London City Race Weekend 2017

collogoFor the tenth running of the London City Race, we bring you 3 orienteering races in 3 days, in one great city! Run and navigate through iconic London locations. All races are easily accessible using London’s integrated public transport network. Entries are now open – enter here.

1. Friday 8 Sep 2017
– Wapping Evening Sprint

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Wapping is a great sprint area with mixture of urban, small parks and canals. Start times from 1830 – 2030. Headtorch recommended for later starters although the area is well lit. Courses will be of mid length (2.0-4.5km). Event centre TBC. SI timing. Nearest station TBC but likely Wapping (London Overground). Car parking should be available (TBC).

AddressWapping (Event Centre TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5048, -0.0617
OS grid referenceTQ346802
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Courses available – as for the main race on Saturday (see below) with some merging of courses.

2. Saturday 9 Sep 2017
– The 10th London City Race, The Barbican

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The tenth London City Race is back where it all started – focused on the urban orienteering delight that is the Barbican in the City of London.

LocationThe Barbican
AddressThe Barbican (Event Centre TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5192, -0.0945
OS grid referenceTQ323817
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Start times are expected to be from 1000-1300 although courses with smaller entry numbers may have a reduced start interval of 1030-1230. Courses will be based on the approximate length below – these are straight-line distances, expect to run 30%-50% further depending on your navigational skill!

Course Category Length km
1 Men’s Elite 9.0
2 Women’s Elite 7.5
3 Men’s Open 7.0
4 Women’s Open 6.0
5 Men’s Vets (M40+) 7.0
6 Women’s Vets (W40+) 5.0
7 Men’s Super Vets (M55+) 6.0
8 Women’s Super Vets (W55+) 4.0
9 Men’s Ultra Vets (M65+) 4.5
10 Women’s Ultra Vets (W65+) 3.5
1 Men’s Hyper Vets (M75+) 4.0
12 Women’s Hyper Vets (W75+) 3.0
13 Juniors (M/W 16-) 3.0
14 Kids (M/W 12-) 1.5
15 Newcomers 4.0

This year, the Saturday race is part of the UK Urban League – note the different age categories to previous years, to coincide with this league. For M/W21s, scoring for the UK Urban League will be firstly for the elite race and then (so the winner of the open race will get 1 less point than the last person in the elite field)

3. Sunday 10 Sep 2019
– London Ultrasprint, Victoria Park

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The London Ultrasprint, a series of short prologue park sprints followed by a final, is organised by London Orienteering Klubb and takes place on the Sunday morning – full details on their website. Start times are from 1030-1215, with the finals from 1245.

LocationVictoria Park (TBC)
AddressVictoria Park (TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5351, -0.0496
OS grid referenceTQ354836
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


Online entry is open – enter here through our online partner Fabian4.

Contactless punching will be used for at least the first two events at Wapping and the Barbican. Contactless SIACs can be hired for £2.50 each. However the controls will be set to take standard SI cards as well so those wanting to use their own old SI cards (or hire these at a cheaper cost) will be able to use them.


General enquiries: Vince Roper
Entry enquiries: Nigel Saker

The London City Race and the Wapping Evening Sprint are organised by SLOW, and the London Ultrasprint is organised by LOK.

Race Officials

Race director & Saturday/Sunday organiser:  Vince Roper, SLOW.
Entries manager: Nigel Saker, SLOW.
Friday planner: Katrin Harding, SLOW.
Saturday planner: Ed Catmur, SLOW.
Sunday planner: LOK.

Street-O Series 2017/18

Hello and welcome

You are all very welcome to the new season of evening Street Orienteering Races. These are friendly, easy events open to everyone and based at a pub around London. You have one hour to find as many clues as you can – race, run or walk as you wish!

Event Schedule

The events take place in the evening, on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April. The full schedule for 2017/18 is set out below.

12 September 2017FulhamRebecca Slack
10 October 2017Finsbury ParkAlex Owen (LOK)
14 November 2017HammersmithDuncan Leeson
12 December 2017Turnpike LaneJack Poole
9 January 2018RichmondRebecca Slack
13 February 2018TBDElaine Battson (LOK)
13 March 2018New MaldenBob Reed
10 April 2018TBDTBD
8 May 2018Earl's CourtSteven Clelland

Full details on each event are posted on the SLOW website and facebook a few weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, or have any questions, email the series coordinator Matthias Mahr at to be put in touch.

How it works

Each event is scored separately and you have an hour to get as many points as you can. If you’re over an hour, you lose points so don’t be late. You don’t need any specialist equipment although a pen, watch and possibly torch can be helpful.

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 5 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.

General Details about our Street-O Races

See here

Holmbury MTBO Results

The second race in SLOW and L&SEAR’s 2017 mountain bike orienteering series took place on Sunday 6 August at Holmbury. The race attracted 31 pairs and solo competitors.

The winner was Tom Davies (M21) with a score of 355. Other winners were:

  • Female Solo: Caroline Wharton = 190
  • Mixed Pair: Ladislav Movlis & Hana Kolarava = 260

The score event results and splits are available here.

Series results after two of the three races are also available.

The next MTBO event is on Sunday 22 October on Holmwood. Watch this site for details!

SLOW Runners at the World Championships

Three SLOW athletes run in the World Orienteering Championships 2017, which start this Friday with the Sprint Qualification.

Michael Crone of South Africa.
Conor Short of Ireland.
Ralph Street of Great Britain.

Please click on a name to see the World Of O athlete profile.

Michael, Conor and Ralph formed the SLOW first team in this year’s JK Trophy Relay Race, coming 5th.

It is easy to follow the championships as Simon and James Errington (the developers of Routegadget) will be in Estonia providing up-to-the-minute entertaining coverage, as well as daily updates on the British Orienteering newsfeed.

MapRunner WOC 2017 Page

MapRunner Twitter

MapRunner Facebook

Simon’s Blog

The English language TV coverage is not broadcast in the UK but is available for a fee on the internet via 

Free online results can also be found via the same link.

TV Schedule:

Sat Jul 1st – Sprint Finals – 12:30 – 5pm
Sun Jul 2nd – Sprint Relay – 2:55pm – 4:15pm
Tue Jul 4th – Long Races – 9 – 3pm
Thu Jul 6th – Middle Races – 10 – 3pm
Fri Jul 7th – Forest Relays – 10:45 – 3pm

Relays are generally thought the most interesting for spectators. The cost is €20 for the week, or €6 for a single event such as the Sprint Relay. Times are for UK (Estonia is 2 hours ahead.)

Profiles of the GB team athletes are at

Photo: Composite  from images at World Of O, The Irish Orienteer and Instagram.

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