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SLOW planning competition winners

This competition required entrants to plan Orange and Blue courses on Charlie Turners’s fine map of Holmwood Common, which featured much ‘green stripe’ to add to the challenge! We had 10 entries, although none in the Junior category, which were judged anonymously by Alan Leakey and Matthias Mahr.

After much deliberation we decided to award joint 1st place to Jim Mallinson and Steve Clelland, with 3rd place going to Barbara Griessner.

Both winners produced excellent Blue courses taking full advantage of the nicest bits of Holmwood, while at the same time offering much variation and as a bonus, a really good long route choice. As expected, providing Orange courses at the appropriate technical difficulty proved much harder for everyone! Congratulations to our winners, who will receive prizes of SLOW kit, and thank you to all the entrants for giving it a go.

COMMENTARY ON WINNING ROUTES

OVERALL

Both Jim and Steve produced excellent blue courses with good variety and a good route choice leg. We felt that Steve’s blue course was marginally the better one, particularly around the start and finish areas but also because it took in more of the area and had a nicer ‘shape’. On the other hand, Steve’s orange course was a little too hard in the second half especially in an area as detailed as Holmwood, while Jim’s course was of more appropriate difficulty. Hence, we felt the fairest thing to do was to award joint 1st place.

JIM MALLINSON – here is Jim’s Orange course and his Blue course

Orange. A good course, with many controls just off paths to increase the challenge, although #9 was bordering on the too hard. In common with most entries it lacked any significant route choice legs, which is something that the Orange course should aim to introduce. However, the route from the last control to the Finish is too complex at this level; it would be better with a last control on the path to the north of the Finish.

Blue. A varied course which good use of the limited ‘white’ terrain in the forest. A big range in leg lengths and types which therefore require a variety of skills from the competitor. A really long good route choice leg. However, the route from the last control to the Finish doesn’t meet BOF guidelines and opens up the probability of competitors approaching the last control from several directions and mixing with people heading to the Start; it would be better with a last control on the path to the north of the Finish. Also, the ‘shape’ of the course is a little squished due to the course sticking to a relatively small (but very runnable) part of the forest.

STEVE CLELLAND – here is Steve’s Orange course and his Blue course

Orange. A nicely shaped course, although #4 represents a dogleg. Many controls just off of paths to increase the challenge, but the second half of the course (from #6) is probably too hard for an Orange course on an area as complex as Holmwood. While Steve managed to introduce some route choice, as is requested for Orange, the leg from 6 to 7 requires very fine navigation, and the approach to #10 requires a bearing with no catching feature behind.

Blue. A really good and varied course which makes the most of the limited ‘white’ terrain in the forest and requires a variety of skills from the competitor. #2 is a good, really long leg that adds to that variety. We really couldn’t find anything to improve on this course.

COURSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL TRAINING

Thanks to the efforts of club member Peter Foulkes, we now have three Street-O training events available that you can run in your own time. These are the races previously held in Battersea, Wimbledon and Norbiton / Kingston. We are also carefully managing testing of the app in Richmond Park and on Wimbledon Common. Members interested in being involved please get in touch.

Here’s how it works (more details are on our Permanent Orienteering Course page)

1.Select your event, and send an email.

2.Print the map.

3.Download the App from the Google / Apple store.

4.Run the event and see your result appear automatically when you finish

We hope you enjoy it!

Important notes:

Since this is an individual training run at a time selected by yourself it does not constitute an organised event and is not covered by the BOF Insurance Policy.

COVID_19. Please only do these training runs if you can do so while adhering to the current government guidelines.

5 COURSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL TRAINING

Thanks to the efforts of club member Peter Foulkes, we now have three Street-O training events available that you can run in your own time. These are the races previously held in Battersea, Wimbledon and Norbiton / Kingston. [UPDATE] We also now have training courses for club members available in Richmond Park and on Wimbledon Common.

Here’s how it works (more details are on our Permanent Orienteering Course page):
1.     Select your event and print out the associated map
2.     Download the App from the Google / Apple store 
3.     Run the event and see your result appear automatically when you finish

We hope you enjoy it!

Important notes:

Since this is an individual training run at a time selected by yourself it does not constitute an organised event and is not covered by the BOF Insurance Policy

COVID-19
You should only do these training runs if you can do so while adhering to the current government guidelines.

CANCELLED – Kings Cross Street-O, Tuesday 14 April

The next Street Orienteering Race would have been held in a new area around Kings Cross in Central London on Tuesday 14 April. This part of London has seen a huge amount of development in the last 10 years so it would have been an exciting race! We are sorry we cannot invite you to join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting and socialising. The meeting point would have been The Somers Town Coffee House, which  is a few minutes’ walk from Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. 
LocationKings Cross
AddressThe Somers Town Coffee House, 60 Chalton Street, London NW1 1HS
Latitude/longitude51.5299, -0.1301
OS grid referenceTQ298829
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount. As it will be dark, you should wear hi-visibility clothing and you might want to bring a headlamp to make map-reading easier.
RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930
Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. 
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All competitors take part at their own risk, and because of our insurance any under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have any questions, do ask them on Facebook or email the organisers Tessa Bertran and Todd Fallesen on

Highgate Street-O, Tuesday 10 March

The next Street Orienteering Race will be held in Highgate, North London, on Tuesday 10 March. Do join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting and socialising! Our meeting point this time is The Woodman pub, which is just around the corner from Highgate tube station on the Northern Line.
LocationHighgate
AddressThe Woodman, 414 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5UA
Latitude/longitude51.5777, -0.147
OS grid referenceTQ285882
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount. As it will be dark, you should wear hi-visibility clothing and you might want to bring a headlamp to make map-reading easier.
RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930
Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. 
This event is on FacebookThis event is on Facebook. Say you are coming here!
This event is on AttackpointThis event is on Attackpoint. Say you are coming here!
All competitors take part at their own risk, and because of our insurance any under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have any questions, do ask them on Facebook or email the organiser Tatia Engelmore on

Angel Street-O Results and Series Results

Thank you to our friends at London Orienteering Klubb for organising this Tuesday’s Street-O. Almost 100 people enjoyed the nice (if windy) conditions and you can find the Race Results here.

With 6 out of 8 races completed, the Series Results standings are starting to firm up too, but there’s all to play for in the last two races. Join us on Tuesday 10th of March for the next race in Highgate, North London – details coming soon!

Any queries please to

Wimbledon Street-O results

*Final Results below & Series Results added* And join us at the for the next Street-O on Tuesday 11 February, organised by our friends at LOK (and they’d like you to pre-enter please, see the form!)

It was great to see more than 100 people at our Wimbledon Street-O last night, including loads of newcomers. And weren’t we all lucky with the weather! I hope you enjoyed your time and will join us for future races including our Barnes Night-O in two weeks and the next Street-O in February.

Here are the Final Results for the race, which was very ably organised by first-time duo Marc and Natalia. Marc says: “Thanks to everyone for coming by and making this the race the one with the biggest attendance of this Street series events. The foxes were scared about how many people were running and looking for different points in Wimbledon. Some of you were impressed with how gorgeous some houses were and tested your physical conditions after Christmas on the hills of Wimbledon Village. On the other hand, the orienteers who picked the South Wimbledon area found the streets so quiet, including the cemetery. We hope to see you again and encouraged the newcomers to join us in further events. Moltes gràcies!”

Any results queries to please and I’ll be posting updated Series Results by the weekend.