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CompassSport Cup Tie

The last race before the coronavirus shutdown was the annual regional round of the CompassSport Cup.

Thanks to London OK for such a great job of putting on the event on Hampstead Heath. It was great work by a small club. They are a “small club” in CompassSport Cup/Trophy rules, and indeed there were only eight LOK runners in the Trophy. Thanks very much to them for doing their bit for the sport.

Full Event Results

We were matched with Southdowns, Happy Herts, Thames Valley and Southern Navigators. All clubs had full teams. We usually meet Southdowns and Happy Herts in this regional round, and we usually come second or third; in fact Southdowns won our regional last year and went on to come third in the final.

This year we won, thanks to a good turnout from the club and many good individual runs. The best course for us was five of the top six on men’s open.

Captain Peter Huzan deserves a lot of credit for the result. In his email to the club he noted the very valuable contribution from SLOW runners on junior courses: well done Yona Jacquemin, Matteo Rebora and Théophane Roux.

CompassSport Cup large courses:
Men’s Open
Women’s Open
40+ Men
45+ Women
50+ Men

60+ Men
60+ Women, 70+ Men

Small courses:
Men 16/18
Women 16/18
Men 14-
Women 14-
Older Vets

It was great to see the new O-top looking good on so many members.

The new SLOW O-top

ALL EVENTS CANCELLED

With recent developments relating to the mitigation of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and guidance from the UK Government and British Orienteering we are suspending all our orienteering activities.

The events planned for Tuesday March 24th (Richmond Park) and Tuesday 14th April (Kings Cross) are cancelled.

Other events remain in the calendar for now but will only take place if the guidance changes.

As you will probably know in the last two days next weekend’s British Long and Relay Championships, the JK festival scheduled for Easter and the summer multi-day event Croeso have all been cancelled.

Wimbledon Common Night-O

Organiser’s Report

The Wimbledon Common Night-O (actually on Putney Heath) attracted 57 entries, in total about 65 people given those participating in pairs or threes. 

Although the weather was not as rainy as forecast, the going underfoot was decidedly “heavy”, with depressions being ponds and many paths being ditches.  I intended that the courses be somewhat easier than for the usual night-O but many competitors seemed to disagree.

Despite recovering from his marathon at the weekend, Ed Catmur (SLOW) narrowly won the Long course from Matthew Vokes (DRONGO), with Aimee Darley (SN) the leading female. 

On the Short course, Callum Gilhooley & Ben Toogood (SLOW) together lead the field with Sarah Darley (GO) beating the other ladies.

Thanks are due to the usual suspects for their assistance, without which these events simply would not happen.

Routegadget – Wimbledon Common Night-O 25/05/20

Winsplits – Wimbledon Common Night-O 25/02/20

Overall Series results

Editor Comment

Many thanks to Dave Wright for organising and planning last night’s event. Do add your route to Routegadget, and see which way others went. And check split times on Winsplits, to see where you were quick, and where you weren’t so much. Well run Ian Ditchfield.

British Night Champs

The British Night Championships were held on Saturday evening in the woods at Hambleden near Henley-on-Thames. Hambleden is a private shooting estate, and was an excellent venue for the championships – technical and hilly but very runnable. The organising club Thames Valley did a terrific job putting on the championships and a big race the following day. The area was previously used to host two days of the biggest UK orienteering festival, the JK, at Easter 2013.

Congratulations to club stalwart Paul Couldridge who won the M45 trophy through fast and accurate orienteering and a well-paced race. He built a lead of four minutes in the last third of the course of 8.3km with 300m climb, to finish in a time of 55:23.

Paul is pictured above with the trophy, bracketed by second-placed Nicholas Cooper of South Yorkshire and third-placed Will Heap of Southdowns. In the fluorescent jacket is the organiser, John Dalton of Thames Valley O.C.

Paul has previously won both the M35 and M40 (twice) night trophies.

The W35 trophy was won by SLOWprint editor Sarah-Jane Barrable. This was her first win.

Third on M35 was fixtures secretary Duncan Grassie. (Sarah-Jane’s husband Nick Barrable who runs with South Yorkshire was second in this class.)

Provisional results (all classes).

Other runners from SLOW were: Juste Raimbault and Yordan Kolev on M21L, Fiona Tam on W21L, Matthias Mahr – fourth on M40, Sue Carter – fourth on W50, Dorte Torpe Hansen – fifth on W50, Richard Stanhope on M60, Paul Street on M65 and Jim Mallinson on M70.

The M21L trophy was retained by Graham Gristwood of Forth Valley Orienteers who covered the 11.9km and 380m course in just 60:21. His speed was not very different from that of his run at the JK Middle race back in 2013. He has represented GB at World Orienteering Championships a record number of times. And he also presents our video Introduction to Orienteering.

The W21L trophy was won by Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales O.C. Megan now holds all four British trophies, having won the long, middle and sprint titles last year.

Megan Carter-Davies and Graham Gristwood (photo: On The Red Line)

City Race 2020

UPDATE 17th March

With the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic it is not now clear if this race will go ahead. It will take some time for the situation to become clear.

Results from last year’s race.

Original Announcement

Here are preliminary details for the London City Race 2020 which we are delighted is one of nine races in the 2020 Euro City Tour.

The race is on Saturday 12th September 2020, in a complex residential area with scattered parks. As usual for the City Race the map is at 1:5000 and we have extended it from previous years. Longer courses will visit the newly mapped area.

The station nearest to the event centre is Canada Water, south of the river in the old Surrey Docklands.

Canada Water (Wikipedia)

LocationRotherhithe
Address
Latitude/longitude51.497, -0.049
OS grid referenceTQ355794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Heading photo: thanks to Steve Rush: it’s from his set of the 2018 race.

  • Courses
    • Men’s Elite
    • Women’s Elite
    • Men’s Open
    • Women’s Open
    • Men’s Veteran (M40+)
    • Women’s Veteran (W40+)
    • Men’s Under-21 (M20-)
    • Women’s Under-21 (W20-)
    • Men’s Super-Veteran (M55+)
    • Women’s Super-Veteran (W55+)
    • Men’s Ultra-Veteran (M65+)
    • Women’s Ultra-Veteran (W65+)
    • Men’s Hyper-Veteran (M75+)
    • Women’s Hyper-Veteran (W75+)
    • Junior (M/W16-)
    • Children (M/W12-)
    • Tourists & Newcomers

Accompanying races

Chigwell Orienteering Club are organising a race on Friday 11th evening in Stratford, including the Olympic Park.

London Orienteering Klubb are organising a middle race on Sunday 13th morning in a complex area of new development at King’s Cross.

Albion Channel, by Matt Buck (Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)
Part of the previous map, used for the 9th London City Race in 2016

Box Hill 2020 Results

Here are the results of this year’s Box Hill Fell Race.

Many thanks to Harold Wyber for leading on the organisation and the several members of SLOW who provided the volunteer help.

And thanks to the Stepping Stones Pub for hosting us.

  • 1st Mens Team (4 to count) Herne Hill Harriers
  • 1st Ladies Team (3 to count) Serpentine

  • Found/Lost propertyplease contact
  • Blue metal drink container
  • Farnham pilgrim tee shirt
  • 1 pair Karrimor socks
  • 1 teeshirt – Global Brigades SGUL 2019
  • 1 Panavision Hat
  • 1 black neck warmer
  • 1 Adidas glove
  • 1 Artengo Glove
  • 1 Nike wristband

Note on Heading Photo: Sorry the SLOW photographer didn’t make the prizegiving. This photo has Box Hill in the background and runners in the foreground (two of whom are also orienteers). It was taken at the Surrey Cross-Country Championships earlier this month.

Ally @photogirlruns (who is a professional photographer) ran and tweeted some shots (click on each image.)