The second event in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series takes place from Mogador on Sunday 12th May.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

The event will be based at The Sportsman, Mogador Road, Tadworth, KT20 7ES, (near M25 Jn 8).

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available from 12pm –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.  The pub gets very busy on Sundays so please book in advance if you wish to eat in the restaurant.  Bar snacks are also available and there is a large garden. The present building was originally built as a hunting lodge for Henry VIII in 1532.  The pub is located next to Banstead / Walton Heath, and is ideal for walking (for those who don’t wish to cycle).

AddressThe Sportsman, Mogador Road, Tadworth, KT20 7ES
Latitude/longitude51.2641, -0.2246
OS grid referenceTQ240532
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 1km from the A217 and 1.5kms from the M25 Jn8.
  • No parking will be permitted in the pub car park.
  • Please park on Mogador Road (around the corner from the pub). 
  • Alternatively, if approaching from the M25, please consider parking at Margery Woods NT Car Park (first turning on the left off the A217).
  • By train, Tadworth and Kingswood Stations are both an easy 15 min warm up ride away.  The A217 is a busy dual carriageway, with no cycle path.  The bridleways across Banstead Heath provide a safer and more direct route.

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.

Please enter before end of Tuesday prior to the event to help us know how many waterproof maps to print. Anyone entered by then will be emailed a blank course 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.

Planner/Organiser: Jane Robinson

Kingston Urban Race 2019 Results

Many thanks to all the competitors who ran in the 2019 Kingston Urban Race today, and to the Hawker Centre for hosting us.

We have an official “after-movie” of the race.

Thanks to organiser Vinh Phuong Hoang and planner Dave Wright for providing such a great day, our controllers Helen and Ian Marsden of Happy Herts, and to Kingston Council and private landowners for permission to run in Kingston.

Women's Open Course Winner
The Women’s Open Course WInner (@sloweb)
Men's Open Winner
The Men’s Open Course Winner (Steve Rush)

Organiser’s Comments

Thank you for attending the Kingston Urban Race. I thoroughly enjoy urban races and so I was glad to see a good number coming along. I wanted it to be a relaxed and informal event, I hope that was the vibe that came across. It was my first time organising a race and so I was rather worried leading up to it. The day ran smoothly and there were no complaints, which was a massive relief. The only thing that could have been improved was the weather – it was rather overcast and I was hoping blue skies and sunshine! The competitors enjoyed the courses, for which the credit goes to Dave, Helen and Ian. It was great seeing the competitors arriving back at the Hawker Centre with smiles on their faces and hearing the positive comments.

I was also impressed with the number of newcomers and children who came along to try orienteering. I hope you caught the bug and will come along to some more events in the future.

Thank you to the Hawker Centre for hosting us. The space and facilities worked well. Thanks also to Kingston Council for agreeing to the event, and the various private areas for permission. Finally a massive thank you to all the volunteers who made my job extremely easy on the day: Alan, Barbara, Don, Dorte, Ed, Fiona, Gordon, Heather, Heikki, Marc, Matteo, Michael, Natalia, Neil, Nikolay, Ollie, Paul C, Paul S, Raffaella, Rebecca, Rich, Sarah, Steve, Sue, Tim, Vicky, Yordan. Many thanks also to Duncan, who was not there on the day, but was the key contact with the council and getting permission for the event.

Lost Property : A watch (Geonaute) – please contact the organiser.


Planner’s Comments

My overriding strategy for my only attempt at planning a level C event was to keep it simple, hence the single start and finish. My only departure from this was the use of a smaller scale map for the real oldies (Course 5) which inevitably caused various printing problems, so I hope it was appreciated!

As regards planning legs with good route choice, I quickly realised that Steve had used the best ones in the 2016 event but believe I offered a few new ones.

At this point I know it’s customary for the Planner to offer profuse thanks to the Controller, in an attempt to encourage them to offer their services to the club in the future. Now I appreciate the actual reason. Thank you, Helen.

Thanks to Alan for implementing my requested changes to the map and to Gordon (SI) Parker for everything else.

(And congratulations to Vinh and Steve for coolly coping with my “toys-out-of-pram” temporary resignation)

Dave Wright


Steve Rush’s Photographs on flickr

Night Series Final Tables

Here are the final tables for the 2018/19 night series. Many thanks to Don McKerrow for co-ordinating, and the organisers/planners: Steve Clelland, Duncan Grassie, Peter Huzan, Sue Carter and Di & Alan Leakey.

Congratulations to the series winners.


  1. Paul Couldridge
  2. Adam Conway
  3. (equal) Murray Strain, Matthias Mahr


  1. Tomas Trhlik
  2. Aimee Darley
  3. Dave Wright

Richmond Park Night-O

A lovely dry, still and quite warm evening for the last race of this night terrain series. Thanks to Steve Clelland for organising and planning, the Albert for hosting us, and Richmond Park for permission. Welcome to several newcomers, we hope you enjoyed the evening.

Thanks also to series co-ordinator Don McKerrow.

Organiser/Planner Steve Clelland:

The night series season finale is one of my favourite races of the year. I hope you enjoyed competing as much as I did planning.  
In case it wasn’t obvious on the night, there were 4 variations of the Long course, with all of them having the same legs, albeit in different orders. 

The Short course didn’t have any variations as I didn’t feel it was practical without making it excessively long. I hope you enjoyed the excitement of the pure head to head racing!

Huge thanks for helping on the night to Gordon, Don, Sarah, Paul, Vinh, Abi & Pete.

Do please add your route on routegadget, and enjoy replaying the races.

Norbiton Street-O, Tuesday 9 April

For the penultimate race of the 2018-19 season of evening street orienteering races, we return to our South-West London heartland and more specifically Norbiton (North Kingston).

Join us for an evening’s checkpoint hunting and post race discussions! Please note this race is only 2 days after our Kingston Urban Race and will cover an adjacent, but in a very different way.

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Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook 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 below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one, or we’ll lend you one on the night!

Race HQ

The venue for the event is the wonderful Black Horse, owned by Hippo Inns and lovingly refurbished a couple of years ago.
There is a special menu available that evening, all at £7: Choose from Classic or Veggie Burger, Bavarian Hot Dog (yum!) or Fish Finger Bap. Some excellent Real Ales on tap and of course they have a full menu too!

AddressThe Black Horse, 204 London Rd Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QP
Latitude/longitude51.4135, -0.2872
OS grid referenceTQ192697
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Black Horse is approximately a five minute walk from Norbiton Station on the Waterloo – Kingston line. Come out of the car park on the north side of the station and turn left towards the bridge. Just before the bridge turn right into Manorgate Road and The Black Horse is on the roundabout at the far end.

Race Details

Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

The Street-O format has clues located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, an SI card if you have one, and a watch so that you aren’t late back! You may find a torch/head-torch and compass useful too and hi-vis clothing would be sensible.

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.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event. Check the 2018-19 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Bob Reed,

CompassSport Cup Tie 2019

South London Orienteers were second behind a strong all-round Southdowns team performance in yesterday’s CompassSport Cup Tie in Ashdown Forest.

Results (on the host club Saxons website)

So we won’t be competing in the National Final (which is in the South-East) this Autumn. Our best wishes to Southdowns who will represent the home region.

Details of CompassSport Cup and results from round the country.

We had a great turnout of over 50, with a fair amount of car sharing and several cycling to the compact assembly at “An Enchanted Place”. Start and finish were nearby, and there was sunshine, but a biting wind somewhat curtailed the socialising.

Congratulations to four SLOW runners who won their races: Abi Weeds (women’s open), Mihaly Ormay (short brown), Andy Jones (men’s green) and Mike Murray (short green). And Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Alan Leakey would have won their courses had it not been for one of the above named team-mates.

(Photo Credit: Rob Lines)

Brentford Street-O Results

Here are the Race Results and Series Results from Tuesday’s Street Orienteering Race in Brentford.

Thanks to Dmitry Adamsky for organising – he comments: “Thank you all for coming and not being afraid of storm Gareth – in the end we had a brilliant weather and I hope that you enjoyed running in Brentford, Isleworth and Kew! The map scale for this event was a rather unusual 1:15000, the main reason being that I wanted to avoid crossing Great West Road. That leaves a rather thin strip of land between it and the river and unless one includes Kew there is almost no route choice. I hope that you enjoyed the planning challenge resulting from the scale of the map.Special thanks to Andrew Johnson who manned the start and Pete & the whole team of The Black Dog Beer House for hosting us.

You might have noticed that there is no shortage of pubs in Brentford. Actually, I used less than half of them and in the past there were many, many more(the event centre is listed there under its previous name The Albany Arms).
Lost Property: running/cycling glasses.

I hope you can join us at the next Street-O race on 9 April at the Black Horse in Norbiton (South West London), with details to follow shortly.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator

Orienteering in London and Surrey. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Community Amateur Sports Club accredited.