Imperial – Park Race

It was a lovely warm evening for the second race of the 2019 park race series, kindly hosted at Imperial College, and organised and planned by Michael Crone. Thanks for coming along: we hope you enjoyed the evening, running in such a pleasant part of London and the challenges the courses offered.

Park Race Series Website.

One of the characteristics of orienteering is that the runner takes responsibility for their route. The planner makes it more than a run in the park by setting interesting and challenging legs that require the competitor to interpret the map, and make route choices.

Leg 9 to 10 on the long course is such a leg. There is a large building between the control sites, and there are two levels at number 9 . It’s a good leg, with there being alternate ramp and stair choices – which did you pick? (The Routegadget link below has the full map.)

But it’s a University building and it had open doors at least at some of the time we were racing. Several runners on the course ran directly through it. The map clearly does not have this “route”.

For newcomers to orienteering, oops. Maybe you didn’t realise or you saw others doing it. There are no disqualifications.

For experienced orienteers – and many of the transgressors are members of SLOW or other clubs – this is poor and you should know better. Please stick to the rules and don’t do this sort of thing.

If you can see from the map that there isn’t a legal route don’t go that way. Do not cross impassable wall /fence /vegetation /access forbidden /out-of-bounds – you need a different way. If a road is cross-hatched in red do not cross it even if you can. If you find an open gate or a hole in a fence that is not on the map don’t go through.

The serious aspect is that deliberate action of this type can cause us to lose access to part of a map, or even to be unable to get permission for future races: “last time your people did this…” In any case it damages the sport’s reputation. We need to try hard to maintain a good reputation, especially with site managers and landowners.

Of course it’s tricky at times – and most people make some mistakes some of the time, but really it is hard to imagine that so many experienced runners misread the map to think it was OK to run through the building here.

Leg 9-10, Long course, Imperial College Park Race, June 2019.

We have removed this leg from the total time taken.

Please add your route (and view others): Routegadget

The race on Attackpoint.

GLOSS 2019: Barnes Common, Sunday 30 June

South London Orienteers welcome you to our 2019 GLOSS Series Race (#2 of 5 in the series) on Sunday 30th June 2019.

The Greater London Orienteering Summer Series (GLOSS) is a series of 5 events, specifically tailored towards bringing less experienced runners into the sport, favoured by the handicap scoring system. An overview is available here:

The events are perfect for beginners and families and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of an orienteering club.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.


Event Centre

The event centre is The Spencer pub on Lower Richmond Road at SW15 1HJ. The pub itself will not be open for early starters, but will be available later on at noon for anyone wishing to get food and drink. Prior to opening we will provide a safe place outside the venue to store bags and for registration.

LOCATIONBarnes Common
ADDRESSThe Spencer, Lower Richmond Rd., SW15 1HJ
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE51.468265,-0.230268
OS GRID REFERENCETQ231758
MAPSGoogle MapsOpenStreetMap
Location of the Spencer, a short distance from Barnes station (SW trains) on the other side of Barnes Common

Entry

REGISTRATIONBetween 1000 and 1200
START TIMESBetween 1030 and 1230

Entry on the day only.

SENIORS£5
SLOW JUNIORSFree
OTHER JUNIORS£2

Electronic timing will be used, and SI cards (regular for £1 and wireless for £2.50) can be hired for the event on the day.

Courses

COURSE NAMESTRAIGHT LINE
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky)4km + optional 2.5km extension
Yellow (fairly easy)2km

Results

Results will be posted on this website after the event.

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.

Watlington MBO SCORE EVENT 10TH and 11TH Aug 2019

Our third and fourth events in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series take place from the White Mark Farm Campsite near Watlington in the beautiful Chilterns on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

The events on both days will start and finish at the campsite.

LocationWatlington
AddressWhite Mark Farm Campsite, 82 Hill Road, Watlingon, OX49 5AF
Latitude/longitude51.6398, -0.9939
OS grid referenceSU697939
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • From Junction 6 of M40 Motorway, take the B4009 to Watlington.  After 3 miles turn left into Hill Road (the Kingfisher fish & chip shop is in front of you – turn left before it), carry straight on, past the car park on right, Carriers Arms PH on left. After half mile the campsite is on the right.

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

Online entry is available on the BMBO website. General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2019 page.

Adult Day Rider£8 In advance  / £10 EOD
BMBO / SLOW Members£7 In advance / £9 EOD
Under 21 (on 31st DEc)£4 In advance / £5 EOD

A standard dibber is included free of charge.
Contactless SIAC dibber £2 (2 required for pairs).
Lost dibbers will be charged at £29 for standard ones and £63 for contactless SIAC dibbers.

Please enter in advance online on the BMBO website to reduce administration and help us to know how many waterproof maps to print. Anyone entering online will be emailed a blank course map. The closing date for online entries is shown in the BMBO event details.

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

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

  • Mobile phone for use in an emergency
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass and map board or cardboard to support an A4 map on your handlebars
RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1100
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Event duration each day is 1 or 2 hours normal format or 3 hours SAF (Small Area Format).

Maps will be A4 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Planner/Organiser: John Owens

Park Race Series

Might running, navigation, a park and a pub near public transport appeal?

Co-ordinated by South London Orienteers (SLOW), with races put on by Dartford OK, London OK, and Mole Valley as well as SLOW.

Make the most of the light summer evenings by running the London Park Race Series 2019.

Nine Tuesday evenings, starting on 21st May. Nine different maps including two areas never before used for orienteering, nine original courses (long and short options.)

See London Park Series dedicated website, and also find the series on Facebook.

Last year’s results (400 runners took part.)

Imperial College Park Race

The second race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place at Imperial College on Tuesday 4th June 2019.

The map from a previous race here can be viewed on Routegadget.

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Race Centre (Updated Saturday 1st June)

The race centre is Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 121 , Imperial College Road, just south of the Queen’s Tower. Please enter via main doors (you will need help after 19:00) then follow signs.

LocationImperial College
Address
Latitude/longitude51.4978, -0.1768
OS grid referenceTQ267792
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors, £2 for juniors. There is a £1 discount for British orienteering members using their own SI card. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

Long and short courses are offered. Unfortunately at this location it is not possible to plan either course without road crossings – sorry – so any runners under-16 must find an adult who can keep up with them to keep them company on the course.

  • Long: approx 5km
  • Short: approx 2.5km

Time

Registration: 17:45 – 19:30

Starts (500m away): 18:00 – 19:45

Courses close: 20:30

Other Details

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website soon after the race .

Organiser/Planner: Michael Crone,

There are some well-known buildings on the map

Southwark Park Race

The third race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place in Southwark Park on Tuesday 11th June 2019.

Southwark Park is a surprisingly large area; ideal but never previously used for orienteering. The long course uses some small urban areas on the park periphery to enhance the area even further. Underfoot will be mostly mown grass with some paved paths; all suitable for shorts and trainers.

Southwark Park in Wikipedia.

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Race Centre

The race centre is The Gregorian, 96 Jamaica Road, SE16 4SQ. This is 200m from Bermondsey Tube Station (turn west from the station and you find it just by St James’ Church.)

LocationSouthwark Park
AddressThe Gregorian, 96 Jamaica Road.
Latitude/longitude51.4975, -0.0662
OS grid referenceTQ343794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors, £2 for juniors. There is a £1 discount for British orienteering members using their own SI card. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1945

Long and short courses are offered.

  • Long: the optimal route is 5.8km. It is about two-thirds grass, one third paved. It involves some, very minor, road crossings but is therefore not suitable for under 16’s.
  • Short: the optimal route is 2.7km. It is entirely within the park, about 80% grass, 20% paved, and suitable for all.

Time

Registration: 17:45 – 19:30

Starts (500m away): 18:00 – 19:45

Courses close: 20:30

Other Details

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website soon after the race.

Organiser/Planner: Don McKerrow,

Orienteering in London and Surrey. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Community Amateur Sports Club accredited.