drawn map at 1:25:000 is provided to all competitors.

Entries

Pre-entry are open on-line through Fabian4, costing £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors. Entry on the Day will be possible subject to map availability, at £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors.

The event uses Sportident electronic punching. If you don’t have an SI dibber of your own, one can be provided with your entry.

Courses and Start Times

COURSE DISTANCE START TIME
A 30 km 10:30
B 16 km 10:45
C 10 km 10:35

All courses require navigation.

Registration will be from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

Event Centre

LocationDorking
AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2274, -0.3414
OS grid referenceTQ159489
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school.

Travel Directions

The start is easily accessible by both car and public transport.

If travelling by car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area.

Public transport also provides excellent links to the race, with trains taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria and also from Reading to Dorking Deepdene. From the station, its a approximately a half an hour stroll to the event centre where there will be bag storage.

Prizes

Trophies are awarded in memory of Byron Davies and Kate Thomas to the winner of the ‘A’ course and to the first lady on the ‘A’ course respectively. The Michael Murray trophy is awarded to the winner of the ‘B’ course. There are also trophies for the ‘C’ course and for the first lady on the ‘B’ course. Also Age Class prizes.

Results

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

FRA rules

Under-18s may not run courses A or B, and unfortunately no under-16s can be accepted. There is a limit of 100 runners in each race. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety, and are required to sign a disclaimer to this effect on the entry form.

Race Map

You can view the map on Routegadget.

Southeast Middle Distance 2017 Results

The 2017 Southeast Middle Distance championships were run on Wimbledon Common with a brand new map and on a lovely day for orienteering. Results are below.

Planner’s Comments

Many thanks for coming to one of the more challenging areas in London!

I was very happy to be able to plan the very first event on the new map by Tom Edelsten, the map which has way more white bits now due to the recent clearing work on the common. Hope that you appreciated the improved runnability of Wimbledon! Having said that, there were also enough areas with Wimbledon trademark brambles and nettles. So the plan was to keep the more grotty parts in the middle of the courses to offer change of speed and conditions and hope that people forget about the brambly bit by the time they finish. Judging by the post-race comments that seemed to work reasonably well.

Special thanks to David Dawson (controller) and Andy Robinson (organiser), who made some crucial suggestions in the planning process (like scrapping the rough SW corner where some courses might have wondered otherwise) and all the of SLOW volunteers for running the event so smoothly!
Dmitry Adamskiy

Organiser’s Comments

A big thank you to all you competitors is top of my agenda. Not just for supporting the event, but especially for thinking about how you would get there. In the end we didn’t turn any cars away and had perhaps as many as two places to spare!

Thank you also for your understanding of the SIAC operation. Only one runner complained about having to “dib” his SIAC when he wanted to “waft”, and he realised the error of his ways at the end. I think we are all working our way up the learning curve with this one.

Thank you also to the 31 volunteers who made it all happen. The main ones there were Dmitry as planner, trying to give you a decent balance of the nice forest and the rough stuff, David Dawson as controller, and Gordon being in charge of all things technical. I think he’s working his way up the learning curve better than most of us who are just following. And don’t forget Tom Edelsten as mapper for his work over the winter – I believe you all appreciated his efforts.

Property left behind was a door key (!!) with an elephant on the key ring, and a very new looking control description holder.

Unclaimed medals will be at the Long Distance Championships on 14th May, and if not claimed then will be returned to South-East stocks. Those who hadn’t claimed one or didn’t have a clubmate who took it your behalf were

  • Silver: Izumi Magee
  • Bronze: William Chandler, Heather Findlay, Dorte Torpe Hansen, Anne Power, Colin Dutkiewicz

Well done to all those who won a medal.
Andy Robinson

Results from the Wimbledon Common Night-O

The penultimate race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Paul Couldridge won the event overall with Heather Findlay the first lady home.

Series results after four events are now available here.

Paul’s win takes him to a maximum 300 points, but Scott Collier has 200 with one race remaining, due to his organising the latest event. He can join Paul to tie the series by winning the final event. In the women’s competition, only a virtually impossible high placing from Julie Murphy can prevent Sue Carter from keeping the top spot.

Dunsfold MTBO Results

The first race in SLOW and L&SEAR’s 2017 mountain bike orienteering series took place on Sunday 26 February at Dunsfold. The race attracted 31 pairs and solo competitors.

The winner was Ian Cartwright (M50) with a score of 340. Other winners were:

  • Female Solo: Jane Robinson = 220
  • Male Pair: Alick & James Fraser = 266
  • Mixed Pair: Roland Sieber & Julie Rand = 226

The score event results and splits are available here.

The next MTBO event is on Sunday 21 May. Watch this site for details!

Spring Handicap Series 2017

SLOW’s 2017 Spring Handicap Series starts in February, with the first race at Northaw Great Wood. The series is made up of five races – including two named events and the CompassSport Cup qualifying round at Ashridge – and scores at the best three of those will count. The handicap calculation is based on national ranking points, so that running better than you have in the last twelve months means you do well! As this is a handicap series, everyone races in one competition to find a single champion.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
19 February 2017Northaw Great Wood - Ace of HertsHHDetailsResults
5 March 2017Brasted ChartDFOKDetailsResults
12 March 2017CompassSport Cup Qualifying Round - AshridgeHHDetailsResults
26 March 2017TilgateSODetailsResults
9 April 2017Hambledon - Chiltern ChallengeTVOCDetailsResults

For Ashridge, entry is via the Club Captain (as soon as possible please) as it is a club team event. Entry for all others is via Fabian4.  with a closing date typically 7-10 days beforehand.