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Elthorne Park Results

Thanks to everyone who came to the final park race of the series.

The two areas used are maybe not the most challenging technically but with the bends of the river, and the depth after a bit of rain, the skill level required increases. Also a unique feature of both parks is how close you are to major transportation (M4 and Piccadilly Line) and yet in a navigational world of your own!

Boston Manor House is well worth a visit once renovation work is complete and we have to thank Linda Massey for her support in using the area.

Additional thanks from me go to our helpers on the night: Don McKerrow, Sue Carter, Steven Clelland and Ralph Dadswell, as well as Vicky Whaley, my neighbour Chris, Gordon Parker and John Owens for ensuring I was able to get the equipment to the right places at the rights times without a car. Of course Fiona Tam also put in a power of effort on the night making sure that the series results were correct and updated and of course managing to coordinate another successful park race series.

Park Race Series – Nine Summer Evening Orienteering Races

Look forward to seeing everyone either at the City Race of for the start of the night and street-o series.

You will see some bizarre numbers in the splits files, sorry. Some of the controls were out due to me synchronising them to the wrong master station.

Boston Manor; Elthorne park event

Watch out for the pedestrians next Wednesday!

The final race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place close to Boston Manor station on the Piccadilly Line on Wednesday 14th August 2019.

This event is a special one because it will combine two parkland area with the historic River Brent to form a grand series finale, both of which were last used in 2016. There will be a long course for more experienced participants as well as a short course suitable for beginners.

Race Centre

The race centre is The Harvester in Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2AX and will be serving food suitable for all budgets. The nearest station is Boston Manor on the Piccadilly Line, 5 minutes walk away.

LOCATIONBoston Manor and Elthorne Parks
ADDRESS The Harvester, Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2AX
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE51 ° 25’09.8″N 0°07’41.6″W
OS GRID REFERENCETQ162790
MAPSGoogle maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors plus a £1 hire charge for hiring a SIAC and £3 for members of SLOW, LOK, DFOK and MV and for students and juniors with no hire charge for a SIAC. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

Long and short courses are offered. They are both suitable for juniors but they must be escorted across the road and back between the pub and the start/finish.

·         Long: this will be approximately 5km and is primarily forest/grass based with some paths and tracks. There is some bramble in the forested areas but the courses are planned to avoid them as much as possible.

·         Short: this will be approximately 3km and is primarily grass based with some paths and tracks. There is some bramble in the forested areas but the courses are planned to avoid them as much as possible.

Time

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Start (500m away across a road): 18:00 – 19:30
Finish (500m away across a road): closes at 20:15, so we can collect the controls by 21:00 when the park is locked.

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Other Details

All competitors take part at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Results will be available on the SLOW website soon after the race.

Organiser/Planner: Duncan Grassie   

GLOSS 2019: Barnes Common, Sunday 30 June

South London Orienteers welcome you to our 2019 GLOSS Series Race (#2 of 5 in the series) on Sunday 30th June 2019.

The Greater London Orienteering Summer Series (GLOSS) is a series of 5 events, specifically tailored towards bringing less experienced runners into the sport, favoured by the handicap scoring system. An overview is available here:

The events are perfect for beginners and families and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of an orienteering club.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.


Event Centre

The event centre is The Spencer pub on Lower Richmond Road at SW15 1HJ. The pub itself will not be open for early starters, but will be available later on at noon for anyone wishing to get food and drink. Prior to opening we will provide a safe place outside the venue to store bags and for registration.

LOCATIONBarnes Common
ADDRESSThe Spencer, Lower Richmond Rd., SW15 1HJ
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE51.468265,-0.230268
OS GRID REFERENCETQ231758
MAPSGoogle MapsOpenStreetMap
Location of the Spencer, a short distance from Barnes station (SW trains) on the other side of Barnes Common

Entry

REGISTRATIONBetween 1000 and 1200
START TIMESBetween 1030 and 1230

Entry on the day only.

SENIORS£5
SLOW JUNIORSFree
OTHER JUNIORS£2

Electronic timing will be used, and SI cards (regular for £1 and wireless for £2.50) can be hired for the event on the day.

Courses

COURSE NAMESTRAIGHT LINE
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky)4km + optional 2.5km extension
Yellow (fairly easy)2km

Results

Results will be posted on this website after the event.

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.