Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Race, Wednesday 29 June

The seventh event in the 2016 London Park Race series takes place on Wednesday 29 June 2016 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, near Stratford in east London. It’s a new area for orienteering, having first been used for the British Sprint Championships only a few weeks before. Like all events in the series, the event is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not mandatory, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine.

Note this event is different to the rest in the series – you will be using your smartphone to show the orienteering map and to punch controls, not SI. Please follow the steps below to set up your smartphone for the event, ideally before you arrive at the venue. If you do not have a smartphone, we will have a limited number of printed maps for you to use, BUT you will not get a time or splits for your run. You will find the event more enjoyable, and the run easier, if you bring and use your smartphone.

This is an activity rather than a registered event, therefore we are unable to formally publish complete results, however it is still orienteering in a great area, with real controls, on a proper map, and it’s free!

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Event Centre

The event centre is in Number 90 Bar & Kitchen, an industrial-chic bar/restaurant in Hackney Wick, very close to Hackney Wick station (on the Overground) which is one stop from Stratford station. It is strongly recommended that you approach from Hackney Wick station as it’s a 2 minute walk away (turn right at the bottom of the ramp, walk along Wallis Road, turn right (street is still Wallis Road), and then it’s on the right at the end. There’s a small amount of pay-and-display parking space nearby, or free parking in Westfield Stratford City (15 min walk). We’ve booked a few tables at the bar, behind which you will be able to store bags. Please come ready to run or change in the venue toilets. Please stay after to enjoy good food and beers on the canalside terrace, overlooking the park.

LocationQueen Elizabeth Olympic Park
AddressNumber 90 Bar, Wallis Road
Latitude/longitude51.5444, -0.0229
OS grid referenceTQ372847
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

Entry to this event is FREE for all. To enter the event, you need to follow the setup below. You can do most of these steps in advance of the day, but you also need to visit registration on the day.

1. Download MOBO on your smartphone: follow the link at http://mobo.osport.ee/. It’s free and available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia Mobile. If you don’t have a smartphone, see step 6. Your smartphone needs to have a camera and have an internet data connection. Connected tablets may also be suitable, but check in advance of the day by trying to install the app.

2. Familiarise yourself with how MOBO works by seeing the “MOBO 1-2-3” section on the above webpage. (Basically, the map is on the phone, you scroll around it to see where the controls are. There is also an integrated compass shown on the screen, if your smartphone has a compass capability. At a control, press the camera button to “punch” the control, but holding the phone camera around 50cm from the QR code on the control. Your phone will flash green and beep when you successfully punch.)

Here’s a cheesy video showing how it works:

3. Associate your MOBO app with a Google or other account, by following the steps in the app itself. This allows times to be stored on your phone, and associates you run with you. This is an optional step, but will be useful for retrieving your time after the race, if we are just using the regular POC (Permanent Orienteering Course) map.

4. Make sure your smartphone is charged on the day! Also, if it’s raining during the event, you may want to bring a case or cover for your phone, so it doesn’t get too wet.

5. We hope to give you a special code at the registration desk, which you can enter into MOBO to load a special map/course for your run, for this event. This is to be confirmed – if not, we will be using one of the regular POC (Permanent Orienteering Course) maps.

6. If you don’t have a smartphone, we’ll have a small number of paper maps for you, BUT you won’t get timing for your run. You’ll also need to bring along a pen to note down the letter codes on each control, to prove you’ve been there. You can self-time if you want, using a stopwatch etc. We may have a facility at registration for you to write down your time, and we may publish this.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 2000

Start/Finish

These are both a five minute walk from the event centre. The route to/from these are not taped, but you can see them on the map you’ll receive at the event centre (which is just off the western edge of the map). The start is SELF SERVICE. Wait at least 30 seconds (or 60 seconds if no queue), after the person who starts before you. Start by scanning the start control (if you are using MOBO) or writing down the code on the map. The other controls, including the finish control, work in the same way – point your smartphone at the control’s QR code, while in the MOBO app. Then press the photo button, line it up and hear for the beep!

We are not using SI for this event, so no need to bring your SI card, but you do need your smartphone.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Long 4.1km
Short 2.5km

Courses are suitable for all. Both courses include a road crossing (Waterden Road) to get to the start. You may also want to cross this road during your run.

Juniors are allowed, but must use the tunnel underneath the road (by the crossing point) when racing, and the pedestrian crossing lights to get to the start.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Ollie at

Planners: Ollie, Suki and Robbo.

London City Race Weekend 2016

collogoFor the ninth running of the London City Race, we bring you 3 races in 3 days, in one great city!

Friday 9th Sept 2016 – Crystal Palace (organised by DFOK)

Start times from 1900 – 2030 approx. – will be dependent on numbers but we will aim to allow for later starts for people travelling to London, later starters will need head torches. Courses will be of mid length around the park of Crystal Palace. More details will be at www.dfok.co.uk soon.

Saturday 10th Sept 2016 – The 9th London City Race (organised by SLOW)

The event will be based about a 10 min walk from Canada Water Tube station. Starts will be from 1000 to 1300. The race will be on a completely new map of Rotherhithe, taking in some of the extensive parks and housing estates.
Courses will be based on the approximate length below:

Course Category Length km
1 Mens Elite 9.0
2 Womens Elite 7.5
3 Mens Open 7.0
4 Womens Open 6.0
5 Mens Vets (M35+) 7.0
6 Womens Vets (W35+) 5.0
7 Mens Super Vets (M50+) 6.0
8 Womens Super Vets (W50+) 4.0
9 Mens Ultra Vets (M65+) 4.5
10 Womens Ultra Vets (W65+) 3.5
11 Juniors (M/W 16-) 3.0
12 Kids (M/W 12-) 1.5
13 Newcomers 4.0
14 Euro Youth Men (M18/20) 7.0
15 Euro Youth Women (M18/20) 6.0

This year the race is part of the City Race Euro Tour – and prizes are being offered for top 3 races over the whole series in most of the race categories – for more information please see http://cityracetour.org.

Commemorative technical T-Shirts are again available – these cost £10 but the last date for ordering these will be midnight 28th August, Although there will be a few available on the day.

Sunday 11th Sept 2015 – Soho (organised by SLOW)

Having finally got permission to race in this area of the heart of London we will be able to offer you to race around the small streets and alleyways. Courses are going to be fairly short – up to 5k for the longest course (more a sprint/middle distance race) but this will be subject to final mapping/planning. Full details to follow but this race will have early starts (probably between 8.30am and 9.30am) so as to avoid the mass of people shopping and eating on the Sunday but not so early as to bump into everyone leaving the clubs and bars. After running grab some food, go shopping and then watch the last day of the Tour of Britain finishing with a circuit race of central London.

Entry

Online entry is expected to open in July.

Entry Fees until 23:59 28 August

Friday night Sprint Costs t.b.c.
Saturday Seniors £12

Juniors £6

Juniors Under 16 £5
Sunday Seniors £10 Juniors £5

If you enter all 3 races over the weekend at the same time there is a £3 discount.

Entry Fees from 29 August until 23:59 4 Sept

Friday night Sprint Costs t.b.c.
Saturday Seniors £14 Juniors £8 Juniors Under 16 £6
Sunday Seniors £12 Juniors £6.50

If you enter all 3 races over the weekend at the same time there is a £3 discount.

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Race Officials

Race director (2016): Vince Roper, SLOW.

Mogador MTB Score Event, Sunday 14th August 2016

The third event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2016 Series takes place from Mogador on Sunday 14th August.

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 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 Sportsman, Mogador Road, Tadworth, KT20 7ES (near M25 Jn 8)

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available from 12pm –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door. The pub gets very busy on Sundays so please book in advance if you wish to eat in the restaurant. Bar snacks are also available and there is a large garden.

The present building was originally built as a hunting lodge for Henry VIII in 1532. The pub is located next to Banstead / Walton Heath, and is ideal for walking (for those who don’t wish to cycle).

LocationMogador
AddressThe Sportsman, Mogador Road, Lower Kingswood KT20 7ES
Latitude/longitude51.2642, -0.2244
OS grid referenceTQ240532
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 1.5 km from the A217 and 1.5km from the M25 Jn 8
  • NOTE – No event parking is permitted  in the pub car park, and there is limited parking available in Mogador / Lower Kingswood. Please park at Margery Woods NT Car Park – first turning on the left off the A217, when approaching from the M25 junction. Parking is free for National Trust members and £4 for others (using Ringo).  Access to the pub is via a Bridleway which runs along the side of the car-park (follow the signs).
  • By train, Tadworth and Kingswood stations are both an easy 15 minute  warm up ride away. The A217 is a busy dual carriageway with no cycle path. The bridleways  across Banstead Heath provide a safer and more direct route.

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 website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planners: Jane Robinson

Image: Mark Humprey (courtesy of TriAdventure)

Results for the Streatham Common Park Race

Results for the Streatham Common Park Race which took place on Tuesday 7 June, are now available:

The next race in the London Park Race Series 2016 is hosted by MVOC at Mitcham Cricket Green Please RSVP as normal if you are planning on racing.

If you raced in last week’s Park Race in Clapham Common, you may be interested in seeing the organiser’s remarks which have now been posted to the results page.

Results for the Clapham Common Park Race

The third race in the London Park Race Series 2016 took place at Clapham Common on Tuesday 31 May. It was organised by Dmitry Adamskiy, with assistance from Oliver O’Brien, Don McKerrow, Vicky Whaley and Ed Stott.

Michael Crone was the fastest on the long course by over a minute, but second to fourth places were hotly-contested with only four seconds separating Paul Couldridge, James Lyne and Matt Schepisi. Jo Hurley was the fastest woman, ten seconds ahead of Helen Gardner.

Organiser’s Remarks

Thank you all for coming to Clapham Common! I hope you enjoyed the courses despite the rainy evening! I tried to make them alternate between unavoidable ultra-fast running sections and some more intricate bits in the two pockets of wood. This was achieved thanks to some crucial map updates by Don McKerrow. The additional challenge was to find control sites suitable for gripples as we were not allowed putting stakes in the ground (but actually this was not as restrictive as I thought it would be).

The event would not be possible without a team of SLOW helpers: thank you Vicky, Ollie, Ed and Hing! Special thanks to Don (who was a de facto co-organiser) and Nigel (who saved the day by delivering maps in person after a blunder made by delivery company!).

The next race in the series is at Streatham Common on Tuesday 7 June. Full details are published. Please RSVP here.

Street-O Series 2016-17

General information on the Street-O series is available here.

Event Schedule

The events take place in the evening, normally on the second Tuesday of the month. The full schedule for 2016/17 is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
13 September 2016WappingKatrin Harding
11 October 2016WandsworthRebecca Slack
8 November 2016Chalk FarmDavid Rosen (LOK)
13 December 2016Chancery Lane and St. Paul'sDan Lewington, Siobhan Henn, Richard Kirk
10 January 2017BalhamNick Raper
7 February 2017East SheenRebecca Slack & Bob Reed
14 March 2017Bethnal Green and WhitechapelElaine Battson (LOK)
11 April 2017TBCTBC
9 May 2017TBCTBC

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 Matthias Mahr 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 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.

Elthorne Park Race, Tuesday 19 July

The final race of the 2016 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 19 July 2016 in Elthorne Park, near Hanwell. It’s a brand new area for orienteering. There are other Elthorne Parks in London – don’t go to the wrong one! Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not mandatory, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be allowed, but you may find some more direct routes on a few legs more comfortable with full leg cover.

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Event Centre

The event centre is in the patio at the rear of Harvester Royal, Boston Road, Hanwell. It’s an 300m walk from Boston Manor tube station (Piccadilly line).

LocationElthorne Park
AddressBoston Road, Hanwell
Latitude/longitude51.4983, -0.3288
OS grid referenceTQ161790
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £3
All others £4

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £30 will be charged for hired SI cards that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Long 5km
Short 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors but they must be escorted across the road and back between the pub and the start/finish.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Don at
Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.. Photo: Wikipedia.

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