Street Orienteering – Wednesday 27th December – 10:45am

Last February Bex (Ed’s Mum) hosted a Street Orienteering event on behalf of South London Orienteers. In her infinite wisdom, Bex is hosting another in January (9th) in Richmond (details to follow nearer the event).

On Wednesday 27th December we thought we’d get you all, after your Christmas excesses, to run the February event again. We would like to get the event going at 10:45 so we can have a mass start at 11:00am. The meeting place would be just by the Tapestry on Mortlake Green. You should all be back by 12, or very soon after, when The Tapestry hopefully opens and we can repair to the warmth of the pub for a drink and marking of the papers. All Juniors should be accompanied by adults,though any responsible Juniors are more than welcome to run unaccompanied if their parents are happy about it;.and you are more than welcome to bring family and friends.. You can also run in groups. Anyone who did the event in February will have certain clues removed as the answers were too memorable!

What is a Street-O? A Street-O format has clues (different clues/locations carry different points) located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. You don’t have to visit them all. If you exceed the 60 minutes you get fined points. Ideally, once you receive your map and start, it’s best to have a quick look and decide which area would suit you best for points and accessibility. Basically – it’s a glorified treasure hunt – and an enjoyable event!

I will need to get the maps printed (it’s special paper and double sided), so I would be grateful if you could let me know in advance if you are able to attend, bob.reed@post.com so I know how many to print. All you need to bring are a couple of pens (in case one doesn’t work), and a decent time-piece so that you are in control of the time. All costs will be paid for by the club!

Just e-mail me if you want any more details.

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Parkrun – Bedfont Lakes (Feltham) 16th December

The Sheen Shufflers seniors monthly parkrun is taking place this month at Bedfont Lakes next Saturday Morning.

A parkrun is over a 5k course and all start at 9:00am. Bedfont Lakes just happens to be my favourite parkrun, so why not come along and give it a go. The course has a very slight incline at the start and on the commencement of the second lap, and the rest is either gentle downhill or flat.

Entrance to the run is free and it is a one time registration at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/ You will find Sheen Shufflers in the Running Club drop down box. Print off your barcode (I cover mine with clingfilm) and bring it with you on the day. They need to scan it at the finish and give it back to you. You do not have to pre-register.

To get to Bedfont Lakes, leave Richmond on the A316 and keep going to the Sunbury Cross turnoff where the M3 starts. Head under the motorway through Sunbury along the A308 for approximately 3 kilometres. Take the B378 on the right and keep going straight which reaches Clockhouse Lane.. When you go over a railway bridge, the entrance to Bedfont Lakes is about another 200 metres or so.
You have two choices for parking. If you get there early enough e.g. 8:35, there is parking at the start just off Clockhouse Lane…otherwise, there is a big car park at the far end of the course, just off Bedfont Road, but it’s about a kilometer walk to the start.

This is an ideal course for any first timers. The marshalls at the halfway point will look after anyone who has to drop out after one lap. If you personally don’t want to run, but your possession does, just ask and we can try and match them up with one of the senior runners.

Any questions, please do ask!

Downs Cross Country League Results 3rd December 2017

Well done to all those who took part in the second Downs League event on Epsom Downs last Sunday morning. Here’s the results as we have them:

Girls U15

31st Mimi McDuell 21:11

U15 girls finished 8th out of 11 teams

Boys U13
18th Hamish Chapple 11:35
34th Svante Jonsson 13:48

Boys U13 finished 11th of 13 teams

Girls U13

18th Juliet Parson 12:08
31st Mia Oldfield 13:50
33rd Alissa Hadjiandreou 14:00

Girls U13 finished 6th of 13 teams

Boys U11

40th Vedaant Saggi 12:30
47th Ferris Chapple 13:32
50th Sebastain Mano 13:55

U11 Boys finished 6th of 10 teams

Girls U11

20th Ava Oldfield 13:34
22nd Emily Hough 13:50
31st Lilia Hadjiandreou 16:15

U11 Girls finished 6th of 10 teams

Hopefully we’ll get more of you out for the next fixture in February, on Sunday 18th with a start time of 10:45. We will remind you nearer the time.

Owners and Possessions session – Sunday 10th December

Don’t forget that this Sunday we are holding the first of our ‘Owners and Possessions Sessions’ on Sheen Common at 10am. We hope that the Owners will be bold enough to don their lycra and join in.

As this is the first time that we have done this it will be very much a ‘suck it and see’ morning, so please be patient if this first one doesn’t go as smoothly as we’d like it. Hopefully the venue won’t be too crowded and we have enough space to make the activities interesting.

Hopefully see you Sunday – if you need any further info, please ask.

Downs Cross-Country League – 2nd Fixture – 3rd December

The second race in the four race Downs Cross Country League series takes place on Sunday 3rd December. All the races will take part on Epsom Downs with the start/finish off the car park at Tattenham Corner Road and Old London Road.

The categories and start times are:

Under 11s (Years 5 & 6) – 2.2k 10:45
Under 13s (Years 7&8) – 2.5k 11:15 est.
Under 15s (Years 9&10) – 2.5k 11:30 est

You will need to wear a club top, which can be purchased on the day (£20), otherwise, we hope to have a few spare tops that you can use but must be handed back.

Our coaches, Steve and Louise should be in attendance at the event, and we will have a sail banner up so you can easily find us.

If you haven’t run or registered with us in for the cross-country, it would save us extra administration on the day if you could let us know beforehand if you are running, by either speaking to one of us, via this website of via The Sheen Shufflers Juniors Facebook page, though you can enter on the day.

Night Orienteering – Wimbledon Common- Tuesday 28th November

Venue: The Telegraph on Putney Heath SW15 3TU Tuesday 28/11

Not done a Night-O before? There are two courses, 5K and 2.5K, though only the top orienteers manage to get that distance as the ‘also rans’ spend yards looking for control points. Children can run if accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian.

Basically, you are given a map with clues on it and you have to navigate to the clues ‘check-points’ and electronically check in. You will need a head torch, whistle and a compass. The cost is £5 entry, £3 for juniors. Registration between 18:00 and 19:25, and as it is electronic timing, you go when you are ready.

These are fun but frustrating events (when you can’t find a check-point). You can run in groups, so please don’t feel you have to run on your own.

If you need any further information/re-assurance please ask:  bob.reed@post.com

I will be doing the 5k run so anyone who wants to partner with me is more than welcome.

Owners and Possessions Session – Sunday 10th December

We are planning on holding our first ‘Owners & Possessions Session’ on Sunday 10th December on Sheen Common (Fife Road entrance). The session will start at 10:00am.

We are hoping that some of the Owners will join in to show that they can cope just as admirably as their Possessions.

As this will be the first of these sessions it will be a trial/trail and error morning and hopefully we can take it on from there.

The session will take in warm-ups, running and the odd obstacle course or two, where the Possessions can stand back and watch their Owners with wonder!! Owners will be allowed some flexibility (if their Possessions let them!).

Hopefully see you there on the 10th (that’s one Sunday after the second of the Junior cross-country league fixtures on the 3rd).

Downs Cross-Country League 5th November 2017

This was our first appearance in the Downs League and a huge learning curve for the both the runners that took part and the coaches, Steve and Louise, who were in attendance. The standard was extremely high with some of the best young athletes in Surrey taking part. We hope that all our juniors enjoyed themselves and will be coming back for more. Our next fixture, at the same venue, takes place on Sunday 3rd December. We will publish all the details nearer the time.

Despite only having one runner in the U15 Girls, Alex Mortimer, we managed to finish 9th team out of 11. Alex finished 20th Lady.

In the U13 boys, again we only had one runner, Svante Jonsson who finished 34th. In the girls U13 we had two runners, Mia Oldfield who finished in 33rd place, ahead of Lily Nash in 42nd. The U13 girls finished in 10th place out of 12. It’s three to count and you get penalty points if you are short of runners, so in this race we would have been a lot higher if we had had a third counter.

In the U11 Boys we managed to get a full team of three out. Emilio Olvera was first Shuffler home in 41st place, closely followed by Sebastian Mano in 55th with Luca Barkan two places behind in 57th. This was a hotly contested race with some very good athletes, so our boys did really well to finish in 10th place.

In the U11 Girls 8YO Ava Oldfield finished in an extremely creditable 24th place, with Emily Hough, another 8YO running with U11s, 8 places behind her in 32nd. Again, with another runner in this category our girls would have finished higher than the eighth place that they achieved.

Well done to all those that took part!

Downs Cross Country League – Interest Register

As you are all probably well aware, Sheen Shufflers Juniors will be participating in this seasons’ Downs Cross Country League. The first fixture is less than two weeks away on Sunday 5th November.

If your athlete is intending to do any of the fixtures we would be grateful if you could let us know. We will require your athlete’s name, gender and date of birth. If you are not sure at this stage if you have a runner or not, please register anyway as it will save us time in advance. Can you please reply to info@sheenshufflersjuniors.co.uk

All the races will take part on Epsom Downs with the start/finish off the car park at Tattenham Corner Road and Old London Road. The first race for U11s starts at 10:45. All races are between 2K and 3K.

We will have our sail banner flying so we will be easy to spot. Club tops must be worn and will be available to purchase (£20). We will be carrying a couple of spares if needed. Any parents that would like to assist on the day with marshalling etc. – can you please hold up your hands.

Both Steve and Louise will be in attendance on the day to help organise.

If you need any further information, please contact us.

End Date for Summer Season 2017

The last Barn Elms Track Session of 2017 will take place on Sunday 29th October. We are looking at a resumption date of 11th March for Summer Season 2018.

We are planning on holding ‘extra curriculum’ Sunday morning training sessions on Sheen Common during the ‘close season’. We will announce the dates and times on this website and on the Juniors Facebook page. We won’t be e-mailing the details so please either ‘like’ the Juniors page or just keep monitoring the website.