Results are now available for the London City Race Weekend events including the Crystal Palace Park Sprint (Friday), the 9th London City Race in Rotherhithe (Saturday) and the Soho Urban Sprint (Sunday).
Park Sprint, Crystal Palace
9th London City Race, Rotherhithe
Urban Sprint, Soho
Results queries/clarifications? Email for Saturday/Sunday’s races.
Planner’s Comments for Rotherhithe
Thanks to everyone for coming – it was great to see so many orienteers swarming over this usually quiet neighbourhood.
I was keen to use the opportunity presented by the map and focus the race on route planning over sprint-style navigation. There were only a few trick controls and most sites should have been easy to find once you were close. Average leg lengths were 300 to 350m for most courses and a little less for the more senior classes. A central start and finish meant that there was no bulk flow of competitors around the area and many of the interesting legs could be found in opposite directions on different courses where it was safe.
The senior courses had a checklist of features: first, one or two long legs that accounted for around a third of the total distance. Second, a leg traversing the bridge with its sneaky underpass on just one side of the canal underneath, which was my favourite feature on the map and therefore probably the busiest. Third, all courses up to Men’s Super Vet took a trip up to the top of the hill to add some climb to an otherwise flat area – Men’s Elite went up twice. Finally, where distance allowed, courses took one or more brief visits to the bank of the Thames to add some interest and context. Junior courses were easier to plan than in other urban areas thanks to the complex Russia Dock woodland and the underpasses allowing traffic-free access to Greenland Dock.
Some runners chose a long blast around the road on a few of the long legs. I don’t think that would have benefited every runner and many would consider it less interesting than the direct but navigationally-intense alternative. I intended that these road options would be considered and dismissed due to the extra length but, somewhat allegorically, it would be questionable if the orienteer really has free will if they never make the ‘wrong’ choice in practice.
Some things could have been improved. Despite my efforts to make every leg interesting, a few fillers crept in. Women’s Ultra Vets had a route choice that I had not considered, which crossed a ‘crossable’ wall that was too physical for this class and should have been avoided. The start was difficult to see on the map, depending on which way the triangle was orientated for your course. Finally, the winning times were fast. Some might not have appreciated longer courses but I wonder if this area is little faster than the previous London maps.
— Ed Stott
Imperial College Night Sprint results – The 8th London City Race results – London Ultrasprint Results
Final details – Start times
The 8th London City Race, the world’s largest dedicated urban orienteering event, takes place in and around the City of London this September! The area includes a brand new map extension in a perfect area for urban orienteering. You will also be running around some of the City of London’s iconic landmarks.
For 2015 we are giving you not just the London City Race itself, but a full weekend of races:
- Friday 11 September (evening): Night Sprint
Sprint around the complex dual levels of the world-renowned Imperial College in South Kensington. Full and final details. Start times.
- Saturday 12 September: The 8th London City Race
The race will be on a newly extended map – as well as orienteering in the heart of the ancient City, it will take in Wapping and parts of the East End and, subject to permissions and course constraints, a section beside the Tower of London! Full details. Final details (PDF). Start times.
- Sunday 13 September: Ultra Sprint
This most intense of all the orienteering disciplines takes place in Waterlow Park in beautiful Highgate, near the world-famous cemetery, with stunning views back to the City of London. Competitors run 4 one-kilometre courses, including a MAZE! The race is organised by London Orienteering Klubb. Full details. Final details.
All three races are easily accessible by London Underground. All three races will use precision electronic timing and you’ll receive a personalised results sheet at the end of each race.
Advance entries are closed. There are limited entries available on the day for Friday and Saturday only, subject to spare maps and start slots remaining. There is no entry on the day at all for Sunday. Pre-ordered technical T-shirts and SI cards can be picked up from any of the three races.
Full travel details will be listed with the final details, which will be published later this week. There is only limited car parking available near the events (there is some at the event centre on Saturday), so we recommend London’s tube network to travel to each event. If you have a contactless bank/credit card, just use it to tap in and out and the beginning of each tube journey, then you don’t need to worry about buying tickets or topping up Oyster cards. TfL does the maths to make sure you pay the right amount and no more.
- Friday’s race centre is Ethos (Imperial College Sports Centre), a 9 minute walk up “Exhibition Road” from South Kensington station (District, Circle, Piccadilly lines). There is street parking available.
- Saturday’s race centre is the John Orwell Sports Centre, a 7 minute walk from Wapping station (London Overground line) or Shadwell (DLR). See the walking routes in the final details document, to avoid going out of bounds. There is limited car parking available at the centre itself.
- Sunday’s race is in Waterlow Park, a 7 minute walk up “Highgate Hill” from Archway station (Northern line). There is street parking available.
See the Transport for London tube map to get to the appropriate station. Note that routes to the races from each station will not be marked, so check the final details for walking information.
- Friday: Imperial College Night Sprint.
- Saturday: The 8th London City Race.
- Sunday: Ultra Sprint.
If you have any queries, contact
Photo by Benjamin Neglais.