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

 

The 37th Box Hill Fell Race

South London Orienteers organize two hill races near Dorking each year. The winter Box Hill Race sells out very quickly. For a summer challenge, why not run the Surrey Hills on the 3rd June?
Surrey Hills Trail Challenge Map.

The 37th Box Hill Fell Race

UPDATE: The Race is now FULL. Entries opened at 00:00 on Wednesday 1 November, and closed at 9am.

Saturday 20th January 2018 at 11.00am

12 kilometres with 520m of ascent under F.R.A. rules.
Records:
54.08 (Andy Greenleaf 2015)
62.26 (Nichola Jackson 2017)


Enter Online

Event Centre

LocationStepping Stones PH
AddressWest Humble. RH5 6BS.
Latitude/longitude51.2523, -0.3246
OS grid referenceTQ170517
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

The race is again moving to a new base this year. We will be at the Stepping Stones pub in West Humble Street, West Humble RH5 6BS. Grid Reference TQ170517. Collection of race numbers will be there from 9.45 and the prize giving will be around 1.30 pm.

RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE PUB CAR PARK AS IT IS VERY SMALL. THE RECOMMENDED PARKING IS AT RYKA’S, JUST NORTH OF THE BURFORD BRIDGE ROUNDABOUT. Boxhill & Westhumble station is only 300 metres away and the 465 bus goes along the A24.

Race Details

The race will be over the same course as 2015, 2016 and 2017, with the start/finish area just over the stepping stones over the River Mole, about a kilometre from the pub – possibly our shortest warm-up run ever.

RegistrationBetween 0945 and 1045
Start TimesBetween 1100 and 1330

Special Details

There will be prizes for the leading runners in the usual categories (note that lady veterans have to be over 40) including a team competition with 4 to count.

The National Trust are the land-owners for the vast majority of the course and they have requested two conditions be met in order to avoid erosion of the chalk downland:

  1. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 250 RUNNERS. We will accept more entries than this expecting some no-shows (330 in all). Note that when entries opened last year they sold out in 9 hours.
  2. RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKES. They cause considerable erosion on steep downhill grass. Your co-operation is requested as significant damage could jeopardise future races.

Entries

Race numbers will not be posted in advance. Numbers can only be collected from registration on the day. Please note that under FRA rules people under 18 are not allowed to run.
Entries will cost £6.00 per runner and can only be made online at fabian4.co.uk. Entries will open on 1st November (and not a minute earlier!)

Postal entries will not be accepted.

Competitors will need to specify an emergency contact and phone number, and will be required to agree to the following statement when entering:

I accept the hazards inherent in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running this race at my own risk. I confirm that I am aware of the rules imposed on me by the Race Organiser and that I will comply with them. I confirm that I have read and will comply with, the FRA “Requirements for Runners”. I acknowledge and agree that I am responsible for determining whether I have the skills equipment and fitness to participate in this event. I accept that neither the Race Organiser nor the Fell Runners Association shall be liable to me for any injury, loss or damage of any nature to me or my property arising out of my participation in this race (other than in respect of death or personal injury as a result of their negligence).

The organiser is Andy Robinson; contact him via email at

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

Hammersmith Street-O, Tuesday 14 November

The third race of the 2017-18 season of evening street orienteering races takes us to a completely new area in West London, around Hammersmith and Chiswick! Join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat and food.

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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.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Black Lion pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Please do stay after the race for a drink, a spot of food and to compare routes with your friends

LocationHammersmith
AddressThe Black Lion, 2 South Black Lion Lane
Latitude/longitude51.4902, -0.2418
OS grid referenceTQ222783
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Black Lion is at 2 South Black Lion Lane, London W6 9TJ. The nearest tubes are Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Brook on the District Line, or it’s a short jog (or bus ride) from Hammersmith station.

Race Details

Entry fee is £2 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors; £4 for others.

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, although many don’t take one and it should be light enough for everyone for this last event.

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 2017-18 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Duncan Leeson,

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!

Richmond Park Night-O, 31 October

The first race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The race centre will be The Albert on Kingston Hill near the Kingston gate.

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The Night-O series is a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Sue Carter know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Albert on Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Albert, Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Albert is a 5 minute walk from Norbiton station. Come out of main exit to the north, cross the road and head down Wolverton Avenue. At the end turn right and the pub is on the left. Trains from Waterloo to Norbiton leave every 15 minutes and direct ones take 25 minutes.

Race Details

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The race will use SIAC contactless punching with SIAC cards available for free for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Richmond Park is the largest and possibly the best orienteering area inside the M25, and was fully re-mapped this year. The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

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.

Organiser/Planner: Sue Carter,

London's largest orienteering club. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. CASC accredited.