Results from the 2012 Southern Night Championships are now available.
Southern Night Champions 2012
Congratulations to all the Southern Night Champions of 2012, ran on Esher Common on the evening of 1 December 2012.
My aim as planner was to try to get the competitor to think and not just hit the nearest path and stay in the terrain where you would be more navigationally stretched. I hope I succeeded to some extent despite the extensive path network. I also tried to keep you out of the sadly increasingly green areas particularly on Oxshott Heath so if your legs aren’t too scratched then again I have succeeded! Courses were possibly a little short for the two longer courses but I reasoned that you were probably running the following day and you would rather have a pleasant navigational challenge than lapping areas twice or visiting the less hospitable places on the map for distance
Esher Common in the north of the area is ideal for night orienteering but Oxshott which everyone had to visit suffers from brambles which can limit how much you can do off paths. I think Simon planned excellent courses and made the most of the area. All of the comments I received were very positive. The conditions were perfect and I had a birds eye view from the hill above control 168 as the headlights streamed out from the start and then went in all directions after control 250. Judging by the winning times the blue and green courses could have been slightly longer. Thanks to SLOW for hosting the championships and well done to all the champions.
Deputy organiser’s comments
It’s always pleasant when the organiser’s comments consist solely of thanks. And I’m not even the organiser; Zeb took on the role, and being new asked for plenty of help, but she did really well despite going on holiday on the morning of the race. Thanks to Simon for the excellent courses despite acceding to my instruction that the start and finish had to be just “there”. And to Vince for his calm controlling. Also to Oxshott Village Sports Club for being so accommodating despite their main building being booked for a Christmas party. The various helpers for making it all work – some of them came even though they had no intention of running – double thanks to them. And finally to the competitors for coming in such good numbers and creating an excellent atmosphere.
Results from the Wimbledon Common Night-O are now available.
Three of SLOW’s Autumn Series champions have been decided after three of four events. Congratulations to:
- Jev Petrovs, who wins the Men’s Open with three straight victories;
- Dorte Torpe Hansen, in Women’s Vets with the same result; and
- Teresa Turner, in Women’s Super-Plus who cannot be caught with two wins and a third place.
Competition remains incredibly tight in the three other categories, and it is quite possible that the Men’s Super-Plus Vets is awarded on a tie-breaker – the rules will be announced ahead of the last event, SLOW’s OK Nuts Trophy.
The Women’s Open is the least contested, with Lucca Blumenstein and Charlotte Turner head-to-head. If both compete next weekend, Charlotte beating Lucca will guarantee her victory, but in their only head-to-head in the series has Lucca beaten Charlotte.
In the Men’s Vets, a previous two-horse race has opened up. A recovery next weekend after a disappointing result at Hindhead for Vince Roper could secure the title for him, but Pete Huzan’s consistency in second looks threatening and a win from latecomer Paul Whiston could still award him first place.
The Men’s Super-Plus sees the tightest competition with Don McKerrow, Andy Robinson and Charlie Turner tied for first place. Charlie and Andy are both ineligible for the OK Nuts through their involvement in the event. In the Park Race and Street-O series they would have been awarded the same score as their highest series event. However the rules for tie-breaks in this series are yet to be announced.
Finally, an honourable mention for Jamie Lund who became the first junior to score in the series, finishing seventh on the Orange course at Hindhead.
The SLOW Autumn Series continues this weekend with the Southern Navigators’ Trophy at Hindhead Common. As an area described as “abundant with contours away from flat tops”, it is sure to provide a strong physical challenge, with mixed run-ability and a typical South-East path network. The map dates from February 2012, but was recently updated to reflect detailed features. 33 SLOW members have pre-entered, and there will probably be more on the day. The post-race pub is the Dog and Pheasant (GU8 5UJ).
With two events run and three of four events counting, the results so far (detailed below) show that competition is tight.
In the Men’s Super-Plus Vets (M50+) Don McKerrow and Charlie Turner jointly head the table, closely followed by Andy Robinson two points down. Pete Huzan and Vince Roper are also separated by two points, but Angus Lund could disrupt the score if he can count at the next two events. Jev Petrovs scored maximum points in the Men’s Open competition, so Paul Couldridge has some work to do to catch him.
Charlotte Turner leads the Women’s Open having scored highly twice, but recent import to SLOW Lucca Blumenstein won at Cowdray Forest and is set to run this weekend. Dorte Torpe Hansen and Teresa Turner lead the Women’s Vets and Super-Plus Vets respectively, but could see their position under threat if others run this weekend.
The series final takes place next weekend at the OK Nuts Trophy.