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Spring Handicap Series 2017

SLOW’s 2017 Spring Handicap Series starts in February, with the first race at Northaw Great Wood. The series is made up of five races – including two named events and the CompassSport Cup qualifying round at Ashridge – and scores at the best three of those will count. The handicap calculation is based on national ranking points, so that running better than you have in the last twelve months means you do well! As this is a handicap series, everyone races in one competition to find a single champion.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
19 February 2017Northaw Great Wood - Ace of HertsHHDetails
5 March 2017Brasted ChartDFOKDetails
12 March 2017CompassSport Cup Qualifying Round - AshridgeHHDetails
26 March 2017TilgateSODetails
9 April 2017Hambledon - Chiltern ChallengeTVOCDetails

For Ashridge, entry is via the Club Captain (as soon as possible please) as it is a club team event. Entry for all others is via Fabian4.  with a closing date typically 7-10 days beforehand.

Results from the Ham Night-O, January 2017

The third race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Ham Lands on Tuesday 22 November 2017. Scott Collier won the event overall with Sue Carter again the first lady home.

Series results after three events are now available here.

Organiser’s comments

I have been interested in Ham Common Wood ever since the last night O in Ham 3 years ago, that gave us a fleeting glimpse of western edge. However my initial recce in early January found that the (14 year old) map required a fair number of updates to be usable, particularly with regard to new paths that had appeared and old ones that were no longer in existence. Frustratingly a number of interesting looking areas of woodland were not practical to use due to bramble cover.

I was pleased with how smoothly things went on the night, with the obviously exception of control 164. I put it out in daylight and I did not consider it at risk of being interfered with. Alas, a member of the public did find it and decided to bury it under a pile of leaves! Well done to Alice (aged 7) for finding it again. A number of competitors wasted time searching for the control before it was recovered, so the only fair course of action was to void the control and take the adjoining legs out of the overall times.

Many thanks to Vicky, Don, Richard, Matt and Andy for helping on the night and especially Pete for volunteering to collect controls from the riverside area.
Steve Clelland

Ham Riverside Night-O, 24 January

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place in Ham Riverside, between Kingston and Richmond, on Tuesday 22 November 2016. The race centre will be The Hand and Flower on Upper Ham 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 Steve Clelland know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Hand and Flower at 24 Upper Ham Road, Richmond TW10 5LA. The pub serves excellent food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationHam Riverside
AddressThe Hand and Flower, 24 Upper Ham Road, Richmond TW10 5LA
Latitude/longitude51.4323, -0.3067
OS grid referenceTQ178717
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Hand and Flower is midway between Kingston and Richmond, with bus 65 connecting the two stopping outside the pub (Ham Common stop). Further details are available on the TFL website.

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 for free 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 organizer in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 5.5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

The terrain comprises the open and runable riverside area (used during the May 2016 park race), and the woodland between Ham Common and Richmond Park Ham Gate, with suburban housing estates separating the two. The woodland area is in stark contrast to the riverside, with limited visibility, intricate contour detail and a dense path network. The woodland also contains patches of brambles and although courses are planned to avoid these areas, full leg cover is mandatory. The short course will only visit Ham Common and the woodland.

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: Steve Clelland,

Congratulations to SLOW’s Club Champions 2016

South London Orienteers has new club champions for 2016. The championships were hosted on Esher Common on Saturday 2 December – one of SLOW’s home territories – but hosted by Southern Navigators as part of their Saturday Series. Full adult members of SLOW were eligible to compete, along with members of Esher Scouts Orienteering Club and SLOW juniors for the junior championship.

The first three in each category were:
Men’s

  1. Paul Couldridge 40:15
  2. Matthew Schepisi 45:41
  3. Matthias Mahr 45:51

Women’s

  1. Charlotte Turner 47:50
  2. Heather Findlay 48:39
  3. Sarah Brown 50:23

Junior Women’s

  1. Sofie Davidson 53:23
  2. Lucy Armitage 1:05:32

Junior Men’s

  1. Thomas Arnison 36:08
  2. Benedict Davidson 38:48
  3. William Emmerson 39:52

The full results are available on the SN website.

Wimbledon Common Night-O, 22 November

The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 22 November 2016. The race centre will be The Hand in Hand on Crooked Billet on the south side of the common.

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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 Hand In Hand at 6 Crooked Billet, London SW19 4RQ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Hand in Hand, 6 Crooked Billet SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4213, -0.2275
OS grid referenceTQ233706
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Bus route 200 takes five minutes from Wimbledon Station towards Raynes Park. The nearest stop is at the junction of Arterberry Road with Ridgway.

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 for free 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 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: Pete Huzan,

SLOW Club Championships 2016

It’s that time of year again as SLOW would like to welcome all club members to participate at the 4th annual running of the Club Championships on Saturday 3 Dec.

Club Champions 2015
Club Champions 2015 Tom Cochrane and Katrin Harding. The junior champion in 2015 was Thomas Arnison.

As part of their Saturday Series, Southern Navigators will be hosting the event on SLOW’s area Esher Commons which is very convenient for SLOW members. They are putting on two extra courses open only to SLOW members which will be approximately 4km and 5.5km for Women and Men.

The event centre will be the Fairmile inn on the Portsmouth Road, and full details will be available on Southern Navigators’ website nearer the event.

LocationEsher Common
AddressFairmile, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1BW
Latitude/longitude51.3412, -0.4005
OS grid referenceTQ115615
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Please let Paul Couldridge know of your intention to run by either Facebook or email to , along with your SI number for the event organisers. Closing date entries will be Sunday 27 November.

Results from the Richmond Park Night-O

The first race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held in Richmond Park on Tuesday 1 November. Paul Couldridge won by over three minutes, with Iris Lueke the first lady home.

Planner’s comments

Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. We had a great turnout. And so thank you to people who agreed to recycle their maps at the end of their runs so that everyone could get a run.

This was the first event that I have planned. I hope the courses provided you with the challenge you were looking for. If you have any 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. I think I should have placed the finish at a simpler location (as it doesn’t have a control description). Apologies to anyone who lost time trying to find the finish.

Thanks to Tom Cochrane, Don McKerrow, Paul Couldridge, Peter Huzan for their help before, during and after the event. And thanks to everyone who offered to help as well. All that help makes it so much easier to put these events on.
Sue Carter