Calling all Slowies
It’s been longer than some can remember that this fantastic club (Club of the Year 2013) has had a Club Championships. This will be changing and on the 14th December we will have two new champions. Southern Navigators have kindly put themselves out to host this event as part of their Saturday Series which will be held in prime South of England orienteering terrain on Mytchett. Males will do the blue course (5km) and females the green (3.5km) with start times from 10:00 to 11:30. The distances are short so that we can all compete against each other to find the best of the best of the best. The details aren’t up yet for this event on their website but the link is here http://www.southernnavigators.com/index.php?p=1_6_Calendar
I have promised them that I will give them numbers by the 1st December, so if you want to run then you need to let me know by then. If you miss this date then you will not be able to compete in the championships. NO EXCEPTIONS.
A week before the first Night O of the season starts you have a chance to get out onto a technical area to practice relocation skills that could well help out the following week. We will meet at the Thames Hare and Hounds club house which is the other side of the A3 from the Robin Hood Gate of Richmond Park from 18.30 where I will pair you up for the different exercises. You will need a compass, leg cover and a head torch. I do have 4 club head torches so they will be on a first come first served basis. Andy Robinson has twisted my arm to head up to the Telegraph for a beer, food and analysis of activities from earlier.
Leith Hill is one of the best areas in the South of England for technical orienteering. I will be setting out the Men’s World Cup course from 2005 with SI controls for club members only to try and see how they fare against the finalists that year. It will be one of the hardest technical challenges faced even for experienced orienteers but definitely worth the opportunity to run in Scandi like terrain. We will meet in the car park to the West of Leith Hill Tower on Leith Hill road with starts from 10 to 11 with a cut off of 12:30. The course will be approximately 6.5km long with a few suitable cut offs if you don’t want to run the whole course.
Please let me know if you are coming so that I can order enough maps.
Libby will be hosting the first intervals of the winter season on Tuesday 24 Sept at 19.00. Meet at the Bandstand in the centre of the Common for an introduction to intervals Oz style.
Jayne (last years city race planner) has kindly planned a course on last years map to get you ready for next weeks city race. It will be 5.3km long but don’t forget that you need to add 50% for running distance. There are also a few cut offs in case people don’t want to run the full distance. We will meet outside the Christopher Hatton pub( http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thesirchristopherhattonhattongardenlondon/ )where the start is situated from 18:30 with a cut off at 20:00. All you will need is a compass, control description holder if you have one and a pair of trainers.
The SLOW training night is back for the winter after all this years sun. The first event to prepare for is our City Race. I will be planning a score course from Southwark Cathedral using the area south of London Bridge. All you need is a compass to check orientation and a rubber neck to keep an eye on the traffic. Jayne Sales will be following on from this on the 17 Sept planning a course on last years map on the North side of the river. All standards are welcome for these club nights and coaching is available to a levels.
A Peg Race is a mass start individual event that helps head to head racing keeping all abilities together for the entire distance. I will explain more about it before the start but it will be a fun final warm up for the British Champs the following weekend. Although the event is being planned on Wimbledon Common, we will again meet outside the pub by 19:00hrs. You will need to bring O kit and a compass. The Telegraph Pub(SW15 3TU) is only a short walk from the Greenman pub bus station or a good warm up from Putney mainline.
Next weeks training will be Robbo Relays, which I have been informed is a mass start relay in teams of 3. Christine Robinson (multiple British, JK and Harvester Relay winner) will been coaching the session and explain it all on the night. It looks a lot of fun and will be good for all levels of ability. Although the event is being planned on Wimbledon Common, you need to meet Christine outside the Telegraph pub (SW15 3TU) by 19:00hrs. You will need to bring O kit and a compass. It should also entice all those non Night O people out because of the Summer Time Saving:-) The Telegraph Pub is only a short walk from the Greenman pub bus station or a good warm up from Putney mainline.