Results from Chiltern Hills MTB-O, 10 June 2018

Here are the results from the first event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 10 June in the Chiltern Hills.

Results and Splits

Tom Davies won the event, despite scoring fewer points than second-placed Mark Humphrey. Both came in over the two hour time limit, but Tom’s 5-point penalty for 33 seconds was lower than Mark’s 25.

Jane Robinson was the first-placed woman with 240 points, who is also organising the next event in the series is on 9 September.

Thanks to the organiser John Owens.

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

Waterloo Parks Results

Thanks to Don McKerrow for creating last night’s great event in the part of London where our chairman Alan Leakey was born and brought up. And for putting out 29 controls in the afternoon thunderstorms, which cleared nicely for the first starters. And in the delightful pub The Tankard after the racing Alan was delighted to present Don with a framed map as a token of the club’s appreciation for so much hard work for SLOW as Chairman, mapping officer, and winter night series co-ordinator, not to mention individual events such as this.

SLOW’s London Park Series continues next Tuesday, and all Tuesdays afterwards until 24th July.

Results

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

Ravenscourt Park Race, Tuesday 26 June 2018

The sixth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 26 June 2018 in Ravenscourt Park. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Duchess of Cambridge at 320 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0XF. The pub is five minutes’ walk from Stamford Brook tube station on the District line, and there are lots of buses from Shepherd’s Bush (Central and Hammersmith & City lines and London Overground).

LocationRavenscourt Park
AddressThe Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road W6 0XF
Latitude/longitude51.4986, -0.2438
OS grid referenceTQ220792
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Course distance
Long 5km
Short 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Eleanor Johnstone via .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Image of Ravenscourt Park gates copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Battersea Park Race, Tuesday 12 June 2018

The fourth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 12 June 2018 in Battersea Parks. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Prince Albert on Albert Bridge Road. Public transport is the best route, but getting there will involve some walking. It’s important not to walk through the park on the way to the pub, to avoid seeing the course in advance. From Sloane Square on the District and Circle line, it’s just over a one mile walk. From Battersea Park rail station (from Victoria), get buses 44 or 344 to The Latchmere and walk up Battersea Bridge Road. From Clapham Junction (from Victoria or Waterloo) you can also catch the 344 to The Latchmere, and there are more bus options running up Battersea Bridge Road and walking across.

LocationBattersea Park
AddressThe Prince Albert, 85 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea
Latitude/longitude51.479, -0.166
OS grid referenceTQ275772
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Anders Silkjaer via .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Photo of Battersea Park Pagoda courtesy of Andrew Bowden on Flickr

British Champs Weekend

On the 19th May, the day of a Royal Wedding in Windsor, the British Long Distance Championship races were held far away, at another Royal Castle, that of Balmoral, on Deeside in the Highlands of Scotland.

The weather was glorious and Deeside was wonderful in the sunshine. The Balmoral Estate forest was hilly and rough with few tracks, and there were some extended running times.

The next day, a little along the valley in the somewhat easier forest at Torphantrick the British Relay Championships took place.

In the individual there were new champions in the open classes, Jo Shepherd of Inverness OC (and Halden SK, Norway) and Peter Hodkinson of Nottinghamshire OC (and Lillomarka OL, Norway.) Short report on the open classes (at On The Red Line website.)

There were 20 SLOW members running the individual (and fixtures secretary Duncan Grassie, not 100% fit, was there too under his AROS designation – seventh on M35L, and helping it all happen.)

Long Distance Results (pdf, on Scottish orienteering website.)

Ed Catmur
Ed Catmur

Ian Webb was the only SLOW member tackling M/W21E – he finished in three and a quarter hours.

Sarah-Jane Barrable was third on W21S.

SLOW’s top class (arguably, just shading M65L) was M35L, with Ed Catmur second and Steve Clelland fifth.

Steph Moss was fifth on W40L, and Karen Jones 13th on W55L, with Heather Walton 37th.

Captain Peter Huzan was 32nd in M50L,  with Andy Jones 33rd and eight seconds behind him  (a small margin in an hour and a half), and  Simon Moss was 47th in that class.

Kathy Haynes was 15th on W60L, 6 seconds ahead of 16th placed Diane Leakey. Chris Robinson was third on W60S. Sarah Brown was equal fifth on W65L, with Anne May 16th. Paul Street was 31st in M60L, with an injured Andy Robinson missing a few controls. Alan Leakey was fifth and Don McKerrow eleventh on M65L. David May was sixth on M70L.

Kathy Haynes
Kathy Haynes

The next day was the British Relay Championships. SLOW fielded teams in both the top class races.  In the Men’s Premier, Ed Catmur, Peter Huzan and Ian Webb were 19th. In the Women’s Premier Karen Jones, Sarah-Jane Barrable and Christine Robinson were 12th.

In the veteran classes SLOW got two bronze medals, in the men’s and women’s 60+ races. The women’s team was Sarah Brown, Kathy Haynes and Diane Leakey. The men’s (seen below – with Andy Robinson’s SLOW jacket in background, helping at the prizegiving in his capacity as a BOF Director) was David May, Alan Leakey and Andy Jones.

Alan leakey, Andy JOnes, David May collect the bronze medals
Men’s 60+ Relay Prizegiving
Andy Jones
Andy Jones
Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson

Chiltern Hills MTB Score Event, Sunday 10th June 2018

The second event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2018 Series takes place in the Chiltern Hills on Sunday 10th June.

UPDATE: 26TH MAY (from John Owens)

Event Centre is now:
St Leonards Parish Hall,
Jenkins Lane,
St Leonards,
Tring.
HP23 6NW
Getting there:

All of the roads around St Leonards are very small country lanes, so from the N or W it is best to approach via Aston Hill and past Wendover Woods visitor centre and from all other directions via Buckland Common. 
There is now no parking charge

Start times are 10:00-11:00.
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This is a public event – all are welcome. All entries are on the day but we encourage you to please RSVP to the event via Facebook (event link to follow) or email to let us know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Breaking News:

We will have SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire at all our events this season for an additional £2!

Event Centre

In an excursion from our usual Surrey Hills locations, this event will be based in the beautiful Chiltern Hills at

St Leonards Parish Hall,
Jenkins Lane,
St Leonards, Tring. HP23 6NW

(was originally  Wendover Woods Visitor Centre, HP23 6LD.)

Toilets and drinking water are available onsite before and after the event. Tea/coffee & cake will hopefully also be available for a small charge.

LocationChiltern Hills
AddressSt Leonards Parish Hall
Latitude/longitude51.754, -0.677
OS grid referenceSP914070
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car,  please see above information about new event centre.

In short please approach via Aston Hill and past Wendover Woods visitor centre (HP23 6LD),  or via Buckland Common. 

Event Details

The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for BMBO (with their membership cards) and SLOW members, and £6 for under 21s.

The event will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MTB Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and carry a whistle and first aid kit (a minimum of plasters & dressing). The following equipment is also recommended:

  • Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass

There will be series prizes for top male/female/pair and veteran male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1100
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1100

The event duration is 2 hours and the course will close at 13:00.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use SportIdent electronic punching at all controls, and a limited number of SI dibbers will be available. Please bring your own if you have one.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Planners/Organisers: John Owens/ Nicki Adams

Image: Mark Humphrey

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