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.
Thanks to The Bull for hosting our race on Streatham Common and Norwood Grove. And thanks to Gordon Parker for planning and organizing it all, and to the several other members of SLOW who helped it go smoothly.
Thanks to The Spencer for hosting our race on Barnes Common today. And thanks to Nikolay Kolev and Vesela Chokoeva for planning and organizing it all, and to the several members of SLOW who helped it happen.
Last night saw the final street orienteering race of the 2018-19, on a wonderful sunny evening in Wimbledon. Thank you to Bob and Bex for (once again) organising a great event and to around 100 of you for taking part! You can now find the Day Results with Simon Wright and Ed Catmur on an exactly equal 674 points to take the win, and Vinh Hoang once again taking the women’s crown.
You can also find the Final Series Results for the 2018-19 season, with street-o stalwart Ed Catmur taking his 7th series win, followed by James Fraser and Steve Clelland. In the women’s category, Vinh Hoang was the runaway winner (taking 12th place in the overall rankings) followed by Camilla Brueton and Elaine Battson. A special call-out also goes to Ed Forman and Roderick Hoffman who attended all 9 races of the season.
Thank you to all the organisers who made the series possible, and I look forward to seeing you all again in September for the next season.
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
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”
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.