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OK Nuts Richmond Park

[post updated 4th December – entry details added]

SLOW’s annual OK Nuts Trophy Races will be on January 21st in Richmond Park, London.

There will be three mass start loop races (20km, 15km, 10km) and shorter colour-coded individual start races.

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Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. It is a Royal Park, and its 2500 acres are covered by heath, grassland and woods.

External link to recent films about the park.

Entry via SI Entries please. Closing Date January 14th.

Blood Races
   Senior – BOF £10 / non-BOF £12
   Junior – BOF £4 / non-BOF £5  (Blood races: M/W16 on Very Nearly an Armful only please. Blood race entry not available to M/W14 and below)

Colour Coded
   Senior on Green/Short Green – BOF £8 / non-BOF £10
   Senior on White/Yellow/Orange – BOF £4 / non-BOF £6
   Juniors – BOF £4 / non-BOF £5

+ £2 seniors / £1 junior for entries after closing date of January 14th (which will be limited by how many extra maps we have)

Race Centre

The race is based at the Broomfield Hill Car Park.

LocationRichmond Park
Address
Latitude/longitude51.4316, -0.2687
OS grid referenceTQ204717
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Car parking is free. The 85 Kingston – Putney bus stops nearby (also K3, 265) – enter the park either at Ladderstile Gate or Robin Hood Gate and it is a few minutes walk. The nearest station is Norbiton, at approx 2km.

Race Details

Start Time1000

This year sees the return of the mass start ‘blood races’.

Descriptions are provisional.
‘Full blood’ – 4 loops, 20km
‘Half blood’ – 3 loops, 15km
‘Very nearly an armful’ – 2 loops, 10km

Colour coded: Green, Short Green, Orange, Yellow and White.

Start Times
Full blood – 10.10
Half blood – 10.20
Very nearly an armful
Colour coded – 10.00-12.00

Competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser: Steve Clelland (SLOW)
Planner: Duncan Grassie (AROS/SLOW)
Controller: Paul Todd (London OK)

 

SLOW Club Championships

Photo © Ajay Tegala (cc-by-sa/2.0)

All club members are welcome to the club championships on Saturday December 2nd. These are a separate part of the Southern Navigators event at Wisley that morning. We have a run, and we have a picnic, comparing our runs if we want, and we have a prizegiving.

Please see Paul Couldridge’s Facebook Event in the SLOW members group for details.

The nearest station is West Byfleet (trains from Waterloo take 30 minutes) approximately 4km from the event centre at the Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Garden. Or do use the Facebook Group to seek a lift.

Please reply by Sunday 26th November at the latest.

Wisley Common

Wisley Common is a nature reserve of lowland heath on acidic sandy soil designated SSSI and managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. It lies between Surrey’s main two interior rivers, the Wey and the Mole. These days it is more easily identified by proximity to M25 Junction 10, where the M25 London Orbital Motorway crosses the six lane A3 London-Portsmouth road.
The terrain is heathery heath and natural woodland with many paths and some stretches of metalled road. There are many ditches, some slopes, and some areas where going is more difficult. Some of the ground will be quite wet if it has rained, and in places there may be some shallow water to run through.

Area History

The A3 was one of the principal routes in Britain in the days of the stage coach, as it linked the capital and the main base of the Royal Navy. Elsewhere “the Portsmouth Road’s” route is much changed but it has passed Bolder Mere, as it does today, for many centuries. In the later nineteenth century it was part of the most popular bicycle outing in southern England, the ride out from London to the old coaching inns of Ripley.
The very heavily used M25 is a relative newcomer. Long in the planning, the sections here were among the later sections completed in the 1980’s.
The Royal Horticultural Society were gifted Wisley in 1904 by a wealthy Quaker, Sir Thomas Hanbury. Its 240 acres of gardens are the second most visited paid entry garden in the United Kingdom, with a million visits a year. The gardens and laboratory employ 90 people.

SLOW’s 2015 women’s champs, from left to right Karen Jones, Sarah Brown, Mel Hilton and Katrin Harding, with Paul Couldridge

Autumn Series – Final Scores

Wormley Woods

Here are the SLOW scores for the final race of our Autumn Series – including a close pack of runners on 1084, 1083 and 1082 ranking points! Note also a run on blue by Théophane Roux that would have got over 1000 points if he were old enough to get them.

AutumnSeries_2017_Wormley

Overall

Nineteen of us managed to run at least three of the five races, and 59 of us managed at least one.

Men’s 1-2-3:

300: Paul Couldridge; 297: Yordan Kolev; 296: Ollie O’Brien.

Women’s 1-2=s:

282: Dorte Torpe Hansen; 265: Diane Leakey, Fiona Tam.

Junior 1-2:

60: Olin Davies; 40: Matteo Rebora.

Series Final Scores (Full)

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Autumn Series 5 – Wormley Woods

(Image from the Chigwell OC Routegadget.)

Thanks to Chigwell Orienteering Club for today’s final race in the SLOW Autumn Series.

18 SLOW runners made the trip to the north-east of London, with Paul Couldridge winning the longest course. So he will take the SLOW Autumn series and with the maximum possible score.  Final scores for everyone will be posted once Ranking Points have been allocated.

SLOW Runners

Brown (10.3km, 235m)

1.Paul Couldridge 60:30; 15.Ollie O’Brien 76:15; 17.Yordan Kolev 77:58; Kwun Him Himmy Lau 106:44.

Short Brown (8.6km, 155m)

14.Andy Robinson 85:20; 17.Fiona Tam 88:45; 20.Camille Roux 97:58; 25.Mélanie Roux 118:00; 26 Nicolas Roux 126:01.

Blue (6.8km, 130m)

27.Keith Davies 66:30; 28.Don McKerrow 66:34; 29.Sue Carter 68:39; 39.Théophane Roux 75:12.

Short Blue (5.1km, 115m)

6.Dorte Torpe Hansen 43:33.

Green (4.5km, 105m)

18.Olin Davies 52:27; 22.Chris Robinson 53:01; 46.Christine Glew 73:57.

White (1.6km, 50m)

2.Louisiane Roux 16:26.

 

Autumn Series – Final Race Looms

Updated version: because ranking points for Bucklebury have become available.

On Sunday, at Wormley Woods near Broxbourne,  the final race of the SLOW Autumn Series happens.

The last four Sundays have been the other races in the series, at Epsom Downs, Ambersham Common, Highland Water and Bucklebury Common. We all decided that we would use BOF ranking points to compare runners, and then use a 100-99-98-etc scale to award points, with best 3 of 5 to count. All just in time for the AGM.

Unfortunately, last Sunday’s Berkshire Orienteers’ Bucklebury has not had the best of luck, although the woods were lovely and the weather was good if not so warm. As of Wednesday evening the results are not uploaded to BOF and ranking points are not available. The whole point of having a  series is to have the light-hearted comparisons, and maybe create a little bit extra to the race for those going on Sunday.

So, by calling on the rule that:

if anything unforseen happens, we will do our best to do sensible things,

we have used relative speed in mins/km (adjusted for height gain) to enable scoring of last Sunday.

Update: (Thursday morning) Results were uploaded about midnight last night and ranking points calculated overnight. There is little change to scores based on estimation (which have been left in the attached pdf for interest) – Simon and Dorte have swapped the 94 and 93 scores.

We are setup with some interest for the last race, with several folk likely to add a third run, or to improve an earlier one. At the top of the table with Paul’s fast run at Bucklebury not counting because of a missing control (of which there were quite a few across all runners)  Yordan leads overall. But Paul and Ollie are pre-entered to get their third scoring runs, and have a fair chance (Paul‘s is better than Ollie‘s.) Dorte looks a safe bet for leading woman, and Olin has probably done similarly in the junior comparison.  In the body of the table plenty of places can be won, and you can spot several “local rivalries”.

Bucklebury scores:   Bucklebury_Scores

Summary scores so far:    AutumnSeries_2017_16Nov

Autumn Series 4 – Bucklebury

Photo of Don gliding through the forest, by David Jukes  (who long ago when a member of London OK made a great map of Hampstead Heath.)

It was nice and challenging Chilterns forest on a fairly crisp day, the heavy rain having stopped earlier in the morning. Thanks to Berkshire Orienteers for putting it on.

This was nominated as the fourth race in the SLOW Autumn series of five races.

After a delay because of problems with some controls, results are now published.  Paul Couldridge and Olin Davies are down as having missed a control. Given the evident problems with some controls I think they can be counted as even more unlucky than usual. Also, Paul did the second fastest time on the longest course and would have wrapped up the Autumn Series had his run counted.  Olin‘s run on the blue is noteworthy as a long run for an M14. And his dad Keith did blue too, so they will have been able to talk through the course and compare splits anyway (Olin was quicker, but I guess that doesn’t count unless you get all the checkpoints.)

That left 16 SLOW runners completing courses that will get ranking points.

Brown: Paul Nixon, Dmitry Adamskiy, Simon Moss, Kwun Him Himmy Lau.

Blue: Yordan Kolev, Paul Street, Don McKerrow, Andy Robinson, Chris Evans, Di Leakey, Sarah Brown, Fiona Tam, Keith Davies, Heather Walton.

Green: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Chris Robinson.

We cannot score the Autumn Series yet, because that depends on Ranking Points and they are not yet available.

There are currently 15 SLOW entries for the final race in the Autumn Series, at Wormley Woods in Chigwell territory, on Sunday.

Ralph Street’s 2017

As the Scandinavian 2017 training year ends, Ralph has written a summary of his year on Attackpoint . He says his worst relay run this year was the JK running for SLOW. He anchored SLOW to fifth place, a record high for recent times.  He did  show off the club jacket well at the individual prizegiving for the middle race (see picture below.)

Ralph runs for two other clubs too, one in Norway where he lives, and one in Sweden where he used to live – he joined them six years ago. Last month he helped  Södertälje-Nykvarn Orientering (SNO), to third place in the 25-person relay in Sweden that is one of the all club great days of the year. 374 teams took part.  Here is the  SNO site (text in Swedish).

Ralph did several races for the Great Britain team this year, with some noteworthy team results in the sprint relay. The season finished with the World Cup Final Meeting in Switzerland, in Grindelwald just by the Eiger. Above is a team photo after the long race. The 2018 international season will start in Switzerland with the European Championships next May. They are at Ticino in the Italian speaking part. The website for the competition is here.

He also took part in the World Games, with a good run in the relay  helping GB to 5th place. And he also had a minor hit with the feeling a bit naughty training picture.

But for many non-orienteers his 2017 will be best known for his contribution to a genre:  Race The Tube – Oslo

JK 2017 Middle Prizegiving, photo by Robert Lines for the JK

November Classic

Thanks to Steve Rush of Bristol OK for the use of the photo of Simon Moss crossing one of the open areas.

Southampton Orienteering’s Club 50th running of the November Classic yesterday, incorporating the Southern Championships, was the last “major” race of 2017.

It was also SLOW’s Autumn Series Race 3 of 5; an event we felt all members could enjoy. And so 35 of us made the startline.

The map was “Acres Down & Highland Water”. It was usual New Forest conditions for Autumn – fast on the whole, but with leaves, water and mud, so no-one got to the finish with dry feet.  Heavy going  on a lot of the tracks meant the forest sometimes provided easier running. The weather was bright if not so warm.  And  the navigation was pretty tricky in places, with many controls on small features.

A summary of all SLOW results (external link.)

Congratulations to SLOW runners in the top 3 of the Southern Championships. We have three Southern Champions!

M35 1st – Ed Catmur, 3rd – Tom Davies.

M40 2nd – Paul Couldridge

W50 1st – Dorte Torpe Hansen

W65 1st – Sarah Brown, 3rd – Anne May

M70 2nd – David May.

UPDATE: Wednesday 8th November. BOF Ranking Points have now been allocated, and so SLOW Autumn Series points too.

Top points were taken by Paul Couldridge, with a score that is one of his best for the last 12 months. Tom collects a sixth counting score in the last 12 months so will leap up towards the top of the SLOW list. The top 5 SLOW scores were:

Runner Ranking Points Series Points
Paul Couldridge 1319 100
Ed Catmur 1296 99
Matthias Mahr 1280 98
Abi Weeds 1276 97
Tom Davies 1237 96

Three runners  had their highest scoring runs in the last year: well done, Abi, Chris (Robinson), and Nicki. Great to do that at a major championships.

Closest companions are David and Andy (Robinson) (2 points apart), Karen and Steph ( also 2 points apart), and Heather and Anne (also 2 points apart.)

Not everyone had a good run. New Southern Champion Sarah for example, had, if I understand the system correctly, a run that was so below her normal scores that it was automatically excluded from the calculation of the target time for that course.

EDIT – SLOW Autumn Series, Scores after 3 of 5 races (pdf)

AutumnSeries_2017_8Nov