Category Archives: Event Reports

Holmbury MTB-O Results

Here are the results from the final event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 18th November 2018 from Holmbury St Mary. We had 37 individuals and pairs taking part.

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Mark Humphrey won the event, visiting most controls and judging it well to come in with 90 seconds spare against the two hour time limit.  Sid Hardy was second and Tom Davies third.  The leading solo woman was Catherine Osborn, who judged it even more finely coming in with less than 30 seconds before the limit.

Thanks to the organiser Julian Hemsted.

Richmond Park Night-O Results

Richmond Park Night-O Results (Final)

Well done Long Course 1-2-3:  Paul Couldridge,  Matthias Mahr, Adam Conway. And Short Course 1-2-3: Tomas Trhlik, Aimee Darley, Kjell Tullus.

Organiser’s comments

Thanks to everyone who came along to the event last night for what were perfect conditions for an autumn night event. I found out that I had put the last control in slightly the wrong place, 15 metres from the correct pit I had taped a few weeks back so apologies and hope that did not ruin anyone’s run!

Thanks also to my very able team of volunteers on the night, Todd and Don for helping set up registration, Paul C., Paul S. and Steve for helping at the start and Sarah and Pete for sorting out the SI with myself. Also to Sue for offering to help. Hope to see you all at the next Night orienteering event which is Tuesday 27th November on Wimbledon Common.

Duncan Grassie

SLOW Night-O Series 2018-1019

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.

Race Report for London City Race 2018

Day Organiser (Saturday)

First a massive thank you to the many SLOW members who helped, some on both days, starting early and finishing late, and thanks to those who did a lot of work behind the scenes organising vital bits of equipment or merchandise. It is a big list but a special thanks to Alan Leakey for calm overall coordination including getting the venue for the two days which made a great difference to my work, Gordon Parker, Fiona Tam and Pete Huzan for sorting the computers, Nigel Saker for entries and Entry-on-the_Day, Don McKerrow on main start and the Mahr/Weeds family on junior start, Angus Lund for race numbers and T shirts. Ed Catmur planned some great courses and Simon Errington dealt patiently with any orienteering issues. Thanks to Paul Street who helped me in so many ways including sorting, folding and bagging 200 T shirts. Heroic!

The day was gorgeous and there seem to be relatively few issues. Apologies to those who missed the prize-giving which was held earlier than scheduled. The wording for this will be rewritten for next year. Please claim lost property or uncollected Race Shirts. We hope to see you again next year.

Sarah Brown – SLOW

London City Race 2018 Results

Results from the London City Race 2018, including the Rotherhithe Urban Middle on Friday evening, the 11th London City Race in the City and South Bank on Saturday, and LOK’s race in Bloomsbury on Sunday, are now available. Apologies for the late delivery of the Friday results, which were due to logistical issues with venue access caused by searching for an overdue participant in the race.

Friday Evening: Urban Middle, Rotherhithe

Saturday: The 11th London City Race

Results updated Tuesday. Several competitors have been disqualified after being seen crossing out of bounds roads or ‘uncrossable’ barriers. If they wish to challenge this they should contact the Organiser –

Sunday: Bloomsbury (organised by LOK)

Result queries? Please contact London City Race coordinator Alan Leakey – for Friday or Saturday queries, or see the LOK page for Sunday.

Uncollected pre-ordered T-shirts:

Lost Property

Found a camera or lost (list below):

White T shirt (Madeira Ocean Trails)
1 x cream mesh glove
Dunlop sweatshirt (blue/red/white blocks)
Black Karrimor waterproof jacket ‘M’
light blue hand-towel
mid blue hand towel (quick dry fabric)
blue T shirt – San Diego
control holder
Karrimor Black shorts with pink inner waistband
1 x Water bottle red (NB), purple see-through,
1 x Water bottle purple see-through
1 x Water bottle grey
Black City of London 2017 T shirt
+ Thumb Compass

City Race 2018, photo by Steve Rush

Race Report for the Rotherhithe Urban Middle

Remarks from the organising officials for the Friday race of the London City Race 2018 weekend.

Planner

It was a great pleasure to have been involved in the London City Race this year, and an even greater relief to see all competitors safely return (eventually). In a non-sadistic way, watching the competitors’ exhausted final meters brought me pure delight, thank you all for running and I hope you enjoyed the courses. There were a couple of hiccups for which I’d like to apologise, one being the closed gate that we did not pick up on the day. For the few of you who mispunched controls 186 or 210, these controls were quite close together, however I wanted to clarify that this was not done to intentionally trick competitors (check your control descriptions!).
A big thanks to all the members of SLOW(and others) who helped on the day, from registration, to download, controlling the start, hanging and collecting controls, collecting competitors; your efforts were well and truly recognised. A special thanks to Mike Bennett and Steve Clelland for patiently reviewing endless variations of courses and prompting me with all logistics that needed considering. As a result of all your efforts the event ran smoothly and I, for one, will be leaving with some fond memories!

Yasha Chechik – SLOW

Controller

It’s always fun running around Central London, and Yasha’s courses found us interesting and challenging places to go. From the quality of the courses it was far from obvious that it was his first time planning. Thanks also to Steve for keeping everything under control and sorting out the printing.

Running both Friday and Saturday from the same venue worked well, all the indoor facilities stayed put overnight and even for the finish funnel only one cruciform stand had to be brought inside the school gates.

Apologies for the closed gate on a feasible route between 213 and 193 – as it had been open every time Yasha and I had visited it wasn’t on my list of gates to check on the day. It cost some people on course 1 and maybe course 4 a few seconds.

A special thank you to those members of SLOW and RSOC/BAOC who stayed an hour after course closure time and were just setting off in search parties when the missing competitor arrived.

Mike Bennett
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Organiser

Friday’s race very much hung onto the coat-tails of the main City race, notably being able to use the same venue for assembly for both days. While there is a long list of people to thank, I’m especially indebted to Alan Leakey and Sarah Brown. Alan had the vision for the Bermondsey map extension and secured the school as a venue (amongst many other things), while Sarah’s efforts for Saturday covered many activities required for Friday.
Speaking of the map extension, as this was only finalised relatively close to the race, it’s impressive that Yasha, guided by Mike, was able to utilise the area as well as he did. In case anyone was wondering, the race was billed as “Rotherhithe” since there was a chance the event would only have taken place on the existing Rotherhithe map.
Running an event on a Friday evening poses the challenge of being able to get everything setup on time, which was made rather more stressful by the uncertainty over when we would be able to access the school. Thankfully the school children had all left just in time to allow us to get in and ready for the 6pm starts. Thanks to the early starters for bearing with us during this time and to the SLOW helpers for impressively pulling things together in such short order.

Steve Clelland – SLOW

Results from MTB-O Mogador, September 2018

Here are the results from the second event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 9 September around Mogador in Surrey.

Results and Splits

James Leach won the event, in a very close race with Ian Cartwright. Despite both scoring 415 points after time penalties, James’s time was quicker which edged Ian into second place.

Rachael Drew was the first-placed woman with 315 points.

Thanks to the organiser Jane Robinson.

The final event in the 2018 series is scheduled for Sunday 18 November.

Results from Barnes Common Park Race 2018

Thanks to Scott Collier for planning and organising the final Park Race of the 2018 summer on Barnes Common. Series results will be available on the main Park Race website soon.

Results from Barnes Common

South London Orienteers’s orienteering events continue in September with the start of the Street-O series in West Norwood on 11 September, and the huge London City Race weekend on 14-16 September.