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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

Richmond Park Night-O

A lovely dry, still and quite warm evening for the last race of this night terrain series. Thanks to Steve Clelland for organising and planning, the Albert for hosting us, and Richmond Park for permission. Welcome to several newcomers, we hope you enjoyed the evening.

Thanks also to series co-ordinator Don McKerrow.

Organiser/Planner Steve Clelland:

The night series season finale is one of my favourite races of the year. I hope you enjoyed competing as much as I did planning.  
In case it wasn’t obvious on the night, there were 4 variations of the Long course, with all of them having the same legs, albeit in different orders. 

The Short course didn’t have any variations as I didn’t feel it was practical without making it excessively long. I hope you enjoyed the excitement of the pure head to head racing!

Huge thanks for helping on the night to Gordon, Don, Sarah, Paul, Vinh, Abi & Pete.

Do please add your route on routegadget, and enjoy replaying the races.

CompassSport Cup Tie 2019

South London Orienteers were second behind a strong all-round Southdowns team performance in yesterday’s CompassSport Cup Tie in Ashdown Forest.

Results (on the host club Saxons website)

So we won’t be competing in the National Final (which is in the South-East) this Autumn. Our best wishes to Southdowns who will represent the home region.

Details of CompassSport Cup and results from round the country.

We had a great turnout of over 50, with a fair amount of car sharing and several cycling to the compact assembly at “An Enchanted Place”. Start and finish were nearby, and there was sunshine, but a biting wind somewhat curtailed the socialising.

Congratulations to four SLOW runners who won their races: Abi Weeds (women’s open), Mihaly Ormay (short brown), Andy Jones (men’s green) and Mike Murray (short green). And Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Alan Leakey would have won their courses had it not been for one of the above named team-mates.


(Photo Credit: Rob Lines)


Wimbledon Common Night-O Results

For last month’s night event it snowed whilst controls were put out. This month we had the hottest ever February day.

Organiser/Planner Sue Carter:

We had a better than expected turn out. Thanks to those who helped us out by recycling their maps at the end of course. If you would like a pdf of your course, please let me know and I will send you one. You can also upload your route on Routegadget, record where you went and see where others went too.

https://www.slow.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/

Thanks to helpers on the night: Don, Gordon, Steve, Ed and Pete. It’s
your help that keeps these events going.

Please accept my apologies for the misplacement of Control-3 (163). I will learn from my mistake placing it and it won’t happen again. I hope it didn’t detract from anyone’s enjoyment too much.