SLOW Night-O Series 2016-17

SLOW’s Night-O series returns for 2016-17 with a series of five races from early November to March.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, with the notable exception of the first event on 1 November. The full schedule for 2016-17 is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
1 November 2016Richmond ParkSue Carter with Tom Cochrane
22 November 2016Wimbledon CommonScott Collier or Pete Huzan
24 January 2017Bushey Park (TBC)Steve Clelland
17 February 2017Wimbledon CommonScott Collier or Pete Huzan
17 March 2017Richmond ParkJames Lyne

Full details on each event are posted on the SLOW website, a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

Series Results

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

Gomshall MTB Score Event, Sunday 23rd October 2016

The fourth and final event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2016 Series takes place from Gomshall on Sunday 23rd October.

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

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Gomshall Mill, Station Road, Guildford, GU5 9LB

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available after the event –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

Check back here for final details.

LocationGomshall
AddressGomshall Mill, Station Road, GU5 9LB
Latitude/longitude51.2195, -0.4472
OS grid referenceTQ085478
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 10 minutes drive from the A3, between Guildford and Leatherhead.
  • By public transport, trains run from London to Gomshall via Redhill, or get the fast train to Guildford and ride to the start!

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

Event 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 event 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 and veteran male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1100
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1100

Event duration is 2 hours and the course will close at 13:00.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. 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.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planners: Dan & Helen Murphy

Image: Dan & Helen Murphy (courtesy of TriAdventure)

Southfields Street-O, Tuesday 11 October

The second race in SLOW’s 2016-17 Street-O series will be held on Tuesday 11 October 2016 in Southfields. This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one.

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Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Old Fields right next to Southfields tube station. The pub has a tasty Menu which we’d encourage everyone to stay around for. The pub is also hosting a quiz night from 8pm if you want a double challenge that evening!

LocationSouthfields
AddressThe Old Fields, 20 Replingham Road, Southfields SW18 5LS
Latitude/longitude51.4447, -0.2052
OS grid referenceTQ248733
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Old Fields is practically adjacent to Southfields tube station on the District Line between Putney and Wimbledon.

Race Details

Entry fee is £1 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £2 for others.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

The Street-O format has clues 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. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, an SI card if you have one, and a watch so that you aren’t late back! You may find a torch/head-torch and compass useful too, although many don’t take one.

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. Check the 2016-17 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Rebecca Slack,

Wapping Street-O results

Here are the Final Results from the first Street-O of the season held at Wapping on Tuesday 13 September 2016.

Congratulations to Matt Schepisi and Helen Gardner for getting the most points, and to all 83 competitors for braving the heat! Thank you to Katrin Harding for organising and also to the helpers on the night.

The next race in the Street-O Series 2016-17 will be held in Southfields / Wandsworth on Tuesday 11 October and we hope to see many of you there!

Results for the 9th London City Race

Results are now available for the London City Race Weekend events including the Crystal Palace Park Sprint (Friday), the 9th London City Race in Rotherhithe (Saturday) and the Soho Urban Sprint (Sunday).

Park Sprint, Crystal Palace

9th London City Race, Rotherhithe

Urban Sprint, Soho

Results queries/clarifications? Email for Saturday/Sunday’s races.

Planner’s Comments for Rotherhithe

Thanks to everyone for coming – it was great to see so many orienteers swarming over this usually quiet neighbourhood.

I was keen to use the opportunity presented by the map and focus the race on route planning over sprint-style navigation. There were only a few trick controls and most sites should have been easy to find once you were close. Average leg lengths were 300 to 350m for most courses and a little less for the more senior classes. A central start and finish meant that there was no bulk flow of competitors around the area and many of the interesting legs could be found in opposite directions on different courses where it was safe.

The senior courses had a checklist of features: first, one or two long legs that accounted for around a third of the total distance. Second, a leg traversing the bridge with its sneaky underpass on just one side of the canal underneath, which was my favourite feature on the map and therefore probably the busiest. Third, all courses up to Men’s Super Vet took a trip up to the top of the hill to add some climb to an otherwise flat area – Men’s Elite went up twice. Finally, where distance allowed, courses took one or more brief visits to the bank of the Thames to add some interest and context. Junior courses were easier to plan than in other urban areas thanks to the complex Russia Dock woodland and the underpasses allowing traffic-free access to Greenland Dock.

Some runners chose a long blast around the road on a few of the long legs. I don’t think that would have benefited every runner and many would consider it less interesting than the direct but navigationally-intense alternative. I intended that these road options would be considered and dismissed due to the extra length but, somewhat allegorically, it would be questionable if the orienteer really has free will if they never make the ‘wrong’ choice in practice.

Some things could have been improved. Despite my efforts to make every leg interesting, a few fillers crept in. Women’s Ultra Vets had a route choice that I had not considered, which crossed a ‘crossable’ wall that was too physical for this class and should have been avoided. The start was difficult to see on the map, depending on which way the triangle was orientated for your course. Finally, the winning times were fast. Some might not have appreciated longer courses but I wonder if this area is little faster than the previous London maps.

— Ed Stott

London City Race: Final Details and Start Times

Final details and start times are now available for both Friday in Crystal Palace and Saturday in Rotherhithe, along with start times for Sunday in Soho. These are available at the main London City Race event page. The final details contain important information about how to get into the event arenas without compromising yourself in the course areas. Please ensure that the details you have are “v3” for each of the days!

We recommend that you use public transport to get to the events, particularly on Saturday in Rotherhithe and Sunday in Soho:

  • Friday: Crystal Palace station, which is 20-30 minutes from London Bridge and London Victoria stations and also on the London Overground.
  • Saturday: Canada Water station, which is on the Jubilee underground line and also on the London Overground. There is a taped route north from the station to the event centre.
  • Sunday: Temple underground station, which is on the District and Circle underground lines. The Tour of Britain cycling race is taking place near there that afternoon so access via other routes may be restricted. Please check the map in the final details.

Transport for London’s Journey Planner is very useful in helping show the best routes on public transport around London. The easiest way to travel is to use a contactless credit/debit card, this will work on almost all trains, tubes, trams and buses in London. If you don’t have a contactless credit/debit card, an Oyster card can be purchased from the larger ticket machines at almost every tube station. Here’s the three tube/train stations to use for each of the three days, click for a larger version or see the full tube map on the TfL website:

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OK Nuts Trophy 2016, Glover’s Wood, Sunday 25 September

South London Orienteers presents

The OK Nuts Trophy Event

Sunday 25 September 2016

Glover’s Wood

10 miles south of Dorking
Entries are now open at Fabian4.

OK Nuts 2016 Final Details


Please note that the course lengths are now regular long distance courses, not middle distance as previously advertised.

Event Location

Glovers WoodGlover’s Wood is a rarely used gem! The area is compact with a long steeply-sided valley which has many contour features and elsewhere various earthworks. It is mostly natural woodland with trees widely spaced in the valleys and little undergrowth so runnability is good. It is located ten miles south of Dorking, with the nearest postcode centred on RH5 5BP. Parking and the assembly field is 350m to the north, along the east side of Partridge Lane at TQ223410.

LocationGlovers Wood
AddressPartridge Lane, west of Charlwood, RH5 5BP
Latitude/longitude51.1556, -0.2519
OS grid referenceTQ223410
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Dogs are allowed, but must be under control at all times.

Trophies

Three prestigious trophies are awarded in commemoration of prominent SLOW members:

  • The OK Nuts Trophy is awarded to the winner of the tough Black course, in memory of Mike Wells Cole, British Champion and founder member of SLOW, and his club Nutfielders OK.
  • The Heather Monro Trophy, named after SLOW’s illustrious World Champs Medal Winner, is awarded to the first woman on the Short Brown course.
  • The Margaret Loveless Trophy is awarded to best Junior, in memory of one of SLOW’s most loyal and popular members.
  • Commemorative coasters are awarded to Senior Long and Junior A class winners.

A list of previous winners of the OK Nuts trophies is available at .

Courses

All courses are Long, not Middle distance as previously announced.

Black* M21*
Brown M35 M40
Short Brown W21 M18 M20 M45 M50
Blue W35 W40 M16 M55 M60
Short Blue W18 W20 W45 W50 M65
Green W16 W55 W60 M70
Short Green W65+ M75+
Light Green W14 W16B M14 M16B
Orange W12 W14B M12 M14B
Yellow W10 W12B M10 M12B
White W10B M10B

* If there are fewer than 10 entries on Black by the closing date, competitors will be moved to Brown.

Entries

Entries are open now on Fabian4.

BOF Members Non-BOF Members
Seniors/Juniors Seniors/Juniors
Online before 23:59hrs 18/09/16 £9/£4 £11/£5
On the day (subject to map availability) £11/£5 £13/£5
SPORTident card hire £1/Free £1/Free

Adults entering Orange, Yellow and White courses may pay the Junior rate.

Race Details

Start times will be flexible, allocated in half-hour blocks. Courses close at 14:30.

RegistrationBetween 0845 and 1130
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Organisation

Planner: Charlie Turner (SLOW)
Controller: Peter Chapman (Southdowns)
Organiser: Christine Robinson (SLOW),

The personal data you give will be used by the event organisers and their agents only for the purpose of processing and publishing the event entries and results, for conducting safety checks and to validate British Orienteering insurance cover.

Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with British Orienteering and not joined an orienteering club which is a member of British Orienteering then you are not covered by our public liability insurance. If you are not a British Orienteering member, please provide your contact details for insurance purposes. Orienteering is an adventure sport and your safety while orienteering is your own responsibility. Parents are responsible for their children and advice is available on request about what courses may be suitable for children.

Please check this website prior to travelling in case of any last minute changes. In the event of cancellation some or all of your entry fee may be retained.

Image of Glover’s Wood with bluebells in spring copyright Sally and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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