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Results from Wimbledon Common Night-O, 28 November 2017

The second race of SLOW’s 2017-18 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 28 November.

The next race in the series is on Barnes Common on Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Organiser/Planner’s comments

Thanks for coming along and making it worthwhile to put on the event. I aimed for the short course to have medium difficulty checkpoints, with the extra checkpoints on the long course quite tricky in places. It is more important at night to have very good attack points before the final approach to each checkpoint as mistakes are so much more costly than in the day time. Thank you to the helpers: Don McKerrow, Sue Carter, Paul Couldridge, Steven Clelland, Rob Patterson & Geraint Lee. Look out for other events on the SLOW or British Orienteering websites.

Lost property: hat, waist belt, blue Silva compass.
Pete Huzan

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.


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)


Results from first 2017-18 Night-O: Richmond Park

The first race of SLOW’s 2017-18 Night-O series was held in Richmond Park on Tuesday 31 October.

Organiser/Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. We had a good turnout on what was a good evening for night orienteering.

I hope the courses provided you with the challenge you were looking for. If you have any constructive feedback, I would be interested to hear what you have to say. Please upload your routes to routegadget. It’s helpful to see which routes everyone took.

Thanks to Don, Duncan and Anders for their help at the event. These events couldn’t go ahead with this kind of help.

Lost property: A baseplate compass with a blue bezel and a red cord. Let me know if it’s yours and I’ll work out some way to get it back to you.
Sue Carter

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

MTBO Chilworth and 2017 Series Results

The third and final race in SLOW and L&SEAR’s mountain bike orienteering series took place on Sunday 22 October at Chilworth. The race attracted 44 entrants.

The winner was Julian Hemsted (M60) with a score of 510, and Wendy Hardy was the first female competitor with 330 points.

The overall 2017 series results are also available

Congratulations to Andy Constable who won the overall series and the men’s veterans title, to Sarah Brown the first female, and to Di Leakey the first female veteran.

The series should be back in 2018 – watch this space!