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Richmond Park Night-O

The final race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, on Tuesday 21st March 2017. The race centre is
The Plough
42 Christchurch Road, East Sheen, SW14 7AF.

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The Night-O series is a series of public races – all are welcome, whether or not you are a SLOW member. Do 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 email the organiser, James Lyne to say you are coming.

Race Centre

The race is based at The Plough

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Plough SW14 7AF
Latitude/longitude51.4607, -0.2699
OS grid referenceTQ203749
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Travel

The nearest station is Mortlake.

Race Description

This is a race with a mass start at 19:15.
The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SportIdent electronic punching with SI cards available for free loan to those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow but please you must reserve one in advance by contacting the organizer.

Start Time1915

Two courses are offered, although the park is very fast and runnable, both courses will be challenging particularly for less experienced runners – you can feel real achievement from completing either of them:

  • Long: 6km, gaffled – like a one-person relay.
  • Short: 3km.

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.

Wimbledon Common Night-O

The fourth race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, on Tuesday 28th February 2017. The race centre is The Telegraph, Putney, SW15 3TU.

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The Night-O series is a series of public races – all are welcome, whether or not you are a SLOW member. Do 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 email the organiser, Scott Collier, to say you are coming.

Race Centre

The race is based at The Telegraph “The Country Pub in London” on Telegraph Road, Putney SW15 3TU. The pub regularly hosts us, serves excellent food and drink, and provides a great place for post-race chat.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Telegraph, SW15 3TU
Latitude/longitude51.4486, -0.2255
OS grid referenceTQ234737
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Travel

The Telegraph is ten minutes walk from several bus stops, including those on the 39 and 93 routes from Putney Station. Further details are available on the TFL website.

Race Description

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SportIdent electronic punching with SI cards available for free loan to those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow but please you must reserve one in advance by contacting the organizer.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1845 and 1945

Two courses are offered, both being quite challenging – you can feel real achievement from completing either of them:

  • Long: approximately 5km.
  • Short: approximately 2.5km.

The terrain is largely gently undulating lightly wooded heathland.

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.

36th Box Hill Race Report and Results

Full Individual Results

Full Team Results

ORGANISER’S REPORT – Andy Robinson

Well that was a cold one. My car was registering minus 6 when I arrived at 8.15 to put the first flags out. Combined with the sunshine that did give us some beautiful views. My favourite was coming into the open after the last road crossing. It was a north facing slope which the sun can’t have visited all winter and the frost must have been an inch thick. It made for some very fast and firm going. Too firm for one lady who had to retire after a fall and a visit to A&E confirmed she had broken her collar bone. We wish her a speedy recovery.
At the front end it was a welcome return to the race after a few years absence for James McMullan of Thames Hare and Hounds. James was the record holder on the old (pre-2015) course, and so a new record looked to be on the cards. However a fall when jumping a fallen tree 2 miles from the end forced James to slow down and miss the record by 16 seconds. He said “I just jogged in after that”, which can be translated for the rest of us as “I just retained my 3 minute lead”.
No such problem for the first lady. Nichola Jackson of Ranelagh Harriers stormed round to beat both 2nd place and the previous record by over 5 minutes. It’s difficult to compare the new course with the old one, but I think her time would have put her close behind the great names of Sarah Rowell, Angela Carson and Yvette Hague who were the fastest then, but all from the last century.
There were many impressive age group performances. Richard Phillips is a first year veteran and took second place for the second consecutive year. William Stanley was the youngest in the race and took an excellent 4th place. But perhaps the most impressive performance came from Lynda Hembury in winning F60. She was a mere 3 seconds behind the leading F40 and many minutes ahead of the F50 winner.
Serpentine again took the team prize but were not packing as closely at the front as in previous years. Can someone take it from them? Reigate Priory certainly put up a strong showing and, as host club, it was good to see some of our younger members putting in fine performances.
Although we mourned for the delights of the Sports Club bar that we enjoyed for 24 years, we were excellently looked after by Phil the caretaker and Lin in the office at our new base. Thanks also to all the wonderful officials and marshals from SLOW; Peter on the computer, Chris on registration, finish and nearly everything, Mike on road signs, course flagging and road crossing, Fran and Dave for course sweeping, Linda and Katie on finish and registration, Don as first aider, Nigel, Steve and Ed on road crossings, Jane at number issue and all those on parking and number issue before they ran.
And personally one of the high points of the day was being able to talk to the 1984 winner, Chris Hirst, who was here to watch his son race to a fine 10th place.

 

Brockwell Park Park Race

The 11th race of the 2014 series takes place on Tuesday 19 August 2014 in Brockwell Park, a good mix of open hilly parkland and wooded sections.

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.

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Event Centre

The event centre is at The Florence Pub on Dulwich Road and the nearest Station is Herne Hill Station.

LocationBrockwell Park
AddressThe Florence Pub, 131-133 Dulwich Road, London SE24 0NG
Latitude/longitude51.4525, -0.103
OS grid referenceTQ319743
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Entry on the day only. 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.

Current members of SLOW, LOK, DFOK, MV or CHIG £3
All others £4

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 £30 will be charged for hired SI cards that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Long 5.0km
Short 2.5km

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Tom Cochrane 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.

Harvester 2014 Provisional Results

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As the sun rises and the tents start to come down, another fantastic Harvester comes to a close. After dominating the competition for most of the night FVO held their nerve and came through to a well deserved victory in the Open Class.

The remaining trophies were taken home by:

  • NOC won the Sutton Park trophy
  • SN won the Ladies Handicap on the B course
  • TVOC won the B Handicap
  • SYO took home the A handicap Trophy
  • FVO won the womens trophy

For the home crowd, SLOW came in 4th on the Men’s Open, holding off a strong SYO team and the women also came 4th in the Women’s competition in the closest fought race for a few years.

Full results and Routegadget are available, and a write up will be posted later. We hope everyone enjoyed a great race in the fantastic weather.

Park Race Series 2014

With the good weather starting to show itself and the end of the Street O series creeping ever closer, I thought it was bout time to release the dates for this years series and locations.

  • 5th June – Valentines Park (CHIG)
  • 11th June – Crystal Palace (DFOK) – Remapped!
  • 17th June – Imperial (SLOW)
  • 24th June – Roehampton (SLOW)
  • 1st July – Mile End (SLOW)
  • 8th July – Greenwich (DFOK)
  • 16th July – Morden Park (MV)
  • 22nd July – Northala Fields (SLOW) – New Map!
  • 29th July – Peckham Rye (SLOW)
  • 19th August – Brockwell Park (SLOW)
  • 26th August – Bishops Park (SLOW)

Plus more to be announced from LOK soon.

So don your shoes and look forward to an exciting season coming up.

The 37th Surrey Hills Trail Challenge 2014

Sunday 15 June 2014

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations

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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.

Entries

Pre-entry is available on-line through Fabian 4.   Enter Now

Pre-entry – £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors

 Entry on the Day will be possible subject to map availability               £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors.

The event uses Sportident electronic punching. If you don’t have one of your own one can be provided with your entry.

Current entries

Courses and Start Times

COURSE DISTANCE START TIME
A 30 km 10:30
B 16 km 10:45
C 10 km 10:35

All courses require navigation.

Registration will be from 9.30 a.m. at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

Event Centre

LOCATION Dorking
ADDRESS The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE 51.2274, -0.3414
OS GRID REFERENCE TQ159489
MAPS Google MapsOrdnance Survey,OpenStreetMap

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school. Tom’s catering – an essential part of any cross-country and orienteering event – will also be there, serving a range of hot food and refreshments.

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.

Prizes

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

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.