Race Report for London City Race 2018

Day Organiser (Saturday)

First a massive thank you to the many SLOW members who helped, some on both days, starting early and finishing late, and thanks to those who did a lot of work behind the scenes organising vital bits of equipment or merchandise. It is a big list but a special thanks to Alan Leakey for calm overall coordination including getting the venue for the two days which made a great difference to my work, Gordon Parker, Fiona Tam and Pete Huzan for sorting the computers, Nigel Saker for entries and Entry-on-the_Day, Don McKerrow on main start and the Mahr/Weeds family on junior start, Angus Lund for race numbers and T shirts. Ed Catmur planned some great courses and Simon Errington dealt patiently with any orienteering issues. Thanks to Paul Street who helped me in so many ways including sorting, folding and bagging 200 T shirts. Heroic!

The day was gorgeous and there seem to be relatively few issues. Apologies to those who missed the prize-giving which was held earlier than scheduled. The wording for this will be rewritten for next year. Please claim lost property or uncollected Race Shirts. We hope to see you again next year.

Sarah Brown – SLOW

London City Race 2018 Results

Results from the London City Race 2018, including the Rotherhithe Urban Middle on Friday evening, the 11th London City Race in the City and South Bank on Saturday, and LOK’s race in Bloomsbury on Sunday, are now available. Apologies for the late delivery of the Friday results, which were due to logistical issues with venue access caused by searching for an overdue participant in the race.

Friday Evening: Urban Middle, Rotherhithe

Saturday: The 11th London City Race

Results updated Tuesday. Several competitors have been disqualified after being seen crossing out of bounds roads or ‘uncrossable’ barriers. If they wish to challenge this they should contact the Organiser –

Sunday: Bloomsbury (organised by LOK)

Result queries? Please contact London City Race coordinator Alan Leakey – for Friday or Saturday queries, or see the LOK page for Sunday.

Uncollected pre-ordered T-shirts:

Lost Property

Found a camera or lost (list below):

White T shirt (Madeira Ocean Trails)
1 x cream mesh glove
Dunlop sweatshirt (blue/red/white blocks)
Black Karrimor waterproof jacket ‘M’
light blue hand-towel
mid blue hand towel (quick dry fabric)
blue T shirt – San Diego
control holder
Karrimor Black shorts with pink inner waistband
1 x Water bottle red (NB), purple see-through,
1 x Water bottle purple see-through
1 x Water bottle grey
Black City of London 2017 T shirt
+ Thumb Compass

City Race 2018, photo by Steve Rush

Race Report for the Rotherhithe Urban Middle

Remarks from the organising officials for the Friday race of the London City Race 2018 weekend.


It was a great pleasure to have been involved in the London City Race this year, and an even greater relief to see all competitors safely return (eventually). In a non-sadistic way, watching the competitors’ exhausted final meters brought me pure delight, thank you all for running and I hope you enjoyed the courses. There were a couple of hiccups for which I’d like to apologise, one being the closed gate that we did not pick up on the day. For the few of you who mispunched controls 186 or 210, these controls were quite close together, however I wanted to clarify that this was not done to intentionally trick competitors (check your control descriptions!).
A big thanks to all the members of SLOW(and others) who helped on the day, from registration, to download, controlling the start, hanging and collecting controls, collecting competitors; your efforts were well and truly recognised. A special thanks to Mike Bennett and Steve Clelland for patiently reviewing endless variations of courses and prompting me with all logistics that needed considering. As a result of all your efforts the event ran smoothly and I, for one, will be leaving with some fond memories!

Yasha Chechik – SLOW


It’s always fun running around Central London, and Yasha’s courses found us interesting and challenging places to go. From the quality of the courses it was far from obvious that it was his first time planning. Thanks also to Steve for keeping everything under control and sorting out the printing.

Running both Friday and Saturday from the same venue worked well, all the indoor facilities stayed put overnight and even for the finish funnel only one cruciform stand had to be brought inside the school gates.

Apologies for the closed gate on a feasible route between 213 and 193 – as it had been open every time Yasha and I had visited it wasn’t on my list of gates to check on the day. It cost some people on course 1 and maybe course 4 a few seconds.

A special thank you to those members of SLOW and RSOC/BAOC who stayed an hour after course closure time and were just setting off in search parties when the missing competitor arrived.

Mike Bennett


Friday’s race very much hung onto the coat-tails of the main City race, notably being able to use the same venue for assembly for both days. While there is a long list of people to thank, I’m especially indebted to Alan Leakey and Sarah Brown. Alan had the vision for the Bermondsey map extension and secured the school as a venue (amongst many other things), while Sarah’s efforts for Saturday covered many activities required for Friday.
Speaking of the map extension, as this was only finalised relatively close to the race, it’s impressive that Yasha, guided by Mike, was able to utilise the area as well as he did. In case anyone was wondering, the race was billed as “Rotherhithe” since there was a chance the event would only have taken place on the existing Rotherhithe map.
Running an event on a Friday evening poses the challenge of being able to get everything setup on time, which was made rather more stressful by the uncertainty over when we would be able to access the school. Thankfully the school children had all left just in time to allow us to get in and ready for the 6pm starts. Thanks to the early starters for bearing with us during this time and to the SLOW helpers for impressively pulling things together in such short order.

Steve Clelland – SLOW

West Norwood Street-O Results

Here are the Results from the first Street Orienteering race of the season held last night around West Norwood.

Many thanks to Vinh-Phuong Hoang for planning one of the most fiendish courses of the last few years, keeping runners on their toes the entire time! In the end, James Fraser won by a whisker with the first 5 men separated by only 16 points, while Rebecca Dal Bon was top woman.

Vinh says: “I wanted to bring people to an area which we haven’t orienteered at much before. Hopefully people liked it. I planned the course to force people to run up as many hills as possible and hopefully people were compensated with good views as a result, particularly over Central London. Many thanks to everyone who helped out and the pub for having us. We had a few new faces today- perhaps we’ll see you at the next races too.”

Vinh will bring uncollected maps to the next race, organised by our friends at London Orienteering Klubb around London Bridge on Tuesday 9 October (details to follow). There is also lost property of one male black belt, which you can claim by emailing me as below.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator

Results from MTB-O Mogador, September 2018

Here are the results from the second event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 9 September around Mogador in Surrey.

Results and Splits

James Leach won the event, in a very close race with Ian Cartwright. Despite both scoring 415 points after time penalties, James’s time was quicker which edged Ian into second place.

Rachael Drew was the first-placed woman with 315 points.

Thanks to the organiser Jane Robinson.

The final event in the 2018 series is scheduled for Sunday 18 November.

London City Races

The London City Orienteering Races are on Friday evening 14th September, Saturday 15th September, and Sunday morning 16th September.

We have a dedicated City Race page.

Results for Friday and Saturday

Results for the Friday and Saturday races can be found here.

Late Update: On Day 3, Enquiries and Entry-on-the-Day will open at 9:00.

“Urban Orienteering For All
Think Hard
Run Fast
Feel Good”

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.

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