Wimbledon Common Night-O Results, February 2015

The penultimate race of SLOW’s 2014-15 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 24 February. Ed Catmur again won the race, by almost three minutes from Paul Couldridge, taking his string of victories to four with only one race remaining in the series. Melanie Hilton beat Sue Carter by almost half a minute to be the first lady home.

Series results will be posted later.

Shoreditch Street-O results

Here are the Results from the Street-O held in Shoreditch on Tuesday 10 February 2015, along with the latest overall series results.

Lost property: compass, head torch, buff, jumper, pen and a pair of socks – all left on the same table. Contact to claim.

Planner’s comments

First of all two sets of thanks. First set to everyone who made it for the run, I do hope you all enjoyed it. Secondly to the numerous helpers and in particular to Eoin for manning the start in the cold.

Let me be blunt about the planning, my primary goal was for you all to get lost. The city area is so full of narrow alleyways and twisting corners that it would be a shame not to use them. And if I’m going to get disorientated while planning then I certainly hope you did as well.

Another goal was to make it interesting for everyone, from the speedy quick runners, to the mid pace joggers, to the chatting walkers. The city area was quite control dense to ensure all had to keep thinking for the whole hour. The east of the map was more spread out to stretch the legs of the runners and hopefully it kept them thinking as well.

Thirdly, I wanted to show you some of the small interesting bits of London. I learnt lots of random things while walking around, so I thought I would share some of them with you (I particularly like the goat on top of the concrete bokes!!).

Richard Jones

Wimbledon Common Night-O, 24 February 2015

The penultimate race of the five event 2014-15 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 24 February 2015. The race centre will be The Telegraph pub on Putney Heath.

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The Night-O series is a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Tom Cochrane know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Telegraph on Telegraph Road, Putney Heath, London SW15 3TU. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Telegraph, Putney Heath
Latitude/longitude51.4488, -0.2264
OS grid referenceTQ233737
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Telegraph is a 10 minute walk from Putney Hill, which is served by buses 85, 14, 37, 39 or 424 from Putney which has mainline connections to Waterloo and the District underground line (East Putney).

Race Details

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SI electronic punching with SI cards available to hire on the night. Headlamps are also available for hire if you e-mail the organizer in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Courses will close at 20:30.

The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

All competitors take part at their own risk. You MUST be over 16 to take part in this event, unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a condition of our insurance.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planner: Tom Cochrane,

MTB Score Event at Box Hill, 12 April 2015

The second race in the SLOW Multisport Mountain Bike Score series takes place around Box Hill, near Dorking, on Sunday 12 April 2015. The race centre will be The Stepping Stones on Westhumble Street, Dorking.


This is a public race – all are welcome. All entries are on the day but we encourage you to please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link to follow) or email to let us know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at the The Stepping Stones on Westhumble Street, Dorking RH5 6BS. Toilets, hot drinks, water and food are available from the pub, but please leave any muddy shoes at the door!

Note: The pub have asked that meals be ordered in advance to avoid a rush on the kitchen

LocationBox Hill
AddressThe Stepping Stones, Westhumble Street
Latitude/longitude51.2533, -0.3245
OS grid referenceTQ170518
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • From the M25, exit J9 and head south on the A24. Immediately after the Boxhill roundabout, turn right onto Westhumble St

 

Drivers are requested to use the Burford Bridge car park (just off the A24 roundabout) and approach the event base via the foot tunnel.  The pub car park is not to be used for race parking and we ask that you please be respectful of local residents and avoid using the narrow local streets. Note that the Burford Bridge car park is pay & display.

  • By train, BoxHill & Westhumble Station and Boxhill-Burford Bridge Hotel are both within a 10 minute walk

Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

A small kit drop area will be available at the pub and you may wish to consider bringing a bike lock. Those staying for food are welcome to move their cars to the pub car park after the event.

Race Details

The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for BMBO (with their membership cards) and SLOW members, and £6 for under 21s.

The race will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MTB Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and carry a whistle and first aid kit (a minimum of plasters & dressing). The following equipment is also recommended:

  • Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass

There will be series prizes for top male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1045
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1100

Courses will close at 13:00.

Maps will be 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps, although 1:25,000 may be available for novices/juniors if requested in advance. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls, and a limited number of SI dibbers will be available. Please bring your own if you have one.

Bike Rental

For those interested in having a go but lacking wheels, Pilgrim Cycles are pleased to offer rental bikes from their shop at Boxhill Station – reserve early to avoid disappointment!

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planners: Todd Fallesen

Photo of Nicki Adams by Open Adventures.

Oxshott Common Night-O Results, February 2015

The third race of SLOW’s 2014-15 Night-O series was held on Oxshott Common on Tuesday 3 February. The temperature was not as low as the previous evening, but there was still a light dusting of snow remaining in sheltered open areas. Ed Catmur again won the men’s race, to take the series title with two races remaining. Sue Carter was the first lady home, and leads the ladies’ competition at this stage but with others on only two races, there’s a lot still to run for.

Series results so far are available here.

Planner’s comments

Many thanks for coming to one of the more challenging areas in London. The courses were planned with the idea to tempt the experienced night-orienteers to go straight line on a number of legs while making this challenging. Looking at the results, it seems that this did provide a nice training: according to WinSplits there was only one error-free run and only two controls (13 and 15 on the long) were on the easy side and did not pose a problem for anyone. Hope you enjoyed running under full moon on a snowy heathland and hope to see you at the next Night-O!

Organiser’s comments

We are very grateful to Oxshott Village Sports Club for hosting us and for the amazing dinner! The event ran so smoothly with the help of SLOW volunteers, where main credit goes to Don McKerrow, Paul Couldridge and Ed Stott.

Lost property

Yellow cycling Powerbar bottle — email the organiser

Dmitry Adamsky,

London's largest orienteering club. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013.