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MTB-Score Race at Arborfield, 18 January 2015

The first race in the joint SLOW and L&SEAR 2015 Mountain Bike Orienteering series takes place around Arborfield, near Reading, on Sunday 18 January 2015. The race centre will be The Bramshill Hunt on Bramshill Close, Arborfield.

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This 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 organisers Mark Humphrey and Sid Hardy know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at the The Bramshill Hunt at 27 Bramshill Close, Arborfield. Toilets, water and food are available from the pub, but please leave any muddy shoes at the door!

LocationAborfield
AddressThe Bramshill Hunt, 27 Bramshill Close, RG2 9PL
Latitude/longitude51.3878, -0.9036
OS grid referenceSU764660
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • From the M4 J10, head north on the A329(M) then follow B3270, B3030 & A327.
  • From the M3 J4a, follow the A327, A30 and A327.
  • By train, Wokingham train station is a 20min cycle ride from the event centre.

Parking is available on the street next to the event pub. Please be respectful of local residents and avoid blocking any access points.

Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

Race Details

The entry fee is £7 for BMBO members (with their membership cards), £8 for day riders and £6 for under 21s. There is a further £1 discount for SLOW members.

The race 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 scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1145
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Courses will close at 14:00.

Maps will be 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps, although 1:25,000 will be available for novices/juniors if requested in advance. 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 website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planners: Mark Humphrey and Sid Hardy

Photo of Nicki Adams by Open Adventures.

The 38th Surrey Hills Race, Sunday 7 June 2015


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 be available 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 9.30 a.m. at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

Event Centre

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

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school. Tom’s catering – an essential part of any cross-country and orienteering event – will also be there, serving a range of hot food and refreshments.

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.

Richmond Street-O results

Here are the Results from the Street-O held in Richmond on Tuesday 9 December 2014, along with the latest overall series results.

Planner’s comments

Thanks to the helpers (Don McKerrow, Dom Lawrance, Ollie O’Brien) and everyone who turned up to run last night. Those that turned up early had a slightly drier run than those that ran later but hopefully everyone had fun.

With Richmond Hill to the southeast, connected over the Thames by two bridges to the lower lying land to the west, we felt that the Richmond location offered some interesting route choices. Our goal was to take everyone to some interesting places (the view from Richmond Bridge at night is spectacular) while making it a tough challenge for the fastest runners to clear the course. We were pleased to hear that people liked the postbox/lamp posts and multiple choice format.

Nicki Adams & Tom Davies

Westminster Street-O, Tuesday 13 January 2015

The fifth Street-O race of the 2014-15 series takes place on Tuesday 13 January 2015 in Westminster. 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 organisers below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Old Star, 66 Broadway, London SW1H 1DB. Good food and drink will be available at the pub afterwards, alongside plenty of post-race analysis, so please stay for the social part of the evening!

LocationWestminster
AddressThe Old Star, 66 Broadway, London SW1H 1DB
Latitude/longitude51.4999, -0.1337
OS grid referenceTQ296795
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The nearest tube is St. James’s Park for District and Circle line trains. Westminster station for the Jubilee line is about 7 minutes’ walk away. Parking is restricted and limited in the streets near the pub – we recommend using public transport.

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 2014-15 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Gavin & Laura Hurley

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MTB-Score Series 2015

MTB-Score is a new series of four events for 2015. Held on Sunday mornings in January, April, July and October, these are 2-hour score orienteering events on bike. These events are run by London & Southeast Adventure Racers in affiliation with SLOW.

General information on MTB-Score events.

Event Schedule

Events take place on Sunday mornings in January, April, July and October. Start times are from 10:00 to 12:00 and the course closes at 14:00.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
18 January 2015AborfieldMark Humpries/Sid HardyDetails
25 October 2015tbcJames Lee-Cox

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 Nicki Adams at .

Photo of Nicki Adams by Open Adventures.

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