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Results from Battersea Park Race 2018

Thanks to Gordon Parker for planning and organising the very popular Battersea Park Race. There were 108 competitors on the long course and 18 on the short, which is an excellent turnout warranted for such a great area.

The London Park Series continues next Tuesday at Finsbury Park, and all Tuesdays afterwards until 24 July.

Results

Photo of Battersea Park Pagoda courtesy of Andrew Bowden on Flickr.

Results from Chiltern Hills MTB-O, 10 June 2018

Here are the results from the first event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 10 June in the Chiltern Hills.

Results and Splits

Tom Davies won the event, despite scoring fewer points than second-placed Mark Humphrey. Both came in over the two hour time limit, but Tom’s 5-point penalty for 33 seconds was lower than Mark’s 25.

Jane Robinson was the first-placed woman with 240 points, who is also organising the next event in the series is on 9 September.

Thanks to the organiser John Owens.

Ravenscourt Park Race, Tuesday 26 June 2018

The sixth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 26 June 2018 in Ravenscourt Park. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Duchess of Cambridge at 320 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0XF. The pub is five minutes’ walk from Stamford Brook tube station on the District line, and there are lots of buses from Shepherd’s Bush (Central and Hammersmith & City lines and London Overground).

LocationRavenscourt Park
AddressThe Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road W6 0XF
Latitude/longitude51.4986, -0.2438
OS grid referenceTQ220792
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may 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 £4
All others £5

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

Courses

Course name Course distance
Long 5km
Short 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Eleanor Johnstone via .

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.

Image of Ravenscourt Park gates copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Battersea Park Race, Tuesday 12 June 2018

The fourth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 12 June 2018 in Battersea Parks. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Prince Albert on Albert Bridge Road. Public transport is the best route, but getting there will involve some walking. It’s important not to walk through the park on the way to the pub, to avoid seeing the course in advance. From Sloane Square on the District and Circle line, it’s just over a one mile walk. From Battersea Park rail station (from Victoria), get buses 44 or 344 to The Latchmere and walk up Battersea Bridge Road. From Clapham Junction (from Victoria or Waterloo) you can also catch the 344 to The Latchmere, and there are more bus options running up Battersea Bridge Road and walking across.

LocationBattersea Park
AddressThe Prince Albert, 85 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea
Latitude/longitude51.479, -0.166
OS grid referenceTQ275772
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may 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 £4
All others £5

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

Courses

Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Anders Silkjaer via .

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.

Photo of Battersea Park Pagoda courtesy of Andrew Bowden on Flickr

GLOSS 2018: London’s Summer Series

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
24 June 2018Hornchurch Country ParkHAVOCDetailsResults
1 July 2018Addington HillsLOKDetailsResults
7 July 2018Ellenbrook FieldsHHDetailsResults
15 July 2018Wimbledon CommonDetailsResults
22 July 2018Beddington ParkMVDetails

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

GLOSS 2018 Wimbledon Common, Sunday 15 July

South London Orienteers present
2018 GLOSS Series Race 4
Sunday  Morning 15 July 2018
GLOSS is a friendly inter-club series of competitions run on the Light Green course, with a handicap scoring system which favours the less experienced. All courses are open to all-comers, whether beginners or experienced. SLOW’s event will be on Putney Heath and the northern part of Wimbledon Common.

An overview of the GLOSS series is available from the coordinating club, London Orienteering Klubb.

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Event Centre

The event centre is The Telegraph pub on Putney Heath, SW15 3TU. The pub 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.

The pub facilities will be available once it is open for business. It has an excellent range of beers and food, so make the most of the occasion! It is a popular destination on a Sunday for families and those wishing to spend their weekend in a relaxed and friendly environment, and their traditional Sunday roasts prove very popular and attract visitors from far and wide. Please book ahead if you wish to reserve a specific area or large gathering – details on the website.

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

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1000 and 1200
Start TimesBetween 1030 and 1230

Entry on the day only.

Seniors £5
SLOW Juniors Free
Other Juniors £2

Electronic timing will be used, and SI cards (regular for £1 and wireless for £2.50) can be hired for the event on the day.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky) 4km + optional 2.5km extension
Yellow (fairly easy) 2km
White (very easy) 1km
“Naughty Numbers” (for young children) < 1km

Results

Results will be posted on this website after the event.

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.

Waterloo Parks Race, Tuesday 29 May

The first race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 29 May 2018 in Waterloo’s Parks. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre at The Tankard on Kennington Road. It’s a seven minute walk from Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line.

LocationWaterloo Parks
AddressThe Tankard
Latitude/longitude51.4953, -0.1108
OS grid referenceTQ312791
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may 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 £4
All others £5

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

Courses

Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Normally courses are quoted as straight line distance, but straight lines are not possible here, so the optimal route better reflects the distance that runners will cover.

The short course is suitable for juniors; under-16s on the long course must be accompanied by an adult.

The whole of the short course and the start of the long course will be in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. The long course then goes on to Archbishop’s Park with some interesting urban to link the parks and to finish back near the pub. There will be two timed out major road crossings on the Long course.

The terrain will be 70% hard surfaces with the rest mown grass so shorts will be fine; high-viz clothing is recommended on the long course as 25% of it will be on streets linking the two parks.

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.

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

London’s 2018 Summer Park Race Series

The 2018 London Park Race Series has been announced, with ten races every Tuesday evening from 22 May to 24 July. The full schedule is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
22 May 2018Greenwich ParkAndrew Evans (DFOK)DetailsResults
29 May 2018Waterloo ParksDon McKerrowDetailsResults
5 June 2018Morden Hall ParkTony Burton (MVOC)DetailsResults
12 June 2018Battersea ParkAnders SilkjaerDetailsResults
19 June 2018Finsbury ParkPaul Todd (LOK)DetailsResults
26 June 2018Ravenscourt ParkEleanor JohnstoneDetailsResults
3 July 2018Victoria ParkPaul Todd (LOK)DetailsResults
10 July 2018Maryon ParkEd StottDetailsResults
17 July 2018Crystal Palace ParkDavid Dawson (DFOK)Details
24 July 2018Barnes CommonScott CollierDetailsResults

Full details on each event will be posted on the organising club’s website, a few weeks before the event.

Series Scoring

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 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.