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GLOSS 2018: London’s Summer Series

June sees the return of the Greater London Orienteering Summer Series, or GLOSS. This is a series of five accessible orienteering races held in parks and parkland around London on Sundays through late June and July.

The events are perfect for beginners and families, and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of one of London’s orienteering clubs. South London Orienteers won the competition in 2016 and 2015.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.

24 June 2018Hornchurch Country ParkHAVOCDetails
1 July 2018Addington HillsLOKDetails
7 July 2018Ellenbrook FieldsHHDetails
15 July 2018Wimbledon CommonDetails
22 July 2018Beddington ParkMVDetails

Full details of the race series are available from the coordinating club London Orienteering.

GLOSS 2018 Wimbledon Common, Sunday 15 July

South London Orienteers present
2018 GLOSS Series Race 4
Sunday 15 July 2018

GLOSS is a friendly inter-club series of competitions run on the Light Green course, with a handicap scoring system which favours the less experienced. All courses are open to all-comers, whether beginners or experienced. SLOW’s event will be on Putney Heath and the northern part of Wimbledon Common.

An overview of the GLOSS series is available from the coordinating club, London Orienteering Klubb.

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Event Centre

The event centre is The Telegraph pub on Putney Heath, SW15 3TU. The pub 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.

The pub facilities will be available once it is open for business. It has an excellent range of beers and food, so make the most of the occasion! 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 prove very popular and attract visitors from far and wide. Please book ahead if you wish to reserve a specific area or large gathering – details on the website.


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Start TimesBetween and

Entry on the day only.

Seniors £5
SLOW Juniors Free
Other Juniors £2

Electronic timing will be used, and SI cards (regular for £1 and wireless for £2.50) can be hired for the event on the day.


Course name Straight line
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky) 4km + optional 2.5km extension
Yellow (fairly easy) 2km
White (very easy) 1km
“Naughty Numbers” (for young children) < 1km


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.

Waterloo Parks Race, Tuesday 29 May

The first race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 29 May 2018 in Waterloo’s Parks. 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 at The Tankard on Kennington Road. It’s a seven minute walk from Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line.

LocationWaterloo Parks
AddressThe Tankard
Latitude/longitude51.4953, -0.1108
OS grid referenceTQ312791
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit 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 £3
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 Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Normally courses are quoted as straight line distance, but straight lines are not possible here, so the optimal route better reflects the distance that runners will cover.

The short course is suitable for juniors; under-16s on the long course must be accompanied by an adult.

The whole of the short course and the start of the long course will be in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. The long course then goes on to Archbishop’s Park with some interesting urban to link the parks and to finish back near the pub. There will be two timed out major road crossings on the Long course.

The terrain will be 70% hard surfaces with the rest mown grass so shorts will be fine; high-viz clothing is recommended on the long course as 25% of it will be on streets linking the two parks.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Don McKerrow at .

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.

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

London’s 2018 Summer Park Race Series

The 2018 London Park Race Series has been announced, with ten races every Tuesday evening from 22 May to 24 July. The full schedule is set out below.

22 May 2018Greenwich ParkAndrew Evans (DFOK)Details
29 May 2018Waterloo ParksDon McKerrowDetails
5 June 2018Morden Hall ParkTony Burton (MVOC)
12 June 2018Battersea ParkAnders Silkjaer
19 June 2018Finsbury ParkPaul Todd (LOK)
26 June 2018TBD
3 July 2018Victoria ParkPaul Todd (LOK)
10 July 2018Alexandra and Ainsworth EstateEd Stott
17 July 2018Crystal Palace ParkAndrew Evans (DFOK)
24 July 2018Barnes CommonScott Collier

Full details on each event will be posted on the organising club’s website, a few weeks before the event.

Series Scoring

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 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.

Richmond Park Night-O on 20 March

The final race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series is a mass start race in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The race centre will be The Lass O’Richmond on Queen’s Road, Richmond.

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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.

Letting us know you are coming helps us to have the correct number of the unique maps for this event printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Lass O’Richmond on Queen’s Road, London 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
AddressThe Lass O’Richmond
Latitude/longitude51.4514, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, 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 £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 1815 and 1900
Start TimesBetween 1915 and 1915

This is a race with a mass start at 19:15. Please make sure you register in plenty of time! The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 6km, quite challenging, and gaffled*
  • Short: approximately 3km, quite challenging

* Gaffled courses are where there are several loops starting from the same place. Each competitor runs these same loops but in a different order to other competitors, so competitors can’t simply follow someone else who might be have a different order.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser: Paul Couldridge

Surrey Hills Race, 3 June 2018


Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

Enter Online


Get off the roads and try something different this summer! The Surrey Hills race will take you along the footpaths and up the hills of the beautiful Surrey Hills and provides a challenge to all types of runners, orienteers and adventure racers. All races are mass start and require navigation to ensure you visit all the checkpoints on the course.  A purpose-drawn map at 1:25:000 is provided to all competitors.

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Pre-entry are open on-line through Fabian4, costing £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, one can be provided with your entry.

Courses and Start Times

A 30 km 10:30
B 16 km 10:45
C 10 km 10:35

All courses require navigation.

Registration will be from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

Event Centre

AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2274, -0.3414
OS grid referenceTQ159489
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school.

Travel Directions

The start is easily accessible by both car and public transport.

If travelling by car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area.

Public transport also provides excellent links to the race, with trains taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria and also from Reading to Dorking Deepdene. From the station, its a approximately a half an hour stroll to the event centre where there will be 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 will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

FRA rules

Under-18s may not run courses A or B, and 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.

Results from Barnes Common Night-O, January 2018

The third race of SLOW’s 2017-18 Night-O series was held on Barnes Common on Tuesday 23 January.

The next race in the series is on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 27 February 2018.

Organiser/Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. We had a good turnout with what was much warmer weather than we have had for a while, certainly warmer than Sunday.

First, a big thank you to James Lyne who did all the organising and planning for the event prior to the day itself. I just helped organise on the day. I hope you enjoyed running on James’ courses and weren’t too spooked running through the cemetery! I think he made good use of an interesting area, with lots of variety.

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