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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.

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)

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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

 

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

Autumn Series 2017

South London Orienteers’ Autumn Series for club members returns for a fourth running.

It is the five Sundays from 22nd October to 26th November and includes races organised by Mole Valley, Guildford, Chigwell, and two South-Central clubs: Southampton and Berkshire.

There will be an experienced SLOW presence at these races, and we hope nomination for the series may encourage newer or less experienced members to come along to join in.

You’ll note the first event clashes with our own MTB-O event, and we prefer you do our own event if you are at all interested in MTB-O.

The 5th November race at “Highland Water” in the New Forest will have spectacular Autumn colours. It is the 50th running of the November Classic, one of the races that goes back to the start of orienteering in the UK.  It is also this year’s Southern Championships so it will be a big high-quality affair.

Events may, and the November Classic certainly does, require pre-entry.

The series concludes with the Autumn National Event in the south-east.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults

Each event will have a pub for post-race lunch and optional route analysis – please keep an eye on the SLOW members group on Facebook!

The competition is for all full members of SLOW, with your best three events from five counting for a league competition. Run your choice of course and it is your national ranking points score that we will use for comparisons, the runner doing best scores 100 points, the second 99, etc.

It usually takes a few days for results to include the ranking points. We aim to update scores, with other chit-chat about the series, in the club weekly email that is sent on Thursday mornings.

Usual rule applies: if anything unforseen happens, we will do our best to do sensible things, but it’s just for fun anyway so nothing is guaranteed.

SLOW Night-O Series 2017-18

SLOW’s Night-O series returns for 2017-18 with a series of five races from late October to March.

Update 21st March 2018:
2017~18 Series Results.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The full schedule for 2017-18 is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
31 October 2017Richmond ParkSue CarterDetailsResults
28 November 2017Wimbledon CommonPete HuzanDetailsResults
23 January 2018Barnes CommonJames LyneDetailsResults
27 February 2018Wimbledon CommonDmitry AdamskiyDetailsResults
20 March 2018Richmond Park

Full details on each event are posted on the SLOW website, a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, 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.

Notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting

The 2017 club AGM will be on Tuesday 21 November. The AGM is open to all full members of South London Orienteers.

As has become customary, the meeting will be in the private room at Pizza Express Putney. The meeting will start at 20:00, so please come from 19:00 to eat and drink first – the social side is very much part of the occasion.

RegistrationBetween 1900 and 2000
Start Time2000
LocationPizza Express, Putney
AddressUpstairs function room, Pizza Express, 144 Upper Richmond Road, London
Latitude/longitude51.4602, -0.2137
OS grid referenceTQ242750
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

SLOW teams on the podium at the Southeast Relay Championships

SLOW picked up another trophy at the 2017 Southeast Relay Championships on a scorching hot Sunday in June, with good performances across the four categories. The Handicap Trophy was won by SLOW’s Tom Davies, Pete Huzan and Don McKerrow, in a close competition that saw them less than 90 seconds clear of second place after 90 minutes of running.

SLOW also picked up podium finishes with both teams in the Men’s Open, and second place in the Women’s Open. SLOW’s junior team of Anja Lund, Olin Davies and Jemima Hayward-Bhika (pictured) picked up a creditable sixth place in the face of a very strong showing from Guildford Orienteers who fielded six teams. Notably SLOW junior Jamie Lund ran in the fourth Handicap team.

Southdowns Orienteers hosted the event at Capite Woods in West Sussex. Despite the compact area, the club set challenging courses with a good run in for finishers to be cheered on by those that were able to brave the heat in the full sun.

Full team results are available from Southdowns’ website, with SLOW’s team performances below:

  • Handicap Team 1 (1st place): Tom Davies, Pete Huzan, Don McKerrow
  • Men’s Open 1 (2nd place): Matthew Schepisi, Paul Couldridge, Michael Crone
  • Women’s Open 1 (2nd place): Heather Findley, Fiona Tam, Dorte Torpe Hanson
  • Men’s Open 2 (3rd place): Yordan Kolev, Angus Lund, Ed Catmur
  • Women’s Open 2 (5th place): Chris Robinson, Nicky Adams, Heather Walton
  • Handicap Team 2 (5th place): Andy Robinson, Charlie Turner, Mathieu McGuire
  • Handicap Team 4 (9th place): Keith Davies, Richard Catmur, Jamie Lund
  • Handicap Team 3 (n/c): Duncan Grassie, Ginnie Catmur, Andy Robinson

Pictures courtesy of Fiona Tam (shown finishing and about to hand over to Dorte Torpe Hansen) and Keith Davies (junior team).