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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.

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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 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.

LocationFrensham Pond
AddressFrensham Ponds
Latitude/longitude51.157, -0.7944
OS grid referenceSU844404
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

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 0930 and 1100
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: 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.


 

MTB Score Series 2018

We’re pleased to be back for our 4th MTB-Score series in 2018 with four planners lined up to test your navigation and time keeping skills! Held on Sunday mornings throughout the year, these are 2-hour score orienteering events on bike. These events are run by London & Southeast Adventure Racers in affiliation with SLOW.

General information on MTB-Score events.

Event Schedule

Events take place on Sunday mornings throughout the year. Start times are from 10:00 to 11:00 and the course closes at 13:00.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
4 March 2018Frensham PondMark HumphreyDetails
18 March 2018Frensham PondMark HumphreyDetails
10 June 2018Wendover WoodsJohn OwensDetails
9 September 2018tbcJane Robinson
18 November 2018tbcJulian Hemsted

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

Series Prizes

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

Male Veteran (40+), Male Open, Female Veteran (40+), Female Open, Junior (<16)

Series rankings are based on your top 3 scores of the 4 events. To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events.

Holmwood Common 18th February

South London Orienteers welcome you to orienteering races on February 18th, on Holmwood Common and Scamells Grove, three miles south of Dorking.

Final Details (uploaded 10th February)

This is a British Orienteering Regional (Level C) Event. There is a choice of eight individual colour-coded courses: Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow and White.

We have a new map, at 1:7500, to the ISOM2017 standard. The woods are mostly natural, and on gentle slopes. There is a good path network, lots of vegetation changes, and many streams, ditches and gullies. Longer courses visit an area of runnable forest new to orienteering. Courses are planned to avoid the worst of the brambles and undergrowth.

NO DOGS please – the assembly and car park is on a working cattle farm.

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Entries

Pre-entry via SI Entries please. Closing date is Sunday 11 February.

BOF Members Non-Members
Senior £8 £10
Senior on White/Yellow/Orange £5 £5
Juniors £3 £3

Entry-on-the-day (subject to map availability): as above plus £2 for seniors.

Runners will need a SPORTident timing chip. A small extra fee is charged to seniors to hire a standard chip from SLOW: £1 for seniors (free for juniors). Contactless SIAC punching will be enabled, and contactless SIAC chips may also be hired – £2.50 for seniors / free for juniors. Lost timing chips will be charged at £40 standard, £60 contactless.

Parking £1.

Getting there

LocationHolmwood Common and Scamells Grove
AddressHolmwood, Surrey
Latitude/longitude51.2, -0.3
OS grid referenceTQ189459
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

The nearest stations operating on the Sunday are Dorking and Dorking Deepdene, approximately 4 miles north of the event.

Race Details

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1130
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1400

Start and finish are within 1km of the parking. Parking is on hardstanding, but Wellington boots are suggested.

Please check the SLOW website prior to travelling in case of any last minute changes.

Personal Data

The personal data you give will be used by the event organisers and their agents only for the purpose of processing and publishing the event entries and results, for conducting safety checks and to validate British Orienteering insurance cover.

Insurance

Please note that if you have competed in three orienteering events registered with British Orienteering and not joined an orienteering club which is a member of British Orienteering, you are not covered by our public liability insurance. If you are not a British Orienteering member, for insurance purposes you will need to leave your contact details with the entry team.

Risks

Orienteering is an adventure sport. A comprehensive risk assessment for the event has been prepared and identified risks have been mitigated, however please be aware that participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. Please be careful of crossing streams/ditches, steep slopes, etc. Parents are responsible for their children.  Advice is available on request about what courses may be suitable.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser: Teresa Turner (SLOW)
Planner: Charlie Turner (SLOW)
Controller: David Dawson (DFOK)

British Orienteering registered event 72079

Barnes Common Night-O, 23 January

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place on Barnes Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 23 January 2018. The race centre will be The Spencer pub on the Lower Richmond Road.

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

Race centre

The race will be based at The Spencer qt 237 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1HJ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, 237 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1HJ
Latitude/longitude51.4682, -0.2281
OS grid referenceTQ232758
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 15-20 minute walk from either Putney mainline station or Putney Bridge tube on the District Line. It is also accessible by the buses (430, 22 etc.) that service Lower Richmond Road.

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

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: James Lyne , assisted by Sue Carter on the evening

“OK Nuts” Races, Richmond Park, 21st January

The Final Details are linked to this later post.

SLOW’s annual “OK Nuts” Trophy Races will be on January 21st in Richmond Park, London. The title comes from the name of one of the early orienteering clubs in the UK.

There will be three mass start loop races (20km, 15km, 10km) and shorter colour-coded individual start races. The mass start races are called “Blood Races” in a reference to the annual ‘Blodslitet’ races of Fredrikstad Skiklubb in Norway, which use this format. “Blood” in the name is a metaphor for the increased physical challenge, compared to a typical orienteering race.

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Newcomers
We welcome newcomers to forest orienteering; this event is a very good introduction to our sport. Please do look at our webpage Newcomers , and do check an orienteering map in particular to see the way woods and heathland are shown.

Richmond Park
Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. It is a Royal Park, and its 2500 acres are covered by heath, grassland and woods.

External link to recent films about the park.

Entries

Entry via SI Entries please. Closing date is 14 January.

BOF Non-BOF
Blood Races
Senior £10 £12
Junior* £4 £5
Colour Coded
Senior on Green/Short Green £8 £10
Senior on White/Yellow/Orange £4 £6
Junior £4 £5

* Blood races: M/W16 on Very Nearly an Armful only please. Blood race entry not available to M/W14 and below

Entries after the closing date of 14 January will be £2 more for seniors and £1 more for juniors, and will be limited by how many extra maps we have.

Race Centre

The race is based at the Broomfield Hill Car Park.

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

Getting there

Car parking is free. The 85 Kingston – Putney bus stops nearby (also K3, 265) – enter the park either at Ladderstile Gate or Robin Hood Gate and it is a few minutes walk. The nearest station is Norbiton, at approx 2km.

Race Details

This year sees the return of the mass start ‘Blood Races’ (descriptions are provisional):

Race Description Start times
‘Full Blood’ 4 loops, 20km 10:10
‘Half Blood’ 3 loops, 15km 10:20
Very Nearly an Armful 2 loops, 10km 10:30
Colour coded Green, Short Green, Orange,
Yellow and White
10:00 – 12:00

Competitors take part at their own risk.

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

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