City Race 2020

Here are preliminary details for the London City Race 2020 which we are delighted is one of nine races in the 2020 Euro City Tour.

The race is on Saturday 12th September 2020, in a complex residential area with scattered parks. As usual for the City Race the map is at 1:5000 and we have extended it from previous years. Longer courses will visit the newly mapped area.

The station nearest to the event centre is Canada Water, south of the river in the old Surrey Docklands.

Canada Water (Wikipedia)

LocationRotherhithe
Address
Latitude/longitude51.497, -0.049
OS grid referenceTQ355794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Heading photo: thanks to Steve Rush: it’s from his set of the 2018 race.

  • Courses
    • Men’s Elite
    • Women’s Elite
    • Men’s Open
    • Women’s Open
    • Men’s Veteran (M40+)
    • Women’s Veteran (W40+)
    • Men’s Under-21 (M20-)
    • Women’s Under-21 (W20-)
    • Men’s Super-Veteran (M55+)
    • Women’s Super-Veteran (W55+)
    • Men’s Ultra-Veteran (M65+)
    • Women’s Ultra-Veteran (W65+)
    • Men’s Hyper-Veteran (M75+)
    • Women’s Hyper-Veteran (W75+)
    • Junior (M/W16-)
    • Children (M/W12-)
    • Tourists & Newcomers

Accompanying races

Chigwell Orienteering Club are organising a race on Friday 11th evening in Stratford, including the Olympic Park.

London Orienteering Klubb are organising a middle race on Sunday 13th morning in a complex area of new development at King’s Cross.

Albion Channel, by Matt Buck (Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)
Part of the previous map, used for the 9th London City Race in 2016

Box Hill 2020 Results

Here are the results of this year’s Box Hill Fell Race.

Many thanks to Harold Wyber for leading on the organisation and the several members of SLOW who provided the volunteer help.

And thanks to the Stepping Stones Pub for hosting us.

  • 1st Mens Team (4 to count) Herne Hill Harriers
  • 1st Ladies Team (3 to count) Serpentine

  • Found/Lost propertyplease contact
  • Blue metal drink container
  • Farnham pilgrim tee shirt
  • 1 pair Karrimor socks
  • 1 teeshirt – Global Brigades SGUL 2019
  • 1 Panavision Hat
  • 1 black neck warmer
  • 1 Adidas glove
  • 1 Artengo Glove
  • 1 Nike wristband

Note on Photo: No pics from today available yet. This photo has Box Hill in the background and runners in the foreground. It was taken at the Surrey Cross-Country Championships earlier this month. Did anyone run at the championships and in today’s race?

Box Hill 2020 Final Details

Event Invitation

The race is on Saturday 18th January 2020.
(Message sent by email to all who entered.)

Many thanks for having entered this year’s Box Hill Fell Race. I am delighted that you have signed up for the 39th edition of this race and I do hope you are looking forward to it. I am also very pleased to announce that we will be using electronic chip timing for the first time; please read on for details of where to collect your timing chip.

This contains a number of important instructions and details for race day so please read these carefully. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Where do I have to be when?
All competitors will need to collect their race numbers and timing chips from the STEPPING STONES PUB (Westhumble St, Dorking RH5 6BS) between 09:20 and 10:45.
The race will start at 11:00 on Burford Meadows (the route will be clearly marked and sign-posted / taped from the Stepping Stones pub.) This is around a kilometre from the pub so please ensure you allow sufficient time to get to the start.

What if I have been the lucky recipient of an entry transfer?
Like other entrants, you will need to collect a number from the Stepping Stones pub, between 09:20 and 10:45 You will also need to sign a disclaimer form (those who entered online will have agreed to our disclaimer terms upon signing up and we will need anyone who has received a transfer to also agree to these terms); we will have copies of said forms and pens, but it would be helpful if you can identify yourself as a transferee.

How do I get there (and where do I park if I’ve driven)?

By public transport:
Take a train to Boxhill & Westhumble station, which is c. 300m walk from the Stepping Stones pub (please note that there are planned engineering works on South Western so if you’re coming from London you’ll need to take the Southern service from Victoria); or…
Take the 465 bus, which runs every 30 minutes from Kingston and stops on the A24

By car:
Please DO NOT park at the Stepping Stones pub.
Head to designated competitor parking at Ryka’s Cafe, a very short walk from both the Stepping Stones pub and the start. This will be available from 08:45. We only have a limited number of spaces available here so please aim to pack as many competitors into your vehicle. Once these spaces are full you can….
Drive to parking elsewhere. If you arrive after our parking at Ryka’s is full you should be able to park either
a) on the B2209 near Ryka’s Cafe;
b) in the Box Hill and Westhumble station car park;
c) on Westhumble Street; or
d) in Dorking

What should I wear (on my feet)?
Not spikes!!
As noted on the race details flyer, spikes are likely to cause erosion on the steep downhill grass sections of the course and your use of them could jeopardise the future of the race (there are also a few road sections in the course so you wouldn’t be that comfortable in spikes) Ideally some form of studded shoes, e.g., Walshes, Inov8s (other off-road shoe brands are available)

When and where will prize-giving be held?
Prize-giving, for individual and team categories, will be back at the Stepping Stones pub after the race (most likely between 13:00 and 14:00, closer to the latter time). We will also be displaying results on a screen at the pub

I think / know I won’t be able to run but I know someone who does; how, and up until when, can I transfer my entry?
You can transfer your entry to another runner via the online entry system, following what should be a fairly straightforward process The deadline for online entry transfers is 12:00 (noon) on Thursday 16 January. We will, however, still allow on-the-day amendments.
As mentioned above, anyone receiving a transferred entry will need to sign a disclaimer form as part of the race day registration process.

Hopefully this answers most if not all of your questions but, to reiterate, please feel free to get in touch, if you have any further queries. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!

Many thanks, Harold 


Wimbledon Street-O, Wednesday 15 January

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! The first SLOW race of 2020 will be a Street Orienteering Race in our South-West London heartland of Wimbledon! Do make a note and join us on Wednesday 15 January for an evening of checkpoint hunting and socialising. Our meeting point this time is The Old Frizzle pub, which is a 5 minute walk from Wimbledon station (well connected by tube, train and tram.) I hope to see lots and lots of you there!
LocationWimbledon
AddressThe Old Frizzle, 74-78 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4198, -0.2022
OS grid referenceTQ251705
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
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. As it will be dark, you should wear hi-visibility clothing and you might want to bring a headlamp to make map-reading easier.
RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930
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. 
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All competitors take part at their own risk, and because of our insurance any under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have any questions, do ask them on Facebook or email the organiser Marc Escolar Garcia on

Northfields Street-O Results

Well done to the 60 hardy souls who braved last night’s wet and windy weather to chase points around Northfields and Ealing. First time organiser Ralph Dadswell did a sterling job assisted by Duncan Grassie, so thank you very much to them!

We have now published the Race Results as well as the updated Series Results after Race 4. Well done to Matt Vokes and Lizzie Broughton for convincing victories.

For our next Street Orienteering Race we return to our heartland of Wimbledon, with details available soon. Please note this race will be on Wednesday 15th of January, rather than the usual Tuesday. We hope to see many of you there and in the meantime have a great Christmas.

Matthias, street-o coordinator

Knockout Sprint

  • Orienteering for TV

A relatively new format for international orienteering is the Knockout Sprint. A knockout sprint runs for a day, through four rounds, with runners qualifying or not for the next round at each of the first three. It culminates in a six runner final. Rounds apart from the first are mass start, first-to-the-finish races.

There have been two at World Cup meetings so far, one last year in the Czech Republic, and one in September this year in Switzerland.

Of course a reason for it is the potential to engage an audience, to bring top orienteers close to spectators and to promote the sport.

There was also a need for a third format (alongside individual and the mixed relay) for the Sprint World Championships, now that Forest and Sprint alternate rather than being combined. The first World Champs Knockout Sprint will be 9th July 2020 in Fredericia, Denmark. (There is an accompanying six-day orienteering festival for spectators who want to run as well as watch.) The second will be in Scotland in 2022.

The TV from 2019 World Cup Round 3 which was a couple of months ago in Laufen, Switzerland is now available free.

For the GB team a highlight was the Knockout Sprint Men’s Semi-Final 1 with Forth Valley Orienteers’ Kris Jones (*) and SLOW member Ralph Street. It is one of three “semi-finals”. There are six runners who have come through the two morning rounds, and the first two at the finish will go through to the final.

With commentary from Katherine Bett and Jonas Merz, it’s at 44 mins and it lasts ten minutes: https://orienteering.sport/event/orienteering-world-cup-round-3/knock-out-sprint/web-tv/

* A few hours after this was written Kris was the third counter for the Gold Medal GB Men’s team at the European Cross-Country in Lisbon. Kris was 22nd, 1 second ahead of the third counter for Belgium. Had Kris been 23rd GB would not have won Gold.

THURSLEY MBO SCORE EVENT SUNDAY 23rd Feb 2020

The first event in the SLOW MBO Score 2020 Series takes place from Thursley on Sunday 23rd February.

News, updates and discussion about the event are posted on Facebook.

Event Centre

LocationSurrey Hills
AddressThe Three Horseshoes, Dyehouse Road, Thursley, Godalming, GU8 6QD
Latitude/longitude51.1494, -0.7105
OS grid referenceSU903397
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

If driving to the event, please park at the recreation ground, 300m west of the pub , not in the pub car park.

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

General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2020 page. The closing date for online entries is shown in the BMBO event details. Please enter online if possible but Entry On the Day (EOD) is available.

This is a public event – all are welcome.

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.

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 senior male/female, veteran male/female and youth categories, based on the best 3 results over the course of the year.

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: Dave Uglow

Wimbledon Common Night-O Results

Well done 70 runners. Thanks to the Hand In Hand for hosting us. And thanks to club captain Peter Huzan for organizing and planning.

Organiser’s Comments

I hope you enjoyed a lovely evening.  It stayed dry when it needed to.  Lots of runners this time.  Please come along to the other events in the series.  Thank you to the helpers Gordon, Sue, Heikki, Ed, Tom C and Steve.

Results

View routes, and please add yours: Routegadget

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