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Club Night Talk from UK International Ralph Street

Next Tuesday we are lucky enough that top SLOW Orienteer Ralph Street will be giving a talk at our Clubnight. Ralph will go over a few tips that will help you not only on the evening’s training (route choice) but also how to improve on your skills to make you a better Orienteer! Please try to get there early so that Ralph can start by 18:35 and be finished by 19:00 giving you time to try out your new found knowledge.

We are again at the Thames Hare & Hounds clubhouse just east of the Robin Hood Roundabout. The entrance is at the south end of the building leading up the stairs to the clubroom.

CompassSport Cup & Trophy Qualifying – Results

Congratulations to Southdowns Orienteers and Essex Stragglers who qualified for the CompassSport Cup & Trophy finals, after the south east qualifying round held on Headley Heath.

Lost property

Please email the organiser Nigel Saker to claim these items:

  • Child’s black woolly gloves with grey fingertips
  • A rather worn compass found together with an All Controls map

SLOW runners compete on Headley Heath

Organiser’s comments

I hope you all enjoyed Jon Coles’s courses on Headley Heath. We were lucky to have a dry sunny day after some early mist and fog, especially after the wintry weather of the previous weeks.

From my point of view as organiser, the event seemed to run very smoothly and there are many people to thank of this. First of all, to the team of about 40 helpers from SLOW and MV, too many to name individually.

Rob and his team at High Ashurst provided us with excellent facilities as I am sure you agree. You will be interested to know that the portion of your entry fee that went towards paying for the event centre will soon be invested in sports equipment for the centre. Rob, himself, was very impressed with the way that the orienteers conducted themselves, for which I thank you all.

Thanks also to the Red Cross volunteers, who were a cheerful presence around the a Grand Hall. Fortunately, only two of you made use of their services.

We must also thank the five drivers from Hardings Coaches who entered into the spirit of the event and managed to get you all safely up and down without too much queueing.

Nigel Saker, Organiser

Controller’s comments

Good terrain, good courses, good map, good organisation, good weather – I think we can safely say this was a good event. Everything went very well and this is due to the effort put in by Jon as planner, Nigel as organiser and all the other MV and SLOW helpers. Thank you for making my job very easy. It is very nice when the competitors thank the controller for their excellent courses, so thanks again to Jon for a great job.

Vince Joyce, Controller

All photos courtesy of Mark Cheesman

CompassSport Cup & Trophy 2013 Qualifying Round

Printable version of this page: Headley Heath 2013 Final Details

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LocationHeadley Heath, near Dorking
AddressHigh Ashurst, but parking at The Ashcombe School, Croft Avenue in Dorking
Latitude/longitude51.2388, -0.3274
OS grid referenceTQ169502
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1200
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1230

Courses close at 14:30.

Parking

Parking is very limited at the Event Centre so parking for cars will be at Ashcombe School. We are using the entrance off Croft Avenue, which is directly across the A24 from the entrance to Dorking Station. There is a crossing point through the central reservation but no traffic lights. Use postcode RH4 1LN for SatNav.

Competitors will then be bussed to High Ashurst. Estimated total time from car park to the start call-up allowing for waiting for the bus and walking to the start is about 50 minutes.

There will be a £1 charge per vehicle for parking at Ashcombe School.

Drivers of MPVs and larger vehicles that have been authorized to park at the Event Centre will receive separate instructions on how to approach High Ashurst. If you have not received a car park pass for High Ashurst please do not attempt to drive there – you will be turned back at the entrance.

Public Transport

There are main line train services from London Victoria and Waterloo to Dorking Main, which is about 10 minutes walk from Ashcombe School. There is also a 2 hourly cross-country train service to Dorking Deepdene, which is also about 10 minutes walk from Ashcombe School.

Coach Transfer to the Event Centre

Coaches to the Event Centre will run about every 10 minutes from the Car Park. The first coach will be at about 9:00am and the last coach back from High Ashurst will be at about 3:00pm. Please do not wear muddy shoes in the coaches. There is plenty of space for bags in the marquee at the Event Centre.

Event Centre

The Event Centre is at High Ashurst – Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development Centre. Grid Reference: TQ186534. Within the grounds of the Event Centre there is a large marquee that contains Enquiries, EOD, SI hire, Download and Bag Drop. High Ashurst are serving hot drinks and hot food by the Grand Hall between 10:30 and 2:30.
High Ashurst

Dogs

We regret that High Ashurst does NOT allow dogs.

Courses

Courses, and their eligibility for the CompassSport Cup and Trophy Courses, are:

Course Course Eligible Age Classes Distance (km) Climb (m) Controls
1 Brown Men Open 9.4 280 21
2 Blue Women Women Open 7.0 185 19
3 Blue Men M45+ M20- 7.3 210 19
4 Green Women W45+ W20- 4.9 105 16
5 Green Men M60+ 5.2 110 16
6 Short Green Veterans M75+ W60+ 3.6 80 12
7 Light Green Men 18- Women 18- 3.5 95 12
8 Orange Men 14- Women 14- 3.1 80 10
Yellow 1.9 45 8
White 1.5 30 9

There will be a String Course in High Ashurst grounds, open between 10:00 and 12:30. The start/finish is about 100m from the Bus drop-off point and the event centre marquee (as shown on the Event Centre map).

Map & Terrain

1:10000, newly resurveyed by Mike Elliot to January 2013 and printed on waterproof A4 paper. Control descriptions are printed on the front of the map, in English for Yellow and White, and pictorial for the rest. The Brown course is in two parts, printed back to back.

The area is a mosaic of open heathland, with a cover of heather, gorse or bracken, chalk downland, and mixed woodland of varying runnability. There is ongoing conservation work in a couple of areas.

Topographically, the Heath consists of a plateau, two deep wooded valleys, with some more gentle open slopes. There are areas of complex ground detail.

A stock fence almost totally encloses the Heath. If you cross this fence (only the Brown and Blue courses are likely to), it is recommended to use one of the many gates, but use of the gates is not obligatory. Please report any damage to the finish.

A small herd of Belted Galloway cattle have free range of the area within the stock fence. They are extremely placid, but also unlikely to move away at your approach. Please keep your distance, and please ensure younger competitors are aware of their presence.

The Heath is heavily used by walkers and horse riders. Please respect their right to enjoy the Heath.

Start & Finish

The start is 550m from the event centre marquee, crossing a 45m deep valley with steep sides that can be slippery.

Allow 10 to 20 minutes depending on state of agility. The route is not suitable for pushchairs. Call up at –4 minutes. Loose control descriptions will be available in the start lanes. Both pictoral and english descriptions will be available for the Orange course.

Please note that shadowing of Juniors on CSC courses is not permitted.

The finish is a level 300 metres from the event centre marquee.

Download

Download is in the event centre marquee. You must report to download by the course closure time of 14:30 even if you have not completed your course.

Start Times

Start times are posted on Fabian 4. Please check your times. We recognize that there may be delays caused by the bussing up from the car park, so competitors who arrive late at the start will be given the next available start time subject to the required start time separations being maintained.

Entry on the Day

There will be limited entry on the day (EOD) for courses 1 to 7, subject to map availability. There is good availability of maps on the Orange, Yellow and White courses. You are advised to arrive early if you want to enter on the day.

Course Seniors Juniors
1 – 7 £12 £6
Orange, White, Yellow £6 £6

SportIdent (SI) punching will be used. Dibbers may be hired at £1 for Seniors and free for Juniors.

First Aid and Refreshments

The Red Cross is providing First Aid cover. They will be located in the Grand Hall (see the Event Centre map).
Snacks, hot food and hot and cold drinks will be available to purchase beside the Grand Hall. These refreshments are provided by High Ashurst kitchen staff.

Officials

Controller Vince Joyce (SO)
Planner Jon Coles (MV)
Organiser Nigel Saker (SLOW) – 07403 131423

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 CompassSport Cup Competition Rules version 1.3.

Check the SLOW website prior to travelling for any updates, particularly if the weather is bad.

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