Autumn Series 1 – Epsom

(Image above from the Mole Valley Routegadget Website)

On Sunday, one of the best-known racecourses in the world permitted orienteering on their turf. Thanks to controller Charlie Turner, and the Mole Valley team.

Philip Gristwood’s new map showed a great deal of hard work to map detail in the woodland. The planner Tony Schofield, could thus test the field with fine navigation in the woods, rather than long runs across the downland, although there was a bit of that too.

Our Autumn series uses unadjusted BOF Ranking Points for a light-hearted comparison of our runs. Not surprisingly the SLOW runners with thoroughbred runs at the top of the brown course came away with most points, with 5 scores over 1200. Next best was Rebecca’s excellent score on the blue.

James Lyne 1311
Yordan Kolev 1293
Ollie O’Brien 1284
Jev Petrovs 1279
Dmitry Adamskiy 1225
Rebecca Dal Bon 1152
Andy Jones 1141
Wei Yong Yue 1134
Dorte Torpe Hansen 1120
Paul Street 1116
Olin Davies 1085
Andrea Rebora 1074
Rafaella Marin 1073
Keith Davies 1046
Sue Carter 1009
Lydia Farzin-Nia 1002
Charlotte Turner 999
Karen Jones 975
Sarah Brown 965
Julie Murphy 940
Kwun Him Himmy Lau 912
Teresa Turner 888
Gail Parker 832

Hammersmith Street-O, Tuesday 14 November

The third race of the 2017-18 season of evening street orienteering races takes us to a completely new area in West London, around Hammersmith and Chiswick! Join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat and food.

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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.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Black Lion pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Please do stay after the race for a drink, a spot of food and to compare routes with your friends

LocationHammersmith
AddressThe Black Lion, 2 South Black Lion Lane
Latitude/longitude51.4902, -0.2418
OS grid referenceTQ222783
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Black Lion is at 2 South Black Lion Lane, London W6 9TJ. The nearest tubes are Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Brook on the District Line, or it’s a short jog (or bus ride) from Hammersmith station.

Race Details

Entry fee is £2 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors; £4 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 last 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 2017-18 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Duncan Leeson,

MTBO Chilworth and 2017 Series Results

The third and final race in SLOW and L&SEAR’s mountain bike orienteering series took place on Sunday 22 October at Chilworth. The race attracted 44 entrants.

The winner was Julian Hemsted (M60) with a score of 510, and Wendy Hardy was the first female competitor with 330 points.

The overall 2017 series results are also available

Congratulations to Andy Constable who won the overall series and the men’s veterans title, to Sarah Brown the first female, and to Di Leakey the first female veteran.

The series should be back in 2018 – watch this space!

Richmond Park Night-O, 31 October

The first race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2017-18 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The race centre will be The Albert on Kingston Hill near the Kingston gate.

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

Race centre

The race will be based at The Albert on Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Albert, Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Albert is a 5 minute walk from Norbiton station. Come out of main exit to the north, cross the road and head down Wolverton Avenue. At the end turn right and the pub is on the left. Trains from Waterloo to Norbiton leave every 15 minutes and direct ones take 25 minutes.

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 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Richmond Park is the largest and possibly the best orienteering area inside the M25, and 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. 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.

Organiser/Planner: Sue Carter,

Autumn Series 2017

South London Orienteers’ Autumn Series for club members returns for a fourth running.

It is the five Sundays from 22nd October to 26th November and includes races organised by Mole Valley, Guildford, Chigwell, and two South-Central clubs: Southampton and Berkshire.

There will be an experienced SLOW presence at these races, and we hope nomination for the series may encourage newer or less experienced members to come along to join in.

You’ll note the first event clashes with our own MTB-O event, and we prefer you do our own event if you are at all interested in MTB-O.

The 5th November race at “Highland Water” in the New Forest will have spectacular Autumn colours. It is the 50th running of the November Classic, one of the races that goes back to the start of orienteering in the UK.  It is also this year’s Southern Championships so it will be a big high-quality affair.

Events may, and the November Classic certainly does, require pre-entry.

The series concludes with the Autumn National Event in the south-east.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
22 October 2017Epsom DownsMole ValleyDetailsResults
29 October 2017Ambersham CommonGuildfordDetailsResults
5 November 2017New ForestSouthamptonDetailsResults
12 November 2017Bucklebury CommonBerkshireDetailsResults
19 November 2017Wormley WoodsChigwellDetailsResults

Each event will have a pub for post-race lunch and optional route analysis – please keep an eye on the SLOW members group on Facebook!

The competition is for all full members of SLOW, with your best three events from five counting for a league competition. Run your choice of course and it is your national ranking points score that we will use for comparisons, the runner doing best scores 100 points, the second 99, etc.

It usually takes a few days for results to include the ranking points. We aim to update scores, with other chit-chat about the series, in the club weekly email that is sent on Thursday mornings.

Usual rule applies: if anything unforseen happens, we will do our best to do sensible things, but it’s just for fun anyway so nothing is guaranteed.

Tufnell Park Street-0, Tuesday 10 October 2017

The second race of the 2017-18 Street Orienteering season is on Tuesday 10 October in Tufnell Park, North London – join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat and food. This race is organised by our friends at London Orienteering Klubb and you can also find more information here.

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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.

Race HQ

The race will be based at Tufnell Park Tavern in North London. Please do stay after the race for a drink and a spot of food.

LocationTufnell Park
AddressTufnell Park Tavern, 162 Tufnell Park Road
Latitude/longitude51.5576, -0.1321
OS grid referenceTQ296860
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Tufnell Park Tavern is a few minutes away from Tufnell Park station on the Northern Line (High Barnet branch). Come and discover a new part of London!

Race Details

Entry fee is £2 for SLOW / LOK members, students and juniors; £4 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 last 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 2017-18 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Alex Owen (LOK), 

Chilworth MTB Score Event, Sunday 22nd October 2017

The fourth and final event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2017 Series takes place from Chilworth on Sunday 22nd October. As the series finale, amazing (cough) prizes will be awarded to the top male/female vet/open riders of the year.

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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 hope to SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire for the first time at this event, keeping you on your bike for a more seamless ride. We’re keen to get your feedback on whether to make this a regular offering.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Percy Arms, Dorking Road, Chilworth GU4 8NP

Toilets are available before and after the event. A carvery lunch is available and prebooking is strongly recommended – when booking, let them know you are with the MTB event. Please leave any muddy shoes at the door.

LocationChilworth
AddressThe Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth
Latitude/longitude51.2154, -0.5262
OS grid referenceTQ030473
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 10 minutes south of the A3 at Guildford
  • By public transport, the pub is right next to Chilworth Station which is on the line from Redhill with direct connections to central London.
  • 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 1050
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: Tom Davies/ Nicki Adams

Image: Tom Davies 

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