12th London City Race – Officials’ Comments

Planner – Andy Johnson

My plan for this event was to provide a mix of running through some iconic/historic locations coupled with a degree of technical challenge en route and especially to test interpretive skills and route choice towards the end of the courses in the Barbican. To start, I hope I offered an early but simple introduction to the Barbican, before unleashing you in the City and then returning you to the Barbican for some complex multi-level orienteering.

Despite regularly visiting the area, almost daily in the final stages, and updating the map several times prior to the Start, the road closure which affected travel to and from #255 was significantly disruptive and did not appear to have commenced until after final course checks had been completed. Voiding the leg was the obvious outcome to be fair to all.

Orienteering is about precision and there were a few instances where my course design and control descriptions led to a 50/50 chance that your decision was correct, and which I hope to discuss below.

Some of you will have visited an alternative location for #234, which had been correctly placed out but moved by me to a nearby stair foot. This had been my original planned location but which was adjusted following description discussions with the Controller. On learning that my re-siting was incorrect, I returned and returned it to its proper location.

Some comment was received about whether #205 was a guess as to whether it sat in the lower corridor or above. The location of the circle centre placed it outside the lower corridor and because the map showed that the W-E and N-S corridors were runnable, I think that the control could only be considered to be above.

#243 however turned out to be coin toss as well as a mapping issue, given the level of detail shown in the circle. I started my plans in earnest with the junior courses which were placed in simple and obvious locations to minimise route choice decisions and, for tired runners returning to the Barbican, I used some of these to challenge whether they were above or below. As there was no logic which could point to the control being above, some runners will have gone to the lower location which was a valid location.

A final lack of precision led to the control description on the W Elite course covering a potentially valid route choice albeit via an unknown open or closed gate into the Temple. Having covered the gateway, runners selecting that route were taking a chance that the gate would be open and unfortunately some found this not to be the case.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day, especially those who relieved my burden putting out and bringing back controls and to Alan Rosen, Controller, for his counsel, challenge and persistence in encouraging me to improve my plans.

I hope some of you had the opportunity to look up and enjoy your surroundings and the late Summer sunshine.

Organisers – Alan Leakey and Steve Clelland

The Big Plus

Well, we got there in the end. Many of you will be aware of the challenges that we had hosting this year’s event, but hopefully they were forgotten on the day as our replacement venue shone in the sun. We were fortunate once again in the weather with near perfect conditions and only slightly hindered by the unknown booking of the grass quadrangle for another event. But on the day gave us access to the large lecture theatre to provide more space – and extra toilets.

We hope you enjoyed the courses

And the Minuses

The Planner, Andy Johnson, has referred to the road closure that affected some courses on the day. It is an illustration that that there are always some things out of the event teams’ control. In this case it was an emergency replacement to a damaged large glass skylight set in the pavement; which meant that the road was closed after the first start and then reopened before the last start! And as the road is part of St Bart’s hospital grounds the road closure was not listed on the City of London website and we obviously not aware of it in advance. Ironically the attempt at replacement failed and the workmen will have to come back on another day! What disappointed me more than the closure itself was the attitude of a significant number of competitors after they finished, berating the Download team about a problem that we were already aware of and responding to. A much wiser orienteer than me once told me of his 10-Minute Rule… wait 10 minutes after you finish to calm down – and only then raise your concern in a reasonable manner. An approach that far too many orienteers would do well to adopt.

And, as is far too common, we had reports of a few people crossing out of bounds or sliding through ‘closed’ gates behind a member of the pubic. Whilst we don’t have enough evidence to be certain enough to disqualify particular individuals it can be pretty obvious to everyone on occasion from the amazing splits in results. Recognise that all you do is fool yourself – and lose the respect of your fellow competitors.

And unfortunately, I spent today responding to complaints about our usage of the Barbican. In particular, the number of inconsiderate competitors that rang the bell of the apartment block by the start, apparently expecting to use the toilets of private apartments.  We accept we did not have adequate toilet provision early on at assembly and the public toilets were not clearly signed, however late starters are never penalised. We will do better on this in future years.

Controller – Alan Rosen

The planning for the 2019 London City Race went from first draft course to start line in 21 days so apologies if that showed in some respects but I hope everyone enjoyed running through both the historic and modern parts of the City.  Understanding the Barbican is always a challenge and congratulations to the juniors in particular for coping so well with the unusual terrain.
Well done to Andy for setting some challenging courses and all the logistics on the day, ably assisted by SLOW members.  Thank you both to Don McKerrow for being able to update the map at very short notice and to Rae and Nigel at BML for their help with map printing.
Unfortunately a number of courses were affected by the unexpected blocking of a road for part of the morning.  The legs which were impacted by this have been removed from the results:
Course 1  Leg 24-25. Course 2  Leg 17-18. Course 3  Leg 25-26. Course 4  Leg 13-14. Course 5  Leg 23-24. Course 7  Legs 2-3 and 3-4. Course 11 Legs 7-8 and 8-9

We hope that this didn’t affect your runs too badly.  
We are also aware that the Women’s Elite map had part of the control descriptions obscuring a possible route choice – our apologies for this.

Next Year

Plans are already underway for next year, so make a note in your diaries:

Friday Evening, 11th September, Olympic Park Stratford

Saturday 12th September, Rotherhithe

Sunday 13th September, Kings Cross & St Pancras

12th London City Races

20th 21st 22nd September 2019

FRIDAY RESULTS now published

SATURDAY RESULTS now published

VERSION 3 of FINAL DETAILS – published Monday (16th) evening.

Contains extra information on the News items below, plus a detailed explanation of the mapping of stairs in the Barbican for Saturdays event.

Startlist on SiEntries

FRIDAY

Details about Friday’s EOD and number of maps and start blocks can be found here: http://londonorienteering.co.uk/events/middlesex-university-friday-20-september-2019/

SATURDAY, City of London – TRAVEL

There are extensive closures on the Underground on this date and the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines will not be running through nearby stations. There is more information in the latest version of the Final Details but in particular note that Barbican Station will be closed all day.

Refer to the TfL website for travel updates

Unfortunately, it has not proved possible to arrange for the on site café to be open for the event. Bring your own refreshments or make use of the large number of nearby venues

SUNDAY, Greenwich Park

Due to timing constraints imposed by the Royal Parks the maximum number of competitors on each course is restricted to 136. As a result, for EOD we have:

  • Course 1 – 19 maps available
  • Course 2 – full
  • All other courses; between 5 and 12 maps available per course

EOD will be welcomed on a first come, first serve basis at the Event Centre on Sunday, so come early!

A previous map of Greenwich Park can be found here: http://www.dfok.co.uk/index.php?limitstart=8&oo=312

Greenwich Park is also out of bounds to competitors for parking. There is limited parking in the residential streets north and south of Greenwich High Road accessed from Norman Road (SE10 9QZ) and Egerton Drive (SE10 8UH) respectively but check carefully where you park as many places are for residents only. The Sainsbury’s Local on Greenwich High Road has parking at £2.50 per hour and there is a car park behind Greenwich Picture House and metered street parking nearby, both at £1 for each 20 mins. Wardens monitor the parking restrictions closely including on Sundays.

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Chilworth MBO SCORE EVENT SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2019

The fifth and final event in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series takes place from Chilworth on Sunday 13th October.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

LocationSurrey Hills
AddressPercy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth, Guildford, GU4 8NP
Latitude/longitude51.2155, -0.5259
OS grid referenceTQ030473
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • Please park in the road near the pub, not in the pub car park.

Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

Event Details

Online entry is available on the BMBO website. General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2019 page. The closing date for online entries is shown in the BMBO event details. Please enter online if possible but Entry On the Day (EOD) is available.

Adult Day Rider£8 In advance  / £10 EOD
BMBO / SLOW Members£7 In advance / £9 EOD
Under 21 (on 31st DEc)£4 In advance / £5 EOD

A standard dibber is included free of charge.
Contactless SIAC dibber £2.
Lost dibbers will be charged at £29 for standard ones and £63 for contactless SIAC dibbers.

The event will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MBO Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and carry a whistle and first aid kit (a minimum of plasters & dressings). The following equipment is also recommended:

  • Mobile phone for use in an emergency
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass and map board or cardboard to support an A4 map on your handlebars

There will be series prizes for top senior male/female, veteran male/female and youth categories, based on the best 3 results over the course of the year.

Registration9:30 – 10:00 (3 hour), 9:45-11:00 (2 hour)
START TIMES 9:30 – 10:00 (3 hour), 9:45-11:00 (2 hour)

Event duration is 2 or 3 hours and the course will close at 13:30.

Two participants who are looking after children may start early and both ride 2 hour events one after the other.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Planner/Organiser: Julian Hemsted

Hampton Wick Street-O & 2019-20 Schedule

Hello and welcome

You are all very welcome to the new season of evening Street Orienteering Races. These are friendly, easy events open to everyone and based at a pub around London. You have one hour to find as many clues as you can – race, run or walk as you wish! A specially produced street map will be provided, as well as a timing chip, so all you need to bring is some running gear, a watch and a pen. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

2019-20 Series Schedule

The events take place in the evening, on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April. The full schedule for 2019-20 is set out below, with a few gaps still to be filled in.
DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
10 September 2019Hampton WickFran & Dave KendenDetailsResults
8 October 2019Turnpike LaneAlex Owen (LOK)DetailsResults
12 November 2019BatterseaEd CatmurDetailsResults
10 December 2019BrentfordRalph Dadswell
14 January 2020TBDJames Fraser
11 February 2020TBDDavid Rosen (LOK)
10 March 2020HighgateTatia Englemore
14 April 2020Kings CrossTessa Bertran & Todd Fallesen

10 September Season Opener

Our season opener this year will be held on Tuesday 10 September in Hampton Wick, just across the Thames from Kingston. The venue for the event is The Lion Pub at 27 Wick Road, Teddington TW11 9DN. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from Hampton Wick train station (direct trains from Waterloo every 15 minutes) or buses 285, 281, 33, R68, 481 stop nearby. The Lion does food, drinks and bar snacks so do stay for a post-race chat afterwards!
LocationHampton Wick
AddressThe Lion, 27 Wick Road
Latitude/longitude51.4181, -0.3181
OS grid referenceTQ170701
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount. Depending on when you start, you might want to bring a headlamp (for poor visibility areas) and some hi-visibility clothing.
RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930
Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. 
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All competitors take part at their own risk, and because of our insurance any under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have any questions, do ask them on Facebook or email the series coordinator Matthias Mahr on or the September organisers Fran Kenden & Dave Wright on

Elthorne Park Results

Thanks to everyone who came to the final park race of the series.

The two areas used are maybe not the most challenging technically but with the bends of the river, and the depth after a bit of rain, the skill level required increases. Also a unique feature of both parks is how close you are to major transportation (M4 and Piccadilly Line) and yet in a navigational world of your own!

Boston Manor House is well worth a visit once renovation work is complete and we have to thank Linda Massey for her support in using the area.

Additional thanks from me go to our helpers on the night: Don McKerrow, Sue Carter, Steven Clelland and Ralph Dadswell, as well as Vicky Whaley, my neighbour Chris, Gordon Parker and John Owens for ensuring I was able to get the equipment to the right places at the rights times without a car. Of course Fiona Tam also put in a power of effort on the night making sure that the series results were correct and updated and of course managing to coordinate another successful park race series.

Park Race Series – Nine Summer Evening Orienteering Races

Look forward to seeing everyone either at the City Race of for the start of the night and street-o series.

You will see some bizarre numbers in the splits files, sorry. Some of the controls were out due to me synchronising them to the wrong master station.

Boston Manor; Elthorne park event

Watch out for the pedestrians next Wednesday!

The final race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place close to Boston Manor station on the Piccadilly Line on Wednesday 14th August 2019.

This event is a special one because it will combine two parkland area with the historic River Brent to form a grand series finale, both of which were last used in 2016. There will be a long course for more experienced participants as well as a short course suitable for beginners.

Race Centre

The race centre is The Harvester in Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2AX and will be serving food suitable for all budgets. The nearest station is Boston Manor on the Piccadilly Line, 5 minutes walk away.

LOCATIONBoston Manor and Elthorne Parks
ADDRESS The Harvester, Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2AX
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE51 ° 25’09.8″N 0°07’41.6″W
OS GRID REFERENCETQ162790
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 and is primarily forest/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 and 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

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Start (500m away across a road): 18:00 – 19:30
Finish (500m away across a road): closes at 20:15, so we can collect the controls by 21:00 when the park is locked.

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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: Duncan Grassie   

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
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credit: Wendy Carlyle
credit: Steve Rush
credit: Wendy Carlyle
credit: Andy Johnson
credit: Steve Rush
credit: Andy Johnson

Orienteering in London and Surrey. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Community Amateur Sports Club accredited.