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OK Nuts 2018 Winners

(picture: maps await the runners at the start)

The 2018 OK Nuts Trophy Races took place on November 25th, in conjunction with the Southern Championships, at Hindhead Common & The Devil’s Punch Bowl.

The event was a Southern Navigators / South London Orienteers collaboration.

Courses were tough, at the upper end of  the length range and with more than usual climb, testing both physical endurance and navigation and route choice in the terrain.

Ben Mitchell
Megan Carter-Davies






(Pictures are from this year’s British Championships races at Balmoral, credit: On The Red Line.)

The OK Nuts Trophy was won by Ben Mitchell of Swansea Bay Orienteering Club who ran  the M21E course in 108 minutes. The Heather Monro Trophy was won by Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club who ran the W21E course in 86 minutes. There were 700 runners in all.

The junior trophy was awarded to Lyra Medlock of Wessex Orienteers.

Southern Champions

On the longest course for each age group the first runner from the three southern associations becomes Southern Champion 2018. In the open classes the champions are William White and Lucy Butt, both of the Salisbury Club SARUM.

From SLOW, Matthias Mahr (M40), Lyudmila Gotseva (W45),  and Olin Davies (M16) are Southern Champions for 2018.

Olin Davies M16 Southern Champion 2018


For full results, officials comments, please see the Southern Navigators’ Southern Championships Results Page.

The  Event Routegadget, includes maps and courses, with the uploaded routes of over 100 runners.

Holmbury MTB-O Results

Here are the results from the final event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 18th November 2018 from Holmbury St Mary. We had 37 individuals and pairs taking part.



Mark Humphrey won the event, visiting most controls and judging it well to come in with 90 seconds spare against the two hour time limit.  Sid Hardy was second and Tom Davies third.  The leading solo woman was Catherine Osborn, who judged it even more finely coming in with less than 30 seconds before the limit.

Thanks to the organiser Julian Hemsted.

OK Nuts 2018

SLOW’s big annual forest race is called the OK Nuts. We have held the race each year for quite a while. This year the race is returning to where it was first held, in 1977.

OK Nuts Race History

This year’s race is on Sunday November 25th in conjunction with the Southern Championships. It is the last Major Race of 2018 in the UK Calendar.  (The Major or Level A Races are typically the several format British Championships, the four Area Championships, the races at the JK Festival, and the CompassSport Cup Final.)

We are co-organisers with Southern Navigators (SN) and we are aiming to well justify its Level A status.

The event is accessible by train from London, and although we are still in Surrey (the second highest point in the county is in the middle of the map) much of the area sees few visitors. The natural beauty and remoteness make a big impression on visitors, and in any reasonable weather there will striking views to distract competitors.

The 1998 Map of the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Usually road development is not good for orienteering but here it has allowed us to join two previously good but separate orienteering areas into one. It is where the last section of the London-Portsmouth road (now known as the A3) had not been “dualled”, and because of the SSSI status the road was put in a tunnel – 60m under our competition area. The main part of the old road was dug out and sandstone taken from the tunnel used to fill it and “return it to nature.” So SN and SLOW could put together the previously separate mapped areas of Hindhead Common (SN) – the venue of, amongst other major races,  the first JK –  and The Devil’s Punch Bowl (SLOW), and offer long courses uninterrupted by traffic.

The most recent past events on Routegadget:

Devil’s Punchbowl 2007

Hindhead Common (part) 2015

Hindhead Common (all) 2013

The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a celebrated landscape feature – the largest spring-sapped valley in England. Its rim is a long curving ridge across the new map, with the ground sloping away on both sides, steeply in places. The area is thus a good match for long distance championship races:

  • the long distance profile is physical endurance

  • (it) emphasises route choices and navigation in rough, demanding terrain, preferably hilly.

For less experienced adults, or those not wanting to tackle the physicality of a championship course, there are short courses and also a testing 4.5km orange course.

Further information and entries (on the SN website.)

Richmond Park Night-O Results

Richmond Park Night-O Results (Final)

Well done Long Course 1-2-3:  Paul Couldridge,  Matthias Mahr, Adam Conway. And Short Course 1-2-3: Tomas Trhlik, Aimee Darley, Kjell Tullus.

Organiser’s comments

Thanks to everyone who came along to the event last night for what were perfect conditions for an autumn night event. I found out that I had put the last control in slightly the wrong place, 15 metres from the correct pit I had taped a few weeks back so apologies and hope that did not ruin anyone’s run!

Thanks also to my very able team of volunteers on the night, Todd and Don for helping set up registration, Paul C., Paul S. and Steve for helping at the start and Sarah and Pete for sorting out the SI with myself. Also to Sue for offering to help. Hope to see you all at the next Night orienteering event which is Tuesday 27th November on Wimbledon Common.

Duncan Grassie

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Richmond Park Night-O

Image: Start of one of our daytime races in Richmond Park last winter

The first race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 30th October 2018. The race centre is the Lass O’ Richmond Hill on Queen’s Road, Richmond.

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The Night-O series are public races – 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 Duncan Grassie (email details at bottom of this post) know you are coming  so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race Centre

The race will be based at The Lass O Richmond Hill on Queen’s Road, Richmond, 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
AddressLass O Richmond Hill, Queens Road TW10 6JJ
Latitude/longitude51.4516, -0.2955
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 15 minute walk from Richmond Station (SW Mainline, Underground, London Overground) or Richmond Bus Station (many routes.)

Race Details

The entry fee is £5, or £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors. The race will use SIAC contactless punching. SIAC cards are available to hire for £1 if you do not have your 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 one of the best orienteering areas inside the M25. It is the largest of the royal parks and a national nature reserve.

Link to short film about the park.

These courses are offered:

  • 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: Duncan Grassie,

The 38th Box Hill Race

South London Orienteers organize two hill races in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Dorking each year. The winter Box Hill Race sells out very quickly. For a summer (and somewhat greater) challenge, why not run the Surrey Hills Trail Challenge in June?

Surrey Hills Trail Challenge Map.

The 38th Box Hill Fell Race

The race is SOLD OUT. Entries opened at 00:00 on Thursday 1 November and closed just after 07:30.

As of 23:59 on Thursday 17 January, the Amend Entry facility is no longer available. Should you wish to edit any details of your entry, including transferring it to someone else, you or the individual to whom you wish to transfer your entry can do this at the Race HQ (the Stepping Stones pub) on the morning of the race between 09:20 and 10:45


Where do I have to be when?

– All runners please collect their race numbers from the STEPPING STONES PUB (Westhumble St, Dorking RH5 6BS) between 09:20 and 10:45

– The race will start at 11:00 on Burford Meadows, which will be clearly marked and sign-posted / taped from the Stepping Stones pub.

How do I get there (and where do I park if I’ve driven)?

– We would usually recommend that you travel by public transport to either Box Hill and Westhumble or Dorking stations… however, irritatingly, there are planned engineering works on Saturday meaning that there are no trains between Leatherhead and Dorking.

As such, we recommend that you either:
i) Take the train to Leatherhead and then take the rail replacement bus; or
ii) Take the train to Leatherhead and then take a taxi, ideally sharing with fellow Box Hill Fell Race competitors; or
iii) Take the 465 bus, which runs every 30 minutes from Kingston; or
iv) Drive (ideally with as many fellow runners as you can fit in your car) to designated parking near the start / finish (we have secured a VERY LIMITED number of parking spaces at Ryka’s Cafe, a very short walk from both the Stepping Stones pub and the start. This will be available from 08:45 and we will be collecting a fee of £3 per vehicle, which will go to a charity of Ryka’s Cafe’s choice);
v) Drive to parking elsewhere. Specifically, if you arrive after our parking at Ryka’s is full you should be able to park in one of
a) on the B2209 near Ryka’s Cafe;
b) in the Box Hill and Westhumble station car park;
c) on Westhumble Street;
d) in Dorking (please DO NOT park at the Stepping Stones pub)

Saturday 19th January 2018 at 11.00am

12 kilometres with 520m of ascent under F.R.A. rules.
54.08 (Andy Greenleaf 2015)
62.26 (Nichola Jackson 2017)

Enter Online

Event Centre

LocationStepping Stones PH
AddressWest Humble RH5 6BS
Latitude/longitude51.2529, -0.3246
OS grid referenceTQ170518
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

The race returns to the Stepping Stones pub in West Humble Street, West Humble RH5 6BS. Grid Reference TQ170517. Collection of race numbers will be there from 9.45 and the prize giving will be around 13:30.


Boxhill & Westhumble station is only 300 metres away and the 465 bus goes along the A24.

Race Details

The race will be over the same course as 2015-2018, with the start/finish area just across the stepping stones over the River Mole, about a kilometre from the pub – possibly our shortest warm-up run ever.

RegistrationBetween 0920 and 1045
Start Time1100

Special Details

There will be prizes for the leading runners in the usual categories (note that lady veterans have to be over 40) including a team competition with 4 to count.

The National Trust are the landowners for the vast majority of the course and they make two conditions to avoid erosion of the wonderful chalk downland the race uses:

  1. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 250 RUNNERS. We will accept more entries than this expecting some no-shows (330 in all). Note that when entries opened last year they sold out in 9 hours.
  2. RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKES. They cause considerable erosion on steep downhill grass. Your co-operation is requested as significant damage could jeopardise future races.


Race numbers will not be posted in advance. Numbers can only be collected from registration on the day. Please note that under FRA rules people under 18 are not allowed to run.
Entries will cost £6.00 per runner and can only be made online at Entries will open on 1st November (and not a minute earlier!)

Postal entries will not be accepted.

Competitors will need to specify an emergency contact and phone number, and will be required to agree to the following statement when entering:

I accept the hazards inherent in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running this race at my own risk. I confirm that I am aware of the rules imposed on me by the Race Organiser and that I will comply with them. I confirm that I have read and will comply with, the FRA “Requirements for Runners”. I acknowledge and agree that I am responsible for determining whether I have the skills equipment and fitness to participate in this event. I accept that neither the Race Organiser nor the Fell Runners Association shall be liable to me for any injury, loss or damage of any nature to me or my property arising out of my participation in this race (other than in respect of death or personal injury as a result of their negligence).

The race organiser is Harold Wyber; please contact him via .