Category Archives: Street-O

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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Street-O: 11 October 2011

The second Street-O race of the Winter 2011-12 series takes place in Putney in south-west London on Tuesday 11 October. Please bring your SI card if you have one as we will use this for timing you out and back in – alternatively you can borrow one of the club’s set which we will bring along on the night.

Please RSVP to the event on Facebook 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

LocationPutney
AddressThe Fox and Hounds, Upper Richmond Road
Latitude/longitude51.4609, -0.2177
OS grid referenceTQ239751
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

In the Fox and Hounds pub in Upper Richmond Road. Start and finish will be at the back door of the pub. PLEASE DON’T RUN THROUGH THE PUB TO FINISH.

Nearest tube station is East Putney (District Line) which is a five minute walk away. Putney railway station is also very close by.

Entry Fee

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

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1845 and 2000
Start TimesBetween 1845 and 2000

Race Format

The normal Street-O format – controls will be clues. You have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. A headtorch may be useful. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch (both essential!). Please also bring your SI card if you have one. General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. As with all Street-O races, you will need to cross roads with traffic during the race, some of which may be busy – take extreme care when crossing all roads. All competitors take part at their own risk.

Post-Race

At the pub – http://www.thefoxandhoundsputney.co.uk/

Please note, personal belongings left at the pub during and after the race are left at your own risk.

Results

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

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Street-O: 13 September 2011

Results available here

The first Street-O race of the Winter 2011-12 series takes place in Rotherhithe in south-east London on Tuesday 13 September. PLEASE BRING YOUR SI CARD IF YOU HAVE ONE.

Please RSVP to the event on Facebook 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

LocationRotherhithe
AddressThe Angel, Bermondsey Wall East
Latitude/longitude51.5005, -0.059
OS grid referenceTQ348797
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Registration

In The Angel pub, which is on Bermondsey Wall East (right beside the River Thames). Registration will probably be upstairs and the start and finish will be in the park outside.

Nearest tube station is Bermondsey (Jubilee Line).

Entry Fee

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

Timings

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Race Format

The normal Street-O format – controls will be clues. 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. It will be an advantage to start early and run in daylight. A torch is recommended if you are out in the dark. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch (both essential!). General information about street orienteering.

Safety

Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. As with all Street-O races, you will need to cross roads with traffic during the race, some of which may be busy – take extreme care when crossing all roads. All competitors take part at their own risk.

Post-Race

The pub serves food until 2100.

Results

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

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Street-O is Returning for 2011/12!

Now that the summer Park Race series has finished and September is nearly here, it’s time to look forward to SLOW’s 2011/12 Street-O series! The full provisional schedule of events is now available. This year the series has been expanded to 9 races (once a month from September 2011 through to May 2012), with your best 5 scores over the series counting for the overall results. The league table scoring has changed slightly to accommodate the often large turnouts.

The first event is planned for Tuesday 13th September (a few days after the City of London race) in Rotherhithe – full details for this race will be posted on SLOWeb very soon.

If you haven’t done one of these races before then come along and give it a go – it is a combination of orienteering and urban street racing, with a very competitive league series over the year. Full details are on the general page to explain how it all works – but feel free to series coordinator Paul Nixon at if you want any more information in advance.

Photo by xtophe80 on Flickr. Text by Paul Nixon.