Category Archives: Event Reports

Glover’s Wood Results

Organiser’s Comments – Charlie Turner

The decision to hold this event happened in early July when Teresa and I were on a lockdown walk through Glovers Wood.  It looked fantastic and was crying out to be a replacement for the London City Race, which at that time was very much looking as it was going to be cancelled.   The bonus was discovering that Lidar data was available and amazingly land access permission was granted in an incredibly short time.   When a club request went out for a planner this was answered within 24 hours by Richard  who soon added  Ginny and son Ed to make up a family team.   In mid July we had a five person zoom meeting to work out how we would structure the event around the Covid19 restrictions. Things were more complicated than I had initially imagined and our meeting ran to just under two hours.  The new map survey was largely completed by the end of July and things were now well under way.  Gordon handled all the SI matters with amazing ability and introduced lots of innovative functions, which included being able to pre enter from the field up to 12.30 yesterday! 

Specific thanks must go to our controller, Paul Todd who offered lots of valuable suggestions and made sure we were all doing the right things.

Lastly we must thank the weather  for being so brilliant for the whole day and you all for adhering to social distancing etc.  Yesterday the farmer met up with me at about 4.30 in the field and as for all orienteering events it was litter free.  Thank you!

Planner’s Comments – Richard Catmur

Thank you for all the (mostly kind!) feedback on my courses. Certainly they may have seemed a little long after the recent “shutdown” but I see that the winning times are all close to the target times. One competitor even said that he wished he had done a longer course!

I would like to say sorry to those competitors stung by the hornets. Obviously we were aware of the nest and had planned for the warning signs; however on our previous visits the hornets were nowhere near as active as they were on the race day. We suspect that the sunshine and the presence of many runners going past made them much more active and it seems that at this time of year they are very protective of their young and object to being disturbed. Obviously we should all learn a lesson from this and take note to keep courses further away from such nests in the future.

Results

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Winsplits

Night Series Results 2019-2020

Final results of the night series are published below. Due to the curtailment of the series, overall results are based on the best 2 scores. Congratulations to our series winners:

  • Short – Sarah Darley (female and overall champion) and Phil Conway.
  • Long – Aimee Darley. There was a 3 way tie for the men between Adam Conway, Ed Catmur & Matthew Vokes.

We will sort you out with well deserved prizes at some point.

The series couldn’t happen without the hard work and dedication of our Organiser/Planners, huge thanks to Sue, Pete, Don, Dave and Duncan.

It’s never too early to start thinking of the next series, it would be great to have some fresh faces – do get in touch () if you’re interested in getting involved.

CompassSport Cup Tie

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

Great work by London OK putting on the event on Hampstead Heath. It was a fine achievement by a small club -LOK 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

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.

MBO SCORE 2020 RESULTS

2020 Series & Event Results

Effingham

Event Results and Splits are on the BMBO website.

August saw the return of our events with Jane’s course around the North Downs near Effingham. We able to take in many of the fantastic views all around using the standard format course on an A3 1:25,000 map. We had a record turnout and it is great to see everyone back at events. There was plenty of room on the playing fields to spread out.

There was lots of route choice and some steep climbs on the edge of the North Downs. The area has loads of brilliant trails and great views. Congratulations to all the class winners. Ian Cartwright came in first overall with the only course clearance and with 2 minutes to spare. Stephen Dadswell came first in Men’s Seniors and now holds overall lead for the series. Louise Oliver led the Women’s Vets despite suffering a broken chain. Many thanks to Paul Boakes and Charlie Selfe for stopping to help fix it. Rachel Clay led the Women’s Seniors, coming 5th overall and James Yule came first in the Youth class.

The extra procedures created a lot of extra work for the organisers and our thanks go to Jane Robinson and Gordon Parker in particular for setting these up. Everything worked well, there was plenty of room for staying safe and we’re now set for future events. A big thank you to Jane for organising the event and to her regular team in particular Paula Porter for manning reception. Thanks to everyone who helped to collect in controls, Mark Sharp, Chris Porter, Ian Norfield, Jane, Nicola Winter and Andy Chesworth.

Series

Here are the Series Standings for the 2020 Series. The sheet shows scores normalised out of 500 for each event.

Individual event Results, Splits and Race Reports can be found on the BMBO website.

Congratulations to the current leaders in each class:

  • Men’s Vets (50+) – Ian Cartwright
  • Women’s Vets (50+) – Louise Oliver
  • Men’s Seniors (18-49) – Stephen Dadswell
  • Women’s Seniors (18-49) – Jane Robinson
  • Juniors (Under 18) – James Yule

Thursley

Our first event was based at The Three Horseshoes pub in Thursley and covered the fantastic area around Thursley Common, Hankley Common and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Navigation proved tricky as there were trails all over the place. The forecast rain went elsewhere and although there were some muddy sections most of the trails had a good surface well suited to all year riding .

Series Prizes

Series prizes are presented to the top 3 finishers in the each following category: Men’s Vets (50+), Women’s Vets (50+) , Men’s Seniors (18-49) , Women’s Seniors (18-49), Juniors (Under 18).

To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events. Course planners are credited for the events they plan with the average of their best 2 event results.

Previous Series Results

Overall series results : 2019, 2019 by class, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Individual events for all years: Results

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)

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.)