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.

GLOSS Series 2017

Frolics bus-smallOn Sunday 25th June, the 2017 Greater London Orienteering Summer Series (GLOSS) starts. The series runs every Sunday for 5 successive weeks. All events are accessible by public transport.
LOK are organising the second GLOSS event at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 2nd July. Full details here and see the 2017 Series Homepage.

The list of events for 2017 is as follows:

Sunday 25th June Belhus Woods HAVOC DRAFT RESULTS
Sunday 2th July Alexandra Palace, North London LOK
Sunday 9th July Wimbledon Common SLOW
Sunday 16th July Cassiobury Park, Watford HH
Sunday 23rd July Morden Park MV

The GLOSS series flyer is here!

GLOSS Event 1

It was a hot (19c), humid (68%) and sunny start to the 2017 GLOSS series at Belhus Woods in Essex as HAVOC hosted a GLOSS (nee FROLICS) event for the very first time in the series’ 30-year lifetime.    Belhus Woods comprises ancient woodland, parkland and gravel workings turned lakes-and-isthmuses from the former Belhus estate. Planner Janet Biggs exploited the difficulties posed by the area’s deep ditches and dense linear vegetation to test navigation all the way round. The extension course provided novelty in the form of a control on a pipeline (#17) as well as route choice around the lakes (see leg 20 to 21).

76 competitors took part with 67 completing the GLOSS course, 37 of whom went on to complete the 6.5 km Extension course. Overall GLOSS numbers were up 3 from the inaugural event of the 2016 series at Nonsuch Park in Cheam. Full (unhandicapped) results are already available on HAVOC’s website. Show the planner where you went and review others’ routes on Routegadget. (There may be a short delay before the event courses are shown).

We have not changed the handicapping system from last year, meaning that competitors’ average British Orienteering ranking points as at 22 June 2017 have been used to provide a handicap. Each point more than 1,000 earns a 4 seconds handicap. Each point less than 1,000 earns a 4 seconds reduction to actual race time. For more information on the handicapping see the GLOSS guidelines.   Kevin Fielding (HH) and Sue Carter (SLOW) were quickest round the 3½ km GLOSS course in 22:25 and 26:27 minutes respectively. However after handicapping Ian Catchpole (DFOK) had the fastest time in 15:29 (after deduction of nearly 19 minutes).

With the top six on handicap to score, HH, DFOK, SLOW and LOK as well as hosts HAVOC were able to field full teams. HAVOC were the clear winners of the first round despite fielding 9 competitors against second club HH’s 15. See here handicapped results and team scoring.

Next up in the 2017 GLOSS series is LOK’s event this coming Sunday, 2 July, at Alexandra Palace, which has good public transport links from central London. First start is at 10:45. See you there!
Catherine Galvin
2017 GLOSS series coordinator (LOK)

Summer events

The first of the two LOK events of the 2017 London Park Series was on Tuesday 13th June at Middlesex University (Hendon Campus), the RESULTS are here.    Routegadget here.
Split times, WinSplits Online

LOK are also staging the seventh race of the series on Tuesday 11th July at Gladstone Park.

Support the British Team at the World Orienteering Championships
You can help the team financially at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/fuelgbwoc The team has set up a ‘My Donate’ page. Money donated will help meet the expenses of the team and hence reduce the amount the team members have to pay themselves.

LOK members at JK

LOK members achieved some good results at the Jan Kjellstrom Easter Orienteering event. Many of the club helped as well as running on Friday at the Sprint at Brunel University, Uxbridge. Saturday’s Middle distance was at Ambersham Common near Midhurst and Sunday’s Long was at Holmbush near Crawley.
Frank Martindale was 2nd in M80 at Brunel and went onto win at Ambersham. At Holmbush he was 4th which put him 4th overall for the 2-day competition.
Jeff Pyrah was 2nd in M45 at Brunel (only 5 seconds down) and was 5th at Ambersham. At Holmbush he was 3rd which put him 3rd overall for the 2-day competition.
Paul Todd, who had planned the courses at Brunel, was 2nd on the next two days in M40S making him 2nd overall for the 2-day competition.

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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