Wimbledon Common Night-O, 22 November

The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 22 November 2016. The race centre will be The Hand in Hand on Crooked Billet on the south side of the common.

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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 Sue Carter know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Hand In Hand at 6 Crooked Billet, London SW19 4RQ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Hand in Hand, 6 Crooked Billet SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4213, -0.2275
OS grid referenceTQ233706
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Bus route 200 takes five minutes from Wimbledon Station towards Raynes Park. The nearest stop is at the junction of Arterberry Road with Ridgway.

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 for free for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organizer in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

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: Pete Huzan,

Chancery Lane Street-O, Tuesday 13 December

The fourth race in SLOW’s 2016-17 Street-O series will be held on Tuesday 13 December 2016 in Central London around st Paul’s and Chancery Lane. 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 Inn of Court in Central London. Once an old bailiff’s office, it now does good food and drink, and you’re encouraged to stay after the race.

LocationChancery Lane and St Pauls
AddressInn of Court, 18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE
Latitude/longitude51.5178, -0.1101
OS grid referenceTQ312816
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Inn of Court is practically adjacent to Chancery Lane tube station (Central Line) and easily accessible from all over London.

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.

Organisers: Siobhan Henn, Richard Kirk, Dan Lewington. For queries please email Siobhan at  or use facebook.

Chalk Farm Street-O results

The Final Results (from the LOK website) are now available for the third Street-O of the season held at Chalk Farm.

You can now also access the Series Results after 3 races.

Matt Schepisi made it three wins out of three races, and Natalie Holroyd was the leading lady. Thank you to David Rosen from our friends at London Orienteering Klubb for organising.

The next race in the Street-O Series 2016-17 will be held in Central London (St Paul’s) on Tuesday 13 December and we hope to see many of you there!

SLOW Club Championships 2016

It’s that time of year again as SLOW would like to welcome all club members to participate at the 4th annual running of the Club Championships on Saturday 3 Dec.

Club Champions 2015
Club Champions 2015 Tom Cochrane and Katrin Harding. The junior champion in 2015 was Thomas Arnison.

As part of their Saturday Series, Southern Navigators will be hosting the event on SLOW’s area Esher Commons which is very convenient for SLOW members. They are putting on two extra courses open only to SLOW members which will be approximately 4km and 5.5km for Women and Men.

The event centre will be the Fairmile inn on the Portsmouth Road, and full details will be available on Southern Navigators’ website nearer the event.

LocationEsher Common
AddressFairmile, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1BW
Latitude/longitude51.3412, -0.4005
OS grid referenceTQ115615
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Please let Paul Couldridge know of your intention to run by either Facebook or email to , along with your SI number for the event organisers. Closing date entries will be Sunday 27 November.

Results from the Richmond Park Night-O

The first race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held in Richmond Park on Tuesday 1 November. Paul Couldridge won by over three minutes, with Iris Lueke the first lady home.

Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. We had a great turnout. And so thank you to people who agreed to recycle their maps at the end of their runs so that everyone could get a run.

This was the first event that I have planned. I hope the courses provided you with the challenge you were looking for. If you have any feedback, I would be interested to hear what you have to say. Please upload your routes to RouteGadget. It’s helpful to see which routes everyone took. I think I should have placed the finish at a simpler location (as it doesn’t have a control description). Apologies to anyone who lost time trying to find the finish.

Thanks to Tom Cochrane, Don McKerrow, Paul Couldridge, Peter Huzan for their help before, during and after the event. And thanks to everyone who offered to help as well. All that help makes it so much easier to put these events on.
Sue Carter

The 36th Box Hill Fell Race

South London Orienteers present

The 36th Box Hill Fell Race

Saturday 21st January 2017 at 11.00am

12 kilometres with 520m of ascent under F.R.A. rules
Records: 54.08 (Andy Greenleaf 2015);
67.36 (Sarah Pemberton 2015)

Event Centre

LocationBox Hill
AddressAshcombe School, Ashcombe Road, Dorking RH4 1LY
Latitude/longitude51.2399, -0.3282
OS grid referenceTQ168503
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Following the closure of Aviva (formerly Friends Life) Sports and Social Club car parking, registration and prize-giving will be at the Ashcombe School. This is at the A24 end of Ashcombe Road opposite Dorking mainline station with Dorking Deepdene station also a short walk away. Post code is RH4 1LY and Grid Ref TQ168503.

Besides having enough parking space we also have use of the hall/canteen for collection of race numbers and prize giving which will be around 1.30 pm.

Race Details

This will be over the same course as 2015 and 2016, with the start/finish area just over the stepping stones about a mile north of the school.

Start Time1100

Special Details

There will be prizes for the leading runners in the usual categories (note that lady veterans have to be over 40) including a team competition with 4 to count.

The National Trust are the land-owners for the vast majority of the course and they have requested two conditions be met in order to avoid erosion of the chalk downland:

  1. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 250 RUNNERS. We will accept more entries than this expecting some no-shows (330 in all). Note that when entries opened last year they sold out in 18 hours.

  2. RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKES. They cause considerable erosion on steep downhill grass. Your co-operation is requested as significant damage could jeopardise future races.

Entries

Race numbers will not be posted in advance. Numbers can only be collected from registration on the day. Please note that under FRA rules people under 18 are not allowed to run. Entries can be only be made online at our entries provider Fabian4 and will open on 1st November (and not a minute earlier!) Note that postal entries will not be accepted.

Competitors will need to specify an emergency contact and phone number, and will be required to agree to the following statement when entering:

I understand that this race is held in accordance, and that I have familiarised myself, with both the Rules and Safety Requirements of the F.R.A. I confirm that I am aware of the organiser’s information and requirements in connection with this race. I confirm that I have navigational skills appropriate for this race and will carry throughout the race any equipment specified either by the FRA Safety Requirements or by the organiser. I accept the hazards involved in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running in this race at my own risk. Other than the organiser’s liability for causing death or personal injury by negligence, I confirm that I understand that the organiser accepts no liability to me for any loss or damage of any nature to me or my property arising out of my participation in this race.

Organiser: Andy Robinson,

London's largest orienteering club. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Clubmark/CASC accredited.