Bethnal Green Street-O, Tuesday 14 March

The seventh race in SLOW’s 2016-17 Street-O series will be held on Tuesday 14 March 2017 in Bethnal Green, East London, once again organised by our friends from London Orienteering Klubb. 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 organiser below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Marquis of Cornwallis in historic East London – an opportunity to venture into a completely different part of the city!

LocationBethnal Green and Whitechapel
AddressMarquis of Cornwallis, 304 Bethnal Green Road
Latitude/longitude51.5263, -0.0644
OS grid referenceTQ344826
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Marquis of Cornwallis is about a 5 minute walk from both Bethnal Green tube station (Central Line) and Bethnal Green rail on the Liverpool Street line.

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 2016-17 series page for more information.

You can also check out the event information on the London Orienteering Klubb page

Organiser/Planner: Elaine Battson (LOK),

Wimbledon Common Night-O

The fourth race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, on Tuesday 28th February 2017. The race centre is The Telegraph, Putney, SW15 3TU.

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The Night-O series is a series of public races – all are welcome, whether or not you are a SLOW member. Do 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 email the organiser, Scott Collier, to say you are coming.

Race Centre

The race is based at The Telegraph “The Country Pub in London” on Telegraph Road, Putney SW15 3TU. The pub regularly hosts us, serves excellent food and drink, and provides a great place for post-race chat.

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

Travel

The Telegraph is ten minutes walk from several bus stops, including those on the 39 and 93 routes from Putney Station. Further details are available on the TFL website.

Race Description

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SportIdent electronic punching with SI cards available for free loan to those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow but please you must reserve one in advance by contacting the organizer.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1845 and 1945

Two courses are offered, both being quite challenging – you can feel real achievement from completing either of them:

  • Long: approximately 5km.
  • Short: approximately 2.5km.

The terrain is largely gently undulating lightly wooded heathland.

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.

Mortlake Street-O results

Thank you all for coming to the Mortlake street-o yesterday, and to Bob and Rebecca for organising.

Here are the Final Results from the race with 2 amendments (Ella and Roderick). Series Results have now also been updated including extra points for race organisers.

We had a good turnout in Mortlake with almost 100 of you joining us in the Tapestry Bar for a race going as far as Richmond in the West. Organisers Bob and Rebecca did a sterling job and set some very challenging courses, with even the fastest not coming close to covering all the controls.

Embarrassingly, I had the most points on the day, although only 24 seconds’ worth of penalties ahead of James Lyne. Simon Wright was 3rd. Katrin Harding won the women’s race and came 6th overall, ahead of Sue Carter and Natalie Holroyd.

I hope to see many of you on the other side of London (Whitechapel) on 14 March – details coming soon.

South East Individual League – SLOW Results 2016

2016 is over and with it so too is the South East Individual League for another year.

For those who haven’t heard of it, the South East Individual League is a competition held across most of the major events in the South East region over the calendar year. An individual’s performances at these events will score them points, with their best four scores counting toward the competition.

The results for 2016 have now been published. Congratulations to the following SLOW members who finished in the top three for their age class:

Charlotte Turner – 3rd W21
Sue Carter – 3rd W45
Dorte Torpe Hansen – 1st W50
Anne May – 3rd W65
Matteo Rebora – 2nd M10
Dmitry Adamskiy – 1st M21
James Lyne – 2nd M21
Oliver O’Brien – 2nd M35
Paul Couldridge – 1st M40
Andy Robinson – 3rd M60

The competition for 2017 is already underway with some strong performances by SLOW members in the first two events. The next event in the league is on Sunday 19th February 2017.

Spring Handicap Series 2017

SLOW’s 2017 Spring Handicap Series starts in February, with the first race at Northaw Great Wood. The series is made up of five races – including two named events and the CompassSport Cup qualifying round at Ashridge – and scores at the best three of those will count. The handicap calculation is based on national ranking points, so that running better than you have in the last twelve months means you do well! As this is a handicap series, everyone races in one competition to find a single champion.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
19 February 2017Northaw Great Wood - Ace of HertsHHDetails
5 March 2017Brasted ChartDFOKDetails
12 March 2017CompassSport Cup Qualifying Round - AshridgeHHDetails
26 March 2017TilgateSODetails
9 April 2017Hambledon - Chiltern ChallengeTVOCDetails

For Ashridge, entry is via the Club Captain (as soon as possible please) as it is a club team event. Entry for all others is via Fabian4.  with a closing date typically 7-10 days beforehand.

Results from the Ham Night-O, January 2017

The third race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Ham Lands on Tuesday 22 November 2017. Scott Collier won the event overall with Sue Carter again the first lady home.

Series results after three events are now available here.

Organiser’s comments

I have been interested in Ham Common Wood ever since the last night O in Ham 3 years ago, that gave us a fleeting glimpse of western edge. However my initial recce in early January found that the (14 year old) map required a fair number of updates to be usable, particularly with regard to new paths that had appeared and old ones that were no longer in existence. Frustratingly a number of interesting looking areas of woodland were not practical to use due to bramble cover.

I was pleased with how smoothly things went on the night, with the obviously exception of control 164. I put it out in daylight and I did not consider it at risk of being interfered with. Alas, a member of the public did find it and decided to bury it under a pile of leaves! Well done to Alice (aged 7) for finding it again. A number of competitors wasted time searching for the control before it was recovered, so the only fair course of action was to void the control and take the adjoining legs out of the overall times.

Many thanks to Vicky, Don, Richard, Matt and Andy for helping on the night and especially Pete for volunteering to collect controls from the riverside area.
Steve Clelland

Dunsfold MTB Score Event, Sunday 26th February 2017

The first event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2017 Series takes place from Dunsfold on Sunday 26th February.

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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.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Sun Inn,  The Common, Dunsfold GU8 4LE.

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available after the event –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

LocationDunsfold
AddressSun Inn, Dunsfold GU8 4LE
Latitude/longitude51.115, -0.5634
OS grid referenceTQ007361
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 20 minutes drive south of Guildford
  • By public transport, trains run from Guildford to the nearest station at Whitley

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 0900 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.

Organiser/Planners: Mark Humphrey/ Sid Hardy/ Ian Norfield

Image: Mark Humphrey (courtesy of TriAdventure)

36th Box Hill Race Report and Results

Full Individual Results

Full Team Results

ORGANISER’S REPORT – Andy Robinson

Well that was a cold one. My car was registering minus 6 when I arrived at 8.15 to put the first flags out. Combined with the sunshine that did give us some beautiful views. My favourite was coming into the open after the last road crossing. It was a north facing slope which the sun can’t have visited all winter and the frost must have been an inch thick. It made for some very fast and firm going. Too firm for one lady who had to retire after a fall and a visit to A&E confirmed she had broken her collar bone. We wish her a speedy recovery.
At the front end it was a welcome return to the race after a few years absence for James McMullan of Thames Hare and Hounds. James was the record holder on the old (pre-2015) course, and so a new record looked to be on the cards. However a fall when jumping a fallen tree 2 miles from the end forced James to slow down and miss the record by 16 seconds. He said “I just jogged in after that”, which can be translated for the rest of us as “I just retained my 3 minute lead”.
No such problem for the first lady. Nichola Jackson of Ranelagh Harriers stormed round to beat both 2nd place and the previous record by over 5 minutes. It’s difficult to compare the new course with the old one, but I think her time would have put her close behind the great names of Sarah Rowell, Angela Carson and Yvette Hague who were the fastest then, but all from the last century.
There were many impressive age group performances. Richard Phillips is a first year veteran and took second place for the second consecutive year. William Stanley was the youngest in the race and took an excellent 4th place. But perhaps the most impressive performance came from Lynda Hembury in winning F60. She was a mere 3 seconds behind the leading F40 and many minutes ahead of the F50 winner.
Serpentine again took the team prize but were not packing as closely at the front as in previous years. Can someone take it from them? Reigate Priory certainly put up a strong showing and, as host club, it was good to see some of our younger members putting in fine performances.
Although we mourned for the delights of the Sports Club bar that we enjoyed for 24 years, we were excellently looked after by Phil the caretaker and Lin in the office at our new base. Thanks also to all the wonderful officials and marshals from SLOW; Peter on the computer, Chris on registration, finish and nearly everything, Mike on road signs, course flagging and road crossing, Fran and Dave for course sweeping, Linda and Katie on finish and registration, Don as first aider, Nigel, Steve and Ed on road crossings, Jane at number issue and all those on parking and number issue before they ran.
And personally one of the high points of the day was being able to talk to the 1984 winner, Chris Hirst, who was here to watch his son race to a fine 10th place.

 

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