The Greater London Orienteering Summer Series (GLOSS) is a series of events run by the clubs in and around London and within the M25. It runs from through July and is a club competition (ie clubs compete to win the trophy) – but it operates a handicap system which strongly favours those with less experience (or none!) and who are younger or older – very often those contributing most to their club’s score are relative newcomers. So if you are a recently started orienteer, or even if you have never tried it, you will be welcome. It is a handicap series which aims to cater for beginners through to expert orienteers.
The races are on 5 successive weekends generally with start times between 10.00 and 11.30. Although they are inter-club races, they are open to all, including complete beginners who have never orienteered before and are not a member of any club. There is no need to pre-book, you just turn up and enter on the day.
There are 2 course options; the GLOSS (formerly named ‘frolic’) course which is usually about 3-5km and is of moderate (Light Green standard) navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km and with much easier navigation. In addition for those doing the GLOSS course, there is an optional ‘Extension’ to provide another 2-4 km.
The winning club each year carries off the prestigious London Bus Trophy – and it is always a closely fought battle!
For 2016 the handicap scoring system is (as in 2015) based on competitors’ BOF ranking list scores but it has been refined slightly and simplified. Your average BOF ranking points are used to provide your handicap. For each point over than 1000, you get a 5 second handicap. For each point less than 1000 your actual time is reduced by 5 seconds. So if your current ranking score is 2700 achieved at 3 ranking events, your average is 900 and you’ll get 100 x 4 seconds reduction in your time i.e. 6 minutes 40 seconds. If you took 45 minutes to complete the GLOSS course, your handicapped time will be 38:20. Easy!
If you don’t have BOF ranking points, you age, gender and experience are used to give you a notional ranking.
The list of events for 2016 is as follows:
Sunday 3 July Nonsuch Park, Cheam MV Draft GLOSS Scoring
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
The links above take you to the club-specific websites for each of the events. A flyer for the GLOSS 2016 events can be downloaded from here.
2016 Series results are available here
2015 Series results are here.