Last night saw the final street orienteering race of the 2018-19, on a wonderful sunny evening in Wimbledon. Thank you to Bob and Bex for (once again) organising a great event and to around 100 of you for taking part! You can now find the Day Results with Simon Wright and Ed Catmur on an exactly equal 674 points to take the win, and Vinh Hoang once again taking the women’s crown.
You can also find the Final Series Results for the 2018-19 season, with street-o stalwart Ed Catmur taking his 7th series win, followed by James Fraser and Steve Clelland. In the women’s category, Vinh Hoang was the runaway winner (taking 12th place in the overall rankings) followed by Camilla Brueton and Elaine Battson. A special call-out also goes to Ed Forman and Roderick Hoffman who attended all 9 races of the season.
Thank you to all the organisers who made the series possible, and I look forward to seeing you all again in September for the next season.
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.
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.
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
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”
Here are the final tables for the 2018/19 night series. Many thanks to Don McKerrow for co-ordinating, and the organisers/planners: Steve Clelland, Duncan Grassie, Peter Huzan, Sue Carter and Di & Alan Leakey.
A lovely dry, still and quite warm evening for the last race of this night terrain series. Thanks to Steve Clelland for organising and planning, the Albert for hosting us, and Richmond Park for permission. Welcome to several newcomers, we hope you enjoyed the evening.
Thanks also to series co-ordinator Don McKerrow.
Organiser/Planner Steve Clelland:
The night series season finale is one of my favourite races of the year. I hope you enjoyed competing as much as I did planning. In case it wasn’t obvious on the night, there were 4 variations of the Long course, with all of them having the same legs, albeit in different orders.
The Short course didn’t have any variations as I didn’t feel it was practical without making it excessively long. I hope you enjoyed the excitement of the pure head to head racing!
Huge thanks for helping on the night to Gordon, Don, Sarah, Paul, Vinh, Abi & Pete.
Do please add your route on routegadget, and enjoy replaying the races.
We had a great turnout of over 50, with a fair amount of car sharing and several cycling to the compact assembly at “An Enchanted Place”. Start and finish were nearby, and there was sunshine, but a biting wind somewhat curtailed the socialising.
Congratulations to four SLOW runners who won their races: Abi Weeds (women’s open), Mihaly Ormay (short brown), Andy Jones (men’s green) and Mike Murray (short green). And Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Alan Leakey would have won their courses had it not been for one of the above named team-mates.
For last month’s night event it snowed whilst controls were put out. This month we had the hottest ever February day.
Organiser/Planner Sue Carter:
We had a better than expected turn out. Thanks to those who helped us out by recycling their maps at the end of course. If you would like a pdf of your course, please let me know and I will send you one. You can also upload your route on Routegadget, record where you went and see where others went too.