Chilworth MTB Score Event, Sunday 22nd October 2017

The fourth and final event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2017 Series takes place from Chilworth on Sunday 22nd October. As the series finale, amazing (cough) prizes will be awarded to the top male/female vet/open riders of the year.

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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.

Breaking News:

We hope to SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire for the first time at this event, keeping you on your bike for a more seamless ride. We’re keen to get your feedback on whether to make this a regular offering.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Percy Arms, Dorking Road, Chilworth GU4 8NP

Toilets are available before and after the event. A carvery lunch is available and prebooking is strongly recommended – when booking, let them know you are with the MTB event. Please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

LocationChilworth
AddressThe Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth
Latitude/longitude51.2154, -0.5262
OS grid referenceTQ030473
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 10 minutes south of the A3 at Guildford
  • By public transport, the pub is right next to Chilworth Station which is on the line from Redhill with direct connections to central London.
  • 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 1050
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: Tom Davies/ Nicki Adams

Image: Tom Davies 

Richmond Park Night-O, 31 October

The first race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The race centre will be The Albert on Kingston Hill near the Kingston gate.

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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 Sue Carter know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Albert on Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Albert, Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Albert is a 5 minute walk from Norbiton station. Come out of main exit to the north, cross the road and head down Wolverton Avenue. At the end turn right and the pub is on the left. Trains from Waterloo to Norbiton leave every 15 minutes and direct ones take 25 minutes.

Race Details

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The race will use SIAC contactless punching with SIAC cards available for free for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Richmond Park is the largest and possibly the best orienteering area inside the M25, and was fully re-mapped this year. 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: Sue Carter,

Autumn Series 2017

South London Orienteers’ Autumn Series for club members returns for a fourth running.

It is the five Sundays from 22nd October to 26th November and includes races organised by Mole Valley, Guildford, Chigwell, and two South-Central clubs: Southampton and Berkshire.

There will be an experienced SLOW presence at these races, and we hope nomination for the series may encourage newer or less experienced members to come along to join in.

You’ll note the first event clashes with our own MTB-O event, and we prefer you do our own event if you are at all interested in MTB-O.

The 5th November race at “Highland Water” in the New Forest will have spectacular Autumn colours. It is the 50th running of the November Classic, one of the races that goes back to the start of orienteering in the UK.  It is also this year’s Southern Championships so it will be a big high-quality affair.

Events may, and the November Classic certainly does, require pre-entry.

The series concludes with the Autumn National Event in the south-east.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
22 October 2017Epsom DownsMole ValleyDetails
29 October 2017Ambersham CommonGuildfordDetails
5 November 2017New ForestSouthamptonDetails
12 November 2017Bucklebury CommonBerkshireDetails
19 November 2017Wormley WoodsChigwellDetails

Each event will have a pub for post-race lunch and optional route analysis – please keep an eye on the SLOW members group on Facebook!

The competition is for all full members of SLOW, with your best three events from five counting for a league competition. Run your choice of course and it is your national ranking points score that we will use for comparisons, the runner doing best scores 100 points, the second 99, etc.

It usually takes a few days for results to include the ranking points. We aim to update scores, with other chit-chat about the series, in the club weekly email that is sent on Thursday mornings.

Usual rule applies: if anything unforseen happens, we will do our best to do sensible things, but it’s just for fun anyway so nothing is guaranteed.

Tufnell Park Street-0, Tuesday 10 October 2017

The second race of the 2017-18 Street Orienteering season is on Tuesday 10 October in Tufnell Park, North London – join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat and food. This race is organised by our friends at London Orienteering Klubb and you can also find more information here.

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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.

This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one.

Race HQ

The race will be based at Tufnell Park Tavern in North London. Please do stay after the race for a drink and a spot of food.

LocationTufnell Park
AddressTufnell Park Tavern, 162 Tufnell Park Road
Latitude/longitude51.5576, -0.1321
OS grid referenceTQ296860
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Tufnell Park Tavern is a few minutes away from Tufnell Park station on the Northern Line (High Barnet branch). Come and discover a new part of London!

Race Details

Entry fee is £2 for SLOW / LOK members, students and juniors; £4 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 and it should be light enough for everyone for this last event.

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 2017-18 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Alex Owen (LOK), 

Fulham Street-O results

Here are the Final Results from yesterday’s Street Orienteering Race in Fulham.

Embarrassingly enough, I appear to have won, although very closely followed by relative newcomer Leo Muid in 2nd place and relative oldcomers James Lyne, Paul Nixon and James Fraser in 3rd to 5th.

In the ladies’ race, Harriet Boughton (running with Simon Martin) came out on top, followed by Sue Carter and Claire Heliot.

A big thank-you to all of you for attending and of course to Rebecca Slack (helped by Bob Reed) for organising a great race in a fab venue. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and will join us for the next race in Tufnell Park on 10 October. This is organised by our friends at London Orienteering Klubb and more info can be found here

Matthias Mahr (Street-O coordinator)

PS: We have two runners without any scores from yesterday, if this is you please get in touch.

SLOW Night-O Series 2017-18

SLOW’s Night-O series returns for 2017-18 with a series of five races from late October to March.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The full schedule for 2017-18 is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
31 October 2017Richmond ParkSue CarterDetails
28 November 2017Wimbledon CommonPete Huzan
23 January 2018Barnes CommonJames Lyne
27 February 2018Wimbledon CommonDmitry Adamskiy
20 March 2018Richmond ParkPaul Couldridge

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 Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

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 three 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.

Notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting

The 2017 club AGM will be on Tuesday 21 November. The AGM is open to all full members of South London Orienteers.

As has become customary, the meeting will be in the private room at Pizza Express Putney. The meeting will start at 20:00, so please come from 19:00 to eat and drink first – the social side is very much part of the occasion.

RegistrationBetween 1900 and 2000
Start Time2000
LocationPizza Express, Putney
AddressUpstairs function room, Pizza Express, 144 Upper Richmond Road, London
Latitude/longitude51.4602, -0.2137
OS grid referenceTQ242750
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

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