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Wimbledon Common Night-O February 2013

The final race of the 2012-2013 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 26 February 2013. The pub is the Hand in Hand at 6, Crooked Billet on Wimbledon Common.

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LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Hand in Hand, 6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common
Latitude/longitude51.4213, -0.2275
OS grid referenceTQ233706
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Courses:

  • Long – (Technical difficulty: hard)
  • Short – (Technical difficulty: moderate)

Features

  • SI electronic punching (SI cards available to hire).
  • Headlamps available for hire – email organiser to reserve.

Entry

Entry on the day only.

Current SLOW members All others
£2 £3

Registration

Registration and afterwards at The Hand in Hand, 6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common, London, SW19 4RG. Bus route 200 takes five minutes from Wimbledon Station.

Further Enquiries

Please email the organiser Dan Findlay-Robinson – .

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.

Results from the Richmond Park Night-O, 29 January 2013

Results from the Richmond Park Night-O:

Thanks to the forty competitors who braved the wet and windy conditions to compete in the penultimate event of SLOW’s 2012-13 Night-O series. The race seemed to run pretty smoothly with some impressive runs making it competitive at the top of the leader board going into the last race next month. Congratulations should go to Simonas Krebsta for winning by such a clear margin, and also to Angus Lund who was the only other person to have a fastest split for any leg and complete the course. Ben Roberts was an unfortunate victim of his headtorch battery running out while on his way to control #6, a particularly soggy route given the recent snow and heavy rain.

Thanks to the planner James Lyne, Don McKerrow for manning registration and results and Paul Couldridge for helping with equipment transfer and putting out and collecting controls.

The Night-O League remains wide open which will make for an exciting last race in the series on Wimbledon Common on 26 February.

Don McKerrow and James Lyne

32nd Box Hill Fell Race – Organiser's Report

Since I first organised this in 1993 I’ve been wishing for snowy conditions. Now, at the 21st time of asking, success, and judging from the comments on the day and emails and photos since all you runners enjoyed it as least as much as I did. There had been some pressure to cancel – from the car parking angle of all places! But we resisted and with help from Neil at the Sports & Social Club we prevailed. Snowy conditions are hardest on the marshals who have to stand in them for long periods. So the runners owe all of them a big thank you, especially as this year we had to have more marshals, firstly to cope with the car parking and then to direct you through the mass of sledgers and snowboarders on the final descent. They all deserve naming – from SLOW there was Mike M, Chris, Angus, Vince, Mike G, Mike E, Linda, Nigel, Don, Charlie and Teresa – those last three responding to a late call in case of parking problems and then there was also Rebecca, Hugh and two more whose names I never asked directing you on that last descent. Absolutely wonderful the way some people just appear and help out when they see something needs doing.

Andy Robinson checking the Box Hill Fell Race courseNow for the races. Great run from Harold Wyber to take the top spot. He’s been close for some years now and last year came second. Four minutes slower this year was no surprise in those conditions and certainly more than good enough. He was chased hard the whole way by Mike Fanning running for Borrowdale (but recently moved south). Mike was top veteran and that must be the best veteran placing for some time (ever?). Third was Ben Stevens from Oxford University Orienteers; Ben was a mere two minutes slower than last year when he was 4th.

In the other age classes Alan Cherry was again top U23, but slipped 4 places from 3rd (6.5 minutes slower). Paul Jeggo claimed top super-vet, only 2.5 minutes slower than last year when he was 2nd in this category. And the evergreen Geoff Newton was (yet again) top M60 – how many times is that. There were no runners over 70 – so it looks like Peter White kept to his intention of retiring once he’d finished last – well he was 81 last year.

Among the ladies Victoria Basquill repeated Harold’s feat of moving up from second place – and she was only 2.5 minutes slower than last year. This placed her well clear of the battle for second where Ruth Holmes just pipped Julie Rayfield. This made Ruth the first non-veteran on the podium for a couple of years. Katherine Harvey was again first super-vet (7.5 minutes slower) and there were no ladies over 60. Nicola Hanson came off the better from the two U23s entered.

Now the team result. Our new results wizard (thank you, Angus) calculated them by adding the four best times on the day. I’ve always done in by adding positions as shown below. It made no difference to the winners as Serpentine were well clear, but second and third are the other way round to that announced on the day. There weren’t that many complete teams with many regulars unable to get out 4 runners, despite having enough on the start list. e.g. SLOW – 10 entered, 2 ran. So well done to Incline Accelerators.

Team Results

1 Serpentine RC 39
2 Tring R C 102
3 Oxford University Orienteers 103
4 Dulwich Runners 172
5 Reigate Priory 178
6 Cambridge Harriers 362
7 Springfield Striders 204
8 Tadworth AC 335
9 Incline Accelerators 542

One innovation this year was to accept entries online – a decision taken by the SLOW committee to drag me into the 21st century. 96% of runners entered this way and it meant the race filled up quicker than ever before – nearly six weeks before race day. We knew it would also increase the no-show percentage, and we don’t like people to miss out on filling up the NT’s limit of 250 runners – so we accept a number well over that. Although only 199 started I think many of the “shortfall” of 51 can be put down to travel conditions on the day. The other innovation was not to send out race numbers. This was to give us control of knowing who had actually started and was successful in that respect.

We’ll be looking at 18th January next year if the local XC races follow the usual pattern.
Andy Robinson, Race Organiser

Results from the 2013 Box Hill Fell Race are available here.

Photos courtesy of Vince Roper (top) and Nigel Clemens (inset).

Results from the 32nd Box Hill Fell Race

Runners gather on the snowy start line for the 32nd Box Hill Fell Race
Runners gather on the snowy start line for the 32nd Box Hill Fell Race
Mid-course photos of almost every runner, courtesy of SLOW member Nigel Clemens

The 2013 Box Hill Fell Race went ahead despite the snow, with almost 200 runners completing the course in under two hours, and only four retirees. Overall results are here, and by age group here. The organiser, Andy Robinson, has also filed a race report.

The Men’s Race was won by Harold Wyber in 54:19, four minutes slower than the run which earned him second place last year. The fastest woman was Victoria Basquill, who also improved on her second place from last year, only two and a half minutes slower than 2012. Both are from Serpentine RC, the club which dominated the event and took first place in the club competition.

Age Group Winners

Age Group Name Club Time
M Harold Wyber Serpentine RC 00:54:19
M40 Michael Fanning Borrowdale Fell Runners 00:55:20
M50 Paul Jeggo Springfield Striders RC 01:01:30
M60 Geoff Newton Tadworth AC 01:12:56
MU23 Alan Cherry OUOC 00:58:58
F Ruth Holmes Southern Navigators 01:08:09
F40 Victoria Basquill Serpentine RC 01:04:27
F50 Katherine Harvey Pennine Fell Runners 01:19:49
FU23 Nicola Hanson Wimbledon Windmilers 01:27:14

Harold Wyber strides home in shorts and vest among those sledging on Box Hill
Harold Wyber strides home in shorts and t-shirt among those sledging on Box Hill

The snowy conditions made for some cautious running in places, and the competitors had to share the slopes with a large number of people sledging, skiing and snowboarding.

Club Competition

Teams are formed by groups of the four fastest runners from each club. Serpentine RC fielded 25 runners, with 17 from Tring RC and 12 from Cambridge Harriers.

Club Combined Time
Serpentine RC A 03:56:08
OUOC 04:08:18
Tring RC A 04:11:53
Reigate Priory AC 04:21:57
Dulwich Runners AC 04:24:50
Serpentine RC B 04:25:13
Cambridge Harriers A 04:28:30
Springfield Striders RC 04:29:19
Tring RC B 04:47:07
Serpentine RC C 04:48:07
Tadworth AC 04:53:47
Serpentine RC D 04:54:08
Cambridge Harriers B 05:03:52
Serpentine RC E 05:20:43
Tring RC C 05:25:08
Incline Accelerators 05:40:09
Cambridge Harriers C 05:48:00
Serpentine RC F 06:04:48
Tring RC D 06:17:39
Alan Cherry (OUOC), Harold Wyber (Serpentine RC), Katherine Harvey (Pennine Fell Runners) and Michael Fanning (Borrowdale Fell Runners) - age group winners of the 32nd Box Hill Fell Race
Alan Cherry (OUOC), Harold Wyber (Serpentine RC), Katherine Harvey (Pennine Fell Runners) and Paul Jeggo (Springfield Striders) – age group winners of the 32nd Box Hill Fell Race

Box Hill Fell Race still on (5pm Friday)

We currently expect the Box Hill Fell Race to take place as normal. Given the prevailing conditions competitors need to consider the following:

  • Allow enough time to travel (including clearing the car of snow or checking that trains are running).
  • Do not race if feeling unwell.
  • Take adequate clothing. Consider the risk of hypothermia if you twisted an ankle a mile from the nearest road.
  • Footwear. Make sure it has adequate grip. If your choice is limited to road shoes or the disallowed cross country spikes, choose the latter.

The FRA’s safety requirements state: “the general philosophy… is that the COMPETITOR should take responsibility for his/her own safety.”

The Zig Zag Road was closed today, but BBC News reports that major routes are clear. We can expect it to be closed tomorrow, but will aim to have the marshals out early enough to start the race on time.

We will update the website by 8 am on Saturday morning if there is any change to the status of the race.

Andy Robinson, Organiser
5pm, Friday 18 January

Teddington Street-O: 12 February 2013

The Sixth Street-O race of the 2012-13 series takes place in Teddington in south west London. 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 (link above) 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 know you are coming, at so that the correct number of maps are printed.
LocationTeddington
AddressThe Bloated Mallard, 3 Victoria Road, Teddington
Latitude/longitude51.4242, -0.3326
OS grid referenceTQ160708
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

At the Bloated Mallard pub on Victoria Road, 30m from Teddington Station on the southern, Richmond-bound side of the railway. A private space has been booked. Please take care on the location: there is another Bloated Mallard pub just over a mile away.

Public Transport

Teddington Station has direct connections from Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, Richmond, Vauxhall and Waterloo. The closest tube links with the train at Wimbledon every 15 mins or Richmond every 30 mins.
Buses: 285, 281, R68, 33, X26, 681, 481

Entry Fee

£1 for SLOW members, students and juniors, £2 for others.

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Race Format

Normal Street-O format with clues located at each control site. You have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. The map is 1:12500. All checkpoints are in lit areas, and it is possible to visit all on lit (albeit sometimes dimly) roads and paths. Some runners may choose to take unlit paths in some places, so a headtorch is advisable.

SI will be used to time the start and finish, so please bring your SI card if you have one. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch. General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. 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.

Post-Race

Food, drink and active debate about optimum route choice at the pub.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser/Planner: Fran Kenden.

SLOW finishes 2012 with strong showing in Surrey

SLOW was well represented at two events ran by Guildford Orienteers on the final weekend of 2012: trail races on Saturday 29th, and a level C event with middle distance style planning, at Waggoners Wells in Hampshire on Sunday 30th.

The trail races were the second running of the Pilgrims Wey Challenge, on footpaths south-east of Guildford with parts of several orienteering maps included. In filthy weather SLOW provided 10 of the 36 successful completed runs, with Ralph Street, back from Sweden for the holiday, and Jev Petrovs 1st and 2nd on the long (20km) course.

On Sunday, Paul Couldridge was third on the brown in better conditions, the first of 9 SLOW runners on the longest course. In all SLOW had 20 of the 258 runners completing courses.

Well done to Simon and Stephanie Moss, Andy and Karen Jones and Roger Wilson for managing both these events in the holiday season.

Race report by Paul Street

Richmond Park Night-O

Race 3 of the 2012-2013 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 29 January 2013. The pub is the Lass O’ Richmond Hill on Queen’s Road near the Richmond gate.

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LocationRichmond Park
AddressLass O
Latitude/longitude51.4514, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1915
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Courses:

  • Long – 5.3km (Technical difficulty: hard)
  • Short – 3.3km (Technical difficulty: moderate)

Features

  • SI electronic punching (SI cards available to hire).
  • Headlamps available for hire – email organizer to reserve.

Entry

Entry on the day only.

Current SLOW members All others
£2 £3

Registration

Registration and afterwards at The Lass O’ Richmond Hill, 8 Queen’s Road, TW10 6JJ. Bus route 371 between Kingston and Richmond stations runs past the pub roughly every 10 minutes .

Further Enquiries

Please email the organizer James Lyne – .

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.