GLOSS 2017: London’s Summer Series returns!

June sees the return of the Greater London Orienteering Summer Series, or GLOSS. This is a series of five accessible orienteering races held in parks and parkland around London on Sundays through late June and July.

The events are perfect for beginners and families, and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of one of London’s orienteering clubs. South London Orienteers won the competition in 2016 and 2015.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
25 June 2017Belhus WoodsHAVOCDetailsResults
2 July 2017Alexandra PalaceLOKDetailsResults
9 July 2017Wimbledon CommonSLOWDetailsResults
16 July 2017Cassiobury ParkHHDetailsResults
23 July 2017Morden ParkMVDetailsResults

Full details of the race series are available from the coordinating club London Orienteering.

Northala Fields Park Race Results

Results from the Northala Fields Park Race, the second in this year’s London Park Race 2017 Series, have now been published.

Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to everyone who came to the Crown at Northolt for the second London Park Race of the 2017 series. It was a nice sunny evening and I hope that everyone had a nice time out there – despite some nettles and some impressive straight leg efforts that I hadn’t even expected through green terrain!
It was great that comments were generally positive about the SportIdent air punching system. Obviously this was a first time for a number of people and it did seem to go smoothly on this occasion but it’s nice to see people giving something new a try and thanks to Gordon Parker for helping me get this set up.
Don and Mat were very able helpers on the laptops this evening and Ed Nicholas of AROS and British Orienteering also came along to help with starts so thanks to those guys too. And of course Angus and Ollie for general support with the Park Race series as a whole.

This was the second time we’ve used Northala Fields and I hope we can come back there again in a couple of years. Thanks to the Crown and the events team at Ealing Council for helping us put on this event and look forward to seeing you all for the rest of the series.

– Duncan Grassie.

Wimbledon Street-O & Series Results

The ninth and final Street-O of the 2016-17 season was held in lovely spring weather on Wimbledon Common, organised by Jane Harries (recently returned from the Marathon Des Sables!). Almost 100 runners took part in the final race which brings the total for the series to well over 400 different individual participants.

The Race Results are now available as well as the Final Series Results for 2016-17. Congratulations to series winners Matthew Schepisi and Katrin Harding, who came a very impressive third overall.

It’s now over to Park Races until September when the 2017-18 street-o series will start again. I am looking for volunteer organisers, it’s a fun and easy job with lots of support provided so if you’re interested please get in touch on .

Matthias (series co-ordinator)

Northala Fields Park Race, Tuesday 30 May

The second race of the 2017 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 30 May 2017 on Northala Fields. 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.

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Event Centre

The event centre at The Crown in Northolt Village. It’s a six minute walk from Northolt station on the Central line.

LocationNorthala Fields
AddressThe Crown, Ealing Road, Northolt
Latitude/longitude51.5446, -0.3706
OS grid referenceTQ131841
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1830 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should 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 £3
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 £30 will be charged for hired SI cards that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Long Approximately 5km
Short Approximately 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors but they must be escorted across the road and back between the pub and the start/finish.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Duncan Grassie at .
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.

The 40th Surrey Hills Race, Sunday 11 June 2017

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

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Get off the roads and try something different next summer! The Surrey Hills race will take you along the footpaths and up the hills of the beautiful Surrey Hills and provides a challenge to all types of runners, orienteers and adventure racers. All races are mass start and require navigation to ensure you visit all the checkpoints on the course.  A purpose-drawn map at 1:25:000 is provided to all competitors.

Entries

Pre-entry are open on-line through Fabian4, costing £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors. Entry on the Day will be possible subject to map availability, at £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors.

The event uses Sportident electronic punching. If you don’t have an SI dibber of your own, one can be provided with your entry.

Courses and Start Times

COURSE DISTANCE START TIME
A 30 km 10:30
B 16 km 10:45
C 10 km 10:35

All courses require navigation.

Registration will be from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

Event Centre

LocationDorking
AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2274, -0.3414
OS grid referenceTQ159489
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school.

Travel Directions

The start is easily accessible by both car and public transport.

If travelling by car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area.

Public transport also provides excellent links to the race, with trains taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria and also from Reading to Dorking Deepdene. From the station, its a approximately a half an hour stroll to the event centre where there will be bag storage.

Prizes

Trophies are awarded in memory of Byron Davies and Kate Thomas to the winner of the ‘A’ course and to the first lady on the ‘A’ course respectively. The Michael Murray trophy is awarded to the winner of the ‘B’ course. There are also trophies for the ‘C’ course and for the first lady on the ‘B’ course. Also Age Class prizes.

Results

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

FRA rules

Under-18s may not run courses A or B, and unfortunately no under-16s can be accepted. There is a limit of 100 runners in each race. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety, and are required to sign a disclaimer to this effect on the entry form.

Race Map

You can view the map on Routegadget.

Southeast Middle Distance 2017 Results

The 2017 Southeast Middle Distance championships were run on Wimbledon Common with a brand new map and on a lovely day for orienteering. Results are below.

Planner’s Comments

Many thanks for coming to one of the more challenging areas in London!

I was very happy to be able to plan the very first event on the new map by Tom Edelsten, the map which has way more white bits now due to the recent clearing work on the common. Hope that you appreciated the improved runnability of Wimbledon! Having said that, there were also enough areas with Wimbledon trademark brambles and nettles. So the plan was to keep the more grotty parts in the middle of the courses to offer change of speed and conditions and hope that people forget about the brambly bit by the time they finish. Judging by the post-race comments that seemed to work reasonably well.

Special thanks to David Dawson (controller) and Andy Robinson (organiser), who made some crucial suggestions in the planning process (like scrapping the rough SW corner where some courses might have wondered otherwise) and all the of SLOW volunteers for running the event so smoothly!
Dmitry Adamskiy

Organiser’s Comments

A big thank you to all you competitors is top of my agenda. Not just for supporting the event, but especially for thinking about how you would get there. In the end we didn’t turn any cars away and had perhaps as many as two places to spare!

Thank you also for your understanding of the SIAC operation. Only one runner complained about having to “dib” his SIAC when he wanted to “waft”, and he realised the error of his ways at the end. I think we are all working our way up the learning curve with this one.

Thank you also to the 31 volunteers who made it all happen. The main ones there were Dmitry as planner, trying to give you a decent balance of the nice forest and the rough stuff, David Dawson as controller, and Gordon being in charge of all things technical. I think he’s working his way up the learning curve better than most of us who are just following. And don’t forget Tom Edelsten as mapper for his work over the winter – I believe you all appreciated his efforts.

Property left behind was a door key (!!) with an elephant on the key ring, and a very new looking control description holder.

Unclaimed medals will be at the Long Distance Championships on 14th May, and if not claimed then will be returned to South-East stocks. Those who hadn’t claimed one or didn’t have a clubmate who took it your behalf were

  • Silver: Izumi Magee
  • Bronze: William Chandler, Heather Findlay, Dorte Torpe Hansen, Anne Power, Colin Dutkiewicz

Well done to all those who won a medal.
Andy Robinson

Wimbledon Street-O, Tuesday 9 May

The FINAL (and PRIZE GIVING) race in SLOW’s 2016-17 Street-O series will be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 in Wimbledon Village. This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one.

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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.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Hand In Hand pub in Wimbledon Village. Please do stay after the race for a drink and of course the PRIZE GIVING! We might have the odd spot prize too.

LocationWimbledon
AddressThe Hand In Hand, 6 Crooked Billet, London SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4216, -0.2274
OS grid referenceTQ233707
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Hand In Hand is about a 20 minute walk (or 10 minute warm-up jog) from Wimbledon mainline station. Alternatively, buses 93 and 200 will take you almost to the front door.

Race Details

Entry fee is £1 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £2 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 2016-17 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Jane Harries,

Cancelled: Watlington MTB Score Event, Sunday 21st May 2017

We have made the difficult decision to cancel this event due to an unexpected conflict arising from the late change in planner/location. We encourage anyone interested in this event to check out the Midlands MBO event being held in Princes Risborough on the same day.


The second event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2017 Series takes place from Watlington on Sunday 21st May.

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.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Chequers, 58 Love Lane, Watlington OX49 5RA.

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available after the event –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 5 minutes drive from the M40 at Stokenchurch

Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

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 and
Start TimesBetween and

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 Sport Ident 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: Barry French/Jane Robinson & Nicki Adams

Image: Mark Humphrey (courtesy of TriAdventure)

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