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SLOW Runners at the World Championships

Three SLOW athletes run in the World Orienteering Championships 2017, which start this Friday with the Sprint Qualification.

Michael Crone of South Africa.
Conor Short of Ireland.
Ralph Street of Great Britain.

Please click on a name to see the World Of O athlete profile.

Michael, Conor and Ralph formed the SLOW first team in this year’s JK Trophy Relay Race, coming 5th.

It is easy to follow the championships as Simon and James Errington (the developers of Routegadget) will be in Estonia providing up-to-the-minute entertaining coverage, as well as daily updates on the British Orienteering newsfeed.

MapRunner WOC 2017 Page

MapRunner Twitter

MapRunner Facebook

Simon’s Blog

The English language TV coverage is not broadcast in the UK but is available for a fee on the internet via https://liveorienteering.com/#/event?id=4867 

Free online results can also be found via the same link.

TV Schedule:

Sat Jul 1st – Sprint Finals – 12:30 – 5pm
Sun Jul 2nd – Sprint Relay – 2:55pm – 4:15pm
Tue Jul 4th – Long Races – 9 – 3pm
Thu Jul 6th – Middle Races – 10 – 3pm
Fri Jul 7th – Forest Relays – 10:45 – 3pm

Relays are generally thought the most interesting for spectators. The cost is €20 for the week, or €6 for a single event such as the Sprint Relay. Times are for UK (Estonia is 2 hours ahead.)

Profiles of the GB team athletes are at http://slow.org.uk/about/gb-woc-team-2017/

Photo: Composite  from images at World Of O, The Irish Orienteer and Instagram.

South East Middle Distance Races, Wimbledon Common, 23 April

South London Orienteers present:

South East Middle Distance Championships
Wimbledon Common
23 April 2017

Final Details


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Wimbledon Common is a challenging forested area close to Central London. The Common is much improved for orienteering by the extensive clearance work over the last two years, and benefits from a new map by Tom Edelsten, and the option of SI Air punching.

Race Centre

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressRichardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields SW15 3PQ
Latitude/longitude51.4369, -0.2527
OS grid referenceTQ215723
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Parking is limited, so please share cars, cycle or use public transport where you can: bus numbers 85, 265 and K3 stop right outside.

Race Description

The south east middle distance courses have estimated winning times of 35 minutes for seniors and somewhat less for 14s and under. Competitors may enter any class, but will be competitive for the Championships on the designated course for their age class or if ‘running up’, and provided they have South-East as the association on their membership.

Available courses are M/W 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20-40, 45-50, 55-60 and 65+. There will be white colour-coded course suitable for children and families, and Naughty Numbers for children.

Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1230

Entries

Enries are online, via Fabian4

Fees

Adults Juniors
Before 18 April 2017 £9 £4
Late entries £11 £5

There will be entry on the day, subject to map availability, with fees as for late entries.

There is a £2 surcharge for adults who are not members of British Orienteering.

SI card hire

SI Air £2.50
Normal SI £1

There is no hire charge for juniors.

Results

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

Officials

Planner: Dmitry Adamsky (SLOW)
Organiser: Andy Robinson (SLOW)
Controller: David Dawson (DFOK)

Results for Richmond Park Night-O & Night-O Series

The final race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 21 March 2017. Conor Short won the event overall to take second place in the series to Paul Couldridge, with Slavjana Birec beating Sue Carter to be the first lady home.

Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to everyone who made the journey out to Mortlake for the final race in the 2016-2017 night-o series. It was great to witness in excess of 50 people at a mass start graced by a herd of deer crossing our path moments before. Special thanks to Paul, Matt, Chris and Russ for holding the fort whilst I put controls out and to the control collectors (Steve, Duncan, Ed, Tom and Conor). Also a big congratulations to our series prize winners:

Men Open –

  • 1st Paul Couldridge (300),
  • 2nd Conor Short (299),
  • 3rd Scott Collier (297).
  • M50+ 1st Pete Huzan (280).

Women Open –

  • 1st Sue Carter (254),
  • 2nd Julie Murphy (230),
  • 3rd Iris Lueke (214).

W50+ – 1st also Sue Carter, so prize awarded to Fiona Tam, a narrow 4th on Women’s Open (212).

Full series results are available here.

There are prizes still to collect for Scott, Pete, Julie and Iris – I’ll be at the Tooting street-o or JK, so please let me know when’s best for you.
James Lyne,

Richmond Park Night-O

The final race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, on Tuesday 21st March 2017. The race centre is
The Plough
42 Christchurch Road, East Sheen, SW14 7AF.

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The Night-O series is a series of public races – all are welcome, whether or not you are a SLOW member. Do please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions.

If you are not on Facebook please email the organiser, James Lyne to say you are coming.

Race Centre

The race is based at The Plough

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Plough SW14 7AF
Latitude/longitude51.4607, -0.2699
OS grid referenceTQ203749
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Travel

The nearest station is Mortlake.

Race Description

This is a race with a mass start at 19:15.
The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SportIdent electronic punching with SI cards available for free loan to those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow but please you must reserve one in advance by contacting the organizer.

Start Time1915

Two courses are offered, although the park is very fast and runnable, both courses will be challenging particularly for less experienced runners – you can feel real achievement from completing either of them:

  • Long: 6km, gaffled – like a one-person relay.
  • Short: 3km.

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.

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

Wimbledon Common Night-O

The fourth race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, on Tuesday 28th February 2017. The race centre is The Telegraph, Putney, SW15 3TU.

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The Night-O series is a series of public races – all are welcome, whether or not you are a SLOW member. Do please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions.

If you are not on Facebook please email the organiser, Scott Collier, to say you are coming.

Race Centre

The race is based at The Telegraph “The Country Pub in London” on Telegraph Road, Putney SW15 3TU. The pub regularly hosts us, serves excellent food and drink, and provides a great place for post-race chat.

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

Travel

The Telegraph is ten minutes walk from several bus stops, including those on the 39 and 93 routes from Putney Station. Further details are available on the TFL website.

Race Description

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SportIdent electronic punching with SI cards available for free loan to those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow but please you must reserve one in advance by contacting the organizer.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1845 and 1945

Two courses are offered, both being quite challenging – you can feel real achievement from completing either of them:

  • Long: approximately 5km.
  • Short: approximately 2.5km.

The terrain is largely gently undulating lightly wooded heathland.

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.

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

36th Box Hill Race Report and Results

Full Individual Results

Full Team Results

ORGANISER’S REPORT – Andy Robinson

Well that was a cold one. My car was registering minus 6 when I arrived at 8.15 to put the first flags out. Combined with the sunshine that did give us some beautiful views. My favourite was coming into the open after the last road crossing. It was a north facing slope which the sun can’t have visited all winter and the frost must have been an inch thick. It made for some very fast and firm going. Too firm for one lady who had to retire after a fall and a visit to A&E confirmed she had broken her collar bone. We wish her a speedy recovery.
At the front end it was a welcome return to the race after a few years absence for James McMullan of Thames Hare and Hounds. James was the record holder on the old (pre-2015) course, and so a new record looked to be on the cards. However a fall when jumping a fallen tree 2 miles from the end forced James to slow down and miss the record by 16 seconds. He said “I just jogged in after that”, which can be translated for the rest of us as “I just retained my 3 minute lead”.
No such problem for the first lady. Nichola Jackson of Ranelagh Harriers stormed round to beat both 2nd place and the previous record by over 5 minutes. It’s difficult to compare the new course with the old one, but I think her time would have put her close behind the great names of Sarah Rowell, Angela Carson and Yvette Hague who were the fastest then, but all from the last century.
There were many impressive age group performances. Richard Phillips is a first year veteran and took second place for the second consecutive year. William Stanley was the youngest in the race and took an excellent 4th place. But perhaps the most impressive performance came from Lynda Hembury in winning F60. She was a mere 3 seconds behind the leading F40 and many minutes ahead of the F50 winner.
Serpentine again took the team prize but were not packing as closely at the front as in previous years. Can someone take it from them? Reigate Priory certainly put up a strong showing and, as host club, it was good to see some of our younger members putting in fine performances.
Although we mourned for the delights of the Sports Club bar that we enjoyed for 24 years, we were excellently looked after by Phil the caretaker and Lin in the office at our new base. Thanks also to all the wonderful officials and marshals from SLOW; Peter on the computer, Chris on registration, finish and nearly everything, Mike on road signs, course flagging and road crossing, Fran and Dave for course sweeping, Linda and Katie on finish and registration, Don as first aider, Nigel, Steve and Ed on road crossings, Jane at number issue and all those on parking and number issue before they ran.
And personally one of the high points of the day was being able to talk to the 1984 winner, Chris Hirst, who was here to watch his son race to a fine 10th place.