E9: Gridded

So, I ran in the Nike Grid ARG (alternative reality game) on Saturday, concentrating mainly on the E9 postcode in Hackney, but also going jogging around the City of London (EC1, EC2, EC3 postcodes) doing an informal City of London Race. The aim of the game was to log runs between four specially designated phoneboxes […]


I wouldn’t normally fly several hundred miles just to go to an orienteering event – but then, an orienteering event in the Cité de Carcassonne in southern France was never going to to be just another orienteering event. Actually there were three events in the one weekend, a middle race on the Saturday afternoon, the […]

5 Races in 9 Days

I’ve been doing quite a lot of orienteering/running recently: 10 October – Richmond Park second anniversary parkrunThe first time I’ve done a parkrun not at Bushy Park – Richmond is certainly hillier. 11 October – 1st Chester City RaceQuite a way from London, but I enjoyed running around the ancient streets and The Rows. The […]

Lambeth Street-O

Here’s my route around Lambeth last night, during the final SLOW Street-O of the series this year. The race was during daylight hours – which was good, as some of the areas around the bottom of the map are not places I would want to be in after dark. Highlights included the Oxo Tower and […]

More Ascent Goodness

More GPS tracklogs overlaid on high-resolution aerial photographs in Ascent: 1. The Bushy Park Time Trial (5K) route – now going clockwise around the park. 2. A quick (700m) warm-down jog up and down one of the tree-lined terraces in Bushy Park. Notice you can see every tree. 3. Today’s exhausting orienteering race at Woolbeding […]

Urban Orienteering

I’ve been doing a few street orienteering races around London recently. These are generally in the evening, when it’s dark, but I don’t need to geek out with a head torch as street lighting is normally sufficient to be able to read the map. The races are score races – you choose your own route […]

Ascent Analysis

Here’s an analysis, in Ascent, of my orienteering today, at the November Classic in the New Forest. See my Attackpoint training details for the race analysis. Click for the full-size version. The blue line is my altitude. This is pretty inaccurate due to GPS calculations of altitude being inherently flawed. For example, I’m pretty sure […]