Results from the 2016 GLOSS Race #4: Barnes Common

These are the results from the fourth race in the 2016 GLOSS series, held on Barnes Common on a hot but windy Sunday morning in July.

Matt Schepisi led the race up to control #5, but was passed by Michael Crone who carried on through to the end to win by 2:30. Dorte Torpe Hansen was the first lady home, almost a minute clear of Claire Heliot in second. The results below include a combined result over the shorter GLOSS course from those who ran both the full course and extension. Series results will be available soon.

Many thanks to The Spencer pub on Barnes Common for hosting us, and to all those that took advantage of their hospitality. It helps us continue to use these pubs as bases for our races.

Results for the Elthorne Park Race

Results for the Elthorne Park Race, which took place on 19 July (Facebook event here), are now available. 100 people competed in the race which took place in Elthorne Park and Boston Manor Park (linked together by a canal towpath section), in very hot weather conditions. The map was drawn by Don McKerrow who organised the event, with the course planned by Andy Robinson. Thank you also to the management at The Royal for accommodating us.

Any results queries, please contact Don at

This was the final race of the London Park Race Series 2016. Congratulations to the series winners and the other prizewinners, at the prizegiving yesterday:

  • First overall: Laurence Ball in absentia
  • Second overall: Michael Crone
  • Third overall: Matthew Schepisi
  • First woman: Helen Gardner
  • Second woman: Claire Heliot
  • Third woman: Sue Carter
  • First M40+: Dmitry Ushakov
  • First W40+: Sue Carter
  • All scoring races: Michael Crone, Scott Collier, Francis Carr
  • Spot prize (mapper & organiser, Race 10): Don McKerrow
  • Spot prize (fourth overall): James Lyne

Thank you to all the race organisers, course planners and event helpers across the series of 10 events, from the London clubs SLOW, LOK, DFOK and MV.

The next SLOW race is the Barnes Common GLOSS, on Sunday 24 July.

Barnes Common: SLOW’s 2016 GLOSS Race

South London Orienteers present
2016 GLOSS Series Race 4
Sunday 24 July 2016

GLOSS is a friendly inter-club competition run on the Light Green course, with a fiendishly complicated handicap scoring system which favours the less experienced – all courses are open to all-comers, whether beginners or experienced.

Full details of the GLOSS series are available here.

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Event Centre

The event centre is The Spencer pub on the edge of Putney Common (the east part of Putney Common), at 237 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1HJ. There is parking available on the roads around the pub, and it is about a mile from Putney station. Bus route 22 starts and stops outside the pub, running through Putney.

The pub has an excellent range of beers and food, so make the most of the occasion! They have been very generous in opening early and giving us some space at one of their most popular times, so please do take advantage of this and stay for lunch and some drinks. 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 are very popular.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, 237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney
Latitude/longitude51.4683, -0.2281
OS grid referenceTQ232759
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


RegistrationBetween 0945 and 1130
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Entry on the day only.

Seniors £5
SLOW Juniors Free
Other Juniors £2

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event for £1 (free for juniors).


Course name Straight line
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky) 4km + optional 2.2km extension
Yellow (fairly easy) 1.6km
White (very easy) 1km

The long course includes two timed-out road crossings.


Please email the organiser Ed Catmur at .

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.

Esher Scouts win the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival

Esher Scouts Orienteering Club, affiliated to South London Orienteers, has continued its run of form in 2016 by winning the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival. The competition was organised by Mole Valley Orienteering Club and held on Monday 27 June in Norbury Park, across the River Mole from Box Hill south of Leatherhead.

The two courses – Yellow and Orange – were more challenging than the team were used to and vegetation was particularly high after the recent rain. However that didn’t hold the team back.

William from Hinchley Wood won the Yellow course by 40 seconds, with Idris also from Hinchley Wood, in fourth place. Their younger siblings Cai & Bronwen and Harry & Nicholas finished as pairs in eighth and ninth place.

Oxshott Scouts and SLOW members Thomas, Benedict and Sofié secured fifth, sixth and eleventh places on Orange respectively.

Despite fielding a relatively small turnout, and with everyone still in their first year of orienteering, Esher Scouts took first place with 72 points ahead of George Abbott School with 65 points and Tormead and Boxgrove in joint third with 63.

Thomas Arnison and Sofie and Benedict Davidson with the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival Trophy
Thomas, Sofié and Benedict with the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival Trophy

Esher Scouts won the Southern Navigators’ 2015-16 Saturday Series earlier this year, and is looking forward to building on these good performances with the existing members and hopefully some newcomers in the coming season.

SLOW is hosting a junior orienteering event with Sheen Shufflers at Barn Elms Playing Fields in the early evening of Friday 15 July. If you want to find out more about orienteering, please contact Teresa Turner, membership secretary, at .

Results for the Hackney Wick Park Race MOBO

Results for the Hackney Wick Park Race MOBO have now been published, below, along with series rankings (this event is not included) at the bottom.

Organiser’s Comments

Thank you to everyone who came along and tried out “MOBO” orienteering with smartphones and QR codes. Following the cancellation of the original park race event that was planned to be in east London this week, there was an opportunity to stage one of SLOW’s occasional free test format events, following in the footsteps of the Wimbledon Common Mobile-O and the Esher Commons MicrO, taking advantage of the new Permanent Orienteering Course which had been installed in the adjacent park, only a few weeks ago, with QR codes allowing for smartphone orienteering.

As we discovered on the night, the success of the format is very much down to people’s individual phones. Some people’s app crashed a few times, others struggled to load in the initial map, and some couldn’t access the options needed to get the map in the first place, due to UI quirks. Short battery lives, old cameras struggling to focus in the gloomy conditions, and screens being difficult to operate in rain also proved to be challenges. But most did get set up, around the courses, and enjoyed the terrain of the new park adjoining Hackney Wick. Out on the course, a gate that was closed late in the race blocked one route to/from a control. Temporary barriers (which have been moving every day) also meant some route choices were less optimum than the map suggested.

Thanks to Tarmo Klaar (creator of MOBO) for setting up a custom event page, Andy and Suki for co-planning and Number 90 Bar for hosting us. The next Park Race is in Beckenham Place Park in south London and is organised by DFOK – details here and Facebook event here.

One item of lost property: Black/turqouise Talon running shoes – they are behind the bar at Number 90. Ollie O’Brien.


MOBO Courses (Long 4.0km, Short 2.5k)
See splits here

Position Name Course Time Remarks
1 danlewington  Long 00:27:45
2 FRBlackSheep  Long 00:29:32 1 control missing – results allowed to stand.
3 Angus  Long 00:29:37
4 remox  Long 00:29:54
5 Miro Torma  Long 00:30:07 2 controls missing – results allowed to stand.
6   Long 00:31:01
7 Hugh hurley  Long 00:31:19 1 control missing – results allowed to stand.
8 Vince Roper  Long 00:32:24
9 JamesRH  Long 00:32:35
10 Gavinhurley  Long 00:32:39
11 Don McKerrow  Long 00:32:47
12 CliffMat  Long 00:33:10 3 controls missing – results allowed to stand.
13 Long 00:33:17
14 rattyrunner  Long 00:33:18
15 vasil peykov  Long 00:33:37
16 Tim Gage  Long 00:33:53 3 controls missing – results allowed to stand.
17 Carys  Long 00:34:12
18 Maprunner  Long 00:35:07
19 Neil Speers DFOK  Long 00:35:43
20 Heather Findlay  Long 00:35:44
21 Christophe Borysiewicz  Long 00:35:58
22 Ian Croft  Long 00:36:45
23 Ed Stott  Long 00:37:04
24 Buiscits  Long 00:37:27
25 tigger42  Long 00:37:51
26 richardwkirk  Long 00:38:03
27 Risto1980  Long 00:38:12
28 parkrace29  Long 00:38:23
29 NeilRickards  Long 00:39:15
30 Iris Lüke  Long 00:40:38
31 Lukas Tretera  Long 00:40:48
32 Jo  Long 00:40:55
33 alexwheeller  Long 00:41:11
34 Ester Bonmati  Long 00:41:12
35 Maria Carmen Jimenez Camp  Long 00:41:21
36 sivals  Long 00:41:41
37 Marcus Bateman  Long 00:43:59 1 control missing – results allowed to stand.
38 Catherine Galvin (LOK)  Long 00:44:13
39 fiona  Long 00:44:29
40 Geoff Goodwin  Long 00:44:47
41 toddf  Long 00:45:20
42 ChrisM  Long 00:47:58
43 Slowson  Long 00:48:04
44 Matthewpritchard  Long 00:48:44
45 Chris Robinson  Long 00:51:23 Manual result time applied.
46 Fionasibley  Long 00:52:19
47 Molecule  Long 00:53:02
48 Greencricketer  Long 00:53:28
49 firhayes  Long 00:55:23
50 Irene Petersen  Long 00:58:46
51 Robrunbikeman  Long 01:06:02 Missed start control – 3 minute penalty applied.
bazgooner  Long DSQ
1 Dianeuk 2000  Short 00:35:50 Missed finish control – 1 minute penalty applied.
2 tke  Short 00:42:28 4 controls missing – results allowe to stand.
3 Eoin O’Callaghan  Short 00:48:40
4 Jennifer Sibleyy  Short 00:49:44 1 control missing – results allowed to stand.
5 Judith Armitt  Short 00:50:50 Missed finish control – 1 minute penalty applied.

Paper Course (2.6km)
Jevgenijs Petrovs – 18:27
Guna Dubrovska – DNF
Scott Collier – 20:12

Protests to

Series rankings here.

Hackney Wick Park Race MOBO, Wednesday 29 June

The seventh event in the 2016 London Park Race series takes place on Wednesday 29 June 2016 in Hackney Wick, near Stratford in east London. Like all events in the series, the event is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not mandatory, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine.

Note this event is different to the rest in the series – you will be using your smartphone to show the orienteering map and to punch controls, not SI. Please follow the steps below to set up your smartphone for the event, ideally before you arrive at the venue. If you do not have a smartphone, we will have a limited number of printed maps for you to use, BUT you will not get a time or splits for your run. You will find the event more enjoyable, and the run easier, if you bring and use your smartphone.

This is an activity rather than a registered event, therefore we are unable to formally publish complete results, however it is still orienteering in a great area, with real controls, on a proper map, and it’s free!

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Event Centre

The event centre is in Number 90 Bar & Kitchen, an industrial-chic bar/restaurant in Hackney Wick, very close to Hackney Wick station (on the Overground) which is one stop from Stratford station. It is strongly recommended that you approach from Hackney Wick station as it’s a 2 minute walk away (turn right at the bottom of the ramp, walk along Wallis Road, turn right (street is still Wallis Road), and then it’s on the right at the end. There’s a small amount of pay-and-display parking space nearby, or free parking in Westfield Stratford City (15 min walk). We’ve booked a few tables at the bar, behind which you will be able to store bags. Please come ready to run or change in the venue toilets. Please stay after to enjoy good food and beers on the canalside terrace, overlooking the park.

LocationHackney Wick
AddressNumber 90 Bar, Wallis Road
Latitude/longitude51.5444, -0.0229
OS grid referenceTQ372847
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


Entry to this event is FREE for all. To enter the event, you need to follow the setup below. You can do most of these steps in advance of the day, but you also need to visit registration on the day.

1. Download MOBO on your smartphone: follow the link at It’s free and available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia Mobile. If you don’t have a smartphone, see step 6. Your smartphone needs to have a camera and have an internet data connection. Connected tablets may also be suitable, but check in advance of the day by trying to install the app.

2. Familiarise yourself with how MOBO works by seeing the “MOBO 1-2-3” section on the above webpage. (Basically, the map is on the phone, you scroll around it to see where the controls are. There is also an integrated compass shown on the screen, if your smartphone has a compass capability. At a control, press the camera button to “punch” the control, but holding the phone camera around 50cm from the QR code on the control. Your phone will flash green and beep when you successfully punch.)

Here’s a cheesy video showing how it works:

3. Make sure you’ve entered a MOBO user name (from the Main Menu, Options -> Setup -> (enter user name) -> Save.) Otherwise we won’t know who you are on the results!

4. Make sure your smartphone is charged on the day. Also, if it’s raining during the event, you may want to bring a case or cover for your phone, or other protection, so it doesn’t get too wet.

5. We will give you a special code at the registration desk, which you should then enter into MOBO to load the course for your run, for this event. Register by writing your name and MOBO user name on the registration sheet.

6. If you don’t have a smartphone, we’ll have a small number of paper maps for you, BUT you won’t get timing for your run. You’ll also need to bring along a pen to note down the letter codes on each control, to prove you’ve been there. You can self-time if you want, using a stopwatch etc. We may have a facility at registration for you to write down your time, and we may publish this. The paper map course is different and shorter.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 2000

Courses close at sunset (21:20).


These are both a five minute walk from the event centre. The route to/from these are not taped, but you can see them on the map you’ll receive at the event centre (which is just off the western edge of the map). The start is SELF SERVICE. Wait at least 30 seconds (or 60 seconds if no queue), after the person who starts before you. Start by scanning the start control (if you are using MOBO) or writing down the code on the map. The other controls, including the finish control, work in the same way – point your smartphone at the control’s QR code, while in the MOBO app. Then press the photo button, line it up and hear for the beep!

We are not using SI for this event, so no need to bring your SI card, but you do need your smartphone.


Course name Straight line
Long 4.1km
Short 2.5km
Paper Map 2.6km

Courses are suitable for all. Both courses include a road crossing to get to the start.

Juniors are allowed, but must use the tunnel underneath the road (by the crossing point) when racing, and the pedestrian crossing lights to get to the start.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Ollie at

Planners: Ollie, Suki and Robbo.

London City Race Weekend 2016

collogoFor the ninth running of the London City Race, we bring you 3 races in 3 days, in one great city!

1. Friday 9 Sep 2016 – Crystal Palace (organised by DFOK)

Start times from 1900 – 2030 approx. – will be dependent on numbers but we will aim to allow for later starts for people travelling to London, later starters will need head torches. Courses will be of mid length around the park of Crystal Palace. More details will be at soon.

2. Saturday 10 Sep 2016 – The 9th London City Race (organised by SLOW)

The event will be based about a 10 min walk from Canada Water Tube station. Starts will be from 1000 to 1300. The race will be on a completely new map of Rotherhithe, taking in some of the extensive parks and housing estates.
Courses will be based on the approximate length below:

Course Category Length km
1 Mens Elite 9.0
2 Womens Elite 7.5
3 Mens Open 7.0
4 Womens Open 6.0
5 Mens Vets (M35+) 7.0
6 Womens Vets (W35+) 5.0
7 Mens Super Vets (M50+) 6.0
8 Womens Super Vets (W50+) 4.0
9 Mens Ultra Vets (M65+) 4.5
10 Womens Ultra Vets (W65+) 3.5
11 Juniors (M/W 16-) 3.0
12 Kids (M/W 12-) 1.5
13 Newcomers 4.0
14 Euro Youth Men (M18/20) 7.0
15 Euro Youth Women (M18/20) 6.0

This year the race is part of the City Race Euro Tour – and prizes are being offered for top 3 races over the whole series in most of the race categories – for more information please see

Commemorative technical T-Shirts are again available – these cost £10 but the last date for ordering these will be midnight 28th August, Although there will be a few available on the day.

3. Sunday 11 Sep 2015 – Soho (organised by SLOW)

Having finally got permission to race in this area of the heart of London we will be able to offer you to race around the small streets and alleyways. Courses are going to be fairly short – up to 5k for the longest course (more a sprint/middle distance race) but this will be subject to final mapping/planning. Full details to follow but this race will have early starts (probably between 8.30am and 9.30am) so as to avoid the mass of people shopping and eating on the Sunday but not so early as to bump into everyone leaving the clubs and bars. After running grab some food, go shopping and then watch the last day of the Tour of Britain finishing with a circuit race of central London.


Online entry is expected to open in July.

Entry Fees until 23:59 28 August

Friday night Sprint Costs t.b.c.
Saturday Seniors £12

Juniors £6

Juniors Under 16 £5
Sunday Seniors £10 Juniors £5

If you enter all 3 races over the weekend at the same time there is a £3 discount.

Entry Fees from 29 August until 23:59 4 Sept

Friday night Sprint Costs t.b.c.
Saturday Seniors £14 Juniors £8 Juniors Under 16 £6
Sunday Seniors £12 Juniors £6.50

If you enter all 3 races over the weekend at the same time there is a £3 discount.



General enquiries: Vince Roper
Entry enquiries: Nigel Saker

Race Officials

Race director (2016): Vince Roper, SLOW.

Mogador MTB Score Event, Sunday 14th August 2016

The third event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2016 Series takes place from Mogador on Sunday 14th August.

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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 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 Sportsman, Mogador Road, Tadworth, KT20 7ES (near M25 Jn 8)

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available from 12pm –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door. The pub gets very busy on Sundays so please book in advance if you wish to eat in the restaurant. Bar snacks are also available and there is a large garden.

The present building was originally built as a hunting lodge for Henry VIII in 1532. The pub is located next to Banstead / Walton Heath, and is ideal for walking (for those who don’t wish to cycle).

AddressThe Sportsman, Mogador Road, Lower Kingswood KT20 7ES
Latitude/longitude51.2642, -0.2244
OS grid referenceTQ240532
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 1.5 km from the A217 and 1.5km from the M25 Jn 8
  • NOTE – No event parking is permitted  in the pub car park, and there is limited parking available in Mogador / Lower Kingswood. Please park at Margery Woods NT Car Park – first turning on the left off the A217, when approaching from the M25 junction. Parking is free for National Trust members and £4 for others (using Ringo).  Access to the pub is via a Bridleway which runs along the side of the car-park (follow the signs).
  • By train, Tadworth and Kingswood stations are both an easy 15 minute  warm up ride away. The A217 is a busy dual carriageway with no cycle path. The bridleways  across Banstead Heath provide a safer and more direct route.

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 website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planners: Jane Robinson

Image: Mark Humprey (courtesy of TriAdventure)

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