Score Orienteering race (Street Race) 1:00:14  * 11.5 km (5:14 / km)
ahr:168 max:187 spiked:24/40c slept:7.5 shoes: £20 Lightweight Running Shoes
The final SLOW Street-O in the 2007/8 series, this was a 60-minute score in Lambeth borough, on the south bank of the River Thames in Central London. The area included the London Eye and the Oxo Tower, and some very dodgy housing estates south of Elephant & Castle - I was quite glad this was the Street-O done during daylight rather than darkness!
There were lots of control points on the 1:10000 line map, with varying points values from 10 to 40. There were 10 40-pointers altogether, so my strategy was to visit as many of these as possible, doing other controls on the way.
I had a good run, after a poor beginning (missing a 30-pointer.) In the end, I managed to visit 9 of the 10 40-pointers, 6 of the 10 30-pointers, 6 of the 10 20-pointers, and 3 of the 10 10-pointers. The end of my race involved a sprint up Kennington Road back to the start beside the Old Vic, but I arrived back 14 seconds late, so was docked 10 points, finishing fourth on the night with 680 points - behind Steve A on 690 (whose strategy of ignoring the time limit because he was able to accumulate points faster than he lost them after the hour seems to have paid off), Ed on 720 and Matthias on an impressive 780. This result was my best of the series - although Paul and Nick weren't running.
A good run on a map that borders the City of London. Together with SLOW's City of London and Pimlico Street-O maps, and LOK's West End street-O map, a good chunk of central London is mapped this way - I wonder if a three-hour super Street-O would be popular?