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Kingston Urban race

Note: we have a few more permissions to obtain, and we will add more to this post when we have them. 

On Sunday 7th April 2019 we will return to Kingston upon Thames for the second Kingston Urban Race. This is the second race of the Southern England Orienteering Urban League (SEOUL) series.

Link to Routegadget for first Kingston urban race.

Kingston is an ancient market town on the banks of the River Thames, steeped in history and culture. In the tenth century Saxon Kings were crowned on Kingston’s Coronation Stone. Surrey County Hall, built at the end of the 19th century, is one of many notable buildings, although since boundary changes in 1965 Kingston has no longer been in Surrey.

The race will be in the historic urban town centre, with lots of alleyways, and nearby riverside parks and residential areas.

The map is 1:5000, updated 2018. Both SIAC and regular SI cards will be used for the race.

Race Centre

  • YMCA Hawker,
  •  Lower Ham Rd,
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • KT2 5BH

LocationKingston
AddressYMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road
Latitude/longitude51.427, -0.308
OS grid referenceTQ177711
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


These courses are offered:

MYJ (Young Junior Men 12-)
WYJ (Young Junior Women 12-)
MJ (Junior Men 16-)
WJ (Junior Women 16-)
MO (Open Men)
WO (Open Women)
MV (Veteran Men 40+)
WV (Veteran Women 40+)
MSV (Supervet Men 55+)
WSV (Supervet Women 55+)
MUV (Ultravet Men 65+)
WUV (Ultravet Women 65+)
MHV (Hypervet Men 75+)
WHV (Hypervet Women 75+)
Newcomers (*Not a SEOUL class)

You may enter any class, but to be competitive in SEOUL please enter your age class (or "run up").

  • Organiser: Vinh Phuong Hoang
  • Planner: Dave Wright
  • Controllers: Helen and Ian Marsden (Happy Herts)

Team Races Invitation

Attention SLOW members, your club wants you to run in our teams. Do come and join us for great club days out. And if you wear our club colours even better.

Everyone is welcome to take part, the more the merrier.

A fuller invitation is now circulating on our mailing list.

SUNDAY MARCH 17 – COMPASS SPORT CUP REGIONAL ROUND – ENCHANTED PLACE, SUSSEX

MONDAY APRIL 23 – JK RELAYS – MINLEY, HANTS

SATURDAY MAY 4
– BRITISH MIXED SPRINT RELAYS – BRADFORD UNIVERSITY, YORKSHIRE.

MONDAY MAY 6 – BRITISH RELAYS – MIDDLETON PARK, LEEDS

SUNDAY MAY 12 – SOUTH-EAST RELAYS – ADDINGTON HILLS, CROYDON (get there by tram.)

WEEKEND JUNE 15/16 – JUKOLA AND VENLA RELAYS, FINLAND

WEEKEND
JUNE 22/23 – HARVESTER RELAYS – SW ENGLAND

Box Hill Fell Race Results

The 38th Box Hill Fell race took place on Saturday 19th January 2019. Thanks to organiser Harold Wyber and the team of volunteer helpers.

Update Monday 21st 10:45am – Sorry, we correct the results.

The Fabian4 entry form allowed people to enter as M45, M55, etc. but there were no prize categories for these.  They should therefore have been re-categorised as M40, M50, etc but it was all quite rushed this year and that manual change fell through the cracks, sorry. We have now done this and it affects the summary results.

  • ·         Jean Shotter becomes the 3rd placed W50. 
  • ·         Andrew Reeves becomes the 3rd placed M40.
  • ·         Natasha Cendrowicz becomes the leading W40 pushing the previously reported 1st & 2nd runners down one place.

We owe Natasha Cendrowicz a prize.

Rob McCaffrey has a 10 minute video of the race – with nearly everyone pictured. The heading picture is from the video.

Esher Common Night-O

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series takes place on Esher Common on Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

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The Night-O series are public races – 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 and post questions. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Alan Leakey (email details at bottom of this post) know you are coming  so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race Centre

The race centre is the Oxshott Village Centre (postcode KT22 0QJ.) This is a 10 minute walk from Oxshott Station. There will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

  • Visit the nearest pub which is a 5 minute walk in the Village.
  • You can bring your own food and drink.
LocationOxshott/Esher
AddressOxshott Village Centre, Holtwood Road
Latitude/longitude51.3337, -0.3624
OS grid referenceTQ142607
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The race centre is a 10 minute walk from Oxshott Station (SW Mainline).

Race Details

The entry fee is £5, or £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors. The race will use SIAC contactless punching. SIAC cards are available to hire for £1 if you do not have your own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

These courses are offered:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after.

Organiser/Planners: Diane and Alan Leakey ()

“Get Up to Speed” Videos

Last year, Sport England awarded South London Orienteers £3,850 for a project to help teenagers develop the orienteering skills needed for more technical courses.

This is our “Get Up to Speed” project.

As part of this project, we have produced a series of eight short videos. The videos are presented by athletes from the GB Orienteering team and are filmed in different locations.

The videos aim is to help juniors deal with more technically demanding courses, but they can also be used by newcomers wanting to “get up to speed”. Each video focuses on a specific orienteering skill.

The Playlist

One video per week is launched each Friday at 5pm during January and February. The video release is linked to races and coaching sessions taking place across the South East: watch a film, focus on a technique and have a successful run.

All the videos were produced by SLOW Development Officer Sarah Brown, with editing by Katherine Bett of Southern Navigators.

Newcomer’s Video

We realised as the videos were made it would be good to have a video to inform and guide beginners on what to expect at their first orienteering race. SLOW decided to fund this and we were delighted that Graham Gristwood agreed to host – his enthusiasm and expertise add a lot. Filming took place near Stirling and we were very lucky with the weather for the time of year, with sunshine complicating and permitting some of the shots.

The film covers the orienteering map, courses, controls, equipment and what to wear, and ends with Graham linking to the series of Skills Videos so that once beginners have the guide they can easily see explanations of techniques to help them improve.

Further reading: please see our introduction to orienteering.

OK Nuts 2018 Winners

(picture: maps await the runners at the start)

The 2018 OK Nuts Trophy Races took place on November 25th, in conjunction with the Southern Championships, at Hindhead Common & The Devil’s Punch Bowl.

The event was a Southern Navigators / South London Orienteers collaboration.

Courses were tough, at the upper end of  the length range and with more than usual climb, testing both physical endurance and navigation and route choice in the terrain.

Ben Mitchell

Megan Carter-Davies

 

 

 

 

 

(Pictures are from this year’s British Championships races at Balmoral, credit: On The Red Line.)

The OK Nuts Trophy was won by Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club who ran  the M21E course in 108 minutes. The Heather Monro Trophy was won by Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club who ran the W21E course in 86 minutes. There were 700 runners in all.

The junior trophy was awarded to Lyra Medlock of Wessex Orienteers.

Southern Champions

On the longest course for each age group the first runner from the three southern associations becomes Southern Champion 2018. In the open classes the champions are William White and Lucy Butt, both of the Salisbury Club SARUM.

From SLOW, Matthias Mahr (M40), Lyudmila Gotseva (W45),  and Olin Davies (M16) are Southern Champions for 2018.

Olin Davies M16 Southern Champion 2018

Results

For full results, officials comments, please see the Southern Navigators’ Southern Championships Results Page.

The  Event Routegadget, includes maps and courses, with the uploaded routes of over 100 runners.