Thursday Training: Training normally starts each Thursday at 1845 sharp from the Royal Free Hospital Recreation centre in Fleet Road. We will wait if you let us know you’re coming but please be prompt.
The Greater London Orienteering Summer Series (GLOSS) is underway! A series of events run by the clubs in and around London and within the M25. We have five events, and as well as being open to all, clubs complete for the prestigious London Bus Trophy!
Sunday 3 July Nonsuch Park, Cheam MV GLOSS scoring MV Results page
Saturday 9 July Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Elstree HH GLOSS scoring HH Results page
Sunday 17 July Lloyd Park, East Croydon DFOK GLOSS scoring DFOK Results Page
Sunday 24 July Barnes Common, Barnes SLOW GLOSS Scoring SLOW Results Page
Sunday 31 July Alexandra Palace, North London LOK
GLOSS 4 – Barnes Common July 24th 2016
Another fine summer’s day orienteering (21C) was to be enjoyed at the penultimate GLOSS event in the 2016 series, this time at Barnes Common, just south of the river Thames . Hosts SLOW adopted elements of its evening London Park Race series format, not least by using The Spencer pub on Lower Richmond Road for its ‘event centre’. Terrain was a patchwork of heath- and woodland (mainly dark green) commons with occasional contour detail. Navigational interest was also provided by intersection of railway line at Barnes station and Rocks Lane (A306) where arches and over bridges allowed competitors to progress from one section of the map to the next without the use of compulsory timed out crossing points. The latter were subsequently necessary to traverse the north eastern section of the map.
As with the previous week at Lloyd Park the map scale was 1:5,000m but the density of the controls (18 in 4.0km of which 4 controls supported 2 compulsory crossing points) meant that the orienteering was more sprint style. This was even more the case with the extension course fitting in a further 12 controls in 2.2km predominately on Putney Lower Common.
Michael Crone (SLOW) and Dorte Torpe Hansen (SLOW) were quickest round the GLOSS course in 21:04 and 32:48 minutes respectively. However after handicapping Tess Sullivan (MV), a W21, had the fastest time in 24:05 after a deduction of 12 minutes.
SLOW were top scorers fielding 22 finishers, followed by LOK with 6 finishers.
SLOW retain their lead in the GLOSS series going into the penultimate round, with LOK just 4 points behind. Any scoring queries should be directed to Paul Todd via firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLOSS course numbers at 71 were 3 up on the previous event at Lloyd Park. This was a good turnout in view of the clash with the opening event of the Creoso orienteering week. The intricate sand dunes around Porthcawl proved to be a rival attraction for many GLOSS regulars. The finale to the series will be next Sunday at Alexandra Palace when the festivities in South Wales will all be over. LOK will be presenting the prestigious London Bus Trophy to the overall series winner. All are welcome to North London!
2016 GLOSS series coordinator (LOK)
SEOA Sprint Championship Sunday 21 August 2016
Come and run round historic Bloomsbury! LOK are hosting the SEOA Sprint Championship in this lovely part of central London. The event centre will be Birkbeck College on Torrington Square. Birkbeck is part of the University of London and is next to Senate House which supposedly was going to be Hitler’s HQ when he conquered London.
There are two races with the overall result being your total time.
Full details are here. Entries are now open at Fabian4.
The 2016 Park Race Series
The London Park Race series has now completed. It featured an event every week through to mid-July. The full schedule, with links to results of each race can be seen here.
Two of the events in the series were organized by LOK:
- Thursday 14th July Grovelands Park, Southgate RESULTS
- Thursday 23rd June in Waterlow Park, Highgate RESULTS ROUTEGADGET
Split times, WinSplits Online
Weekly evening training
Members of the club train on Hampstead Heath every Thursday evening.
Where: Royal Free Hospital Recreation Club (includes changing and shower facilities) in Fleet Road, Hampstead (near corner of Pond Street, London NW3 2QG)
When: 6.30 p.m. for a 6.45 p.m. start, Thursday evenings.
We run for about an hour. The training is primarily just running but can include some orienteering practice. The training is open to all, including non-members and those new to orienteering or who only want a run – just turn up at the Recreation Club.