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Autumn Series – Final Race Looms

Updated version: because ranking points for Bucklebury have become available.

On Sunday, at Wormley Woods near Broxbourne,  the final race of the SLOW Autumn Series happens.

The last four Sundays have been the other races in the series, at Epsom Downs, Ambersham Common, Highland Water and Bucklebury Common. We all decided that we would use BOF ranking points to compare runners, and then use a 100-99-98-etc scale to award points, with best 3 of 5 to count. All just in time for the AGM.

Unfortunately, last Sunday’s Berkshire Orienteers’ Bucklebury has not had the best of luck, although the woods were lovely and the weather was good if not so warm. As of Wednesday evening the results are not uploaded to BOF and ranking points are not available. The whole point of having a  series is to have the light-hearted comparisons, and maybe create a little bit extra to the race for those going on Sunday.

So, by calling on the rule that:

if anything unforseen happens, we will do our best to do sensible things,

we have used relative speed in mins/km (adjusted for height gain) to enable scoring of last Sunday.

Update: (Thursday morning) Results were uploaded about midnight last night and ranking points calculated overnight. There is little change to scores based on estimation (which have been left in the attached pdf for interest) – Simon and Dorte have swapped the 94 and 93 scores.

We are setup with some interest for the last race, with several folk likely to add a third run, or to improve an earlier one. At the top of the table with Paul’s fast run at Bucklebury not counting because of a missing control (of which there were quite a few across all runners)  Yordan leads overall. But Paul and Ollie are pre-entered to get their third scoring runs, and have a fair chance (Paul‘s is better than Ollie‘s.) Dorte looks a safe bet for leading woman, and Olin has probably done similarly in the junior comparison.  In the body of the table plenty of places can be won, and you can spot several “local rivalries”.

Bucklebury scores:   Bucklebury_Scores

Summary scores so far:    AutumnSeries_2017_16Nov

Wimbledon Common Night-O, 28 November

The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place on Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 28 November 2018. The race centre will be The Telegraph Pub on Putney Heath.

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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 Pete Huzan know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Telegraph on Telegraph Road, London SW15 3TU. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

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

Getting there

The Telegraph 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.

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 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

Wimbledon Common was fully re-mapped this year. 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.

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

Organiser/Planner: Pete Huzan,

The 37th Box Hill Fell Race

South London Orienteers organize two hill races near Dorking each year. The winter Box Hill Race sells out very quickly. For a summer challenge, why not run the Surrey Hills on the 3rd June?
Surrey Hills Trail Challenge Map.

The 37th Box Hill Fell Race

UPDATE: The Race is now FULL. Entries opened at 00:00 on Wednesday 1 November, and closed at 9am.

Saturday 20th January 2018 at 11.00am

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


Enter Online

Event Centre

LocationStepping Stones PH
AddressWest Humble. RH5 6BS.
Latitude/longitude51.2523, -0.3246
OS grid referenceTQ170517
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

The race is again moving to a new base this year. We will be at 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 1.30 pm.

RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE PUB CAR PARK AS IT IS VERY SMALL. THE RECOMMENDED PARKING IS AT RYKA’S, JUST NORTH OF THE BURFORD BRIDGE ROUNDABOUT. 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, 2016 and 2017, with the start/finish area just over the stepping stones over the River Mole, about a kilometre from the pub – possibly our shortest warm-up run ever.

RegistrationBetween 0945 and 1045
Start TimesBetween 1100 and 1330

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 land-owners for the vast majority of the course and they have requested two conditions be met in order to avoid erosion of the chalk downland:

  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.

Entries

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 fabian4.co.uk. 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 organiser is Andy Robinson; contact him via email at

Richmond Park Night-O, 31 October

The first race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The race centre will be The Albert on Kingston Hill near the Kingston gate.

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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 Albert on Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Albert, Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Albert is a 5 minute walk from Norbiton station. Come out of main exit to the north, cross the road and head down Wolverton Avenue. At the end turn right and the pub is on the left. Trains from Waterloo to Norbiton leave every 15 minutes and direct ones take 25 minutes.

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 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Richmond Park is the largest and possibly the best orienteering area inside the M25, and was fully re-mapped this year. 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: Sue Carter,

Chilworth MTB Score Event, Sunday 22nd October 2017

The fourth and final event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2017 Series takes place from Chilworth on Sunday 22nd October. As the series finale, amazing (cough) prizes will be awarded to the top male/female vet/open riders of the year.

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This is a public event – all are welcome. All entries are on the day but we encourage you to please RSVP to the event via Facebook (event link to follow) or email to let us know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Breaking News:

We hope to SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire for the first time at this event, keeping you on your bike for a more seamless ride. We’re keen to get your feedback on whether to make this a regular offering.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Percy Arms, Dorking Road, Chilworth GU4 8NP

Toilets are available before and after the event. A carvery lunch is available and prebooking is strongly recommended – when booking, let them know you are with the MTB event. Please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

LocationChilworth
AddressThe Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth
Latitude/longitude51.2154, -0.5262
OS grid referenceTQ030473
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 10 minutes south of the A3 at Guildford
  • By public transport, the pub is right next to Chilworth Station which is on the line from Redhill with direct connections to central London.
  • Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

Event Details

The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for BMBO (with their membership cards) and SLOW members, and £6 for under 21s.

The event will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MTB Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and carry a whistle and first aid kit (a minimum of plasters & dressing). The following equipment is also recommended:

  • Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass

There will be series prizes for top male/female/pair and veteran male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1050
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1100

Event duration is 2 hours and the course will close at 13:00.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls, and a limited number of SI dibbers will be available. Please bring your own if you have one.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Planners/Organisers: Tom Davies/ Nicki Adams

Image: Tom Davies 

City Race 2017: Final Details

Final Details for the 2017 London City Race are now available here.

These supersede all previous information given about the races.

Travel Update: Saturday

There are engineering works affecting many of the lines through Moorgate station. Moorgate will still be served by the Hammersmith & City line (from King’s Cross through to Barking) and the Northern Line (unaffected).

We believe that the most affected will be people travelling from Paddington and Marylebone – an extra 10 minutes to travel via Bakerloo and Northern changing at Elephant & Castle. Other mainline stations shouldn’t be affected. The advice in all cases should be to use the TfL Journey Planner and allow an extra 10 minutes.

The races will be run with SIAC contactless punching in parallel with traditional SI cards. This guide provides details on how contactless punching operates, compared to regular punching.

London City Race Weekend 2017

collogoFor the tenth running of the London City Race, we bring you 3 orienteering races in 3 days, in one great city! Run and navigate through iconic London locations. All races are easily accessible using London’s integrated public transport network. Entries are now closed – see start times and final details.

1. Friday 8 Sep 2017
– Wapping Evening Sprint

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[Results now available]

Wapping is a great sprint area with mixture of urban, small parks and canals. Start times from 1830 – 2030. Headtorch recommended for later starters although the area is well lit. Courses will be of mid length (2.0-4.5km). Event centre is the John Orwell sports centre. SI timing. Nearest station is Wapping (London Overground).

LocationWapping
AddressWapping (Event Centre TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5048, -0.0617
OS grid referenceTQ346802
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Courses available – as for the main race on Saturday (see below) with some merging of courses.

2. Saturday 9 Sep 2017
– The 10th London City Race, The Barbican

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The tenth London City Race is back where it all started – focused on the urban orienteering delight that is the Barbican in the City of London.

LocationThe Barbican
AddressThe Barbican (Event Centre TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5192, -0.0945
OS grid referenceTQ323817
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Start times are listed here. Courses will be based on the approximate length below – these are straight-line distances, expect to run 30%-50% further depending on your navigational skill!

Course Category Length km
1 Men’s Elite 9.0
2 Women’s Elite 7.5
3 Men’s Open 7.0
4 Women’s Open 6.0
5 Men’s Vets (M40+) 7.0
6 Women’s Vets (W40+) 5.0
7 Men’s Super Vets (M55+) 6.0
8 Women’s Super Vets (W55+) 4.0
9 Men’s Ultra Vets (M65+) 4.5
10 Women’s Ultra Vets (W65+) 3.5
1 Men’s Hyper Vets (M75+) 4.0
12 Women’s Hyper Vets (W75+) 3.0
13 Juniors (M/W 16-) 3.0
14 Kids (M/W 12-) 1.5
15 Newcomers 4.0

This year, the Saturday race is part of the UK Urban League – note the different age categories to previous years, to coincide with this league. For M/W21s, scoring for the UK Urban League will be firstly for the elite race and then (so the winner of the open race will get 1 less point than the last person in the elite field)

3. Sunday 10 Sep 2019
– London Ultrasprint, Victoria Park

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The London Ultrasprint, a series of short prologue park sprints followed by a final, is organised by London Orienteering Klubb and takes place on the Sunday morning – full details on their website. Start times are from 1030-1215, with the finals from 1245.

LocationVictoria Park
AddressVictoria Park (TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.5351, -0.0496
OS grid referenceTQ354836
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

Online entry is closed – see here for start times.

Contactless punching will be used for the first two events at Wapping and the Barbican. Contactless SIACs can be hired for £2.50 each. However the controls will be set to take standard SI cards as well so those wanting to use their own old SI cards (or hire these at a cheaper cost) will be able to use them.

Enquiries

General enquiries: Vince Roper
Entry enquiries: Nigel Saker

The London City Race and the Wapping Evening Sprint are organised by SLOW, and the London Ultrasprint is organised by LOK.

Race Officials

Race director & Saturday/Sunday organiser:  Vince Roper, SLOW.
Entries manager: Nigel Saker, SLOW.
Friday planner: Katrin Harding, SLOW.
Saturday planner: Ed Catmur, SLOW.
Sunday planner: LOK.

Mile End Park Race

The sixth race of the 2017 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 4 July 2017 in Mile End Park in east London.

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 will be The Victoria pub, alongside the eastern side of the park and a 7 minute walk northwards from Mile End station.

LocationMile End Park
AddressThe Victoria
Latitude/longitude51.5291, -0.0382
OS grid referenceTQ362830
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should 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 borrow one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SI “Air” cards that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Long Approximately 5km
Short Approximately 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Gavin Hurley 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.