OK Nuts 2018 Winners

(picture: maps await the runners at the start)

The 2018 OK Nuts Trophy Races took place on November 25th, in conjunction with the Southern Championships, at Hindhead Common & The Devil’s Punch Bowl.

The event was a Southern Navigators / South London Orienteers collaboration.

Courses were tough, at the upper end of  the length range and with more than usual climb, testing both physical endurance and navigation and route choice in the terrain.

Ben Mitchell
Megan Carter-Davies

 

 

 

 

 

(Pictures are from this year’s British Championships races at Balmoral, credit: On The Red Line.)

The OK Nuts Trophy was won by Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club who ran  the M21E course in 108 minutes. The Heather Monro Trophy was won by Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club who ran the W21E course in 86 minutes. There were 700 runners in all.

The junior trophy was awarded to Lyra Medlock of Wessex Orienteers.

Southern Champions

On the longest course for each age group the first runner from the three southern associations becomes Southern Champion 2018. In the open classes the champions are William White and Lucy Butt, both of the Salisbury Club SARUM.

From SLOW, Matthias Mahr (M40), Lyudmila Gotseva (W45),  and Olin Davies (M16) are Southern Champions for 2018.

Olin Davies M16 Southern Champion 2018

Results

For full results, officials comments, please see the Southern Navigators’ Southern Championships Results Page.

The  Event Routegadget, includes maps and courses, with the uploaded routes of over 100 runners.

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.

West Hampstead Street-O, Tuesday 11 December

The fourth race of the 2018-19 season of evening street orienteering races around London will be held in West Hampstead, north-west London. A great opportunity to visit a new part of London you might not have been to!

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Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one, or we’ll lend you one on the night!

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Alliance in West Hampstead. Please do stay after the race for a drink, a bite to eat and to compare routes with your friends

LocationWest Hampstead
AddressThe Alliance, 40-42 Mill Lane, London NW6 1NR
Latitude/longitude51.5511, -0.2011
OS grid referenceTQ248851
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Alliance  is at 40-42 Mill Lane, London NW6 1NR. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from West Hampstead Station (Jubilee-Overground-Thameslink) and there’s a bus from the station that stops just in front of the pub (C11).

Race Details

Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

The Street-O format has clues located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, an SI card if you have one, and a watch so that you aren’t late back! You may find a torch/head-torch and compass useful too and hi-vis clothing would be sensible.

All competitors take part at their own risk. You MUST be over 16 to take part in this event, unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a condition of our insurance.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event. Check the 2018-19 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Tessa Bertran and Todd Fallesen,

Ealing Street-O, Tuesday 8 January 2019

The fifth race of the 2018-19 season of evening street orienteering races around London will be held in Ealing (West London), This is a new area and a great opportunity to get start your 2019 orienteering.

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Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one, or we’ll lend you one on the night!

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Castle Inn in Ealing. Please do stay after the race for a drink, a bite to eat and to compare routes with your friends

LocationEaling
AddressThe Castle Inn, 36 St. Mary\
Latitude/longitude51.5062, -0.3055
OS grid referenceTQ177799
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Castle Inn is at 36 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London, W5 5EU. It’s about halfway between Ealing Broadway mainline train station (for trains from Paddington) and South Ealing tube station (Piccadilly Line). The 65 bus stops right outside the door and connects both of these stations as well as continuing onto Richmond and Kingston.

Race Details

Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

The Street-O format has clues located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, an SI card if you have one, and a watch so that you aren’t late back! You may find a torch/head-torch and compass useful too and hi-vis clothing would be sensible.

All competitors take part at their own risk. You MUST be over 16 to take part in this event, unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a condition of our insurance.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event. Check the 2018-19 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Keith Davies

Teddington Street-O Results

*Update 17/11 – Series Results added*

Last night saw the third race in our Street Orienteering Series, courtesy of Dave Wright and Fran Kenden. You can find the Race Results and Series Results (after 3 races).

Dave says: “I hope you enjoyed your visit to the various corners of Teddington, and, for some of you, Ham as well.  I only expected about 60 entries but in fact there were 82, with a total of 96 participants (due to pairing).

My plan was always to tempt faster runners to cross the river to Ham but for clearing the course on the Teddington side to in fact be the better strategy.  Pleasingly the winner, Steve Clelland, did not venture over to Ham. An additional planning issue was to ensure that those with local knowledge would not gain by venturing off the map to cross the river at Kingston Bridge.  I’d discounted the possibility, mentioned by one participant, of swimming across!

Thank you to Nick, Alan and Fran for their invaluable assistance.”

Our next race will be on the other side of the river in West Hampstead on Tuesday 11 December and details will be available shortly.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator

OK Nuts 2018

SLOW’s big annual forest race is called the OK Nuts. We have held the race each year for quite a while. This year the race is returning to where it was first held, in 1977.

OK Nuts Race History

This year’s race is on Sunday November 25th in conjunction with the Southern Championships. It is the last Major Race of 2018 in the UK Calendar.  (The Major or Level A Races are typically the several format British Championships, the four Area Championships, the races at the JK Festival, and the CompassSport Cup Final.)

We are co-organisers with Southern Navigators (SN) and we are aiming to well justify its Level A status.

The event is accessible by train from London, and although we are still in Surrey (the second highest point in the county is in the middle of the map) much of the area sees few visitors. The natural beauty and remoteness make a big impression on visitors, and in any reasonable weather there will striking views to distract competitors.

The 1998 Map of the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Usually road development is not good for orienteering but here it has allowed us to join two previously good but separate orienteering areas into one. It is where the last section of the London-Portsmouth road (now known as the A3) had not been “dualled”, and because of the SSSI status the road was put in a tunnel – 60m under our competition area. The main part of the old road was dug out and sandstone taken from the tunnel used to fill it and “return it to nature.” So SN and SLOW could put together the previously separate mapped areas of Hindhead Common (SN) – the venue of, amongst other major races,  the first JK –  and The Devil’s Punch Bowl (SLOW), and offer long courses uninterrupted by traffic.

The most recent past events on Routegadget:

Devil’s Punchbowl 2007

Hindhead Common (part) 2015

Hindhead Common (all) 2013

The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a celebrated landscape feature – the largest spring-sapped valley in England. Its rim is a long curving ridge across the new map, with the ground sloping away on both sides, steeply in places. The area is thus a good match for long distance championship races:

  • the long distance profile is physical endurance

  • (it) emphasises route choices and navigation in rough, demanding terrain, preferably hilly.

For less experienced adults, or those not wanting to tackle the physicality of a championship course, there are short courses and also a testing 4.5km orange course.

Further information and entries (on the SN website.)

Orienteering in London and Surrey. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Community Amateur Sports Club accredited.