Thanks for braving the weather. Thanks also to Don, Gordon, Paul C, Sue, Duncan & Paul S for helping. Please volunteer to help at the next ones if you can. I wanted to use the south-west corner for a change given we had the southern start. I tried to have the short course relatively easy to start then getting a bit harder in the middle. For the long course the middle loop was quite challenging. Well done for being up to it.
Pete ( Pete Huzan, organiser/planner )
I have one green bag left in the pub with a black thermal, gloves etc in it. It looks like it could be a military bag of some sort. If it’s yours please contact Don ( )
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.
(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.
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.
Mark Humphrey won the event, visiting most controls and judging it well to come in with 90 seconds spare against the two hour time limit. Sid Hardy was second and Tom Davies third. The leading solo woman was Catherine Osborn, who judged it even more finely coming in with less than 30 seconds before the limit.
This year’s race is on Sunday November 25th in conjunction with the Southern Championships. It is the last Major Race of 2018 in the UK Calendar. (The Major or Level A Races are typically the several format British Championships, the four Area Championships, the races at the JK Festival, and the CompassSport Cup Final.)
We are co-organisers with Southern Navigators (SN) and we are aiming to well justify its Level A status.
The event is accessible by train from London, and although we are still in Surrey (the second highest point in the county is in the middle of the map) much of the area sees few visitors. The natural beauty and remoteness make a big impression on visitors, and in any reasonable weather there will striking views to distract competitors.
Usually road development is not good for orienteering but here it has allowed us to join two previously good but separate orienteering areas into one. It is where the last section of the London-Portsmouth road (now known as the A3) had not been “dualled”, and because of the SSSI status the road was put in a tunnel – 60m under our competition area. The main part of the old road was dug out and sandstone taken from the tunnel used to fill it and “return it to nature.” So SN and SLOW could put together the previously separate mapped areas of Hindhead Common (SN) – the venue of, amongst other major races, the first JK – and The Devil’s Punch Bowl (SLOW), and offer long courses uninterrupted by traffic.
The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a celebrated landscape feature – the largest spring-sapped valley in England. Its rim is a long curving ridge across the new map, with the ground sloping away on both sides, steeply in places. The area is thus a good match for long distance championship races:
the long distance profile is physical endurance
(it) emphasises route choices and navigation in rough, demanding terrain, preferably hilly.
For less experienced adults, or those not wanting to tackle the physicality of a championship course, there are short courses and also a testing 4.5km orange course.
The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 27th November 2018. The race centre is the Hand in Hand a low-ceilinged 19th century cottage on the edge of the Common.
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 Peter Huzan (email details at bottom of this post) know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.
The race will be based at The Hand in Hand on Crooked Billet, SW19 4RQ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.
The pub is a 15 minute walk from Wimbledon Station (SW Mainline and Underground).
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.
Between 1800 and 1925
Between 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 the event.
Well done Long Course 1-2-3: Paul Couldridge, Matthias Mahr, Adam Conway. And Short Course 1-2-3: Tomas Trhlik, Aimee Darley, Kjell Tullus.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the event last night for what were perfect conditions for an autumn night event. I found out that I had put the last control in slightly the wrong place, 15 metres from the correct pit I had taped a few weeks back so apologies and hope that did not ruin anyone’s run!
Thanks also to my very able team of volunteers on the night, Todd and Don for helping set up registration, Paul C., Paul S. and Steve for helping at the start and Sarah and Pete for sorting out the SI with myself. Also to Sue for offering to help. Hope to see you all at the next Night orienteering event which is Tuesday 27th November on Wimbledon Common.