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.
Park Race Series starting
The London Park Race series starts on Tuesday 17th May with an event on Ham Common. It continues with an event every week through to mid-July. The full schedule, with links to details of each race can be seen here.
Two of the events in the series are organized by LOK:
- Thursday 23rd June in Waterlow Park, Highgate
- Thursday 14th July Grovelands Park, Southgate
The Greater London Orienteering Summer Series (GLOSS) is about to start! 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
Saturday 9 July Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Elstree HH
Sunday 17 July Lloyd Park, East Croydon DFOK
Sunday 24 July Barnes Common, Barnes SLOW
Sunday 31 July Alexandra Palace, North London LOK
Well done Julie!
Julie Cleary won W50S on Saturday 30th April at the British Championships. She coped well with the very technical terrain on the slopes of Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire and had a thirteen minute lead over the second-placed runner. Dinis Costa was 12th in M35L, Charles Spence was 18th in M55L and Ronan Cleary was 7th in M55S.
The next day, a team of Dinis Costa, Ronan Cleary and Julie Cleary finished 18th in the Men’s Short class.
Help and run in the British Sprint Championships
The British Sprint Championships are taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday, 11th June. LOK, in conjunction with Happy Herts, will be organising the Starts – this is a key element of what is a very prestigious event in iconic surroundings and we need as many Klubb members as possible to volunteer to help.
It is intended that all Klubb Members who volunteer to help will be able to compete, as well. However, if there are any Members who are happy to volunteer, but do not want to run, we would be very grateful.
To qualify for the lower entry fee, you need to enter by Sunday, 17th April. The final closing date is 22nd May. All volunteers who wish to run should enter through Fabian 4 in the normal way. Unfortunately, there is not a volunteer’s discount. However, rumour has it, that all volunteers will get a free polo/tee shirt.
We need as many Klubb members to volunteer as possible, to help make the Starts run smoothly – it is a large undertaking. Even if you can only volunteer to help at one of the Races (Qualifying or Final), that would be good. So, if you are able to help at all and we hope you are, e-mail the Start Team Leaders Julie & Ronan Cleary to let them know (a) that you will be available; (b) whether or not you wish to run; and (c) if there are any restrictions on your availability (e.g. can only help at the Qualification Race etc.). If you are not available to volunteer, it would be helpful to let Julie and Ronan know as it will save them chasing you up if they haven’t heard from you.
Note that the British Middle Distance Championship is at Leith Hill the following day. It has the same entry dates.
There was a good LOK turnout at the Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering Festival over Easter. Notable results included:
- Dinis Costa: 5th overall in M35L
- Paul Todd: 2nd overall in M40S
- Miriam Rosen: 5th overall in W65L
- Rachel Hopkins: 15th overall in W50S
- Duncan Minty: 15th overall in M55S
- Anthony Flick: 21st overall in M40L
- Frank Martindale: 4th in M80 in the Sprint
Hampstead Street Orienteering Race – Tuesday 8th of March 2016
The results for the LOK street event in the West End on 10 November 2015 can be found here.
Trent Park Boxing Day Score Event – Sat 26th Dec
Thank you all for coming along to LOK/HH’s annual Boxing Day score event this year, a good event to use to mark your orienteering progress as 30 diverse control sites each year are unlikely to be distributed materially differently from one year to the next. This year we had 89 people / families competing against 84 in 2014 in the balmy (15C) December weather. It was muddier than last year however, so that might have slowed progress somewhat.
But not for Iain Embrey (OD) who like last year managed to get them all (670 points) but this time with 7 minutes to spare compared with just under 3 last. Top woman was Bethany Hanson (EUOC and HH) who scored 570 points in just under the 60 minutes.
From an organisational point of view the available grass to put up a tent on in the Southgate Hockey Centre car park has shrunk to what seems like a postage stamp. In the blustery wind this we used a railway sleeper that happened to be lying on the other side of the tree (see photos) to affix the stays of the left hand side of the tent.
The event was a joint effort with Ronan and Julie Cleary (LOK) planning the course and organising the start, John Hardy (LOK) liaising with Enfield Council and providing the hot mulled wine at the Finish, Anne Power (LOK) taking the money, the Parkes (HH) sorting out the IT in the aforementioned tent and the Keith and Susan Marsden (HH) controlling the event. Special thanks to Irene and Jakob Peterson of CHIG, and social members of LOK, for helping put up the tent and who hit on the idea of using the railway sleeper to bolster the stability of the tent.
All we have to do now is look forward to next year’s event, which is scheduled for Monday, 26 December 2016!
The Southern Night Championships – 21st Nov 2015
LOK organised the Southern Night Championships at Holmbury Hill in Surrey, on Saturday 21st November 2015.
Thanks to everyone who came along and competed on Saturday night. We hope you enjoyed it. Well done to everyone who completed what were quite challenging courses.
Congratulations to the Southern Night Orienteering Champions 2015. There are still a few trophies which were not taken away on the night – we’ll be in touch with those people.
London OK are a small club and our team of officials worked very hard to stage the event, kindly assisted by some Army personnel. Particular thanks to the planner Charles Spence and Mike Elliot (MV) our controller.
It was always going to be tricky to manage four separate car parks and we know that when the Near car park filled up, some cars were then misdirected and took some time to find a parking spot. Also we realise a few more tapes and glow sticks on the route from the Far car parks would have been helpful. Apologies for those problems.
The hall proved to be a great venue and thanks very much to everyone for leaving muddy shoes outside.
We have one item of lost property – White Adidas trainers size 8.5.
Is one your VJ Falcon O-Shoes too tight? Mark Blackstone has found that he now has one that is too loose! Mark takes size 9 so you probably take size 10. Please contact Mark to arrange a swap.
David & Miriam Rosen (Organisers)
London Ultra Sprint Results
Following the (inaugural) London Ultra Sprints in Regent’s Park in 2011 and Victoria Park in 2013 , LOK repeated the same format in Waterlow Park as part of the London City Race weekend on September 13th 2015. Competitors ran three heats on courses of approximately 1km with a high density of controls, including sections in a specially constructed maze, and there was a set of finals involving all competitors.
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.