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CompassSport Cup Final

SLOW came fourth at the CompassSport Cup Final on Sunday, 21st October 2018. This is a really good result for the club in this, the national inter-club competition. We qualified at the regional round in the Spring, having missed the final the previous two years.

Some way ahead of us were winners South Yorkshire (SYO), second-placed Forth Valley (FVO) and third-placed Bristol (BOK).

We were ahead of local rivals Southdowns (who were 5th), and also Lakeland, Derwent Valley, Deeside, Devon, Edinburgh Southern and Norfolk.

The final was hosted by Walton Chasers (WCH)  on spur and valley terrain of Cannock Chase. Results are on the WCH website.

The competition uses individual starts and a complex scoring system that allows all members of a club to take part. A club can have an unlimited number of runners, but only certain people can run on each of the 11 courses and only a certain number on each course can count. It is the best scoring 25 runners that determine a club’s total score.

The courses and eligibility are based on the typical demographics of a British club – they have changed over the years as the average age of orienteers has gone up and up. We have a much higher proportion of younger adults than is typical, with no top juniors – and so fourth is an exceptionally good result. The three top clubs have a rich spread of elite runners across all the courses (numbers scoring 90+  SYO=22, FVO=21, BOK=18, SLOW=8.)

The golden boot for the fastest run-in was won by last year’s British Sprint and Middle Champion, Jamie Parkinson of Devon.

SLOW’s 25 scoring runners

100: Mihaly Ormay; 98: Abi Weeds; 94: Andy Jones; 92: Paul Couldridge, Alan Leakey, Sue Carter; 90: Matthias Mahr, Diane Leakey; 87: Andy Robinson, Mike Murray, Dorte Torpe Hansen; 85: Tom Cochrane, Rebecca Dal Bon; 84: David May, Velina Valova; 83: Sarah Brown; 82: Don McKerrow, Peter Huzan; 81: Heather Findlay, Duncan Grassie; 78: Yordan Kolev; 76: Boryana Peeva, Michael Crone; 72: Zlatko Peev; 71: Karen Jones.

SLOW Night-O Series 2018-19

SLOW is pleased to offer a Night Orienteering series with five races from late October to March.

Overall series results will be calculated, but you are welcome to run at just one or two if you like.

All are based at a pub.

All are accessible by public transport.

All are on Tuesdays.

All have start times from 1800 to 1930 with courses closing at 2030.

All have a long course of 5k and a short one of 2.5k.

All use SIAC contactless punching; cards can be hired if you do have your own.

All cost £3 for SLOW members and Juniors. £5 for others. with £1 extra for SIAC dibber hire.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The schedule for 2018-19 is this.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
30 October 2018Richmond ParkDuncan GrassieDetailsResults
27 November 2018Wimbledon CommonPeter HuzanDetails
22 January 2019Barnes CommonAlan Leakey
26 February 2019Wimbledon CommonSue Carter
26 March 2019Richmond ParkSteve Clelland

Full details on each event are posted here on the SLOW website a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, please email the series coordinator Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

Series Results

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

Results of the 2017-2018 Night Series.

New Roundel

A low-key SLOW project to say thanks to long-serving committee members completed at the Waterloo Parks Race.

Last year Chris and Judy finally ceased their diligent management of SLOW’s equipment, and Andy and Chris, for so long key to all fixtures, confirmed plans to move to the Lakes, both after over three decades of “volunteering”. Teresa wrapped up over a decade as membership secretary, and Don, after a similar duration, stepped down as chair (but not from several other roles.) The club owes these people a huge debt, and as a small token presented framed personalized maps to them on various surprise occasions when there was a quorum and the weather allowed. We were pleased to make the final presentation to Don on the balcony of the pub at his Waterloo Parks event last week. And it was great that once again Pip had volunteered help for one her husband’s events and so could see a grateful club say thankyou.

We explained to Don that the map had been following him for some time – it had attended the CompassSport Cup match and the JK relays, although many will remember that neither occasion offered suitable conditions, unlike The Tankard PH.

As for the maps, well the ideas of our member Oliver O’Brien – do see his Suprageography blog –  provide the key.

His now sold out London North/South map is a great example of map as art, and shows how simple colouring and detail – in this case just buildings – can be very effective. And then we went to an event together last year and he mentioned  the SLOW roundel could perhaps be based on the real curves of the Thames rather than just the style of them. Put that together with a member (Ralph) who knows a bit about mapping software, and play around with centring on an address…

Here’s part of one of the results (contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2017):

New SLOW Roundel Map

GLOSS 2018: London’s Summer Series

June sees the return of the Greater London Orienteering Summer Series, or GLOSS. This is a series of five accessible orienteering races held in parks and parkland around London on Sundays through late June and July.

The events are perfect for beginners and families, and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of one of London’s orienteering clubs. South London Orienteers won the competition in 2016 and 2015.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
24 June 2018Hornchurch Country ParkHAVOCDetailsResults
1 July 2018Addington HillsLOKDetailsResults
7 July 2018Ellenbrook FieldsHHDetailsResults
15 July 2018Wimbledon CommonDetailsResults
22 July 2018Beddington ParkMVDetails

Full details of the race series are available from the coordinating club London Orienteering.

London’s 2018 Summer Park Race Series

The 2018 London Park Race Series has been announced, with ten races every Tuesday evening from 22 May to 24 July. The full schedule is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
22 May 2018Greenwich ParkAndrew Evans (DFOK)DetailsResults
29 May 2018Waterloo ParksDon McKerrowDetailsResults
5 June 2018Morden Hall ParkTony Burton (MVOC)DetailsResults
12 June 2018Battersea ParkAnders SilkjaerDetailsResults
19 June 2018Finsbury ParkPaul Todd (LOK)DetailsResults
26 June 2018Ravenscourt ParkEleanor JohnstoneDetailsResults
3 July 2018Victoria ParkPaul Todd (LOK)DetailsResults
10 July 2018Maryon ParkEd StottDetailsResults
17 July 2018Crystal Palace ParkDavid Dawson (DFOK)Details
24 July 2018Barnes CommonScott CollierDetailsResults

Full details on each event will be posted on the organising club’s website, a few weeks before the event.

Series Scoring

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

JK Relays, Monday 2nd April

(thanks to Mark Howell for the top photo of the JK Trophy start)

Fifteen SLOW teams took part in the JK Relays on Cannock Chase on Monday.

For old-timers it was a traditional JK Relays – bad weather coming in on Sunday night /Monday morning causing really tough conditions for both the organisation team and the runners.

Full results can be found on the SIEntries website.

The women’s trophy team (Heather Findlay, Fiona Tam, Sarah-Jane Barrable) were 16th. The men’s trophy team (Tom Cochrane, Yordan Kolev, Ed Stott) were 20th.

And one of the SLOW vet teams made the podium: congratulations to Sarah, Karen and Dorte.

W165+ Podium: Happy Herts, Lakeland, South London Orienteers

In the individual competition in the forest on the Saturday and Sunday Ed Catmur won M35L, and Sarah Brown was second in W65L. Ed also won the sprint at MOD Stafford on the Friday.

In the top classes:
W21E – Abi Weeds was 16th and Sue Carter was 41st.
M21E – Tom Cochrane was 34th.

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)

AutumnSeries_2017_20Nov_Final

 

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.