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Autumn Series 2 – Ambersham

(Image above from the Guildford Orienteers Routegadget Website)

The SLOW “Autumn Series 2” race was in Sussex at Ambersham Common  – the same map used for this year’s championship JK Saturday races back in April. It is one of the finest heathlands in the South Downs National Park. And as at the JK the planning was “middle distance”. Thanks to Guildford Orienteers, particularly  to the main officials of Jim Morris (planner) and Frederick Smith (organiser). Robin Smith of Southdowns was controller.

With the weather bright and fine, assembly was in vast flat Polo fields  (thanks to Cowdray Park Polo Club), with great views of countryside towards densely wooded slopes to the north. A short warm-up walk/run led to the competition area.

Link to results.

Paul Couldridge won the brown course by nearly 4 minutes, and is looking forward to our club championships ( Wisley, Saturday 2nd December.)

(Updated 6th November.) Our Autumn Series uses unadjusted BOF Ranking Points for a light-hearted comparison of our runs. Here is a summary of SLOW runners, with Autumn Series points.

Brown 5.3km/95m, 25 controls Points
Paul Couldridge 100
Ollie O’Brien 99
Andy Jones 98
Paul Nixon 97
Yordan Kolev 96
Dmitry Adamskiy 95
Charlotte Turner 94
Charlie Turner 93
Gordon Parker 92
Simon Moss 91
Diane Leakey 90
Fiona Tam 85
Lydia Farzin-nia 83
Blue 4.8km/70m, 25 controls
Paul Street 89
Dorte Torpe Hansen 88
Sarah Brown 87
Stephanie Moss 86
Green 3.9km/45m,19 controls
Karen Jones 84
Teresa Turner 82
Virginia Catmur 81
Gail Parker
Orange 2.1km/15m, 8 controls
Jemima Hayward-Bhikha

 

The 37th Box Hill Fell Race

South London Orienteers organize two hill races near Dorking each year. The winter Box Hill Race sells out very quickly. For a summer challenge, why not run the Surrey Hills on the 3rd June?
Surrey Hills Trail Challenge Map.

 

The 37th Box Hill Fell Race

UPDATE: The Race is FULL. Entries opened at 00:00 on Wednesday 1 November, and closed at 9am.

Saturday 20th January 2018 at 11.00am

12 kilometres with 520m of ascent under F.R.A. rules.
Records:
54.08 (Andy Greenleaf 2015)
62.26 (Nichola Jackson 2017)


Enter Online

Event Centre

LocationStepping Stones PH
AddressWest Humble. RH5 6BS.
Latitude/longitude51.2523, -0.3246
OS grid referenceTQ170517
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

The race is again moving to a new base this year. We will be at the Stepping Stones pub in West Humble Street, West Humble RH5 6BS. Grid Reference TQ170517. Collection of race numbers will be there from 9.45 and the prize giving will be around 1.30 pm.

RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE PUB CAR PARK AS IT IS VERY SMALL. THE RECOMMENDED PARKING IS AT RYKA’S, JUST NORTH OF THE BURFORD BRIDGE ROUNDABOUT. Boxhill & Westhumble station is only 300 metres away and the 465 bus goes along the A24.

Race Details

The race will be over the same course as 2015, 2016 and 2017, with the start/finish area just over the stepping stones over the River Mole, about a kilometre from the pub – possibly our shortest warm-up run ever.

RegistrationBetween 0945 and 1045
Start TimesBetween 1100 and 1330

Special Details

There will be prizes for the leading runners in the usual categories (note that lady veterans have to be over 40) including a team competition with 4 to count.

The National Trust are the land-owners for the vast majority of the course and they have requested two conditions be met in order to avoid erosion of the chalk downland:

  1. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 250 RUNNERS. We will accept more entries than this expecting some no-shows (330 in all). Note that when entries opened last year they sold out in 9 hours.
  2. RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKES. They cause considerable erosion on steep downhill grass. Your co-operation is requested as significant damage could jeopardise future races.

Entries

Race numbers will not be posted in advance. Numbers can only be collected from registration on the day. Please note that under FRA rules people under 18 are not allowed to run.
Entries will cost £6.00 per runner and can only be made online at fabian4.co.uk. Entries will open on 1st November (and not a minute earlier!)

Postal entries will not be accepted.

Competitors will need to specify an emergency contact and phone number, and will be required to agree to the following statement when entering:

I accept the hazards inherent in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running this race at my own risk. I confirm that I am aware of the rules imposed on me by the Race Organiser and that I will comply with them. I confirm that I have read and will comply with, the FRA “Requirements for Runners”. I acknowledge and agree that I am responsible for determining whether I have the skills equipment and fitness to participate in this event. I accept that neither the Race Organiser nor the Fell Runners Association shall be liable to me for any injury, loss or damage of any nature to me or my property arising out of my participation in this race (other than in respect of death or personal injury as a result of their negligence).

The organiser is Andy Robinson; contact him via email at

Autumn Series 1 – Epsom

(Image above from the Mole Valley Routegadget Website)

On Sunday, one of the best-known racecourses in the world permitted orienteering on their turf. Thanks to controller Charlie Turner, and the Mole Valley team.

Philip Gristwood’s new map showed a great deal of hard work to map detail in the woodland. The planner Tony Schofield, could thus test the field with fine navigation in the woods, rather than long runs across the downland, although there was a bit of that too.

Our Autumn series uses unadjusted BOF Ranking Points for a light-hearted comparison of our runs. Not surprisingly the SLOW runners with thoroughbred runs at the top of the brown course came away with most points, with 5 scores over 1200. Next best was Rebecca’s excellent score on the blue.

James Lyne 1311
Yordan Kolev 1293
Ollie O’Brien 1284
Jev Petrovs 1279
Dmitry Adamskiy 1225
Rebecca Dal Bon 1152
Andy Jones 1141
Wei Yong Yue 1134
Dorte Torpe Hansen 1120
Paul Street 1116
Olin Davies 1085
Andrea Rebora 1074
Rafaella Marin 1073
Keith Davies 1046
Sue Carter 1009
Lydia Farzin-Nia 1002
Charlotte Turner 999
Karen Jones 975
Sarah Brown 965
Julie Murphy 940
Kwun Him Himmy Lau 912
Teresa Turner 888
Gail Parker 832

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.