Here are the results from the Southwark Park Race, held on 11 June 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
The Relays took place on Monday May 6th in Middleton Park Leeds with the arena in the John Charles Stadium.
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).
Many thanks to all the competitors who ran in the 2019 Kingston Urban Race today, and to the Hawker Centre for hosting us.
- Results and Split Times
- Routegadget – draw and compare your route
- British Orienteering Ranking Points
Thanks to organiser Vinh Phuong Hoang and planner Dave Wright for providing such a great day, our controllers Helen and Ian Marsden of Happy Herts, and to Kingston Council and private landowners for permission to run in Kingston.
Thank you for attending the Kingston Urban Race. I thoroughly enjoy urban races and so I was glad to see a good number coming along. I wanted it to be a relaxed and informal event, I hope that was the vibe that came across. It was my first time organising a race and so I was rather worried leading up to it. The day ran smoothly and there were no complaints, which was a massive relief. The only thing that could have been improved was the weather – it was rather overcast and I was hoping blue skies and sunshine! The competitors enjoyed the courses, for which the credit goes to Dave, Helen and Ian. It was great seeing the competitors arriving back at the Hawker Centre with smiles on their faces and hearing the positive comments.
I was also impressed with the number of newcomers and children who came along to try orienteering. I hope you caught the bug and will come along to some more events in the future.
Thank you to the Hawker Centre for hosting us. The space and facilities worked well. Thanks also to Kingston Council for agreeing to the event, and the various private areas for permission. Finally a massive thank you to all the volunteers who made my job extremely easy on the day: Alan, Barbara, Don, Dorte, Ed, Fiona, Gordon, Heather, Heikki, Marc, Matteo, Michael, Natalia, Neil, Nikolay, Ollie, Paul C, Paul S, Raffaella, Rebecca, Rich, Sarah, Steve, Sue, Tim, Vicky, Yordan. Many thanks also to Duncan, who was not there on the day, but was the key contact with the council and getting permission for the event.
Lost Property : A watch (Geonaute) – please contact the organiser.
My overriding strategy for my only attempt at planning a level C event was to keep it simple, hence the single start and finish. My only departure from this was the use of a smaller scale map for the real oldies (Course 5) which inevitably caused various printing problems, so I hope it was appreciated!
As regards planning legs with good route choice, I quickly realised that Steve had used the best ones in the 2016 event but believe I offered a few new ones.
At this point I know it’s customary for the Planner to offer profuse thanks to the Controller, in an attempt to encourage them to offer their services to the club in the future. Now I appreciate the actual reason. Thank you, Helen.
Thanks to Alan for implementing my requested changes to the map and to Gordon (SI) Parker for everything else.
(And congratulations to Vinh and Steve for coolly coping with my “toys-out-of-pram” temporary resignation)
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.
- Paul Couldridge
- Adam Conway
- (equal) Murray Strain, Matthias Mahr
- Tomas Trhlik
- Aimee Darley
- Dave Wright
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.
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.