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2020 Junior Home International

South London Orienteers will put on the 2020 Junior Home International on the weekend of 10th and 11th October. The racing will be on the spectacular and tough terrain of the Devil’s Punch Bowl as used for last year’s Southern Championships.

The competition is between four teams of 24 junior athletes representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Teams include four athletes in each of M/W18, M/W16 and M/W14.

The teams will stay together, adjacent to the competition terrain, at the PGL Marchants Hill Adventure Centre.

Teams arrive on the Friday, and have an individual race on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday.

This year the competition was hosted in Northern Ireland by Lagan Valley Orienteers – Ward JHI Orienteering Results and Report.

Summary of Home Internationals

The perhaps self-contradictory term “Home International” is used in the British Isles to describe sports competitions amongst national teams Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

In orienteering there are three “home internationals”: junior (M/W18-), senior (M/W 20/21) and veteran (M/W35+). Each is organised separately, usually in the Autumn. The home nations take it in turn to host.

All competitions take place over a weekend, with an individual day and a relay day and calculate results by a points scheme. All prefer the individual on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday. There’s also a social element – a meal on the Saturday night, and ideally teams stay in the same place.

The competition details are specific to each competition. In general Scotland and England give each other a good match, and, but with lower points totals, so do Wales and Ireland.


Richmond Park Night-O results

Thanks to The Albert for hosting our race in Richmond Park this evening. And thanks to Sue Carter for planning and organizing.

Planner’s Comments

Thanks to everyone who came out to run in the first Night-O of the
season. I hope you enjoyed your runs.

It can be tricky planning on an area we use quite often. I managed to
find a few control sites we’ve not used before and put in as many legs as I could with some route choice. I hope it provided a good challenge for you.

The deer had been quite frisky in the weeks leading up to the event. One stag in particular was guarding a site I wanted to put a control on. Bellowing at me, each time I went near it. I decided to give that site a miss and put that control somewhere else. Although the deer do seem to calm down as the nights close in more quickly. I hope the deer didn’t give anyone any trouble.

And big thanks to the people who helped me with the event. Gordon,
Steve, Sarah, Paul S, Paul C and Lulu. Their help made the event run smoothly.

See you at an orienteering event again soon.

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Hankley Common

Update – 21st November.

Entry on day – there are no spaces left on Blue and just a handful on Green. Other courses have good availability. Note that if you miss your allocated start on Green or Blue you could be waiting a long time!

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Sorry, under the terms of our licence for land use, this is a NO DOGS event.

The Entry List is at SI Entries

For this year’s OK Nuts Trophy we’re returning to Hankley Common, South-West Surrey. It’s a contoured, fast, runnable forest (mixed woodland) with open heathland that has been used for the OK Nuts several times previously, although it has not been used recently. The most recent map on our Routegadget site is from 2011.



The map has been extensively revised for this event by Dave Peel, and incorporates Lidar data.

The races are the 2019 South-East Long Distance Championships.

The event is also hosting the Royal Logistics Corps Championships.

There’s the full range of South-East league courses – twelve of them from very long (over 12km) and technical through to short and only modestly technical – we hope there’s a suitable challenge for everyone from newcomer to expert and all the family.

And as you may know the land is the historic site of James Bond’s family home, Skyfall Lodge. See, for example, https://www.flickr.com/photos/vauxhalluk/6987773697/in/dateposted/

Hankley has been much used for filming: this year it has been used for the forthcoming films “1917”(Sam Mendes) and “Black Widow” (Cate Shortland).

Another historic feature on the land is a section of “Atlantic Wall”, constructed over 75 years ago for training for Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France in 1944.

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Part of an Orienteering Weekend

This event is part of the STIR UP WEEKEND. If you like you can run three events in good technical terrain over one weekend of orienteering:

  • Saturday Daytime – 23rd November; Regional Event & South Central Orienteering League #5, Pamber Forest, Basingstoke Andover District Orienteers
  • Saturday Night – 23rd November; South-East Night Champs, Squerryes Estate, Dartford Orienteers
  • Sunday Daytime – 24th November; NationalEvent & South-East League, Hankley Common, South London Orienteers

Each race is entered separately: for the other races please see the websites of BADO and DFOK respectively.

Race Centre

Assembly is adjacent to the car park. Unfortunately public transport is absent from the vicinity: nearest stations are Farnham (5 miles), Milford (7 miles) and Godalming (8 miles.)

British & Continental Catering (Tom’s) and Ultrasport will be present in assembly.

Race Details

SI punching – controls will be enabled for SI Air punching.

LocationHankley Common
Address
Latitude/longitude51.158, -0.721
OS grid referenceSU895406
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200
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Courses

You are welcome to enter your any course.

Description of what the colours mean on the Berkshire Orienteers’ website.

The chart below matches age classes to courses for the south-east league and long distance championships (please see South-East Orienteering Association competition reference).

Fees

Entries are open at SiEntries. Runners with their own SI card £15. Discounts for British Orienteering members, students and juniors and a bit extra if you need to hire a timing card. Please enter by the end of Sunday 17th November when entries will close.

Risks, Use of Your Information

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 published on the SLOW website, and then on the British Orienteering website, after the race.

Organiser: Steph Moss (please contact via )
Planner: Simon Moss  

Scottish 6-Days

The Scottish 6 Days is by some margin the largest orienteering event in Great Britain. It has been organized every other summer since 1977. On each of the six competition days thousands of runners tackled one of 38 forest courses provided for 70 classes, and this year many chose sprint orienteering and/or Trail-O on the Wednesday “rest day” too.

Thanks to Wendy Carlyle for the image featured at the top of the post – one of our members entering the finish field on Day 3.

Races happen from Sunday one weekend to the following Saturday with Wednesday as the rest day – a chance to bag a Munro or go cycling perhaps, or to take part in a sprint race and Trail-O. And some folk even have a rest.

The competition is very well organized (almost entirely by volunteers) with six high quality forest races in different locations, with some areas often new to orienteering. Runners are allocated a variety of start times through the week in club “blocks” – this year SLOW had their earliest starts on the first day – the tough near wilderness forest of Auchengarrich.

Auchengarrich map extract – part of M55L course

The organization has already scheduled and begun planning the next competition: Lochaber 2021. They maintain a body of knowledge and store of equipment, whilst adding and changing in the light of trends and technology. This year featured two middle distance style races alongside the traditional long forest formats, livestreaming pictures and commentary to the internet, and GPS tracking of selected classes each day.

Scottish 6-Day 2019 Website

Overall Results – All Classes (single pdf, 33 occurrences of “SLOW”)

Sample Livestream – Day 3 World Ranking Race for M/W21E.

Sample GPS Tracking – M65 on Day 4 (includes Charlie and Don.)

You can find many photographs from the links on the 6-Day Website: we have picked out a few, some of which may be of our members. Many thanks to the photographers: Andy Johnson, Wendy Carlyle and Steve Rush.

The JOK top of a local club member (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
credit: Wendy Carlyle
Wendy Carlyle captures the holiday and family friendly nature of the week.
credit: Andy Johnson
credit; Andy Johnson
credit: Wendy Carlyle
credit: Steve Rush
credit: Wendy Carlyle
credit: Andy Johnson
credit: Steve Rush
credit: Andy Johnson

GLOSS

London OK’s GLOSS series for 2019 has wrapped up, with SLOW successfully fielding a full team at all five races.

Sunday 23 June Gunpowder Park   Handicap results
Sunday 30 June Barnes Common
    – Handicap results
Saturday 06 July Highfield Park   
Handicap results
Sunday 14 July Belhus Woods  
Handicap results
Sunday 21 July Nonsuch Park
Handicap results

After the final race at Nonsuch Park on Sunday, and once the arithmetic of the handicapping had been applied, SLOW were determined to be second behind the series winners HAVOC – Havering and South Essex Orienteering Club. The score in the final race was 528 – 524.

Thanks to Mole Valley for the Nonsuch Park race. With their kind permission and support Sarah Brown ran a flapjack stall for the Orienteering Foundation appeal to support the GB Team in the forthcoming World Championships. Sarah thanks runners for supporting the appeal to the value of £51.20.

A park on a nice summer Sunday morning can be quite busy, and several passers-by took an interest. It’s good to be able to talk about the range of our great sport.

Ralph in British Team

Ralph receives a lucky mini-control from SLOW clubmate Nikolay Kolev earlier this year.

SLOW Member Ralph Street is selected in the British team for next month’s World Championships (WOC). He runs the middle distance and relay.

The GB WOC Team – On the Red Line.

The team includes the presenter of our “Start Orienteering VideoGraham Gristwood who will be running his fourteenth World Championships.

Other presenters of videos in our Get Up To Speed series of coaching videos are also selected: Hector Haines, Megan Carter-Davies and Charlotte Watson.

As there has been in previous years The Orienteering Foundation are collecting donations for support towards athlete expenses at the World Championships. The appeal explains the background.

Barnes Common GLOSS

Thanks to The Spencer for hosting our race on Barnes Common today. And thanks to Nikolay Kolev and Vesela Chokoeva for planning and organizing it all, and to the several members of SLOW who helped it happen.

This was the second of a five race series called GLOSS, in which most runners all take on the same 4km course.

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Results after handicap on the London OK site (SLOW won.)