Wimbledon Common Night-O Results, November 2014

The second race of SLOW’s 2014-15 Night-O series was held on a very wet Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 25 September. Congratulations to all those that braved the weather and give us close to a record turnout for a night-o. Particular mention should go to Ed Catmur who won the event with a lead of eight and a half minutes over second place. Steph Moss was the first lady home.

Lost Property

  • An gilet, with a French adventure racing brand – see the organiser
  • A pair of black socks and some yellow/green insulating tape – e-mail the treasurer
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Wimbledon Common Night-O, November

The second race of the five event 2014-15 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 25 November 2014. The race centre will be the Hand in Hand on Crooked Billet on the south side of the common.

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The Night-O series is a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Pete Huzan know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at the The Hand in Hand at 6 Crooked Billet, London SW19 4RQ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
Address6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4RG
Latitude/longitude51.4213, -0.2275
OS grid referenceTQ233706
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Bus route 200 takes five minutes from Wimbledon Station towards Raynes Park. The nearest stop is at the junction of Arterberry Road with Ridgway.

Race Details

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SI electronic punching with SI cards available to hire on the night. Headlamps are also available for hire if you e-mail the organizer in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Courses will close at 20:30.

The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

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.

Organiser/Planner: Pete Huzan,

Crouch Hill Street-O results

Here are the Results from the Street-O held in Crouch Hill on Tuesday 11 November 2014, along with the latest overall series results.

Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone who turned up last night – a slightly damp evening but not quite as rainy as New Malden! And a good 69 runners turned up which was incredibly positive for a race taking place in North London.

We decided we wanted to use the Crouch End area, but were conscious that it needed to be different from the Street-O in Crouch End 3 years ago, which led us to positioning the pub in the bottom right hand corner. This also gave us scope for positioning a few point near the woods in the top left hand corner which made an interesting challenge if anyone wanted to try and get the points there.

We hope everyone liked the use of the post boxes – turns out there are quite a lot in the area!

Hope to see you all at the next one in Richmond.

Jo & Hugh Hurley

Teaching Orienteering Courses, December 2014 and February 2015

South London Orienteers development officer Christine Robinson is running two Teaching Orienteering Part 1 courses, which are ideally suited to teachers, youth leaders and outdoor educators looking to introduce young people to orienteering. Christine is licensed to run these courses by British Orienteering, and they are being organised by SOLD (Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development). The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering, in a fun way.

The two available dates for the Teaching Orienteering Part 1 course are:

  • 4 December 2014 at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Mickleham, Dorking –
  • 6 February 2015 at Thames Young Mariners, Ham, near Richmond upon Thames – Teaching Orienteering Part 1

Full details of both courses and bookings are available at Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development.

For enquiries, please contact:

  • Susy Marsh or
  • Course content: Christine Robinson

Further information about the course is available from British Orienteering.

OK Nuts Trophy, 30 November 2014

South London Orienteers present

The OK Nuts Trophy and Blood Races
Wisley & Ockham

Sunday 30 November 2014

Final details now available
Entries at Fabian4 close on 27 November


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SLOW would like to thank Southern Navigators (SN) for the loan of the area, and Surrey Wildlife Trust for access, allowing the 2014 OK Nuts Trophy and Blood Races to be held at Wisley & Ockham Commons; an ideal forest for tough and runnable mass-start racing.

Runners may enjoy combining the event here with Southern Navigators’ urban event in Farnborough the day before on a new map of the town centre.

The OK Nuts Trophy is in memory of Mike Wells Cole, former British Champion and a member of Nutfielders OK, who died in 1976; this will be awarded to the winner of the Full Blood. The Heather Monro Trophy will be awarded to the first woman on the Half Blood course and the Margaret Loveless Trophy for best Junior performance on any course. Additionally, OK Nuts coasters will be awarded for the top runner in each age class based on the table published on the SLOW website and in the final details.

Race Venue

LocationWisley & Ockham
AddressRHS Wisley
Latitude/longitude51.3136, -0.4726
OS grid referenceTQ065583
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Parking is adjacent to the area, at the Royal Horticultural Society (brown signs, map ref TQ068581, from A3 northbound near M25 junction). The RHS coffee shop and toilets are at the car park, and Ultrasport and Tom’s Burger Van will attend. The nearest station is West Byfleet, approx 4km distance.

Courses, Terrain and Map

  • Three Blood Races with a mass start. Runners will encounter gaffling. The Full Blood, Half Blood and ‘Very Nearly an Armful’ will be roughly equivalent to Black, Brown and Blue courses respectively.
  • Five colour-coded courses. Traditional non-mass start courses.
Course Distance Class Eligibility for Prizes
Full Blood 15km M20, M21, M35, M40
Half Blood 11.5km M18, M45, M50, W20, W21 , W35
Very Nearly an Armful 8km M16, M55, M60, W18, W40, W45, W50
Green 5km M65, M70, W16, W55, W60
Short Green 3.5km M14, M75+, W14, W65, W70+
Orange 2.5km M12, W12
Yellow 2km M10, W10
White 1km

The area is largely runnable woodland and sandy heath, often with heather, and wet in places. There is little overall climb but several incised hills and slopes.

The current map was first surveyed in 2011 by Peel Land Surveys. Appropriate updates will have been made for this race. The 2011 version of the map is available on Routegadget. The map will be at 1:10,000, overprinted and waterproof.

Registration and Start Times

Blood races will start together at 10:30, with a 10:20 call up. Start times for the colour-coded courses are shown below.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1114
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Entries and Fees

We prefer online entries at Fabian4. The closing date for entries is Thursday 27 November. Postal entries close on Thursday 20 November and should be sent to OK Nuts, 35 Halford Road, Richmond, TW10 6AW. Cheques should be made payable to “South London Orienteers”. Any questions can be sent to .

On-line / Postal Later* and EOD**
BOF Members – Seniors £10 £12
BOF Members – Juniors / Students £5 £6
Non-BOF Members – Seniors £12 £14
Non-BOF Members – Juniors / Students £6 £7

* Fees will increase after 20 November 2014.
** EOD will be subject to map availability.
Adults on the Orange, Yellow or White courses are charged as juniors.

SportIdent hire will be £1 for seniors; there will be no charge for students or juniors.

Officials

Controller: Mike Murray (SLOW)
Planner: Simon Moss
Organiser: Paul Street, Melanie Hilton

Entry conditions

Entry details will be stored in a computer; submission of an entry for the event will confirm your acceptance of this procedure. In the event of cancellation, we may retain all or part of the entry fee to cover costs already incurred.

Orienteering is an adventure sport. All competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.

Check the SLOW web site prior to travelling in case of any last minute changes.

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