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 1830

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.

Streatham Common Park Race, Tuesday 7 June

The fourth race of the 2016 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 7 June 2016 on Streatham Common, a gently sloping area of open parkland, woodland and formal gardens. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine.

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Event Centre

The event centre is in the patio at the rear of The Bull, 498 Streatham High Road. It’s an 800m walk from Streatham Common Station, with services from London Bridge, London Victoria and East Croydon, or a 750m walk from Streatham Station, with services from Wimbledon, Sutton and Central/North London and beyond (Thameslink).

LocationSouth London
AddressThe Bull, 498 Streatham High Road
Latitude/longitude51.4194, -0.1282
OS grid referenceTQ302706
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1830

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 4km with 90m climb
Short 2.5km with 25m climb

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 Ed 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.

Clapham Common Park Race, Tuesday 31 May

The third race of the 2016 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 31 May 2016 on Clapham Common. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary; running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine.

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Event Centre

The event centre is at The Windmill, Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 9DE. The pub is roughly equi-distant between Clapham Common and Clapham South tube stations.

LocationClapham Common
AddressThe Windmill, Clapham Common
Latitude/longitude51.4575, -0.1442
OS grid referenceTQ290748
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1815 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

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Dmitry 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.

SLOW success at the Southeast Relay Championships

South London Orienteers took home three of four possible trophies with a great set of results at the Southeast Relay Championships, hosted by SAXONS at Knole Park, a beautiful deer park near Sevenoaks in Kent.

SLOW SE Relays 2016
SLOW’s team at the 2016 Southeast Relay Championships

The club fielded nine teams – two of which were non-competitive – and five of the seven remaining took home medals. The junior team was very close to being another medal team, but just missed out.

SLOW achieved a convincing 1-2 in the Open Relay, 2:31 ahead of our second team, who in turn were almost six minutes clear of Southdowns Orienteers in third.

  1. SLOW 1: Matthew Schepisi, Paul Couldridge and Michael Crone (85:24)
  2. SLOW 2: James Lyne, Tom Davies, Michael Balling (87:55)

(Almost) the winning mens teams: Paul Couldridge, Michael Crone, Matt Schepisi, Ludovic Maillard (for Tom Davies), Michael Balling and James Lyne
(Almost) the winning mens teams: Paul Couldridge, Michael Crone, Matt Schepisi, Ludovic Maillard (for Tom Davies), Michael Balling and James Lyne

And there was a similarly convincing 1-2 in the women’s relay with the first team finishing almost 18 minutes ahead of the second team who were almost 10 minutes ahead of third-placed SAXONS. This was a great result after a number of last-minute changes to the line-up only a day before the race.

  1. SLOW 3: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Dianne Leakey, Gytautė Akstinaitė (121:41)
  2. SLOW 4: Fiona Tam, Christine Robinson, Vicky Whaley (139:18)

The winning women teams: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Gytautė Akstinaitė, Dianne Leakey, Christine Robinson, Vicky Whaley and Fiona Tam
The winning womens teams: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Gytauté Akstinate, Dianne Leakey, Christine Robinson, Vicky Whaley and Fiona Tam

SLOW also won the Handicap relay by over five minutes from the host club, SAXONS.

  1. SLOW H1: Andy Robinson, Ludovic Maillard, Alan Leakey (83:34)

The winning handicap team: Alan Leakey, Ludovic Maillard and Andy Robinson
The winning handicap team: Alan Leakey, Ludovic Maillard (again) and Andy Robinson

SLOW’s junior team narrowly missed out on the medals. They were the third team to finish with good runs all round. Unfortunately there was a mispunch, but the organisers generously applied some common sense and reinstated the team with a three minute time penalty that pushed them into fourth place. The junior team has great potential for future years.

  • SLOW Juniors: Thomas Arnison, Kit Foulkes, Benedict Davidson (56:25 mp)

Many thanks to all the other SLOW runners who competed on the day: Gordon Parker, Peter Foulkes, Mike Garvin, Anja Davidson, Nigel Saker, Hing Hung and Heather Walton.

Andy Robinson and Vicky Whaley run on the long run in to the finish
Andy Robinson and Vicky Whaley run on the long run in to the finish

Report by Andy Robinson; photos from a set by Gyte Akstinaitė

Junior Orienteering at Barn Elms Playing Fields, Friday 15 July

Sheen Shufflers Juniors and South London Orienteers are hosting a Junior Orienteering event on the evening of Friday 15 July at Barn Elms Playing Fields in Barnes. The event will be held within the complex and there will be experienced orienteers on hand to explain how to read an orienteering map and answer any questions.

Event Centre

Registration opens at 6pm on Friday 15 July in the Pavilion at Barn Elms Playing Fields Complex. Light refreshments will be available in the pavilion.

LocationBarn Elms Playing Fields
AddressBarn Elms Playing Fields Complex Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 9SA
Latitude/longitude51.4753, -0.2355
OS grid referenceTQ226766
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Courses

There will be a long course (2km) and a short course (1km) or you can do them both. The cost of entry will be £3 per child.

Entry

If you plan to attend, please drop an e-mail to by Monday 11 July stating which course (or both)so we know how many maps to print. If you haven’t pre-registered in time, do still come along as we print a few extra maps and should hopefully be able to accommodate you.

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 2000
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 2030

Photograph of Barn Elms Playing Fields © John Lord on geograph.org used under a Creative Commons Licence

Notting Hill Street-O results

Here are the Results from the Street-O held in Notting Hill on Wednesday 11 May 2016, along with the final overall series results. Please contact if you have any results queries.

Lost property – one set of black headphones, left in the “Snug”. Please contact Phil at to claim.

Series co-ordinator’s comments

Thanks to Phil for organising the final event in the 2015/16 Street-O series (and for hosting the series-end prize giving). After a very wet few days the rain had mostly cleared by the evening, giving everyone a nice opportunity to run on a warm light evening taking in a few of the London parks, rather than the dark streets we are used to in the winter months.

Congratulations to the overall series winners – Matthias Mahr reclaiming the title he previously won 9 years ago in 2006/07, with Jo Hurley (nee Reeve) winning the women’s title for the fourth year in a row. See the full list of previous series winners.

It was another very popular series, again breaking our attendance records with an average of 79 runners per race (up from last year’s previous record of 76), and more strikingly a total of 346 different competitors across the whole series (100 more than last year).

Thanks also to all the race organisers over the year who have made the series possible, as well as everyone who has helped out at the different events – we rely on volunteer support to continue run these events, so everyone’s efforts are very much appreciated.

On that note, in order to continue to run the series next year we will need another 9 event organisers – so if you would be prepared to host a race in next year’s Street-O series, please email to volunteer. The events are fairly easy to put on and full support and guidance will be given along the way – we’ve had a number of first-time organisers in recent years and it would nice to get a few more.

After 10 years of organising the series, I am also looking to find someone to take on the role of Street-O series co-ordinator. This job mainly involves arranging the schedule of events, liaising with the event organisers each month to help things run smoothly, and processing the results for the website. If you would be willing to take on this task, or want to discuss more about what is involved, please let me know at

Paul Nixon

MTBO Hurtmore Results

Results and splits from SLOW’s and L&SEAR’s second Mountain Bike Orienteering score event held at Hurtmore on Sunday 8 May 2016.

Series results after two races are available here.

A field of 38 turned out on a beautiful sunny day, making it our largest MTBO event so far. Congratulations to Tom Davies who scored the same points as second-placed Dan Horton, but just within the two hour time limit and so avoided penalty points. Diane Leakey was the first-placed woman.

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