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Barnes Common Night-O, 23 January

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place on Barnes Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 23 January 2018. The race centre will be The Spencer pub on the Lower Richmond Road.

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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 James Lyne know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Spencer qt 237 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1HJ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, 237 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1HJ
Latitude/longitude51.4682, -0.2281
OS grid referenceTQ232758
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 15-20 minute walk from either Putney mainline station or Putney Bridge tube on the District Line. It is also accessible by the buses (430, 22 etc.) that service Lower Richmond Road.

Race Details

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The race will use SIAC contactless punching with SIAC cards available for free for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 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.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planner: James Lyne , assisted by Sue Carter on the evening

Results from Wimbledon Common Night-O, 28 November 2017

The second race of SLOW’s 2017-18 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 28 November.

The next race in the series is on Barnes Common on Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Organiser/Planner’s comments

Thanks for coming along and making it worthwhile to put on the event. I aimed for the short course to have medium difficulty checkpoints, with the extra checkpoints on the long course quite tricky in places. It is more important at night to have very good attack points before the final approach to each checkpoint as mistakes are so much more costly than in the day time. Thank you to the helpers: Don McKerrow, Sue Carter, Paul Couldridge, Steven Clelland, Rob Patterson & Geraint Lee. Look out for other events on the SLOW or British Orienteering websites.

Lost property: hat, waist belt, blue Silva compass.
Pete Huzan

Wimbledon Common Night-O, 28 November

The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place on Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 28 November 2018. The race centre will be The Telegraph Pub on Putney Heath.

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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 Pete Huzan know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Telegraph on Telegraph Road, London SW15 3TU. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

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

Getting there

The Telegraph 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.

Race Details

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The race will use SIAC contactless punching with SIAC cards available for free for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

Wimbledon Common was fully re-mapped this year. 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.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planner: Pete Huzan,

Results from first 2017-18 Night-O: Richmond Park

The first race of SLOW’s 2017-18 Night-O series was held in Richmond Park on Tuesday 31 October.

Organiser/Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. We had a good turnout on what was a good evening for night orienteering.

I hope the courses provided you with the challenge you were looking for. If you have any constructive feedback, I would be interested to hear what you have to say. Please upload your routes to routegadget. It’s helpful to see which routes everyone took.

Thanks to Don, Duncan and Anders for their help at the event. These events couldn’t go ahead with this kind of help.

Lost property: A baseplate compass with a blue bezel and a red cord. Let me know if it’s yours and I’ll work out some way to get it back to you.
Sue Carter

MTBO Chilworth and 2017 Series Results

The third and final race in SLOW and L&SEAR’s mountain bike orienteering series took place on Sunday 22 October at Chilworth. The race attracted 44 entrants.

The winner was Julian Hemsted (M60) with a score of 510, and Wendy Hardy was the first female competitor with 330 points.

The overall 2017 series results are also available

Congratulations to Andy Constable who won the overall series and the men’s veterans title, to Sarah Brown the first female, and to Di Leakey the first female veteran.

The series should be back in 2018 – watch this space!

Richmond Park Night-O, 31 October

The first race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The race centre will be The Albert on Kingston Hill near the Kingston 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 Sue Carter know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Albert on Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Albert, Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Albert is a 5 minute walk from Norbiton station. Come out of main exit to the north, cross the road and head down Wolverton Avenue. At the end turn right and the pub is on the left. Trains from Waterloo to Norbiton leave every 15 minutes and direct ones take 25 minutes.

Race Details

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The race will use SIAC contactless punching with SIAC cards available for free for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Richmond Park is the largest and possibly the best orienteering area inside the M25, and was fully re-mapped this year. 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: Sue Carter,

Autumn Series 2017

South London Orienteers’ Autumn Series for club members returns for a fourth running.

It is the five Sundays from 22nd October to 26th November and includes races organised by Mole Valley, Guildford, Chigwell, and two South-Central clubs: Southampton and Berkshire.

There will be an experienced SLOW presence at these races, and we hope nomination for the series may encourage newer or less experienced members to come along to join in.

You’ll note the first event clashes with our own MTB-O event, and we prefer you do our own event if you are at all interested in MTB-O.

The 5th November race at “Highland Water” in the New Forest will have spectacular Autumn colours. It is the 50th running of the November Classic, one of the races that goes back to the start of orienteering in the UK.  It is also this year’s Southern Championships so it will be a big high-quality affair.

Events may, and the November Classic certainly does, require pre-entry.

The series concludes with the Autumn National Event in the south-east.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
22 October 2017Epsom DownsMole ValleyDetailsResults
29 October 2017Ambersham CommonGuildfordDetailsResults
5 November 2017New ForestSouthamptonDetailsResults
12 November 2017Bucklebury CommonBerkshireDetailsResults
19 November 2017Wormley WoodsChigwellDetailsResults

Each event will have a pub for post-race lunch and optional route analysis – please keep an eye on the SLOW members group on Facebook!

The competition is for all full members of SLOW, with your best three events from five counting for a league competition. Run your choice of course and it is your national ranking points score that we will use for comparisons, the runner doing best scores 100 points, the second 99, etc.

It usually takes a few days for results to include the ranking points. We aim to update scores, with other chit-chat about the series, in the club weekly email that is sent on Thursday mornings.

Usual rule applies: if anything unforseen happens, we will do our best to do sensible things, but it’s just for fun anyway so nothing is guaranteed.

SLOW Night-O Series 2017-18

SLOW’s Night-O series returns for 2017-18 with a series of five races from late October to March.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The full schedule for 2017-18 is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
31 October 2017Richmond ParkSue CarterDetailsResults
28 November 2017Wimbledon CommonPete HuzanDetailsResults
23 January 2018Barnes CommonJames LyneDetails
27 February 2018Wimbledon CommonDmitry Adamsky
20 March 2018Richmond ParkPaul Couldridge

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 Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

Series Results

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.