Thanks to everyone who came to the Crown at Northolt for the second London Park Race of the 2017 series. It was a nice sunny evening and I hope that everyone had a nice time out there – despite some nettles and some impressive straight leg efforts that I hadn’t even expected through green terrain!
It was great that comments were generally positive about the SportIdent air punching system. Obviously this was a first time for a number of people and it did seem to go smoothly on this occasion but it’s nice to see people giving something new a try and thanks to Gordon Parker for helping me get this set up.
Don and Mat were very able helpers on the laptops this evening and Ed Nicholas of AROS and British Orienteering also came along to help with starts so thanks to those guys too. And of course Angus and Ollie for general support with the Park Race series as a whole.
This was the second time we’ve used Northala Fields and I hope we can come back there again in a couple of years. Thanks to the Crown and the events team at Ealing Council for helping us put on this event and look forward to seeing you all for the rest of the series.
– Duncan Grassie.
The 2017 Southeast Middle Distance championships were run on Wimbledon Common with a brand new map and on a lovely day for orienteering. Results are below.
- Results and Splits
- British Orienteering ranking points
Many thanks for coming to one of the more challenging areas in London!
I was very happy to be able to plan the very first event on the new map by Tom Edelsten, the map which has way more white bits now due to the recent clearing work on the common. Hope that you appreciated the improved runnability of Wimbledon! Having said that, there were also enough areas with Wimbledon trademark brambles and nettles. So the plan was to keep the more grotty parts in the middle of the courses to offer change of speed and conditions and hope that people forget about the brambly bit by the time they finish. Judging by the post-race comments that seemed to work reasonably well.
Special thanks to David Dawson (controller) and Andy Robinson (organiser), who made some crucial suggestions in the planning process (like scrapping the rough SW corner where some courses might have wondered otherwise) and all the of SLOW volunteers for running the event so smoothly!
A big thank you to all you competitors is top of my agenda. Not just for supporting the event, but especially for thinking about how you would get there. In the end we didn’t turn any cars away and had perhaps as many as two places to spare!
Thank you also for your understanding of the SIAC operation. Only one runner complained about having to “dib” his SIAC when he wanted to “waft”, and he realised the error of his ways at the end. I think we are all working our way up the learning curve with this one.
Thank you also to the 31 volunteers who made it all happen. The main ones there were Dmitry as planner, trying to give you a decent balance of the nice forest and the rough stuff, David Dawson as controller, and Gordon being in charge of all things technical. I think he’s working his way up the learning curve better than most of us who are just following. And don’t forget Tom Edelsten as mapper for his work over the winter – I believe you all appreciated his efforts.
Property left behind was a door key (!!) with an elephant on the key ring, and a very new looking control description holder.
Unclaimed medals will be at the Long Distance Championships on 14th May, and if not claimed then will be returned to South-East stocks. Those who hadn’t claimed one or didn’t have a clubmate who took it your behalf were
- Silver: Izumi Magee
- Bronze: William Chandler, Heather Findlay, Dorte Torpe Hansen, Anne Power, Colin Dutkiewicz
Well done to all those who won a medal.
The final race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 21 March 2017. Conor Short won the event overall to take second place in the series to Paul Couldridge, with Slavjana Birec beating Sue Carter to be the first lady home.
Thanks to everyone who made the journey out to Mortlake for the final race in the 2016-2017 night-o series. It was great to witness in excess of 50 people at a mass start graced by a herd of deer crossing our path moments before. Special thanks to Paul, Matt, Chris and Russ for holding the fort whilst I put controls out and to the control collectors (Steve, Duncan, Ed, Tom and Conor). Also a big congratulations to our series prize winners:
Men Open –
- 1st Paul Couldridge (300),
- 2nd Conor Short (299),
- 3rd Scott Collier (297).
- M50+ 1st Pete Huzan (280).
Women Open –
- 1st Sue Carter (254),
- 2nd Julie Murphy (230),
- 3rd Iris Lueke (214).
W50+ – 1st also Sue Carter, so prize awarded to Fiona Tam, a narrow 4th on Women’s Open (212).
Full series results are available here.
There are prizes still to collect for Scott, Pete, Julie and Iris – I’ll be at the Tooting street-o or JK, so please let me know when’s best for you.
The penultimate race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Paul Couldridge won the event overall with Heather Findlay the first lady home.
Series results after four events are now available here.
Paul’s win takes him to a maximum 300 points, but Scott Collier has 200 with one race remaining, due to his organising the latest event. He can join Paul to tie the series by winning the final event. In the women’s competition, only a virtually impossible high placing from Julie Murphy can prevent Sue Carter from keeping the top spot.
The first race in SLOW and L&SEAR’s 2017 mountain bike orienteering series took place on Sunday 26 February at Dunsfold. The race attracted 31 pairs and solo competitors.
The winner was Ian Cartwright (M50) with a score of 340. Other winners were:
- Female Solo: Jane Robinson = 220
- Male Pair: Alick & James Fraser = 266
- Mixed Pair: Roland Sieber & Julie Rand = 226
The next MTBO event is on Sunday 21 May. Watch this site for details!
The third race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Ham Lands on Tuesday 22 November 2017. Scott Collier won the event overall with Sue Carter again the first lady home.
Series results after three events are now available here.
I have been interested in Ham Common Wood ever since the last night O in Ham 3 years ago, that gave us a fleeting glimpse of western edge. However my initial recce in early January found that the (14 year old) map required a fair number of updates to be usable, particularly with regard to new paths that had appeared and old ones that were no longer in existence. Frustratingly a number of interesting looking areas of woodland were not practical to use due to bramble cover.
I was pleased with how smoothly things went on the night, with the obviously exception of control 164. I put it out in daylight and I did not consider it at risk of being interfered with. Alas, a member of the public did find it and decided to bury it under a pile of leaves! Well done to Alice (aged 7) for finding it again. A number of competitors wasted time searching for the control before it was recovered, so the only fair course of action was to void the control and take the adjoining legs out of the overall times.
Many thanks to Vicky, Don, Richard, Matt and Andy for helping on the night and especially Pete for volunteering to collect controls from the riverside area.