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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

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