West Norwood Street-O, Tuesday 11 September

Join us for the Season Opener of the 2018-19 season of evening street orienteering races around London.

On Tuesday 11 September, we’ll have an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat, food and drink in West Norwood – a brand new area for Street racing!

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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 race will be based at The Great North Wood pub right next to West Norwood train station. Please do stay after the race for a drink, a bite to eat and to compare routes with your friends

LocationWest Norwood
Address3 Knight\
Latitude/longitude51.4315, -0.1039
OS grid referenceTQ319720
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Great North Wood is at 3 Knights Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0HS.

It is right next to West Norwood train station or a 15 minute walk from Tulse Hill train station. Numerous bus routes also pass close to the pub. See www.tfl.gov.uk for further details. Trains to West Norwood from Victoria take 22 minutes, and fast trains from London Bridge take 23 minutes.

Race Details

Entry fees for 2018-19 are still being confirmed but it won’t be more than £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors or £5 for others.

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, although many don’t take one and it should be light enough for everyone for this event.

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: Vinh Hoang, 

Results from Barnes Common Park Race 2018

Thanks to Scott Collier for planning and organising the final Park Race of the 2018 summer on Barnes Common. Series results will be available on the main Park Race website soon.

Results from Barnes Common

South London Orienteers’s orienteering events continue in September with the start of the Street-O series in West Norwood on 11 September, and the huge London City Race weekend on 14-16 September.

Street-O Series 2018-19

Hello and welcome

You are all very welcome to the new season of evening Street Orienteering Races. These are friendly, easy events open to everyone and based at a pub around London. You have one hour to find as many clues as you can – race, run or walk as you wish!

Event Schedule

The events take place in the evening, on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May. The full schedule for 2018-19 is set out below.

11 September 2018West NorwoodVinh HoangDetailsResults
9 October 2018London BridgeElaine Battson (LOK)Details
13 November 2018TeddingtonDave WrightDetails
11 December 2018West HampsteadTodd Fallesen and Tessa Bertran
8 January 2019EalingKeith Davies
12 February 2019TBCTBC (LOK)
12 March 2019BrentfordDmitry Adamskiy
9 April 2019WandsworthRebecca Slack
14 May 2019TBCTBC

Full details on each event are posted on the SLOW website and facebook a few weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, or have any questions, email the series coordinator Matthias Mahr at to be put in touch.

How it works

Each event is scored separately and you have an hour to get as many points as you can. If you’re over an hour, you lose points so don’t be late. You don’t need any specialist equipment although a pen, watch and possibly torch can be helpful.

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best 5 scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

General Details about our Street-O Races

See here

Results from the Wimbledon Common GLOSS Event

Thanks to Duncan Grassie for planning and organising the 2018 GLOSS Series orienteering event on Wimbledon Common.

The GLOSS concludes next Sunday at Beddington Park.


London Orienteering has produced the series results ahead of the final race.

Organiser’s comments

Thanks to everyone for participating in Sunday’s GLOSS race at Wimbledon Common in the sun. I hope everyone enjoyed the courses on offer. It was nice to see everyone coming back happy despite the long waits at registration – apologies for those while I grappled with the software. Thanks for your patience and to those who stepped in to help.

There are a lot of other groups to thank:

  • Wimbledon Rangers Office – for allowing us to use this wonderful area and the reminder about nesting birds which I was glad to see was noted by many participants.
  • The Telegraph Inn, Putney – for letting us use space outside for registration – a great base in the centre of the area which is hard to find elsewhere.
  • Matthias, Dmitry, Sue, Nikolay and Ed for helping out on the course with starts and controls.
  • Heather, Gordon, Mike, Gavin and Richard for jumping in to help at registration.
  • Catherine and Paul of LOK for organising the series and Angus and Gordon for helping with the website stuff.

I’m sure there are others who I’ve missed out but look forward to seeing you all soon at the next GLOSS event this Sunday at Beddington Park.

Duncan Grassie

Mogador MTB Score Event, Sunday 9th September 2018

The third event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2018 Series takes place in Mogador on Sunday 9th September.

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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.

New for 2018:

We will have SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire at all our events this season for an additional £2 (normal dibbers available free of charge as usual).

Event Centre

This 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/longitude51.2642, -0.2244
OS grid referenceTQ240532
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 1 km from the A217 and 1.5 km 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.

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

The 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 SportIdent 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: Jane Robinson/ Nicki Adams

Image: Jane Robinson

Results from Ravenscourt Park Race

Thanks to Eleanor Johnstone for planning and organising the Ravenscourt Park Race, and to the many helpers on the evening: Gordon, Jim, Steve, Adam, Alex, Sue, Don, Angus and Duncan.

The London Park Series continues next Tuesday at Victoria Park, and the three following Tuesdays until 24 July.


Photo of Ravenscourt Park © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.

Barnes Common Park Race, Tuesday 24 July

The tenth and final race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 24 July 2018 on Barnes Common, southwest London. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be at The Spencer at 237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney SW15 1HJ. Orienteers are asked to be respectful of other patrons of the pub, and must not get changed in the bar area.

The pub is just over ten minutes’ walk from Barnes station on the line from Waterloo via Clapham Junction, and there are lots of buses servicing the area – Transport for London is a great source of alternative routes.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, 237 Lower Richmond Road, Putney
Latitude/longitude51.4683, -0.2279
OS grid referenceTQ232759
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should be able to take contactless card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £4
Accompanied juniors (see below) £2
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.


Course name Course distance
Long 3.9km
Short 2.6km

Please note: both long and short courses have timed-out crossings over fast and busy roads. We have been unable to guarantee full marshalling of these crossings, and so, in accordance with British Orienteering rules, competitors under the age of 16 will not be allowed to run at this event unless accompanied by an adult. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Scott Collier via .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

London's largest orienteering club. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. CASC accredited.