Waterloo Parks Race, Tuesday 29 May

The first race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 29 May 2018 in Waterloo’s Parks. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre at The Tankard on Kennington Road. It’s a seven minute walk from Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line.

LocationWaterloo Parks
AddressThe Tankard
Latitude/longitude51.4953, -0.1108
OS grid referenceTQ312791
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Normally courses are quoted as straight line distance, but straight lines are not possible here, so the optimal route better reflects the distance that runners will cover.

The short course is suitable for juniors; under-16s on the long course must be accompanied by an adult.

The whole of the short course and the start of the long course will be in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. The long course then goes on to Archbishop’s Park with some interesting urban to link the parks and to finish back near the pub. There will be two timed out major road crossings on the Long course.

The terrain will be 70% hard surfaces with the rest mown grass so shorts will be fine; high-viz clothing is recommended on the long course as 25% of it will be on streets linking the two parks.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Don McKerrow at .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

Ravenscourt Park Race, Tuesday 26 June 2018

The sixth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 26 June 2018 in Ravenscourt Park. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Duchess of Cambridge at 320 Goldhawk Road, London W6 0XF. The pub is five minutes’ walk from Stamford Brook tube station on the District line, and there are lots of buses from Shepherd’s Bush (Central and Hammersmith & City lines and London Overground).

LocationRavenscourt Park
AddressThe Duchess of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road W6 0XF
Latitude/longitude51.4986, -0.2438
OS grid referenceTQ220792
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Course distance
Long 5km
Short 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Eleanor Johnstone via .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Battersea Park Race, Tuesday 12 June 2018

The fourth race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 12 June 2018 in Battersea Parks. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Prince Albert on Albert Bridge Road. Public transport is the best route, but getting there will involve some walking. It’s important not to walk through the park on the way to the pub, to avoid seeing the course in advance. From Sloane Square on the District and Circle line, it’s just over a one mile walk. From Battersea Park rail station (from Victoria), get buses 44 or 344 to The Latchmere and walk up Battersea Bridge Road. From Clapham Junction (from Victoria or Waterloo) you can also catch the 344 to The Latchmere, and there are more bus options running up Battersea Bridge Road and walking across.

LocationBattersea Park
AddressThe Prince Albert, 85 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea
Latitude/longitude51.479, -0.166
OS grid referenceTQ275772
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Anders Silkjaer via .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Photo of Battersea Park Pagoda courtesy of Andrew Bowden on Flickr

British Champs Weekend

On the 19th May, the day of a Royal Wedding in Windsor, the British Long Distance Championship races were held far away, at another Royal Castle, that of Balmoral, on Deeside in the Highlands of Scotland.

The weather was glorious and Deeside was wonderful in the sunshine. The Balmoral Estate forest was hilly and rough with few tracks, and there were some extended running times.

The next day, a little along the valley in the somewhat easier forest at Torphantrick the British Relay Championships took place.

In the individual there were new champions in the open classes, Jo Shepherd of Inverness OC (and Halden SK, Norway) and Peter Hodkinson of Nottinghamshire OC (and Lillomarka OL, Norway.) Short report on the open classes (at On The Red Line website.)

There were 20 SLOW members running the individual (and fixtures secretary Duncan Grassie, not 100% fit, was there too under his AROS designation – seventh on M35L, and helping it all happen.)

Long Distance Results (pdf, on Scottish orienteering website.)

Ed Catmur
Ed Catmur

Ian Webb was the only SLOW member tackling M/W21E – he finished in three and a quarter hours.

Sarah-Jane Barrable was third on W21S.

SLOW’s top class (arguably, just shading M65L) was M35L, with Ed Catmur second and Steve Clelland fifth.

Steph Moss was fifth on W40L, and Karen Jones 13th on W55L, with Heather Walton 37th.

Captain Peter Huzan was 32nd in M50L,  with Andy Jones 33rd and eight seconds behind him  (a small margin in an hour and a half), and  Simon Moss was 47th in that class.

Kathy Haynes was 15th on W60L, 6 seconds ahead of 16th placed Diane Leakey. Chris Robinson was third on W60S. Sarah Brown was equal fifth on W65L, with Anne May 16th. Paul Street was 31st in M60L, with an injured Andy Robinson missing a few controls. Alan Leakey was fifth and Don McKerrow eleventh on M65L. David May was sixth on M70L.

Kathy Haynes
Kathy Haynes

The next day was the British Relay Championships. SLOW fielded teams in both the top class races.  In the Men’s Premier, Ed Catmur, Peter Huzan and Ian Webb were 19th. In the Women’s Premier Karen Jones, Sarah-Jane Barrable and Christime Robinson were 12th.

In the veteran classes SLOW got two bronze medals, in the men’s and women’s 60+ races. The women’s team was Sarah Brown, Kathy Haynes and Diane Leakey. The men’s (seen below – with Andy Robinson’s SLOW jacket in background, helping at the prizegiving in his capacity as a BOF Director) was David May, Alan Leakey and Andy Jones.

Alan leakey, Andy JOnes, David May collect the bronze medals
Men’s 60+ Relay Prizegiving
Andy Jones
Andy Jones
Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson

Wendover Woods MTB Score Event, Sunday 10th June 2018

The second event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2018 Series takes place in Wendover Woods on Sunday 10th June.

UPDATE: 26TH MAY (from John Owens)

Event Centre is now:
St Leonards Parish Hall,
Jenkins Lane,
St Leonards,
Tring.
HP23 6NW
Getting there:

All of the roads around St Leonards are very small country lanes, so from the N or W it is best to approach via Aston Hill and past Wendover Woods visitor centre and from all other directions via Buckland Common. 
There is now no parking charge

Start times are up to 11:00.

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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

In an excursion from our usual Surrey Hills locations, this event will be based in the beautiful Chiltern Hills at

St Leonards Parish Hall,
Jenkins Lane,
St Leonards, Tring. HP23 6NW

(was originally  Wendover Woods Visitor Centre, HP23 6LD.)

Toilets and refreshments are available nearby before and after the event.

Locationnear Wendover
AddressSt Leonards Parish Hall
Latitude/longitude51.754, -0.677
OS grid referenceSP914070
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car,  please see above information about new event centre.

In short please approach via Aston Hill and past Wendover Woods visitor centre (HP23 6LD),  or via Buckland Common. 

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. An additional £1 charge will be applied at this event to cover Forestry Commission usage fees.

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 Time1000

The 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 SportIdent 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: John Owens/ Nicki Adams

Image: Mark Humphrey

Chelsea Street-O Results, Tuesday 8 May

With apologies for the delay, here are the Final Results from Tuesday’s final Street-O of the season. Over 100 runners enjoyed Steven’s courses taking in Chelsea, Earl’s Court and, as a bonus, Brompton Cemetery!

We now also have the Final Series Results, have a look at your result! We had some really tight results overall, with the top 3 Men only separated by 1 point each!

I look forward to welcoming you again to another series starting in September.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator,

GLOSS 2018: London’s Summer Series

June sees the return of the Greater London Orienteering Summer Series, or GLOSS. This is a series of five accessible orienteering races held in parks and parkland around London on Sundays through late June and July.

The events are perfect for beginners and families, and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of one of London’s orienteering clubs. South London Orienteers won the competition in 2016 and 2015.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
24 June 2018Hornchurch Country ParkHAVOCDetails
1 July 2018Addington HillsLOKDetails
7 July 2018Ellenbrook FieldsHHDetails
15 July 2018Wimbledon CommonDetails
22 July 2018Beddington ParkMVDetails

Full details of the race series are available from the coordinating club London Orienteering.

GLOSS 2018 Wimbledon Common, Sunday 15 July

South London Orienteers present
2018 GLOSS Series Race 4
Sunday 15 July 2018

GLOSS is a friendly inter-club series of competitions run on the Light Green course, with a handicap scoring system which favours the less experienced. All courses are open to all-comers, whether beginners or experienced. SLOW’s event will be on Putney Heath and the northern part of Wimbledon Common.

An overview of the GLOSS series is available from the coordinating club, London Orienteering Klubb.

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Event Centre

The event centre is The Telegraph pub on Putney Heath, SW15 3TU. The pub is in the middle of the heath and there is plenty of parking available on nearby roads. Several bus routes go to “Putney Heath Green Man” which is at the north-east corner of the map and about 500m from The Telegraph.

The pub facilities will be available once it is open for business. It has an excellent range of beers and food, so make the most of the occasion! It is a popular destination on a Sunday for families and those wishing to spend their weekend in a relaxed and friendly environment, and their traditional Sunday roasts prove very popular and attract visitors from far and wide. Please book ahead if you wish to reserve a specific area or large gathering – details on the website.

Entry

RegistrationBetween and
Start TimesBetween and

Entry on the day only.

Seniors £5
SLOW Juniors Free
Other Juniors £2

Electronic timing will be used, and SI cards (regular for £1 and wireless for £2.50) can be hired for the event on the day.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky) 4km + optional 2.5km extension
Yellow (fairly easy) 2km
White (very easy) 1km
“Naughty Numbers” (for young children) < 1km

Results

Results will be posted on this website after the event.

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

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