Wimbledon Common Night-O February 27th

The fourth race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place on Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 28 November 2018. The race centre will be The Telegraph Pub on Putney Heath.

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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.

Letting us know you are coming helps us to have the correct number of the unique maps for this event printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Telegraph on Telegraph Road, London SW15 3TU. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Telegraph, SW15 3TU
Latitude/longitude51.4486, -0.2255
OS grid referenceTQ234737
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Telegraph is in the middle of Putney Heath and there is plenty of parking available on nearby roads. Several bus routes go to “Putney Heath Green Man” which is about 500m from The Telegraph.

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 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Wimbledon Common 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.

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

Organiser: Dmitry Adamskiy

 

New Malden Street-O, Tuesday 13 March

(This is early information – note that there is a February Street-O before this one!)

The seventh race of the 2017-18 season of evening street orienteering races will be held on Tuesday March 13th, in a newish area in New Malden, SW London. Join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat, food and drink!

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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 The Royal Oak in New Malden.

Please do stay after the race for a drink, a bite to eat and to compare routes with your friends

LocationNew Malden
AddressThe Royal Oak, 90 Coombe Road, Kingston KT3 4RD
Latitude/longitude51.4075, -0.2583
OS grid referenceTQ212691
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Royal Oak is at 90 Coombe Road,  New Malden (KT3 4RD). It’s about a 5-10 minute walk from New Malden station (6 trains per hour from Waterloo).

As you exit the station, turn right and head up the main road.

Race Details

Entry fee is £2 for SLOW and 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: Bob Reed,

Surrey Hills Race, 3 June 2018

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

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Get off the roads and try something different this 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.

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Entries

Pre-entry are open on-line through Fabian4, 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.

Results from Barnes Common Night-O, January 2018

The third race of SLOW’s 2017-18 Night-O series was held on Barnes Common on Tuesday 23 January.

The next race in the series is on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 27 February 2018.

Organiser/Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. We had a good turnout with what was much warmer weather than we have had for a while, certainly warmer than Sunday.

First, a big thank you to James Lyne who did all the organising and planning for the event prior to the day itself. I just helped organise on the day. I hope you enjoyed running on James’ courses and weren’t too spooked running through the cemetery! I think he made good use of an interesting area, with lots of variety.

Thanks to Eleanor, Paul, Anders and Don for their help at the event. These events couldn’t go ahead with this kind of help.
Sue Carter

Frensham Ponds MTB Score Event, Sunday 4th March 2018

The first event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2018 Series takes place from Frensham Ponds on Sunday 4th March.

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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 will have SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire at all our events this season for an additional £2!

Event Centre

The event will be based at  Frensham Great Pond Car Park, Bacon Lane, Churt, GU10 2QB

Toilets and refreshments are available nearby before and after the event however the event base will be outside in the car park.

LocationFrensham Pond
AddressFrensham Ponds
Latitude/longitude51.157, -0.7944
OS grid referenceSU844404
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the event base is 10 minutes from the A3 or A31
  • By public transport, the nearest train station is Farnham
  • 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: Mark Humphrey/ Nicki Adams

Image: Mark Humphrey

OK Nuts 2018 Results

Trophy Winners

OK Nuts Trophy: Ben Windsor
Heather Monro Trophy: Sue Carter
Margaret Loveless Trophy: Angus Harrington

(Although these races took place in January 2018, this was the 2017 OK Nuts rescheduled. The same happened in 1997/8, and in line with that precedent the list of previous winners will show this running as 2018 (1).)

Results

Explanation for 2x Routegadgets and Apology

There should have been just one Routegadget for all the courses, but I erred in the setup with the result that the blood races did not work correctly. Some runners had uploaded before I realised the problem.

So I have re-named this first setup “for colour-coded courses” and runners on those individual start courses please use that setup.

And I have created a second one “for blood races”, and runners on those mass-start courses please use that setup.

I apologise to those on the blood races who tried to use the incorrect setup.

Now it is setup right, I think watching a rerun of the blood races is a lovely way to occupy a few minutes. Do try it, and remember what the weather was like!

Organiser’s Comments (Steve Clelland)

Richmond Park features regularly in SLOW’s winter night series, however the chance to run full length courses in the daylight is a much rarer opportunity. I hope you enjoyed your runs despite the extremely testing conditions.

Andy Robinson originally had the vision of holding the blood races in Richmond Park and he provided a wealth of knowledge and experience in the weeks and months leading up to the event. In particular, his plan for the extremely compact layout of registration, start, map exchange and finish, helped to simplify organisation.

As well as Paul  and Duncan, controller and planner respectively, I can’t thank my fellow members of SLOW enough for their help on the day, especially the registration team who coped admirably in the early rush. It was my fault that this was not arranged better, particularly on the bib collection for blood races, which lead to the delay on the start. Congratulations to our champions, due to the weather most people headed off before we had a chance to collate the results. We will endeavour to get trophies and coasters to winners as soon as possible.

Lost property:
2 control description holders
1 “GreenPark” water bottle
Long sleeved black and white top – “New Forest Triathlon”

Planner’s Comments (Duncan Grassie)

Thanks to everyone who came to Richmond Park despite the wintry conditions. As a relatively novice planner it was encouraging to see so many people speaking positively of the looped format of the blood races since it was fun but challenging to plan. Controller Paul was able to come up with an algorithm for allocating correct maps to each competitor and creating the variation and with Andy and Steve managed to come up with the assembly field layout so I am indebted to them for making the courses work.

As well as thanking all the volunteers who helped put out and take in controls, I would like to single out Andy Robinson who has been a stalwart of SLOW and who we relied on heavily for the planning and delivery of this event.

Also a considerable amount of publicity for the event was created through a promotional video. It was made by Katherine Bett of Southern Navigators and features SLOW member Ralph Street and GB team colleague Alasdair McLeod. This hopefully provides a benchmark for future events! From my point of view it was great to see the wide range of competitors on the blood courses – from university students giving it a try for the first time to English and British Internationalists Ben Windsor and Tessa Strain respectively topping the male and female results.

General Commentary (Paul Street)

Today’s races in Richmond Park saw testing distances, and testing conditions for competitors and officials alike. The forecast was for it to start raining at 9am, and carry on throughout the event. And it did just that, with the rain turning to  sleet at times.  We’ve got quite a lot of kit drying at the moment – you too? We hope you all had a good time, especially our many newcomers – thanks for coming, and you do know every event is different don’t you – it’s not always like this.

Illness kept some away, and the weather no doubt induced some to think “you know what, I think I’ll give it a miss today.” Still, you that came experienced pretty good running conditions, if pretty unpleasant conditions for doing most everything else. And of course you ran in Richmond Park, always lovely, and many of you enjoyed a bit of special “buzz” from the mass-start format.

Congratulations to all finishers, and commiserations to others.

On behalf of South London Orienteers’ I extend particular thanks to the three main event officials.

We were very lucky to have Paul Todd of London OK as an extremely hard-working and skilled controller. He was a full member of the team that designed and prepared the event. Then on the day he arrived with the first helpers, he checked things, he put out controls, he checked all the controls, he collected controls, he did plenty of things in between, and then he was there until the end helping to check the SI boxes and hire dibbers were ready for a future event.

The planner was Duncan Grassie, of South London Orienteers and Auld Reekie Orienteering Society.  Most of his work was beforehand: the course design, selecting, checking and tagging control sites, and preparing the maps. The park is not the most complex terrain but I understand all courses included a good range of challenges, and the clever “gaffling” system that Duncan and Paul chose seemed to work very well from the comments of finshers. And as our Chairman said, some might have baulked at spending the day before  they fly to Dubai for work, out all day in the Park, managing the controls and courses,  but someone not only did all that, mostly in pouring rain, but then was offering to do plenty of other things that evening to sort things out for the next races – the first of which is Tuesday evening incidentally.

The guy that bore the heaviest load, holding it all together, was the organiser Steve Clelland. He made it happen, with help from our longtime fixtures secretary Andy Robinson. So he looked after (using words from the BOF manual):

  • Everything prior to, during, and after the actual races; not just between the start and finish.
  • The safety & welfare of participants and members of the public in the event area including the completion of a risk assessment, risk management and contingency plans.
  • Land permission, event registration, access, car parking, assembly area, volunteer helpers, publicity timescales.
  • The equipment used including electronic punching, clocks etc.

It was Steve who, towards the end of the day, as he contemplated loading his car with a whole load of wet equipment (and his flat is on the 3rd floor) suggested the conditions might well justify the above phrase “you know what, I think I’ll give it a miss today.” Thanks for only thinking that Steve.

Steve briefs the “Very Nearly An Armful” runners, Andy is nearby on the right of the picture, and Paul watches on the left.

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