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 2016 Park Race Series

The London Park Race series has started. It features 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:

GLOSS Series

Frolics bus-smallThe 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
Sunday       31 July    Alexandra Palace, North London LOK

2016 flyer – – 2016 Series Results

Full details about the series including how you can score points for your club.

GLOSS 3 – Lloyd Park July 17th 2016

A hot (22C) and humid day with bursts of sunshine greeted competitors at the third event in the 2016 GLOSS series at Lloyd Park in South East Croydon. Many competitors arrived by tram, and those that didn’t had to look both ways across its tracks to negotiate safely into the car park. There was more than an international flavour to the event with competitors from Denmark, Latvia and Bulgaria.

Competitors were, as in the previous rounds, treated to a professionally printed map, this time at 1:5,000. In contrast to the sprint-type orienteering to be had at Haberdashers’ schools, the extensive grasslands, strips & small clumps of woodland and odd hill gave the area a classic orienteering feel. As at Nonsuch Park two Sundays ago, there was always the option to strike out direct through the long grass rather than to stick to the paths.

Navigation at times was a little tricky on account of the vigorous vegetation growth due to the exceptionally wet spring and summer. This led to the vegetation at some controls being somewhat different to that on the map. For example, control 9, an earth bank in pale orange right next to the fence bordering Shirley golf course, was to be found in a strip of woodland.

GLOSS course numbers at 68 were 3 down on the previous event at Haberdashers’ but up 7 on the previous time a GLOSS event was held here at the end of July 2014. A record 11 clubs for 2016 GLOSS scoring purposes were represented. Full (unhandicapped) results are on DFOK’s website. See where you lost time on against the winner on Splitsbrowser. Show the planner where you went and review others’ routes on Routegadget.

Nicholas Jarvis (SO) and Sue Carter (SLOW) were quickest round the 4.1 km 12 controls GLOSS course in 24:39 and 32:07 minutes respectively. However after handicapping Marion Bond (SAX), a W50, had the fastest time in 25:12 after a deduction of 32:36 minutes. She was followed by Jan Moller, a very good M50 from Denmark, in 31:01 including handicap of 6 minutes.

SLOW were top scorers fielding 10 finishers, followed by hosts DFOK with LOK in third with 8 and 7 scorers apiece. SO were fourth with 5 scorers, the club’s strongest GLOSS showing in many a year. The full handicap scoring is available here. SLOW retain their lead in the GLOSS series going into the penultimate round, with LOK just 3 points behind. Any scoring queries should be directed to Paul Todd via fixtures@londonorienteering.co.uk.

Next up is Barnes Common this coming Sunday, 24 July, which SLOW is hosting. See you there!

Catherine Galvin
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.

senate house

Senate House

Birkbeck College

Birkbeck College

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.

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