Crouch Hill Street-O, Tuesday 11 November

The third Street-O race of the 2014-15 series takes place on Tuesday 11 November in Crouch Hill, just north of Finsbury Park. 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 Stapleton Tavern, 2–4 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AU. 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!

LocationCrouch Hill
AddressThe Stapleton Tavern, 2 – 4, Crouch Hill N4 4AU
Latitude/longitude51.5708, -0.1153
OS grid referenceTQ307875
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The pub is right by Crouch Hill overground station on the Gospel Oak to Barking branch. It’s also a 1km walk (or a short hop on the W3 or W7 buses) from Finsbury Park (on the Victoria and Piccadilly underground lines and from King’s Cross and Moorgate by train). 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: Jo & Hugh Hurley

2014 Club Championships: Frith Hill, Saturday 6 December

Last year’s Club Championships was a huge success, and Southern Navigators have kindly agreed to host this event as part of their Saturday Series at Frith Hill on Saturday 6 December.

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Two courses are being put on with approximate distances of 6km (men) and 4km (women). The start times for club members wishing to compete are between 10am and 11am so that we can do the prize-giving at a reasonable time.

Full details for the event will be available nearer the date from the Southern Navigator’s event calendar.

We have to provide SN final numbers by Friday 28 November, so if you want to run then you need to let me know by then. If you miss this date then you will not be able to compete in the championships. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.

To confirm attendance, e-mail Paul Couldridge or say that you are coming on the Facebook event above.

Organiser for SLOW: Paul Couldridge

New Malden Street-O results

Here are the results from the New Malden Street-O held on Wednesday 15 October 2014. The first overall results table of the series will follow after the November event.

Organiser’s comments

Thank you very much to the undaunted 50 who came out to the suburbs on a wet Wednesday night. Fortunately the rain held off for some of the time. And a very big thank you to Angie and Lucy who did the honours upstairs with Mark. New Malden is a convenient place to run to/on Wimbledon Common or in Richmond Park. But it offers challenges for Street O:

  • identifying a pub near a station with right sort of offer
  • the private roads to the North (we had to keep you off those that had no right of way)
  • a couple of private golf courses
  • the railway (with a principal crossing place a level crossing that is closed 40% of the time); and
  • the A3.

On balance that all meant going North, but not too far North. We tried to work round the constraints and pull you off the grid-like area in the middle to the more varied areas towards the edge, and to reward those who went there. Special kudos to those who ran up the hill to get No 39.

Thanks to you all for your tolerance for our first event and to Ollie for his marvellous contribution to Street O. Apologies to those who felt hard done by on one marking decision. We did give the benefit of the doubt where we could on decisions, given the conditions. The main cause of contention was ‘got’ correctly by the majority, but I take the feedback and will leave no room for ambiguity next time.

Good luck next month, Jo.

PS: Lost property: 1 Petzel headtorch found. Please e-mail me your snailmail address at and I will post it – assuming there’s only 1 claimant!

Andrew & Mark Turner

Autumn Series 2014

South London Orienteers’ third annual Autumn Series kicks off at SOC’s November Classic on 2 November, with four more carefully selected events organised by other southern clubs through November and December.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
2 November 2014Kings Garn GutterSouthampton Orienteering ClubDetails
8 November 2014MytchettSouthern NavigatorsDetails
23 November 2014Epping ForestChigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering ClubDetails
7 December 2014Broadstone WarrenSouthdowns OrienteersDetails
21 December 2014Pippingford ParkMole Valley Orienteering ClubDetails

Each of the events will have a pub associated for post-race lunch and inevitably some route analysis!

The competition is open to all full members of SLOW, with three events from five counting for the competition. Results on different courses are combined using the national ranking points, and the person with the highest points in each race scores 100 points, the second 99, etc. In case of a tie, the results in head-to-head competition will be considered.

Richmond Park Night-O October 2014

The first race of the five event 2014-15 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 28 October 2014. The race centre will be the Lass O’ Richmond Hill on Queen’s Road near the Richmond gate.

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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. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Duncan Grassie know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at the The Lass O’ Richmond Hill at 8 Queen’s Road, Richmond TW10 6JJ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressLass O' Richmond Hill, 8 Gueen's Road, Richmond TW10 6JJ
Latitude/longitude51.4514, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Bus route 371 between Kingston and Richmond stations runs past the pub roughly every 10 minutes – the stop is for the American University. Head towards the back of the pub and registration will tucked round on the left hand side.

Race Details

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SI electronic punching with SI cards available to hire on the night. Headlamps are also available for hire if you e-mail the organizer in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

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. 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.

Organiser/Planner: Duncan Grassie,

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