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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

Surrey Hills Race, 9 June 2019

Watch the Race video and review the map (please see link at bottom of this post.)

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

Enter Online

Get off the roads and try the trails this summer! These races will take you along the footpaths  of the beautiful Surrey Hills. They provide an enjoyable challenge to all types of runners, orienteers and adventure racers. All races are mass start; run on your own or with friends. Courses require navigation to visit checkpoints, such as at the top of Leith Hill.  A purpose-drawn map at 1:25:000 is provided to all competitors.

2019 is the fortieth year of these races.

Entries

Pre-entry is open online through Fabian4. It costs £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, we will lend you one.

Courses and Start Times

COURSE DISTANCE START TIME
The Three Summits Challenge (A) 30 km / 18 miles 10:30
The Leith Hill Ten (B) 16 km / 10 miles 10:45
The Surrey Six (C) 10 km / 6 miles 10:35
All courses require navigation. We have a cut-off time at the second water station on the Three Summits Challenge (30km) course. This is 1km before checkpoint #7 (at the Duke of Kent School.) The cut-off is 12:15pm, an hour and 45 minutes after the start. We’ll drive any runners arriving after this time back to the race centre.

Race Centre

Registration on the day from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.
LocationDorking
AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2269, -0.3433
OS grid referenceTQ158488
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Changing, toilets, showers (rebuilt this year) and supervised bag storage are at the school.

Travel Directions

The race centre is easily accessible by both car and public transport. By car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area. Public transport is excellent to the race, with trains to Dorking taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria, or to Dorking Deepdene from Reading. From the station, it’s a half an hour walk to the race centre where there is changing, toilets and bag storage.

Prizes

Trophies are awarded in memory of Byron Davies and Kate Thomas to the winner and the first lady on The Three Summits Challenge course. The Michael Murray trophy is awarded to the winner of the Leith Hill Ten. There are also trophies for the Surrey Six course and for the first lady on the leith Hill Ten. And we also have Age Class prizes.

Results

Results are published on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

FRA rules

Under-18s may only run the Surrey Six. 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

The courses are known in advance. Runners are provided a specially produced map. This is the Leith Hill Ten map.

SLOW Night-O Series 2018-19

SLOW is pleased to offer a Night Orienteering series with five races from late October to March.

  • Overall series results will be calculated, but you are welcome to run at just one or two if you like.
  • All are based at a pub.
  • All are accessible by public transport.
  • All are on Tuesdays.
  • All have start times from 1800 to 1930 with courses closing at 2030.
  • All have a long course of 5k and a short one of 2.5k.
  • All use SIAC contactless punching; cards can be hired if you do have your own.
  • All cost £3 for SLOW members and Juniors. £5 for others. with £1 extra for SIAC dibber hire.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The schedule for 2018-19 is this.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
30 October 2018Richmond ParkDuncan GrassieDetailsResults
27 November 2018Wimbledon CommonPeter HuzanDetailsResults
22 January 2019Oxshott/EsherAlan & Diane LeakeyDetailsResults
26 February 2019Wimbledon CommonSue CarterDetailsResults
26 March 2019Richmond ParkSteve ClellandDetailsResults

Full details on each event are posted here on the SLOW website a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, please email the series coordinator Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

Series Results

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

Results of the 2017-2018 Night Series.

Results from MTB-O Mogador, September 2018

Here are the results from the second event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 9 September around Mogador in Surrey.

Results and Splits

James Leach won the event, in a very close race with Ian Cartwright. Despite both scoring 415 points after time penalties, James’s time was quicker which edged Ian into second place.

Rachael Drew was the first-placed woman with 315 points.

Thanks to the organiser Jane Robinson.

The final event in the 2018 series is scheduled for Sunday 18 November.

Results from Barnes Common Park Race 2018

Thanks to Scott Collier for planning and organising the final Park Race of the 2018 summer on Barnes Common. Series results will be available on the main Park Race website soon.

Results from Barnes Common

South London Orienteers’s orienteering events continue in September with the start of the Street-O series in West Norwood on 11 September, and the huge London City Race weekend on 14-16 September.

Results from the Wimbledon Common GLOSS Event

Thanks to Duncan Grassie for planning and organising the 2018 GLOSS Series orienteering event on Wimbledon Common.

The GLOSS concludes next Sunday at Beddington Park.

Results

London Orienteering has produced the series results ahead of the final race.

Organiser’s comments

Thanks to everyone for participating in Sunday’s GLOSS race at Wimbledon Common in the sun. I hope everyone enjoyed the courses on offer. It was nice to see everyone coming back happy despite the long waits at registration – apologies for those while I grappled with the software. Thanks for your patience and to those who stepped in to help.

There are a lot of other groups to thank:

  • Wimbledon Rangers Office – for allowing us to use this wonderful area and the reminder about nesting birds which I was glad to see was noted by many participants.
  • The Telegraph Inn, Putney – for letting us use space outside for registration – a great base in the centre of the area which is hard to find elsewhere.
  • Matthias, Dmitry, Sue, Nikolay and Ed for helping out on the course with starts and controls.
  • Heather, Gordon, Mike, Gavin and Richard for jumping in to help at registration.
  • Catherine and Paul of LOK for organising the series and Angus and Gordon for helping with the website stuff.

I’m sure there are others who I’ve missed out but look forward to seeing you all soon at the next GLOSS event this Sunday at Beddington Park.

Duncan Grassie