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Box Hill Fell Race still on (5pm Friday)

We currently expect the Box Hill Fell Race to take place as normal. Given the prevailing conditions competitors need to consider the following:

  • Allow enough time to travel (including clearing the car of snow or checking that trains are running).
  • Do not race if feeling unwell.
  • Take adequate clothing. Consider the risk of hypothermia if you twisted an ankle a mile from the nearest road.
  • Footwear. Make sure it has adequate grip. If your choice is limited to road shoes or the disallowed cross country spikes, choose the latter.

The FRA’s safety requirements state: “the general philosophy… is that the COMPETITOR should take responsibility for his/her own safety.”

The Zig Zag Road was closed today, but BBC News reports that major routes are clear. We can expect it to be closed tomorrow, but will aim to have the marshals out early enough to start the race on time.

We will update the website by 8 am on Saturday morning if there is any change to the status of the race.

Andy Robinson, Organiser
5pm, Friday 18 January

Teddington Street-O: 12 February 2013

The Sixth Street-O race of the 2012-13 series takes place in Teddington in south west London. 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 (link above) 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 organiser know you are coming, at so that the correct number of maps are printed.
LocationTeddington
AddressThe Bloated Mallard, 3 Victoria Road, Teddington
Latitude/longitude51.4242, -0.3326
OS grid referenceTQ160708
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

At the Bloated Mallard pub on Victoria Road, 30m from Teddington Station on the southern, Richmond-bound side of the railway. A private space has been booked. Please take care on the location: there is another Bloated Mallard pub just over a mile away.

Public Transport

Teddington Station has direct connections from Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, Richmond, Vauxhall and Waterloo. The closest tube links with the train at Wimbledon every 15 mins or Richmond every 30 mins.
Buses: 285, 281, R68, 33, X26, 681, 481

Entry Fee

£1 for SLOW members, students and juniors, £2 for others.

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Race Format

Normal Street-O format with clues located at each control site. You have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. The map is 1:12500. All checkpoints are in lit areas, and it is possible to visit all on lit (albeit sometimes dimly) roads and paths. Some runners may choose to take unlit paths in some places, so a headtorch is advisable.

SI will be used to time the start and finish, so please bring your SI card if you have one. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch. General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. 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.

Post-Race

Food, drink and active debate about optimum route choice at the pub.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser/Planner: Fran Kenden.

SLOW finishes 2012 with strong showing in Surrey

SLOW was well represented at two events ran by Guildford Orienteers on the final weekend of 2012: trail races on Saturday 29th, and a level C event with middle distance style planning, at Waggoners Wells in Hampshire on Sunday 30th.

The trail races were the second running of the Pilgrims Wey Challenge, on footpaths south-east of Guildford with parts of several orienteering maps included. In filthy weather SLOW provided 10 of the 36 successful completed runs, with Ralph Street, back from Sweden for the holiday, and Jev Petrovs 1st and 2nd on the long (20km) course.

On Sunday, Paul Couldridge was third on the brown in better conditions, the first of 9 SLOW runners on the longest course. In all SLOW had 20 of the 258 runners completing courses.

Well done to Simon and Stephanie Moss, Andy and Karen Jones and Roger Wilson for managing both these events in the holiday season.

Race report by Paul Street

Richmond Park Night-O

Race 3 of the 2012-2013 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 29 January 2013. The pub is the Lass O’ Richmond Hill on Queen’s Road near the Richmond gate.

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LocationRichmond Park
AddressLass O
Latitude/longitude51.4514, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1915
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Courses:

  • Long – 5.3km (Technical difficulty: hard)
  • Short – 3.3km (Technical difficulty: moderate)

Features

  • SI electronic punching (SI cards available to hire).
  • Headlamps available for hire – email organizer to reserve.

Entry

Entry on the day only.

Current SLOW members All others
£2 £3

Registration

Registration and afterwards at The Lass O’ Richmond Hill, 8 Queen’s Road, TW10 6JJ. Bus route 371 between Kingston and Richmond stations runs past the pub roughly every 10 minutes .

Further Enquiries

Please email the organizer James Lyne – .

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.

The SLOW Spring Series 2013

SLOW’s 2013 Spring Series kicks off in style on 20 January at the South East Championships, hosted by DFOK at Westerham. The second event is TVOC’s Chiltern Challenge at Christmas Common on 10 February, followed by the Ace of Herts at Burnham Beeches and Egypt Wood two weeks later, with the final two events at two week intervals after that.

Every SLOW member has a chance to win this competition, as the Spring Series will be run on a handicap basis within the same age classes used for the Autumn Series. Handicaps will be based broadly on national ranking points, but we will accommodate those without a ranking. Prizes will be awarded on one of the JK days.

The club’s social officer has carefully selected pubs to meet at after each event, listed below. These provide a great opportunity to meet up with other club members, discuss runs and analyse route choices over lunch and a drink. All the events have have been added to the Hot Picks calendar.

Four of the five events are part of the South East League club competition and the SE Galoppen individual league, so SLOW competitors will also earn points for the club and themselves in those competitions.

Entries should be made through Fabian4. The SEOA first round of the CompassSport Cup is scheduled to take place between the second and third events in the series.

Date Event Post-race pub Closing date for entries
20 January DFOK Westerham The Grasshopper Inn, Westerham 12 January
10 February TVOC Christmas Common The Chequers, Watlington 3 February
24 February HH Burnham Beeches The Blackwood Arms, Littleworth 21 February
10 March MV Balcombe The Cowdray Arms, Balcombe 3 March
24 March GO Verdley The Red Lion, Fernhurst 16 March

SLOW Autumn Series 2012 final results

Congratulations to the winners of SLOW’s first Autumn Series. Three of the categories were decided at the final race, with all three winners taking the top spot at that event. The winners, who all receive series mugs with map excerpts from the event areas are:

  • Men’s Open – Jev Petrovs
  • Women’s Open – Abi Weeds
  • Men’s Vets – Pete Huzan
  • Women’s Vets – Dorte Torpe Hanse
  • Men’s Super-Plus Vets – Andy Robinson
  • Women’s Super-Plus Vets – Teresa Turner
  • Open Junior – Jamie Lund

Full series results are available by clicking on the image below.

SLOW will be running a Spring Handicap Series over five events early in 2013. Handicaps and scoring approach will be announced nearer the time.

Southern Night Championships 2012 Results

Results from the 2012 Southern Night Championships are now available.

Southern Night Champions 2012

Congratulations to all the Southern Night Champions of 2012, ran on Esher Common on the evening of 1 December 2012.

Category Winner Club
M16 Nicholas Jarvis SO
M18 Jack Benham SARUM
M20 Angus Liu SLOW
M21 Mark Bown BOK
M35 Geoff Ellis RAFO
M40 Laurence Townley SN
M45 Roger Thetford TVOC
M50 Neil Crickmore SO
M55 Gavin Clegg WSX
M60 Axel Blomquist BAOX
M65 Jim Prowting TVOC
M70 Les Hooper SO
M75 Mike Crockett QO
W16 Beth Hanson HH
W18 Katherine Bett SN
W20 Laura Parkes HH
W21 Clare Howes SO
W35 Ali Hooper SO
W40 Julia Jarvis SO
W45 Sue Bett SN
W50 Sarah Howes SAX
W55 Jackie Hallett BOK
W60 Frances Goldingay HH
W65 Charlotte Thornton SARUM

Planner’s comments

My aim as planner was to try to get the competitor to think and not just hit the nearest path and stay in the terrain where you would be more navigationally stretched. I hope I succeeded to some extent despite the extensive path network. I also tried to keep you out of the sadly increasingly green areas particularly on Oxshott Heath so if your legs aren’t too scratched then again I have succeeded! Courses were possibly a little short for the two longer courses but I reasoned that you were probably running the following day and you would rather have a pleasant navigational challenge than lapping areas twice or visiting the less hospitable places on the map for distance

Simon Moss

Controller’s comments

Esher Common in the north of the area is ideal for night orienteering but Oxshott which everyone had to visit suffers from brambles which can limit how much you can do off paths. I think Simon planned excellent courses and made the most of the area. All of the comments I received were very positive. The conditions were perfect and I had a birds eye view from the hill above control 168 as the headlights streamed out from the start and then went in all directions after control 250. Judging by the winning times the blue and green courses could have been slightly longer. Thanks to SLOW for hosting the championships and well done to all the champions.

Vince Joyce

Deputy organiser’s comments

It’s always pleasant when the organiser’s comments consist solely of thanks. And I’m not even the organiser; Zeb took on the role, and being new asked for plenty of help, but she did really well despite going on holiday on the morning of the race. Thanks to Simon for the excellent courses despite acceding to my instruction that the start and finish had to be just “there”. And to Vince for his calm controlling. Also to Oxshott Village Sports Club for being so accommodating despite their main building being booked for a Christmas party. The various helpers for making it all work – some of them came even though they had no intention of running – double thanks to them. And finally to the competitors for coming in such good numbers and creating an excellent atmosphere.

Andy Robinson