Results from Battersea Park Race 2018

Thanks to Gordon Parker for planning and organising the very popular Battersea Park Race. There were 108 competitors on the long course and 18 on the short, which is an excellent turnout warranted for such a great area.

The London Park Series continues next Tuesday at Finsbury Park, and all Tuesdays afterwards until 24 July.

Results

Photo of Battersea Park Pagoda courtesy of Andrew Bowden on Flickr.

Barnes Common Park Race, Tuesday 24 July

The tenth and final race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 24 July 2018 on Barnes Common, southwest London. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Spencer at 237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney SW15 1HJ. Orienteers are asked to be respectful of other patrons of the pub, and must not get changed in the bar area.

The pub is just over ten minutes’ walk from Barnes station on the line from Waterloo via Clapham Junction, and there are lots of buses servicing the area – Transport for London is a great source of alternative routes.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, 237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney
Latitude/longitude51.4683, -0.2279
OS grid referenceTQ232759
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should be able to take contactless card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Course distance
Long 5km
Short 2.5km

The long course is not suitable for unaccompanied juniors as there will be road crossings. These will be timed out for competitors over 16, but cannot be used by unaccompanied juniors for insurance reasons.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Scott Collier via .

Competitors take part in this race 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.

Maryon Park Race, Tuesday 10 July

The eighth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 10 July 2018 in Maryon Park, Charlton. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The White Swan at 22 The Village, Greenwich, SE7 8UD. The pub is just over ten minutes’ walk from Charlton station on the line from London Bridge, and there are lots buses servicing the area – Transport for London is a great source of alternative routes.

LocationMaryon Park
AddressThe White Swan, 22 The Village, Greenwich, London, SE7 8UD
Latitude/longitude51.4818, 0.0352
OS grid referenceTQ414778
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should be able to take contactless card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Course distance
Long 5km
Short 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Eleanor Johnstone via .

Competitors take part in this race 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.

Image of Maryon Park and the River Thames courtesy of organiser Ed Stott.

Results from Chiltern Hills MTB-O, 10 June 2018

Here are the results from the first event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 10 June in the Chiltern Hills.

Results and Splits

Tom Davies won the event, despite scoring fewer points than second-placed Mark Humphrey. Both came in over the two hour time limit, but Tom’s 5-point penalty for 33 seconds was lower than Mark’s 25.

Jane Robinson was the first-placed woman with 240 points, who is also organising the next event in the series is on 9 September.

Thanks to the organiser John Owens.

New Roundel

A low-key SLOW project to say thanks to long-serving committee members completed at the Waterloo Parks Race.

Last year Chris and Judy finally ceased their diligent management of SLOW’s equipment, and Andy and Chris, for so long key to all fixtures, confirmed plans to move to the Lakes, both after over three decades of “volunteering”. Teresa wrapped up over a decade as membership secretary, and Don, after a similar duration, stepped down as chair (but not from several other roles.) The club owes these people a huge debt, and as a small token presented framed personalized maps to them on various surprise occasions when there was a quorum and the weather allowed. We were pleased to make the final presentation to Don on the balcony of the pub at his Waterloo Parks event last week. And it was great that once again Pip had volunteered help for one her husband’s events and so could see a grateful club say thankyou.

We explained to Don that the map had been following him for some time – it had attended the CompassSport Cup match and the JK relays, although many will remember that neither occasion offered suitable conditions, unlike The Tankard PH.

As for the maps, well the ideas of our member Oliver O’Brien – do see his Suprageography blog –  provide the key.

His now sold out London North/South map is a great example of map as art, and shows how simple colouring and detail – in this case just buildings – can be very effective. And then we went to an event together last year and he mentioned  the SLOW roundel could perhaps be based on the real curves of the Thames rather than just the style of them. Put that together with a member (Ralph) who knows a bit about mapping software, and play around with centring on an address…

Here’s part of one of the results (contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2017):

New SLOW Roundel Map

Waterloo Parks Results

Thanks to Don McKerrow for creating last night’s great event in the part of London where our chairman Alan Leakey was born and brought up. And for putting out 29 controls in the afternoon thunderstorms, which cleared nicely for the first starters. And in the delightful pub The Tankard after the racing Alan was delighted to present Don with a framed map as a token of the club’s appreciation for so much hard work for SLOW as Chairman, mapping officer, and winter night series co-ordinator, not to mention individual events such as this.

SLOW’s London Park Series continues next Tuesday, and all Tuesdays afterwards until 24th July.

Results

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

Ravenscourt Park Race, Tuesday 26 June 2018

The sixth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 26 June 2018 in Ravenscourt Park. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Duchess of Cambridge at 320 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0XF. The pub is five minutes’ walk from Stamford Brook tube station on the District line, and there are lots of buses from Shepherd’s Bush (Central and Hammersmith & City lines and London Overground).

LocationRavenscourt Park
AddressThe Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road W6 0XF
Latitude/longitude51.4986, -0.2438
OS grid referenceTQ220792
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Course distance
Long 5km
Short 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Eleanor Johnstone via .

Competitors take part in this race 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.

Image of Ravenscourt Park gates copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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