London Orienteering Klubb
All About Frolics
Frolics is a summer series of 5 orienteering races run by the clubs in and around London. It runs from late June to the end of 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 clubs score are relative newcomers. So if you are a recently started orienteer, or even if you have never tried it, you will be welcome.
The 2011 Series
There has been a slight change to the series rules this year. Once again club scoring will be 'best 4 results out of 5' however this year clubs will drop their lowest score whichever race it is (in previous years clubs could not drop the last race score).
2011 Results - SLOW CHAMPIONS - retaining their title!
South London's SLOW have taken the trophy for the second year in a row - congratulations to them. Mole Valley fought hard and won the last race to try and snatch the crown, but a single point difference secured the honours for SLOW.
Some Series Statistics for 2011:
That's it for another year - watch out for the 2012 series.
Previous Series Results
2010 series winners were SLOW who wrested the much coveted title from Mole Valley. A full blow by blow account of the 2010 series is available here.
The Handicapping System
The handicap applied is based on the 3 criteria below. For each of these you are granted a number of Minutes. The sum of Minutes you are given is your handicap level which is deducted from the time you actually took to complete the course to arrive at your Frolics-adjusted time. [Detailed rules PDF]
The Club Scoring System
After all runners have been listed in order of their Frolics-Adjusted time, the winner is given 100 points, the next runner 99 and so on down the list but only the first 6 runners from each club score. The club score for the event is the sum of those of its best 6 runners (tough luck if there are fewer than 6 entrants). The clubs are placed in order of their scores for the event and the winning club receives 20 trophy points, the next 19 trophy points and so on down the list. The club trophy is determined as Best 4 out of 5 ie as a club you drop your worst score and the club with the highest number of trophy points wins the series and the magnificent Frolics Bus trophy. In previous years we have insisted that the last event coudl not be dropped - this year in a change to the rules, that restriction has been removed - in other words each club drops its worst score from whichever race.
|Last Update on 12 August 2011|