Category Archives: Street-O

Street-O: 7 February 2012

The next Street-O race of the Winter 2011-12 series takes place in Brockley in south-east London. This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one.

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Like all our Street-Os, this 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 here and post queries. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser know you are coming, at at so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Registration, Start and Finish Location

LocationBrockley
AddressThe Brockley Barge, 184 Brockley Road
Latitude/longitude51.4644, -0.0365
OS grid referenceTQ365758
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

The Brockley Barge. We will have an area at the rear of the bar reserved for registration and bag storage during the race. The pub is only 150m from Brockley station. Brockley Station is on the London Overground network and is well served by regular trains from London Bridge. Buses number 171, 172 and 484 stop outside the pub. There are bicycle racks outside the station. There is onstreet parking in the area.

Entry Fee

£1 for SLOW members, students and juniors, £2 for others.

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1830 and 1930

Race Format

Normal Street-O format with clues located at each control site. You have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. SI will be used to time the start and finish, please bring your SI card if you have one. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch. All controls have been located under normal street light but as always a head torch may be useful in picking up detail and on certain route choices which may not be so well lit. General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. 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.

Post-Race

Tuesday is Wetherspoon’s Steak Club, so excellent value on steaks and drinks and also on Wetherspoon’s regular menu. Last orders for food are at 2200.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser/Planner: Eoin O’Callaghan

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Nearly 100 People Pre-Registered for Marylebone Street-O

Nearly 100 people have pre-registered for the Marylebone Street-O taking place this evening, including over 60 through the race’s Facebook event page. With the continuing mild weather and the very central location, this could be a record-breaking Street-O event for London or possibly even the UK!

SLOW Street-Os are now using SI timing, to allow for accurate recording of start and finishing times. Competitors without their own SI cards are loaned one for the race free-of-charge.

Photo by Ewan-M.

Street-O: 10 January 2012

The next Street-O race of the Winter 2011-12 series takes place in Marylebone in central London. PLEASE BRING YOUR SI CARD IF YOU HAVE ONE.

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Like all our Street-Os, this 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 here and post queries. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser know you are coming, at so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Registration, Start and Finish Location

LocationMarylebone
AddressThe Angel in the Fields, 37 Thayer St
Latitude/longitude51.5181, -0.1515
OS grid referenceTQ284815
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

The Angel in the Fields. This is a Sam Smiths pub, so the beer is cheap. We should have upstairs. Note that the toilets are pretty small and changing in the pub is awkward, so please arrive ready to run.

The pub is between Baker St. and Bond St. stations. There are two Livingstone Cycle racks nearby on George St. and Hinde St., and there are public bikes racks opposite the Waitrose (2) on Marylebone High St. and another at the south end of Marylebone Lane (3). Failing that you could try chaining them to the fence in Manchester Square Gardens or a near by lamppost. There is onstreet parking in the area but it is expensive and operates on a pay by phone system.

Entry Fee

£1 for SLOW members, students and juniors, £2 for others.

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

Race Format

Normal Street-O format with clues located at each control site. You have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. SI will be used to time the start and finish, please bring your SI card if you have one. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch. A headtorch will be useful. General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. 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.

Post-Race

Last orders for food are at 2045.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser/Planner: Bryn Monnery

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Results from Clapham Street-O

The results from the Clapham Street-O which took place on 13 December 2011 can be viewed here. You can mark the route you took on the Routegadget page for the event. Finally, you can also view the series standings so far.

Comments from the Organiser

Many thanks to those who came along to the Clapham Street-O last night. It was great to get so many positive comments and (as far as I heard) no complaints about controls. I’d put in a bit of thought about what would make a good Street-O when planning the course.

  • Postboxes, pioneered by Paul Nixon in Surbiton, were an obvious choice for low value controls – easy to find and with the same layout on every control site.
  • Blue plaques added some historical interest and were a bit harder to locate. One was slightly harder to read in the dark, but I gave credit for a reasonable attempt.
  • I included a few of the more traditional style of questions to draw you into more technical areas or further afield.
  • The bandstand provided an excellent 50 point control, isolated at the centre of the map disrupting anyone trying to embark on a round-the-edge route. I’m looking forward to seeing your route choices on Routegadget!

I wanted the controls to be unambiguous, so introduced brief control descriptions. I’ve been frustrated trying to find detail on signs or noticeboards. Every answer was specific and short (Wilberforce and Bolingbroke being the longest at 11 letters).

I was keen to show people some of the historical side of Clapham. For those that are interested, here is a little more information on each of the blue plaques.

  • William Wilberforce, politician and campaigner against slavery
  • Edvard Grieg, composer
  • Gus Elen, comedian and music hall singer
  • Edward Thomas, war poet who died in the battle of Arras
  • John Walter, founder of The Times
  • HM Bateman, cartoonist
  • Marie Kendall, music hall performer
  • Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis, boxer who became world welterweight champion in 1915
  • GA Henty, Victorian writer of adventure stories
  • Arthur Henderson, Nobel peace prize laureate in 1934 and Labour party leader
  • Fred Knee, trade unionist and socialist politician

I’ll bring along the many unclaimed maps to next month’s event in Marylebone. I also have about 30 blank maps left over. Let me know if you want one, and I’ll give the rest to the person who asked for maps for their local scout group.

Many thanks to Jon Moore (MV), Ben Smith and Dmitry Adamskiy for helping unasked with the finishers, marking the sheets and for the liquid refreshment.

Angus Lund, SLOW

Street-O: 13 December 2011

The next Street-O race of the Winter 2011-12 series takes place around Clapham Common, starting at The Windmill pub. We have a room booked and the pub has a good food menu, so do stay around afterwards to socialise. PLEASE BRING YOUR SI CARD IF YOU HAVE ONE.

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Like all our Street-Os, this 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 here and post queries. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser know you are coming, at so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Registration, Start and Finish Location

LocationClapham
AddressThe Windmill pub, Clapham Common South Side
Latitude/longitude51.4578, -0.1443
OS grid referenceTQ290748
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

In The Windmill pub, which is on the east edge of Clapham Common, on a road usefully called Clapham Common South Side. Start and Finish from outside the pub. We have a room reserved for bags and socialising afterwards, but registration should be near the main entrance; bags are left in the pub at your own risk.

The pub is about half a mile from both Clapham Common and Clapham South stations on the Northern line. There are plenty of bus routes connecting Clapham Junction to Clapham Common.

Entry Fee

£1 for SLOW members, students and juniors, £2 for others.

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1945
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1945

Race Format

Normal Street-O format with clues located at each control site. You have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. SI will be used to time the start and finish, please bring your SI card if you have one. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch. A headtorch will be useful. General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. Most controls will be located in the streets around the edge of Clapham Common. The common has many clear and well-lit paths which should be used to cross it. A couple of areas off the paths which are wooded will be marked out of bounds. 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.

Post-Race

The pub serves food until 2230 and closes at midnight. The December Street-O is traditionally an informal end-of-year social, so please come along and join us afterwards. More details about The Windmill can be found on their Facebook page.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser/Planner: Angus Lund

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Results & Routegadget for the Aldgate & Bank Street-O

Results are now available for the Aldgate & Bank Street-O which took place on Tuesday 8 November 2011. With nearly 90 individuals or teams running, it was one of our largest Street-O events ever. Running through the streets of the City during the height of the rush hour, under streetlights, was quite an experience.

We are experimenting with providing Routegadget for this series of Street-O events. If you ran, please go to the Routegadget page for the event and draw on your route – you can also compare with where others went. Routegadget has been set up for these events by the series coordinator, Paul Nixon.

Found property: A blue trekking towel.

Series standings so far are also available and linked from the results page.

Street-O: 8 November 2011

The third Street-O race of the Winter 2011-12 series takes place in Aldgate and Bank in the City of London on Tuesday 8 September. PLEASE BRING YOUR SI CARD IF YOU HAVE ONE.

Special Note from the Organiser: This is a street race and the map will not be of the same quality as at our annual City of London Race – please bear this in mind when running and expect some unmapped features, in particular building sites and some alleyways.

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Please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. Like all our street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome.

If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser know you are coming, at , so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Registration, Start and Finish Location

LocationAldgate & Bank
Address50 Cornhill
Latitude/longitude51.5133, -0.0852
OS grid referenceTQ330811
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

In the Counting House pub, which is at 50 Cornhill, City of London. Start and Finish from outside the pub. The pub is often very busy, we have a reserved area upstairs but not a private room so please come dressed ready to run if possible. Bags are left in the pub at your own risk.

Nearest tube station is Bank (Central, Waterloo & City and Northern lines, and the DLR) which is a short walk away from the pub.

Entry Fee

£1 for SLOW members, students and juniors, £2 for others.

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Race Format

Normal street-O format with clues located at each control site. You have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. SI will be used to time the start and finish, please bring your SI card if you have one. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch. A headtorch may also be useful. General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. The City of London will be busy with both pedestrians and traffic, please be considerate when running. 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.

Post-Race

The pub serves food until 2200.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser: Chris Wroe
Planner: Helen Gardner

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