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London City Race 2018 Results

Results from the London City Race 2018, including the Rotherhithe Urban Middle on Friday evening, the 11th London City Race in the City and South Bank on Saturday, and LOK’s race in Bloomsbury on Sunday, are now available. Apologies for the late delivery of the Friday results, which were due to logistical issues with venue access caused by searching for an overdue participant in the race.

Friday Evening: Urban Middle, Rotherhithe

Saturday: The 11th London City Race

Results updated Tuesday. Several competitors have been disqualified after being seen crossing out of bounds roads or ‘uncrossable’ barriers. If they wish to challenge this they should contact the Organiser –

Sunday: Bloomsbury (organised by LOK)

Result queries? Please contact London City Race coordinator Alan Leakey – for Friday or Saturday queries, or see the LOK page for Sunday.

Uncollected pre-ordered T-shirts:

Lost Property

Found a camera or lost (list below):

White T shirt (Madeira Ocean Trails)
1 x cream mesh glove
Dunlop sweatshirt (blue/red/white blocks)
Black Karrimor waterproof jacket ‘M’
light blue hand-towel
mid blue hand towel (quick dry fabric)
blue T shirt – San Diego
control holder
Karrimor Black shorts with pink inner waistband
1 x Water bottle red (NB), purple see-through,
1 x Water bottle purple see-through
1 x Water bottle grey
Black City of London 2017 T shirt

City Race 2018, photo by Steve Rush

Race Report for the Rotherhithe Urban Middle

Remarks from the organising officials for the Friday race of the London City Race 2018 weekend.

Planner

It was a great pleasure to have been involved in the London City Race this year, and an even greater relief to see all competitors safely return (eventually). In a non-sadistic way, watching the competitors’ exhausted final meters brought me pure delight, thank you all for running and I hope you enjoyed the courses. There were a couple of hiccups for which I’d like to apologise, one being the closed gate that we did not pick up on the day. For the few of you who mispunched controls 186 or 210, these controls were quite close together, however I wanted to clarify that this was not done to intentionally trick competitors (check your control descriptions!).
A big thanks to all the members of SLOW(and others) who helped on the day, from registration, to download, controlling the start, hanging and collecting controls, collecting competitors; your efforts were well and truly recognised. A special thanks to Mike Bennett and Steve Clelland for patiently reviewing endless variations of courses and prompting me with all logistics that needed considering. As a result of all your efforts the event ran smoothly and I, for one, will be leaving with some fond memories!

Yasha Chechik – SLOW

Controller

It’s always fun running around Central London, and Yasha’s courses found us interesting and challenging places to go. From the quality of the courses it was far from obvious that it was his first time planning. Thanks also to Steve for keeping everything under control and sorting out the printing.

Running both Friday and Saturday from the same venue worked well, all the indoor facilities stayed put overnight and even for the finish funnel only one cruciform stand had to be brought inside the school gates.

Apologies for the closed gate on a feasible route between 213 and 193 – as it had been open every time Yasha and I had visited it wasn’t on my list of gates to check on the day. It cost some people on course 1 and maybe course 4 a few seconds.

A special thank you to those members of SLOW and RSOC/BAOC who stayed an hour after course closure time and were just setting off in search parties when the missing competitor arrived.

Mike Bennett
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Organiser

Friday’s race very much hung onto the coat-tails of the main City race, notably being able to use the same venue for assembly for both days. While there is a long list of people to thank, I’m especially indebted to Alan Leakey and Sarah Brown. Alan had the vision for the Bermondsey map extension and secured the school as a venue (amongst many other things), while Sarah’s efforts for Saturday covered many activities required for Friday.
Speaking of the map extension, as this was only finalised relatively close to the race, it’s impressive that Yasha, guided by Mike, was able to utilise the area as well as he did. In case anyone was wondering, the race was billed as “Rotherhithe” since there was a chance the event would only have taken place on the existing Rotherhithe map.
Running an event on a Friday evening poses the challenge of being able to get everything setup on time, which was made rather more stressful by the uncertainty over when we would be able to access the school. Thankfully the school children had all left just in time to allow us to get in and ready for the 6pm starts. Thanks to the early starters for bearing with us during this time and to the SLOW helpers for impressively pulling things together in such short order.

Steve Clelland – SLOW

London City Race 2017 Results

Results from the London City Race which took place on 9 September, part of the London City Race 2017 weekend, are now available.

Any queries to

See also the results for Wapping on Friday and the London Ultrasprint on Sunday.

Wapping Evening Sprint Results

Final results from the Wapping Evening Sprint which took place on 8 September, part of the London City Race 2017 weekend, are now available.

Please note that legs into and out of Control 204 (under the bridge near Wapping Dock) have been voided due to the control being vandalised during the race. Note that they continue to appear as normal legs in Winsplits/Splitsbrowser/Routegadget but are voided for the official results list appearing on SLOWeb and British Orienteering websites.

Any queries to Andy at .

See also the results for the main London City Race on Saturday and the London Ultrasprint on Sunday.

London City Race Weekend 2017

collogoFor the tenth running of the London City Race, we bring you 3 orienteering races in 3 days, in one great city! Run and navigate through iconic London locations. All races are easily accessible using London’s integrated public transport network. Entries are now closed – see start times and final details.

1. Friday 8 Sep 2017
– Wapping Evening Sprint

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Wapping is a great sprint area with mixture of urban, small parks and canals. Start times from 1830 – 2030. Headtorch recommended for later starters although the area is well lit. Courses will be of mid length (2.0-4.5km). Event centre is the John Orwell sports centre. SI timing. Nearest station is Wapping (London Overground).

LocationWapping
AddressWapping (Event Centre TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5048, -0.0617
OS grid referenceTQ346802
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Courses available – as for the main race on Saturday (see below) with some merging of courses.

2. Saturday 9 Sep 2017
– The 10th London City Race, The Barbican

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The tenth London City Race is back where it all started – focused on the urban orienteering delight that is the Barbican in the City of London.

LocationThe Barbican
AddressThe Barbican (Event Centre TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5192, -0.0945
OS grid referenceTQ323817
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Start times are listed here. Courses will be based on the approximate length below – these are straight-line distances, expect to run 30%-50% further depending on your navigational skill!

Course Category Length km
1 Men’s Elite 9.0
2 Women’s Elite 7.5
3 Men’s Open 7.0
4 Women’s Open 6.0
5 Men’s Vets (M40+) 7.0
6 Women’s Vets (W40+) 5.0
7 Men’s Super Vets (M55+) 6.0
8 Women’s Super Vets (W55+) 4.0
9 Men’s Ultra Vets (M65+) 4.5
10 Women’s Ultra Vets (W65+) 3.5
1 Men’s Hyper Vets (M75+) 4.0
12 Women’s Hyper Vets (W75+) 3.0
13 Juniors (M/W 16-) 3.0
14 Kids (M/W 12-) 1.5
15 Newcomers 4.0

This year, the Saturday race is part of the UK Urban League – note the different age categories to previous years, to coincide with this league. For M/W21s, scoring for the UK Urban League will be firstly for the elite race and then (so the winner of the open race will get 1 less point than the last person in the elite field)

3. Sunday 10 Sep 2019
– London Ultrasprint, Victoria Park

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The London Ultrasprint, a series of short prologue park sprints followed by a final, is organised by London Orienteering Klubb and takes place on the Sunday morning – full details on their website. Start times are from 1030-1215, with the finals from 1245.

LocationVictoria Park
AddressVictoria Park (TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5351, -0.0496
OS grid referenceTQ354836
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

Online entry is closed – see here for start times.

Contactless punching will be used for the first two events at Wapping and the Barbican. Contactless SIACs can be hired for £2.50 each. However the controls will be set to take standard SI cards as well so those wanting to use their own old SI cards (or hire these at a cheaper cost) will be able to use them.

Enquiries

General enquiries: Vince Roper
Entry enquiries: Nigel Saker

The London City Race and the Wapping Evening Sprint are organised by SLOW, and the London Ultrasprint is organised by LOK.

Race Officials

Race director & Saturday/Sunday organiser:  Vince Roper, SLOW.
Entries manager: Nigel Saker, SLOW.
Friday planner: Katrin Harding, SLOW.
Saturday planner: Ed Catmur, SLOW.
Sunday planner: LOK.

Mile End Park Race

The sixth race of the 2017 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 4 July 2017 in Mile End Park in east London.

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.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be The Victoria pub, alongside the eastern side of the park and a 7 minute walk northwards from Mile End station.

LocationMile End Park
AddressThe Victoria
Latitude/longitude51.5291, -0.0382
OS grid referenceTQ362830
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 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 Gavin Hurley 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.

Brockwell Park Race

The final race of the 2017 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 25 July 2017 in Brockwell Park, which lies between Brixton, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill, in south London.

Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. A T-shirt and trainers will be fine on top and underfoot.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be The Florence pub, alongside the eastern side of the park and an 80m walk from Herne Hill station.

LocationBrockwell Park
AddressThe Florence, 131-133 Dulwich Road, SE24 0NG
Latitude/longitude51.4527, -0.103
OS grid referenceTQ319743
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 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 Todd Fallesen 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.

Northala Fields Park Race Results

Results from the Northala Fields Park Race, the second in this year’s London Park Race 2017 Series, have now been published.

Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to everyone who came to the Crown at Northolt for the second London Park Race of the 2017 series. It was a nice sunny evening and I hope that everyone had a nice time out there – despite some nettles and some impressive straight leg efforts that I hadn’t even expected through green terrain!
It was great that comments were generally positive about the SportIdent air punching system. Obviously this was a first time for a number of people and it did seem to go smoothly on this occasion but it’s nice to see people giving something new a try and thanks to Gordon Parker for helping me get this set up.
Don and Mat were very able helpers on the laptops this evening and Ed Nicholas of AROS and British Orienteering also came along to help with starts so thanks to those guys too. And of course Angus and Ollie for general support with the Park Race series as a whole.

This was the second time we’ve used Northala Fields and I hope we can come back there again in a couple of years. Thanks to the Crown and the events team at Ealing Council for helping us put on this event and look forward to seeing you all for the rest of the series.

– Duncan Grassie.