Category Archives: Event Bulletins

Team Races Invitation

Attention SLOW members, your club wants you to run in our teams. Do come and join us for great club days out. And if you wear our club colours even better.

Everyone is welcome to take part, the more the merrier.

A fuller invitation is now circulating on our mailing list.

SUNDAY MARCH 17 – COMPASS SPORT CUP REGIONAL ROUND – ENCHANTED PLACE, SUSSEX

MONDAY APRIL 23 – JK RELAYS – MINLEY, HANTS

SATURDAY MAY 4
– BRITISH MIXED SPRINT RELAYS – BRADFORD UNIVERSITY, YORKSHIRE.

MONDAY MAY 6 – BRITISH RELAYS – MIDDLETON PARK, LEEDS

SUNDAY MAY 12 – SOUTH-EAST RELAYS – ADDINGTON HILLS, CROYDON (get there by tram.)

WEEKEND JUNE 15/16 – JUKOLA AND VENLA RELAYS, FINLAND

WEEKEND
JUNE 22/23 – HARVESTER RELAYS – SW ENGLAND

Esher Common Night-O

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series takes place on Esher Common on Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

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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 Alan Leakey (email details at bottom of this post) know you are coming  so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race Centre

The race centre is the Oxshott Village Centre (postcode KT22 0QJ.) This is a 10 minute walk from Oxshott Station. There will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

  • Visit the nearest pub which is a 5 minute walk in the Village.
  • You can bring your own food and drink.
LocationOxshott/Esher
AddressOxshott Village Centre, Holtwood Road
Latitude/longitude51.3337, -0.3624
OS grid referenceTQ142607
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The race centre is a 10 minute walk from Oxshott Station (SW Mainline).

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 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

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.

Organiser/Planners: Diane and Alan Leakey ()

Tilford MBO Score Event Sunday 3rd March 2019

The first event in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series takes place from Tilford on Sunday 3rd March.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Barley Mow, Tilford, Surrey.

To avoid obstructing pub customers, event parking will be around Tilford Green.

Toilets are available during the event. Tables indoors for lunch will need to be pre-booked directly with the pub (start times are either 12:00 to 12:30 or 2:30 to 2:45).  Tables are available outdoors but cannot be booked. Food may be pre-ordered before  setting off on the ride.

LocationSurrey
AddressThe Barley Mow, The Green, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2BU
Latitude/longitude51.1838, -0.7528
OS grid referenceSU873435
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 15 minutes drive from Farnham
  • By train, it is a 20 min ride from Farnham station
  • 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

Online entry is available on the BMBO website. General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2019 page.

Adult Day Rider £8 In advance  / £10 EOD
BMBO / SLOW Members £7 In advance / £9 EOD
Under 21 (on 31st DEc) £4 In advance / £5 EOD

A standard dibber is included free of charge.
Contactless SIAC dibber £2.
Lost dibbers will be charged at £29 for standard ones and £63 for contactless SIAC dibbers.

Enter before end of Monday prior to the event in order to guarantee a waterproof map. The closing date for online entries is shown in the BMBO event details.

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

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

  • Mobile phone for use in an emergency
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass and map board or cardboard to support an A4 map on your handlebars

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

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1115
Start TimesBetween 0930 and 1130

Event duration is 2 or 3 hours and the course will close at 13:30.

Two participants who are looking after children may start early and both ride 2 hour events one after the other.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Planners/Organisers: Dave Uglow/Ian Norfield

Image: Mark Humphrey

MBO Score Series 2019

We’re pleased to be back for our fifth MBO Score series in 2019 with planners lined up to test your navigation and time keeping skills! Held on Sunday mornings throughout the year, these are 2  or 3 hour score orienteering events on bike. Events are run by London & Southeast Adventure Racers in affiliation with SLOW.

General information on MBO Score events.

Event Schedule

DateVenueDetailsEnterResults
3 Mar Tilford
12 May Mogador
10,11 Aug Watlington  
  
13 Oct Surrey Hills  
  

Full details about each event are posted on the SLOW website a few  weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Dave Uglow at 

  • Tilford (March) – Dave Uglow
  • Mogador (May) – Jane Robinson
  • Chilterns weekend, Watlington (August) – John Owens
  • Surrey Hills (October) – Julian Hemsted

Keep up to date with results and information about future events with our Newsletter.

Online Entry

Riders are encouraged to enter in advance on the BMBO website, all riders will need a BMBO account:

  • Adult Day Rider – free
  • Adult Full Member – £8
  • Under 21s Full Member – free

Results from 3 hour SLOW events for BMBO full members will be included in the BMBO national league.

Your  age class for ALL 2019 events is your age on 31st Dec 2019.

If you have your own dibber, please add the number in your BMBO account.

Entry Classes

  • Solos
    E-Bike
    Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17
    M21/W21 = Open, 18 to 39
    M40/W40 = 40 to 49
    M50/W50 = 50 to 59
    M60/W60 = 60 to 69
    M70/W70 = 70+
  • Pairs
    E-Bike
    Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17
    M21/W21 = Open, combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+)
    M40/W40 = combined age 80 to 99
    M50/W50 = combined age 100 to 119
    M60/W60 = combined age 120+
    G = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
    T21 = Tandem (any age combination)
  • Mixed Pairs
    E-Bike
    X21 = combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+)
    X40 = combined age 80 to 99
    X50 = combined age 100 to 119
    X60 = combined age 120+
    G = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
    T21 = Tandem (any age combination)
  • Teams of 3+
    G = Generation (enter online in a suitable combination of pairs and solos)

Small Area Format (SAF)

For 2019 we’re introducing a 3 hour event option in addition to the existing 2 hour format. The 3 hour event results will be eligible for inclusion in the BMBO national league. Both options will use the same map and checkpoints but the 3 hour one may be run as a Small Area Format (SAF) event.

The checkpoints will be coloured red and blue, you choose which colour to start on and collect as many of that colour as you wish until you swap to the other colour. Once you’ve swapped you can’t revert back to the original colour. Points will be evenly split between the colours. For the 2 hour event the colour has no significance and you can visit the checkpoints in any order.

It is very unlikely but if you do dib the wrong colour by mistake you can later ask for this CP to be deleted and carry on with the original colour. However, you will not be able to revisit it so you might opt to live with a change of plan.

This example Mogador event  map shows our final event of 2018 redrawn as a SAF event.

Series Prizes

Series prizes will be presented to the top 3 finishers in the following categories:

Male Veteran (50+), Male Senior (18-49), Female Veteran (50+), Female Senior (18-49), Youth/Junior.

Series rankings are based on your top 3 scores from this years events. To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events.

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.)

Wimbledon Common Night-O

The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 27th November 2018. The race centre is the Hand in Hand  a low-ceilinged 19th century cottage on the edge of the Common.

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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 Peter Huzan (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 Hand in Hand on Crooked Billet, SW19 4RQ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressHand in Hand
Latitude/longitude51.4215, -0.2273
OS grid referenceTQ234707
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 15 minute walk from Wimbledon Station (SW Mainline and Underground).

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 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

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: Peter Huzan,

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

FINAL DETAILS – HIGHLIGHTS

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);
or
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.
Records:
54.08 (Andy Greenleaf 2015)
62.26 (Nichola Jackson 2017)


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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.

RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE PUB CAR PARK AS IT IS VERY SMALL.

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.

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 race organiser is Harold Wyber; please contact him via .

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