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Surrey Hills Race, 9 June 2019

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
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Get off the roads and try the trails this summer! The Surrey Hills race will take you along the footpaths and up the hills of the beautiful Surrey Hill. It provides an enjoyable challenge to all types of runners, orienteers and adventure racers. All races are mass start; run on your own or with friends. Courses do require navigation and require visiting some checkpoints, such as at the top of Leith Hill (on the ‘A’ and ‘B’ courses.)  A purpose-drawn map at 1:25:000 is provided to all competitors.

2019 is the fortieth year of these races.


Pre-entry is open online through Fabian4. It costs £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors. Entry on the Day will be possible subject to map availability, at £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors. The event uses Sportident electronic punching. If you don’t have an SI dibber of your own, we will lend you one.

Courses and Start Times

A 30 km / 18 miles 10:30
B 16 km / 10 miles 10:45
C 10 km / 6 miles 10:35
All courses require navigation. We have a cut-off time at the second water station on the 30km long course. This is 1km before control #7 (at the Duke of Kent School.) The cut-off is midday, an hour and a half after the start. We’ll drive any runners arriving after this time back to the race centre.

Race Centre

Registration will be from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.
AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2269, -0.3433
OS grid referenceTQ158488
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Changing, toilets, showers (rebuilt this year) and supervised bag storage are at the school.

Travel Directions

The race centre is easily accessible by both car and public transport. By car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area. Public transport is excellent to the race, with trains to Dorking taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria, or to Dorking Deepdene from Reading. From the station, it’s a half an hour walk to the race centre where there is changing, toilets and bag storage.


Trophies are awarded in memory of Byron Davies and Kate Thomas to the winner of the ‘A’ course and to the first lady on the ‘A’ course respectively. The Michael Murray trophy is awarded to the winner of the ‘B’ course. There are also trophies for the ‘C’ course and for the first lady on the ‘B’ course. Also Age Class prizes.


Results are published on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

FRA rules

Under-18s may not run courses A or B. Unfortunately no under-16s can be accepted. There is a limit of 100 runners in each race. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety, and are required to sign a disclaimer to this effect on the entry form.

Race Map

You can view the map on Routegadget.

SLOW Night-O Series 2018-19

SLOW is pleased to offer a Night Orienteering series with five races from late October to March.

  • Overall series results will be calculated, but you are welcome to run at just one or two if you like.
  • All are based at a pub.
  • All are accessible by public transport.
  • All are on Tuesdays.
  • All have start times from 1800 to 1930 with courses closing at 2030.
  • All have a long course of 5k and a short one of 2.5k.
  • All use SIAC contactless punching; cards can be hired if you do have your own.
  • All cost £3 for SLOW members and Juniors. £5 for others. with £1 extra for SIAC dibber hire.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The schedule for 2018-19 is this.

30 October 2018Richmond ParkDuncan GrassieDetailsResults
27 November 2018Wimbledon CommonPeter HuzanDetailsResults
22 January 2019Oxshott/EsherAlan & Diane LeakeyDetailsResults
26 February 2019Wimbledon CommonSue CarterDetailsResults
26 March 2019Richmond ParkSteve ClellandDetails

Full details on each event are posted here on the SLOW website a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, please 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.

Results of the 2017-2018 Night Series.

Results from MTB-O Mogador, September 2018

Here are the results from the second event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 9 September around Mogador in Surrey.

Results and Splits

James Leach won the event, in a very close race with Ian Cartwright. Despite both scoring 415 points after time penalties, James’s time was quicker which edged Ian into second place.

Rachael Drew was the first-placed woman with 315 points.

Thanks to the organiser Jane Robinson.

The final event in the 2018 series is scheduled for Sunday 18 November.

Results from Barnes Common Park Race 2018

Thanks to Scott Collier for planning and organising the final Park Race of the 2018 summer on Barnes Common. Series results will be available on the main Park Race website soon.

Results from Barnes Common

South London Orienteers’s orienteering events continue in September with the start of the Street-O series in West Norwood on 11 September, and the huge London City Race weekend on 14-16 September.

Results from the Wimbledon Common GLOSS Event

Thanks to Duncan Grassie for planning and organising the 2018 GLOSS Series orienteering event on Wimbledon Common.

The GLOSS concludes next Sunday at Beddington Park.


London Orienteering has produced the series results ahead of the final race.

Organiser’s comments

Thanks to everyone for participating in Sunday’s GLOSS race at Wimbledon Common in the sun. I hope everyone enjoyed the courses on offer. It was nice to see everyone coming back happy despite the long waits at registration – apologies for those while I grappled with the software. Thanks for your patience and to those who stepped in to help.

There are a lot of other groups to thank:

  • Wimbledon Rangers Office – for allowing us to use this wonderful area and the reminder about nesting birds which I was glad to see was noted by many participants.
  • The Telegraph Inn, Putney – for letting us use space outside for registration – a great base in the centre of the area which is hard to find elsewhere.
  • Matthias, Dmitry, Sue, Nikolay and Ed for helping out on the course with starts and controls.
  • Heather, Gordon, Mike, Gavin and Richard for jumping in to help at registration.
  • Catherine and Paul of LOK for organising the series and Angus and Gordon for helping with the website stuff.

I’m sure there are others who I’ve missed out but look forward to seeing you all soon at the next GLOSS event this Sunday at Beddington Park.

Duncan Grassie

Results from Ravenscourt Park Race

Thanks to Eleanor Johnstone for planning and organising the Ravenscourt Park Race, and to the many helpers on the evening: Gordon, Jim, Steve, Adam, Alex, Sue, Don, Angus and Duncan.

The London Park Series continues next Tuesday at Victoria Park, and the three following Tuesdays until 24 July.


Photo of Ravenscourt Park © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.

Barnes Common Park Race, Tuesday 24 July

The tenth and final race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 24 July 2018 on Barnes Common, southwest London. 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 Spencer at 237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney SW15 1HJ. Orienteers are asked to be respectful of other patrons of the pub, and must not get changed in the bar area.

The pub is just over ten minutes’ walk from Barnes station on the line from Waterloo via Clapham Junction, and there are lots of buses servicing the area – Transport for London is a great source of alternative routes.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, 237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney
Latitude/longitude51.4683, -0.2279
OS grid referenceTQ232759
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should be able to take contactless 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
Accompanied juniors (see below) £2
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.


Course name Course distance
Long 3.9km
Short 2.6km

Please note: both long and short courses have timed-out crossings over fast and busy roads. We have been unable to guarantee full marshalling of these crossings, and so, in accordance with British Orienteering rules, competitors under the age of 16 will not be allowed to run at this event unless accompanied by an adult. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Scott Collier 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.