JK Relays, Monday 2nd April

(thanks to Mark Howell for the top photo of the JK Trophy start)

Fifteen SLOW teams took part in the JK Relays on Cannock Chase on Monday.

For old-timers it was a traditional JK Relays – bad weather coming in on Sunday night /Monday morning causing really tough conditions for both the organisation team and the runners.

Full results can be found on the SIEntries website.

The women’s trophy team (Heather Findlay, Fiona Tam, Sarah-Jane Barrable) were 16th. The men’s trophy team (Tom Cochrane, Yordan Kolev, Ed Stott) were 20th.

And one of the SLOW vet teams made the podium: congratulations to Sarah, Karen and Dorte.

W165+ Podium: Happy Herts, Lakeland, South London Orienteers

In the individual competition in the forest on the Saturday and Sunday Ed Catmur won M35L, and Sarah Brown was second in W65L. Ed also won the sprint at MOD Stafford on the Friday.

In the top classes:
W21E – Abi Weeds was 16th and Sue Carter was 41st.
M21E – Tom Cochrane was 34th.

Isle Of Dogs Street-O Tuesday 10 April

The eighth race of the 2017-18 season of evening street orienteering races will be held on Tuesday 10 April, in East London’s Isle of Dogs – known to many from the City Race of a few years ago.  Join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat, food and drink!

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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 George in Crossharbour. This is managed by the excellent Hippo Inns so well worth a visit in its own right.

Please do stay after the race for a drink, a bite to eat and to compare routes with your friends

LocationIsle Of Dogs
AddressThe George, 114 Glengall Grove
Latitude/longitude51.4961, -0.0136
OS grid referenceTQ380793
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The George is at 114 Glengall Grove, E14 3ND. It’s opposite Crossharbour DLR station, which you can easily reach on the Bank or Stratford DLR lines.

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: Anders Bank,

New Malden Street-O Results

(results updated 16/03 and series results added)

Here are the Final Results from last night’s New Malden Street Orienteering Race. Series Results have also been updated.

65 runners or groups tackled Bob and Bex’s fiendish course, where there were some big decisions to be made on which parts of the area to leave out.

Many of the runners with the highest scores had big time penalties, so the winner on the night was William White – by a single point – while Abi Weeds was fastest woman.

Next month we head east to the Isle Of Dogs so put Tuesday 10th April in your diary – details to follow shortly.

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SLOW Wins Through to CompassSport Cup Final

(Thanks to Mark Howell for use of the pictures. In the top picture, in SLOW colours waiting to start, is Keith Davies. David Dawson, who controlled our recent event at Holmwood Common, is the start official.)

On Sunday 11th SLOW were second in the Regional CompassSport Cup Match. So we qualified for the Autumn Final. We have missed out on the final the last two years but very much enjoyed the trip in 2015, so we can now look forward to the West Midlands on the weekend of October 21st.

The Cup racing was on the Balcombe Estate, an area south of London of mixed woodland and fields, with many steep slopes. The event was hosted by Dartford (DFOK), with additional help from Southdowns. The ground was heavy and quite wet, so there was a lot of mud, although the weather on the day was lovely.

A club scores its best 25 “counting” runners – they must be spread across the age/sex classes – but there is no limit to the number of runners in a team. (Please see the end of this post if you want more details.)

We fielded a team of 49. Our counting 25 were 14 men and 11 women.  A big difference this year for SLOW was the presence of 4 juniors in the counting 25 – thankyou, and very well done to them.

There were seven clubs at the tie. Two were to qualify for the final. Three of the seven did not field a full team, which has a big impact. (Happy Herts had three runners in the England team running in the Netherlands.) The winners were Southdowns (SO) led by 3 scores of the maximum 100:

Stanley Heap 8A 100
Tommy Heap 9A 100
Scarlet Heap 8B 100

We were 22 points behind, and were reasonably comfortably ahead of 3rd placed Southern Navigators and 4th placed Berkshire. For various reasons we are optimistic we will overhaul SO come the final, although expect the above Southdowns runners to again do well!

All four full teams scored at least 10 women in the 25.

Pictured: Rebecca and Fiona, counting on the Open Women’s course, Karen and Di, counting in veteran classes. Di won her course, scoring the maximum100. (The other maximum was from Karen’s husband Andy.)

Rebecca
Fiona
Karen
Di

More Details of the Scoring

This is orienteering: it is fairly complex. Even this summary is not quite right. External link to the full rules.

There are eleven different races, categorised by sex and age. A runner gains points based on their position in their race, first gets 100, second gets 99 (or 98 in junior races), etc. A club’s best 25 individual scores totalled make the club score. At most 4 runners per race can be counted (2 in each junior one) – so it is best 25 from 36 maximum, although there is no limit to the total numbers in a team, the more the better.

The different races reflect the demographics of the whole UK sport: they have changed over the years, reducing the relative significance of younger adults and increasing that of older ones. But I can’t tell you why a contest between two juniors is twice as important as one between two seniors, although it must be to do with the tighter cap on counters.

There are four women’s races, six men’s, and one mixed (for the top age groups of W60+ and M70+.)

Four of the races, two women’s and two men’s, are juniors: W14-, W16/18, M14-, M16/18.

The other two women’s are:

W20/W21/W35/W40 (a 26 year range), and
W45/W50/W55 (a 15 year range).

The other four men’s are:

M21/M35 (19 years),
M20/M40/M45 (12 years),
M50/M55 (10 years), and
M60/M65 (10 years).

Women can run as men. And runners can run up, so clubs with extra older adults can spread some to the younger adult races, or those with extra juniors can move some to senior races. The races are matched with similar or easier courses compared to regular National and Regional events.

Richmond Park Night-O on 20 March

The final race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series is a mass start race in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The race centre will be The Lass O’Richmond on Queen’s Road, Richmond.

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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.

Letting us know you are coming helps us to have the correct number of the unique maps for this event printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Lass O’Richmond on Queen’s Road, London TW10 6JJ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Lass O’Richmond
Latitude/longitude51.4514, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Bus route 371 between Kingston and Richmond stations runs past the pub roughly every 10 minutes – the stop is for the American University. Head towards the back of the pub and registration will tucked round on the left hand side.

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 1815 and 1900
Start TimesBetween 1915 and 1915

This is a race with a mass start at 19:15. Please make sure you register in plenty of time! The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 6km, quite challenging, and gaffled*
  • Short: approximately 3km, quite challenging

* Gaffled courses are where there are several loops starting from the same place. Each competitor runs these same loops but in a different order to other competitors, so competitors can’t simply follow someone else who might be have a different order.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Organiser: Paul Couldridge

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