Here are the Race Results and Series Results from last night’s Street Orienteering Race in Ealing. Over 75 runners enjoyed Keith’s great courses in a new area for orienteering!
It was a tight fight at the top of the Men’s race with experienced orienteers Nick Barrable, Ed Catmur and (making a cameo appearance) Murray Strain the top 3. Vinh Hoang was top woman, followed by Charlotte Levin and Camilla Brueton.
I hope you can join us at the next Street O, organised on 12 February in Kentish Town courtesy of our friends at London OK.
Thanks to organisers Todd Fallesen and Tessa Bertran for taking us into a new part of London – West Hampstead. Todd comments: “Thanks everyone for making it up to West Hampstead for what we hoped was a challenging Street-O. Thanks to Tatia Englemore, Gemma Williams and Katherine Gibbs for helping with the start/finish. We hope everyone had a good run. We tried for a new trick, cutting down on the 40’s and putting out 4 50 point controls to try to draw people a little bit further out, and it seemed to work, though a few people got caught out trying to squeeze a last minute control in. We noticed quite a few people got number 34 wrong, the sign at the top of the path was different by one word (and colour) from the control point. Interestingly, the Southwest and the Northeast quadrants of the map had the same amount of points, though most people went to the Northeast. The Southwest points were a bit more spread out, and the Northeast points were a bit more hilly. ”
This was the last SLOW race before Christmas, but we start again soon after the New Year on the 8th of January in another new part of London – Ealing. See the details here and I hope to see many of you there.
Thanks for braving the weather. Thanks also to Don, Gordon, Paul C, Sue, Duncan & Paul S for helping. Please volunteer to help at the next ones if you can. I wanted to use the south-west corner for a change given we had the southern start. I tried to have the short course relatively easy to start then getting a bit harder in the middle. For the long course the middle loop was quite challenging. Well done for being up to it.
Pete ( Pete Huzan, organiser/planner )
I have one green bag left in the pub with a black thermal, gloves etc in it. It looks like it could be a military bag of some sort. If it’s yours please contact Don ( )
The 2018 OK Nuts Trophy Races took place on November 25th, in conjunction with the Southern Championships, at Hindhead Common & The Devil’s Punch Bowl.
The event was a Southern Navigators / South London Orienteers collaboration.
Courses were tough, at the upper end of the length range and with more than usual climb, testing both physical endurance and navigation and route choice in the terrain.
(Pictures are from this year’s British Championships races at Balmoral, credit: On The Red Line.)
The OK Nuts Trophy was won by Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club who ran the M21E course in 108 minutes. The Heather Monro Trophy was won by Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club who ran the W21E course in 86 minutes. There were 700 runners in all.
The junior trophy was awarded to Lyra Medlock of Wessex Orienteers.
On the longest course for each age group the first runner from the three southern associations becomes Southern Champion 2018. In the open classes the champions are William White and Lucy Butt, both of the Salisbury Club SARUM.
From SLOW, Matthias Mahr (M40), Lyudmila Gotseva (W45), and Olin Davies (M16) are Southern Champions for 2018.
Mark Humphrey won the event, visiting most controls and judging it well to come in with 90 seconds spare against the two hour time limit. Sid Hardy was second and Tom Davies third. The leading solo woman was Catherine Osborn, who judged it even more finely coming in with less than 30 seconds before the limit.
Last night saw the third race in our Street Orienteering Series, courtesy of Dave Wright and Fran Kenden. You can find the Race Results and Series Results (after 3 races).
Dave says: “I hope you enjoyed your visit to the various corners of Teddington, and, for some of you, Ham as well. I only expected about 60 entries but in fact there were 82, with a total of 96 participants (due to pairing).
My plan was always to tempt faster runners to cross the river to Ham but for clearing the course on the Teddington side to in fact be the better strategy. Pleasingly the winner, Steve Clelland, did not venture over to Ham. An additional planning issue was to ensure that those with local knowledge would not gain by venturing off the map to cross the river at Kingston Bridge. I’d discounted the possibility, mentioned by one participant, of swimming across!
Thank you to Nick, Alan and Fran for their invaluable assistance.”
Our next race will be on the other side of the river in West Hampstead on Tuesday 11 December and details will be available shortly.
Well done Long Course 1-2-3: Paul Couldridge, Matthias Mahr, Adam Conway. And Short Course 1-2-3: Tomas Trhlik, Aimee Darley, Kjell Tullus.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the event last night for what were perfect conditions for an autumn night event. I found out that I had put the last control in slightly the wrong place, 15 metres from the correct pit I had taped a few weeks back so apologies and hope that did not ruin anyone’s run!
Thanks also to my very able team of volunteers on the night, Todd and Don for helping set up registration, Paul C., Paul S. and Steve for helping at the start and Sarah and Pete for sorting out the SI with myself. Also to Sue for offering to help. Hope to see you all at the next Night orienteering event which is Tuesday 27th November on Wimbledon Common.