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Waterloo Parks Race, Tuesday 29 May

The first race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 29 May 2018 in Waterloo’s Parks. 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 – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre at The Tankard on Kennington Road. It’s a seven minute walk from Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line.

LocationWaterloo Parks
AddressThe Tankard
Latitude/longitude51.4953, -0.1108
OS grid referenceTQ312791
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may 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 £4
All others £5

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 £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Normally courses are quoted as straight line distance, but straight lines are not possible here, so the optimal route better reflects the distance that runners will cover.

The short course is suitable for juniors; under-16s on the long course must be accompanied by an adult.

The whole of the short course and the start of the long course will be in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. The long course then goes on to Archbishop’s Park with some interesting urban to link the parks and to finish back near the pub. There will be two timed out major road crossings on the Long course.

The terrain will be 70% hard surfaces with the rest mown grass so shorts will be fine; high-viz clothing is recommended on the long course as 25% of it will be on streets linking the two parks.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Don McKerrow 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.

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

Richmond Park Night-O on 20 March

The final race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series is a mass start race in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The race centre will be The Lass O’Richmond on Queen’s Road, Richmond.

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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.

Letting us know you are coming helps us to have the correct number of the unique maps for this event printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Lass O’Richmond on Queen’s Road, London 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
AddressThe Lass O’Richmond
Latitude/longitude51.4514, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Bus route 371 between Kingston and Richmond stations runs past the pub roughly every 10 minutes – the stop is for the American University. Head towards the back of the pub and registration will tucked round on the left hand side.

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 1815 and 1900
Start TimesBetween 1915 and 1915

This is a race with a mass start at 19:15. Please make sure you register in plenty of time! The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 6km, quite challenging, and gaffled*
  • Short: approximately 3km, quite challenging

* Gaffled courses are where there are several loops starting from the same place. Each competitor runs these same loops but in a different order to other competitors, so competitors can’t simply follow someone else who might be have a different order.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser: Paul Couldridge

JK Relays, Easter Monday 2nd April

(Thanks to Robert Lines of Southdowns for use of the photo.)

By number of participants, the JK Relays, held on Easter Monday, is the biggest relay day of the year. Many SLOW teams will take part. We set a tent for the whole morning, cheer on our runners, show off our club kit, and enjoy the crowds more than is usual for orienteering. Courses are not long, but can be tricky.

It is the final day of the 4-day JK Easter Festival (Sprint/Middle/Long/Relays) this year near Stafford in the West Midlands. The relays are on Cannock Chase at Beaudesert.

Full details on the JK Pages at http://www.thejk.org.uk/

Please contact the captain if you can make the date!

(Closing date for relay entries is 4th March.)

Wimbledon Common Night-O February 27th

The fourth 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.

Letting us know you are coming helps us to have the correct number of the unique maps for this event 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, SW15 3TU
Latitude/longitude51.4486, -0.2255
OS grid referenceTQ234737
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Telegraph is in the middle of Putney Heath and there is plenty of parking available on nearby roads. Several bus routes go to “Putney Heath Green Man” which is 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 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 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: Dmitry Adamskiy

 

Surrey Hills Race, 3 June 2018

 

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

Enter Online

 

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.

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Entries

Pre-entry are open on-line through Fabian4, costing £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors. Entry on the Day will be possible subject to map availability, at £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors.

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

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.

The organisers have imposed a cut-off time at the second water station on the 30km long course. This will be 1km before control #7 at the Duke of Kent School. This will avoid lengthy delays for the very last finishers. The cut-off will be midday, 1h30m after the start. Runners arriving after this time will be driven back to the race centre.

Event Centre

Registration will be from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

LocationDorking
AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2274, -0.3414
OS grid referenceTQ159489
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school.

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.

Frensham Ponds MTB Score Event, Sunday 4th (now 18th!) March 2018

UPDATE: Due to poor trail conditions following the recent snow, this event has been postponed from the 4th to the 18th March

 

The first event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2018 Series takes place from Frensham Ponds on Sunday 4th March.

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 will have SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire at all our events this season for an additional £2!

Event Centre

The event will be based at  Frensham Great Pond Car Park, Bacon Lane, Churt, GU10 2QB

Toilets and refreshments are available nearby before and after the event however the event base will be outside in the car park.

Getting there

  • By car, the event base is 10 minutes from the A3 or A31
  • By public transport, the nearest train station is Farnham
  • 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 and
Start TimesBetween and

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: Mark Humphrey/ Nicki Adams

Image: Mark Humphrey

Richmond Park, 21st January, Final Details

STOP PRESS (UPDATED SATURDAY 1145) – 

ENTRY-ON-THE-DAY

We have a reasonable number of spare maps, available for entry-on-the-day.
Please turn up early to ensure a free choice, and especially if you want to take on one of the mass start “Blood” races (or you will miss the mass start.)

Full Blood – 9
Half Blood – 5
Very Nearly An Armful – 17
Green – 26
Short Green – 10
Orange – 17
Yellow – 8
White – 8

 
Prices
Blood Races –
Full Blood, Half Blood, Very Nearly An Armful
Senior BOF £12 / non-BOF £14
Junior – BOF £5 / non-BOF £6 (M/W16 eligible for Very Nearly an Armful only. Blood race entry not available to M/W14 and below)
Colour Coded –
Senior on Green/Short Green – BOF £10 / non-BOF £12
Senior on White/Yellow/Orange – BOF £6 / non-BOF £8
Juniors – BOF £5 / non-BOF £6

BIB NUMBERS

Bib Numbers for the Mass Start Races (pdf): OKNuts_Bib_Numbers

Please collect your number from registration on arrival – the number on each of your maps matches this.  Please wear on your front so we can help you get the right map at each exchange.

COLOUR-CODED START TIMES

We are not allocating times, so please turn up and go when you choose (this is in the final details.) The busiest course is the green which has 59 pre-entries.

WELCOME

South London Orienteers very much look forward to welcoming you to Richmond Park on Sunday. We thank the Royal Parks for granting us access to the park for the “OK Nuts Trophy Races.” Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest, a European Special Area of Conservation and the largest of London’s Royal Parks.

We are pleased to have had 213 pre-entries, including some newcomers, with 122 of those choosing one or other of the mass start races. In line with the usual practice in the sport we now provide “final details”, which aims to tell you everything you need to know to fully enjoy the day. But of course if after reading you do have any questions please get in touch, for example we are here on Facebook.

Download: OK Nuts Final Details (15th January)

Runners on the Full Blood course will be pleased to see that the distance is more than a half marathon.

All – please be courteous to other park users, and to the park. The summary message  is “tread lightly – leave nothing behind, take nothing away.”  In particular, for runners on the Full and Half Blood using gel packs – please do not drop the packaging, but rather carry it to the next map exchange / the finish. Thanks.

External link to recent David Attenborough presented films about the park.

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LocationRichmond Park
Address
Latitude/longitude51.4316, -0.2687
OS grid referenceTQ204717
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Start Time1000

Start Times
Full blood – 10.10
Half blood – 10.20
Very nearly an armful – 10:30
Colour coded – 10.00-12.00

Officials
Organiser: Steve Clelland (SLOW)
Planner: Duncan Grassie (AROS/SLOW)
Controller: Paul Todd (London OK)

And finally our promo film to help you look forward to running freely in wonderful terrain.