Kingston Urban Race 2019 Results

Many thanks to all the competitors who ran in the 2019 Kingston Urban Race today, and to the Hawker Centre for hosting us.

We have an official “after-movie” of the race.

Thanks to organiser Vinh Phuong Hoang and planner Dave Wright for providing such a great day, our controllers Helen and Ian Marsden of Happy Herts, and to Kingston Council and private landowners for permission to run in Kingston.

Women's Open Course Winner
The Women’s Open Course WInner (@sloweb)
Men's Open Winner
The Men’s Open Course Winner (Steve Rush)

Organiser’s Comments

Thank you for attending the Kingston Urban Race. I thoroughly enjoy urban races and so I was glad to see a good number coming along. I wanted it to be a relaxed and informal event, I hope that was the vibe that came across. It was my first time organising a race and so I was rather worried leading up to it. The day ran smoothly and there were no complaints, which was a massive relief. The only thing that could have been improved was the weather – it was rather overcast and I was hoping blue skies and sunshine! The competitors enjoyed the courses, for which the credit goes to Dave, Helen and Ian. It was great seeing the competitors arriving back at the Hawker Centre with smiles on their faces and hearing the positive comments.

I was also impressed with the number of newcomers and children who came along to try orienteering. I hope you caught the bug and will come along to some more events in the future.

Thank you to the Hawker Centre for hosting us. The space and facilities worked well. Thanks also to Kingston Council for agreeing to the event, and the various private areas for permission. Finally a massive thank you to all the volunteers who made my job extremely easy on the day: Alan, Barbara, Don, Dorte, Ed, Fiona, Gordon, Heather, Heikki, Marc, Matteo, Michael, Natalia, Neil, Nikolay, Ollie, Paul C, Paul S, Raffaella, Rebecca, Rich, Sarah, Steve, Sue, Tim, Vicky, Yordan. Many thanks also to Duncan, who was not there on the day, but was the key contact with the council and getting permission for the event.

Lost Property : A watch (Geonaute) – please contact the organiser.

Vinh

Planner’s Comments

My overriding strategy for my only attempt at planning a level C event was to keep it simple, hence the single start and finish. My only departure from this was the use of a smaller scale map for the real oldies (Course 5) which inevitably caused various printing problems, so I hope it was appreciated!

As regards planning legs with good route choice, I quickly realised that Steve had used the best ones in the 2016 event but believe I offered a few new ones.

At this point I know it’s customary for the Planner to offer profuse thanks to the Controller, in an attempt to encourage them to offer their services to the club in the future. Now I appreciate the actual reason. Thank you, Helen.

Thanks to Alan for implementing my requested changes to the map and to Gordon (SI) Parker for everything else.

(And congratulations to Vinh and Steve for coolly coping with my “toys-out-of-pram” temporary resignation)

Dave Wright

Photographs

Steve Rush’s Photographs on flickr