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Streatham Common and Norwood Grove

The eighth race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place at Streatham Common and Norwood Grove on Tuesday 16th July 2019.

The areas are gently sloping with a mix of short and longer grass parkland, small areas of woodland with small paths and formal gardens. It was last used for a park race in 2016. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not required – running in shorts, T-shirt and trainers is fine.

Norwood Grove History.

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Race Centre

The race centre is The Bull at Streatham, 498 Streatham High Road, Streatham, London, SW16 3QB. The nearest stations are Streatham Common (with services from London Bridge, London Victoria and East Croydon) and Streatham (services from Wimbledon, Sutton, central and north London) both of which are 10 minutes walk from The Bull. We will be set up in the “Sheds” in the patio garden area on the south side of the pub. There is a full menu served at the pub until 22:00 – details can be found at: https://www.thebullstreatham.co.uk/food-drink/

LocationStreatham Common and Norwood Grove
AddressThe Bull, 498 Streatham High Road
Latitude/longitude51.4194, -0.1282
OS grid referenceTQ302706
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 with 50m climb. It 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.

·         Short: this will be approximately 3km with 40m climb. It 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

Registration: 17:45 – 19:25

Start (150m away across a road): 18:00 – 19:30
Finish (near the start): closes at 20:15, so we can collect the controls by 21:00 when the park is locked.

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: Gordon Parker  

Imperial – Park Race

It was a lovely warm evening for the second race of the 2019 park race series, kindly hosted at Imperial College, and organised and planned by Michael Crone. Thanks for coming along: we hope you enjoyed the evening, running in such a pleasant part of London and the challenges the courses offered.

Park Race Series Website.

One of the characteristics of orienteering is that the runner takes responsibility for their route. The planner makes it more than a run in the park by setting interesting and challenging legs that require the competitor to interpret the map, and make route choices.

Leg 9 to 10 on the long course is such a leg. There is a large building between the control sites, and there are two levels at number 9 . It’s a good leg, with there being alternate ramp and stair choices – which did you pick? (The Routegadget link below has the full map.)

But it’s a University building and it had open doors at least at some of the time we were racing. Several runners on the course ran directly through it. The map clearly does not have this “route”.

For newcomers to orienteering, oops. Maybe you didn’t realise or you saw others doing it. There are no disqualifications.

For experienced orienteers – and many of the transgressors are members of SLOW or other clubs – this is poor and you should know better. Please stick to the rules and don’t do this sort of thing.

If you can see from the map that there isn’t a legal route don’t go that way. Do not cross impassable wall /fence /vegetation /access forbidden /out-of-bounds – you need a different way. If a road is cross-hatched in red do not cross it even if you can. If you find an open gate or a hole in a fence that is not on the map don’t go through.

The serious aspect is that deliberate action of this type can cause us to lose access to part of a map, or even to be unable to get permission for future races: “last time your people did this…” In any case it damages the sport’s reputation. We need to try hard to maintain a good reputation, especially with site managers and landowners.

Of course it’s tricky at times – and most people make some mistakes some of the time, but really it is hard to imagine that so many experienced runners misread the map to think it was OK to run through the building here.

Leg 9-10, Long course, Imperial College Park Race, June 2019.

We have removed this leg from the total time taken.

Please add your route (and view others): Routegadget

The race on Attackpoint.

Park Race Series

Might running, navigation, a park and a pub near public transport appeal?

Co-ordinated by South London Orienteers (SLOW), with races put on by Dartford OK, London OK, and Mole Valley as well as SLOW.

Make the most of the light summer evenings by running the London Park Race Series 2019.

Nine Tuesday evenings, starting on 21st May. Nine different maps including two areas never before used for orienteering, nine original courses (long and short options.)

See London Park Series dedicated website, and also find the series on Facebook.

Last year’s results (400 runners took part.)

Imperial College Park Race

The second race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place at Imperial College on Tuesday 4th June 2019.

The map from a previous race here can be viewed on Routegadget.

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Race Centre (Updated Saturday 1st June)

The race centre is Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 121 , Imperial College Road, just south of the Queen’s Tower. Please enter via main doors (you will need help after 19:00) then follow signs.

LocationImperial College
Address
Latitude/longitude51.4978, -0.1768
OS grid referenceTQ267792
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors, £2 for juniors. There is a £1 discount for British orienteering members using their own SI card. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

Long and short courses are offered. Unfortunately at this location it is not possible to plan either course without road crossings – sorry – so any runners under-16 must find an adult who can keep up with them to keep them company on the course.

  • Long: approx 5km
  • Short: approx 2.5km

Time

Registration: 17:45 – 19:30

Starts (500m away): 18:00 – 19:45

Courses close: 20:30

Other Details

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser/Planner: Michael Crone,

There are some well-known buildings on the map

Southwark Park Race

The third race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place in Southwark Park on Tuesday 11th June 2019.

Southwark Park is a surprisingly large area; ideal but never previously used for orienteering. The long course uses some small urban areas on the park periphery to enhance the area even further. Underfoot will be mostly mown grass with some paved paths; all suitable for shorts and trainers.

Southwark Park in Wikipedia.

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Race Centre

The race centre is The Gregorian, 96 Jamaica Road, SE16 4SQ. This is 200m from Bermondsey Tube Station (turn west from the station and you find it just by St James’ Church.)

LocationSouthwark Park
AddressThe Gregorian, 96 Jamaica Road.
Latitude/longitude51.4975, -0.0662
OS grid referenceTQ343794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors, £2 for juniors. There is a £1 discount for British orienteering members using their own SI card. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1945

Long and short courses are offered.

  • Long: the optimal route is 5.8km. It is about two-thirds grass, one third paved. It involves some, very minor, road crossings but is therefore not suitable for under 16’s.
  • Short: the optimal route is 2.7km. It is entirely within the park, about 80% grass, 20% paved, and suitable for all.

Time

Registration: 17:45 – 19:30

Starts (500m away): 18:00 – 19:45

Courses close: 20:30

Other Details

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser/Planner: Don McKerrow,

British Champs Weekend

Sprint Relays

The Sprint Relays took place on Saturday May 4th at Bradford University. SLOW had teams in the Open (4 runners), Veteran (3 runners), Super Veteran (3 runners) and Hyper Veteran (3 runners) races.

Edinburgh University won the Open Class.

Start of the Open Class relay with Fiona leading off the SLOW team (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Olin hands over to Dorte for the final leg of the open (credit: Steve Rush)
Matthias heads out of the spectator control on leg 1 of the Vet Relay – the race with the most teams (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Matthias hands over to Abi (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Abi finishing with fastest time for the middle leg of the Vet relay (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Vet Relay Podium with Matthias, Abi and Paul taking silver behind South Yorkshire and ahead of Forth Valley (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Pete, running in the SuperVet Relay, passes through the spectator control (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
SLOW won the HyperVet relay – Paul, Sarah and Alan on the podium (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Individual

The Individual Long Champs took place at Arncliffe & Kilnsey North on Sunday 5th May.

The new British Champions are Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club, and Alasdair McLeod of Airienteers.

David Roach, wearing the Luxembourg colours, finishes (credit; Wendy Carlyle).
Paul Street (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
British Championships – the 65s podium (credit: Rob LInes)

SLOW Results

  • W21E – Abi Weeds 11th
  • M21E – Yordan Kolev 38th
  • M16A – Olin Davies 12th
  • W21L – Fiona Tam 8th
  • M35L – Duncan Grassie 6th
  • M40L – Matthias Mahr 6th
  • M45L – Paul Couldridge 6th
  • M45L – Ross Arnold 29th
  • W50L – Dorte Torpe Hansen 13th
  • M50L – Peter Huzan 49th
  • M50S – Keith Davies 7th
  • W55S – Heather Walton 8th
  • W60L – Diane Leakey 16th
  • W60L – Maggie Roach 19th
  • W60L – Kathy Haynes 26th
  • M60L – Andy Jones 34th
  • M60L – Mal Lyon 40th
  • M60L – David Roach 55th
  • W65L – Sarah Brown – 3rd (Bronze Medal)
  • M65L – Alan Leakey 8th
  • M65L – Paul Street 15th
  • M70L – David May 7th
  • White – Claudia Mahr 6th

Forest Relays

The Relays took place on Monday May 6th in Middleton Park Leeds with the arena in the John Charles Stadium.

The start of the Women’s Premier Relay (credit: Crawford LIndsay)

The women’s premier relay was won by South Yorkshire and the men’s by home team Airienteers – their most recent previous win was 1978.

  • Yordan, Ian, Paul were 13th in the men’s premier.
  • Fiona, Dorte, Heather were 12th in the women’s short.
  • Abi, Matthias, Paul were 3rd in M40 (Bronze medals).
  • Alan, David, Andy were 7th in M60.
  • Sarah, Kathy, Diane were 2nd in W60 (Silver medals).

1. BorderLiners, 2. South London Orienteers, 3. Bristol.

Full Results and Routegadget Links

Get Up To Speed Videos Quiz

For the Easter holiday and the JK festival we have prepared a little quiz about the “Get Up To Speed” videos.

We will update this post with answers on JK Relay Day.

The videos are on SLOW’s YouTube Channel.

The quiz is a pdf….

The answers are also a pdf….

GetUpToSpeed Quiz Answers

For the story….

The January post announcing the videos.

Night Series Final Tables

Here are the final tables for the 2018/19 night series. Many thanks to Don McKerrow for co-ordinating, and the organisers/planners: Steve Clelland, Duncan Grassie, Peter Huzan, Sue Carter and Di & Alan Leakey.

Congratulations to the series winners.

Long

  1. Paul Couldridge
  2. Adam Conway
  3. (equal) Murray Strain, Matthias Mahr

Short

  1. Tomas Trhlik
  2. Aimee Darley
  3. Dave Wright