The 40th Surrey Hills Race, Sunday 11 June 2017

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

Get off the roads and try something different next summer! The Surrey Hills race will take you along the footpaths and up the hills of the beautiful Surrey Hills and provides a challenge to all types of runners, orienteers and adventure racers. All races are mass start and require navigation to ensure you visit all the checkpoints on the course.  A purpose-drawn map at 1:25:000 is provided to all competitors.

Entries

Pre-entry will open soon, costing £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors. Entry on the Day will be possible subject to map availability, at £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors.

The event uses Sportident electronic punching. If you don’t have an SI dibber of your own, one can be provided with your entry.

Courses and Start Times

COURSE DISTANCE START TIME
A 30 km 10:30
B 16 km 10:45
C 10 km 10:35

All courses require navigation.

Registration will be from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

Event Centre

LocationDorking
AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2274, -0.3414
OS grid referenceTQ159489
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school.

Travel Directions

The start is easily accessible by both car and public transport.

If travelling by car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area.

Public transport also provides excellent links to the race, with trains taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria and also from Reading to Dorking Deepdene. From the station, its a approximately a half an hour stroll to the event centre where there will be bag storage.

Prizes

Trophies are awarded in memory of Byron Davies and Kate Thomas to the winner of the ‘A’ course and to the first lady on the ‘A’ course respectively. The Michael Murray trophy is awarded to the winner of the ‘B’ course. There are also trophies for the ‘C’ course and for the first lady on the ‘B’ course. Also Age Class prizes.

Results

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

FRA rules

Under-18s may not run courses A or B, and unfortunately no under-16s can be accepted. There is a limit of 100 runners in each race. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety, and are required to sign a disclaimer to this effect on the entry form.

Race Map

You can view the map on Routegadget.

Southeast Middle Distance 2017 Results

The 2017 Southeast Middle Distance championships were run on Wimbledon Common with a brand new map and on a lovely day for orienteering. Results are below.

Planner’s Comments

Many thanks for coming to one of the more challenging areas in London!

I was very happy to be able to plan the very first event on the new map by Tom Edelsten, the map which has way more white bits now due to the recent clearing work on the common. Hope that you appreciated the improved runnability of Wimbledon! Having said that, there were also enough areas with Wimbledon trademark brambles and nettles. So the plan was to keep the more grotty parts in the middle of the courses to offer change of speed and conditions and hope that people forget about the brambly bit by the time they finish. Judging by the post-race comments that seemed to work reasonably well.

Special thanks to David Dawson (controller) and Andy Robinson (organiser), who made some crucial suggestions in the planning process (like scrapping the rough SW corner where some courses might have wondered otherwise) and all the of SLOW volunteers for running the event so smoothly!
Dmitry Adamskiy

Organiser’s Comments

A big thank you to all you competitors is top of my agenda. Not just for supporting the event, but especially for thinking about how you would get there. In the end we didn’t turn any cars away and had perhaps as many as two places to spare!

Thank you also for your understanding of the SIAC operation. Only one runner complained about having to “dib” his SIAC when he wanted to “waft”, and he realised the error of his ways at the end. I think we are all working our way up the learning curve with this one.

Thank you also to the 31 volunteers who made it all happen. The main ones there were Dmitry as planner, trying to give you a decent balance of the nice forest and the rough stuff, David Dawson as controller, and Gordon being in charge of all things technical. I think he’s working his way up the learning curve better than most of us who are just following. And don’t forget Tom Edelsten as mapper for his work over the winter – I believe you all appreciated his efforts.

Property left behind was a door key (!!) with an elephant on the key ring, and a very new looking control description holder.

Unclaimed medals will be at the Long Distance Championships on 14th May, and if not claimed then will be returned to South-East stocks. Those who hadn’t claimed one or didn’t have a clubmate who took it your behalf were

  • Silver: Izumi Magee
  • Bronze: William Chandler, Heather Findlay, Dorte Torpe Hansen, Anne Power, Colin Dutkiewicz

Well done to all those who won a medal.
Andy Robinson

Wimbledon Street-O, Tuesday 9 May

The FINAL (and PRIZE GIVING) race in SLOW’s 2016-17 Street-O series will be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 in Tooting. 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 Hand In Hand pub in Wimbledon Village. Please do stay after the race for a drink and of course the PRIZE GIVING! We might have the odd spot prize too.

LocationWimbledon
AddressThe Hand In Hand, 6 Crooked Billet, London SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4216, -0.2274
OS grid referenceTQ233707
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Hand In Hand is about a 20 minute walk (or 10 minute warm-up jog) from Wimbledon mainline station. Alternatively, buses 93 and 200 will take you almost to the front door.

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.

Organiser/Planner: Jane Harries,

CANCELLED: Watlington MTB Score Event, Sunday 21st May 2017

We have made the difficult decision to cancel this event due to an unexpected conflict arising from the late change in planner/location. We encourage anyone interested in this event to check out the Midlands MBO event being held in Princes Risborough on the same day.


The second event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2017 Series takes place from Watlington on Sunday 21st May.

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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 (event link to follow) 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 Chequers, 58 Love Lane, Watlington OX49 5RA.

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available after the event –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

LocationWatlington
AddressThe Chequers, 58 Love Lane
Latitude/longitude51.6475, -1.0072
OS grid referenceSU688948
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 5 minutes drive from the M40 at Stokenchurch

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 and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Planners/Organisers: Barry French/Jane Robinson & Nicki Adams

Image: Mark Humphrey (courtesy of TriAdventure)

Tooting Street-O results

Here are the Final Results from last night’s Tooting Street-O. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves on another dry and balmy night. It was a first win of the season for James Lyne while Katrin Harding used her win as a speed workout for the upcoming London Marathon.

With one race to go, there is still much to play for in the Series Results although the first two places in both men’s and women’s races have already been decided.

Do join us in leafy Wimbledon on Tuesday 9 May for the final race and prize giving – we’ll be at the Hand In Hand pub on the Common with more details coming soon.

South East Middle Distance Races, Wimbledon Common, 23 April

South London Orienteers present:

South East Middle Distance Championships
Wimbledon Common
23 April 2017

Final Details


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Wimbledon Common is a challenging forested area close to Central London. The Common is much improved for orienteering by the extensive clearance work over the last two years, and benefits from a new map by Tom Edelsten, and the option of SI Air punching.

Race Centre

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressRichardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields SW15 3PQ
Latitude/longitude51.4369, -0.2527
OS grid referenceTQ215723
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Parking is limited, so please share cars, cycle or use public transport where you can: bus numbers 85, 265 and K3 stop right outside.

Race Description

The south east middle distance courses have estimated winning times of 35 minutes for seniors and somewhat less for 14s and under. Competitors may enter any class, but will be competitive for the Championships on the designated course for their age class or if ‘running up’, and provided they have South-East as the association on their membership.

Available courses are M/W 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20-40, 45-50, 55-60 and 65+. There will be white colour-coded course suitable for children and families, and Naughty Numbers for children.

Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1230

Entries

Enries are online, via Fabian4

Fees

Adults Juniors
Before 18 April 2017 £9 £4
Late entries £11 £5

There will be entry on the day, subject to map availability, with fees as for late entries.

There is a £2 surcharge for adults who are not members of British Orienteering.

SI card hire

SI Air £2.50
Normal SI £1

There is no hire charge for juniors.

Results

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Officials

Planner: Dmitry Adamsky (SLOW)
Organiser: Andy Robinson (SLOW)
Controller: David Dawson (DFOK)

Results for Richmond Park Night-O & Night-O Series

The final race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 21 March 2017. Conor Short won the event overall to take second place in the series to Paul Couldridge, with Slavjana Birec beating Sue Carter to be the first lady home.

Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to everyone who made the journey out to Mortlake for the final race in the 2016-2017 night-o series. It was great to witness in excess of 50 people at a mass start graced by a herd of deer crossing our path moments before. Special thanks to Paul, Matt, Chris and Russ for holding the fort whilst I put controls out and to the control collectors (Steve, Duncan, Ed, Tom and Conor). Also a big congratulations to our series prize winners:

Men Open –

  • 1st Paul Couldridge (300),
  • 2nd Conor Short (299),
  • 3rd Scott Collier (297).
  • M50+ 1st Pete Huzan (280).

Women Open –

  • 1st Sue Carter (254),
  • 2nd Julie Murphy (230),
  • 3rd Iris Lueke (214).

W50+ – 1st also Sue Carter, so prize awarded to Fiona Tam, a narrow 4th on Women’s Open (212).

Full series results are available here.

There are prizes still to collect for Scott, Pete, Julie and Iris – I’ll be at the Tooting street-o or JK, so please let me know when’s best for you.
James Lyne,

Tooting Street-O, Tuesday 11 April

The penultimate race in SLOW’s 2016-17 Street-O series will be held on Tuesday 11 April 2017 in Tooting. 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 Selkirk in Tooting – we’re back in our South London heartland this month! The pub does excellent food so do stay on after the race.

LocationTooting
AddressThe Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road
Latitude/longitude51.4302, -0.1697
OS grid referenceTQ273717
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Selkirk is about a 5 minute walk from Tooting Broadway station on the Northern Line

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.

You can also check out the event information on the London Orienteering Klubb page

Organiser/Planner: James Fraser,

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