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.

Hampstead Street Orienteering Race – Tuesday 8th of March 2016

  • Urban orienteering 60 minute ‘score’ event around Hampstead and Belsize Park
  • Navigate to point locations on the map in order to answer questions on a question sheet: each is worth 10, 20 or 30 points. 1 point penalty for every 3 seconds late back (ie 20 points per minute late)

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  • Suitable for beginners.
  • No booking necessary – just turn up.
  • £2 entry (£1 for LOK/SLOW members)
  • Registration at The Roebuck pub opposite the Royal Free Hospital Entrance (15 Pond Street, Hampstead NW3 2PN)
  • Registration 6.15–7.15pm. Start times 6.30–7.30pm.  Course closes 9.00pm

Download the event flyer.

The results for the first LOK street event can be found here. Well done to Jo Hurley for her clear win.

Trent Park Boxing Day Score Event – Sat 26th Dec

Saturday 26th December – Boxing Day Score Event Trent Park – details here. Results are here and Routegadget here.

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.

Night O Results can be found here.  Routegadget here.

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

Ultra sprint 2015(n)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.

  The results are now available.

BOF Ranking points (corrected 4/10/15).

Short video of the event can be found here.

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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