|Date||Venue||Nearest rail station (mins walk)||Club|
|Sun 24 Jun||Hornchurch Country Park||Hornchurch on District Line (20 mins)||HAVOC|
|Sun 1 July||Addington Hills||East Croydon mainline, then tram route 3 to Coombe Road (5 mins)||LOK|
|Sat 7 July||Ellenbrook Fields||Hatfield mainline from Kings Cross, then bus UNO641 to UH de Havilland Campus||HH|
|Sun 15 July||Wimbledon Common||Putney from Waterloo, then 14/85/37 bus to Putney Heath/Green Man (5 mins)||SLOW|
|Sun 22 July||Beddington Park||Hackbridge mainline from Victoria
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 in June and 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 2018 the handicap scoring system has been improved. (Thanks to David Float of HAVOC for the suggestion). At each event, ranking scores will be calculated in the same way as at a BOF ranking event. Then competitors will be ordered according to how much better (or worse) they did compared to their current BOF ranking. GLOSS scores are then allocated from 100 downwards based on that ordering. Anyone without a previous BOF (or GLOSS) ranking will just be ordered as if they had exactly equalled their ranking.
The base extract from the BOF ranking list is available here.
The new GLOSS event guidelines 2018 include details of the revised scoring scheme and the event format. This supersedes previous versions.
2017 Series results are available here
2016 Series results are available here
2015 Series results are here.
2018 GLOSS series coordinator (LOK)