Hankley Common

Sorry, under the terms of our licence for land use, this is a NO DOGS event.

For this year’s OK Nuts Trophy we’re returning to Hankley Common, South-West Surrey. It’s a contoured, fast, runnable forest (mixed woodland) with open heathland that has been used for the OK Nuts several times previously, although it has not been used recently. The most recent map on our Routegadget site is from 2011.

The map has been extensively revised for this event by Dave Peel, and incorporates Lidar data.

The races are the 2019 South-East Long Distance Championships.

The event is also hosting the Royal Logistics Corps Championships.

There’s the full range of South-East league courses – twelve of them from very long (over 12km) and technical through to short and only modestly technical – so there’s a suitable challenge for everyone from newcomer to expert and all the family.

And as you may know the land is the historic site of James Bond’s family home, Skyfall Lodge. See, for example, https://www.flickr.com/photos/vauxhalluk/6987773697/in/dateposted/

Hankley has been much used for filming: this year it has been used for the forthcoming films “1917”(Sam Mendes) and “Black Widow” (Cate Shortland).

Part of an Orienteering Weekend

This event is part of the STIR UP WEEKEND. If you like you can run three events in good technical terrain over one weekend of orienteering:

  • Saturday Daytime – 23rd November; Regional Event & South Central Orienteering League #5, Pamber Forest, Basingstoke Andover District Orienteers
  • Saturday Night – 23rd November; South-East Night Champs, Squerryes Estate, Dartford Orienteers
  • Sunday Daytime – 24th November; NationalEvent & South-East League, Hankley Common, South London Orienteers

Each race is entered separately: for the other races please see the websites of BADO and DFOK respectively.

Race Centre

Assembly is adjacent to the car park. Unfortunately public transport is absent from the vicinity: nearest stations are Farnham (5 miles), Milford (7 miles) and Godalming (8 miles.)

Continental Catering and CompassPoint will be present in assembly.

Race Details

SI punching – controls will be enabled for SI Air punching.

LocationHankley Common
Address
Latitude/longitude51.158, -0.721
OS grid referenceSU895406
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Courses

The following courses are offered:

From Black to White, via Green, Short Green, Very Short Green and Light Green.

You may enter any course. This is the mapping of age classes to courses for the south-east league and long distance championships.

Fees

Entries are not yet being accepted – we will update this post when they are and announce on Twitter.

We anticipate that pre-entries, for members of British Orienteering using their own SI timing card, will be £13/£6.

Risks, Use of Your Information

All competitors take part 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.

Results will be published on the SLOW website, and then on the British Orienteering website, after the race.

Organiser: Steph Moss (please contact via )
Planner: Simon Moss  

Richmond Park Night-o

The first race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2019-2020 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 29th October 2019. The race centre is the The Albert, Kingston Hill.

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The Night-O series are public races – 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 (email details at bottom of this post) know you are coming  so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race Centre

The race will be based at The Albert, 57 Kingston Hill, 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
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 5 minute walk from Norbiton Station (SW Mainline), with buses 57, 85 & 213 stopping directly in front of the pub.

Race Details

The entry fee is £5, or £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors. The race will use SIAC contactless punching. SIAC cards are available to hire if you do not have your 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 1800 and 1920
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

Richmond Park is one of the best orienteering areas inside the M25. It is the largest of the royal parks and a national nature reserve.

These courses are offered:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

Organiser/Planner: Sue Carter,

Results from the 12th London City Race

Results from the 12th London City Race which took place in the City of London on Saturday 21 September 2019, have now been published.

Update 1 (Sunday evening): The results were first published on Saturday evening and have been updated/finalised on Sunday evening. Note that Routegadget lists the preliminary results.

Update 2 (Tuesday lunchtime): The Men’s Ultravets course and results are now correctly shown on Routegadget.

Amendments to results
Unfortunately a number of courses were affected by the unexpected blocking of a road for part of the morning.  The legs which were impacted by this have been removed from the results:
Course 1  Leg 24-25, Course 2  Leg 17-18, Course 3  Leg 25-26, Course 4  Leg 13-14, Course 5  Leg 23-24, Course 7  Legs 2-3 and 3-4, Course 11 Legs 7-8 and 8-9. We hope that this didn’t affect your run too badly. We are also aware that the Women’s Elite map had part of the control descriptions obscuring a possible route choice – our apologies for this. Alan Rosen (Controller)

For result queries please contact the organiser, Alan Leakey, at .

Partner Events

Results from the Friday campus sprint that kicked off the London City Race Weekend at Middlesex University, are published by organisers London Orienteering Klubb here. Results from the Greenwich Park and Urban Race which closed the weekend are on the DFOK website.

12th London City Race – Officials’ Comments

Planner – Andy Johnson

My plan for this event was to provide a mix of running through some iconic/historic locations coupled with a degree of technical challenge en route and especially to test interpretive skills and route choice towards the end of the courses in the Barbican. To start, I hope I offered an early but simple introduction to the Barbican, before unleashing you in the City and then returning you to the Barbican for some complex multi-level orienteering.

Despite regularly visiting the area, almost daily in the final stages, and updating the map several times prior to the Start, the road closure which affected travel to and from #255 was significantly disruptive and did not appear to have commenced until after final course checks had been completed. Voiding the leg was the obvious outcome to be fair to all.

Orienteering is about precision and there were a few instances where my course design and control descriptions led to a 50/50 chance that your decision was correct, and which I hope to discuss below.

Some of you will have visited an alternative location for #234, which had been correctly placed out but moved by me to a nearby stair foot. This had been my original planned location but which was adjusted following description discussions with the Controller. On learning that my re-siting was incorrect, I returned and returned it to its proper location.

Some comment was received about whether #205 was a guess as to whether it sat in the lower corridor or above. The location of the circle centre placed it outside the lower corridor and because the map showed that the W-E and N-S corridors were runnable, I think that the control could only be considered to be above.

#243 however turned out to be coin toss as well as a mapping issue, given the level of detail shown in the circle. I started my plans in earnest with the junior courses which were placed in simple and obvious locations to minimise route choice decisions and, for tired runners returning to the Barbican, I used some of these to challenge whether they were above or below. As there was no logic which could point to the control being above, some runners will have gone to the lower location which was a valid location.

A final lack of precision led to the control description on the W Elite course covering a potentially valid route choice albeit via an unknown open or closed gate into the Temple. Having covered the gateway, runners selecting that route were taking a chance that the gate would be open and unfortunately some found this not to be the case.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day, especially those who relieved my burden putting out and bringing back controls and to Alan Rosen, Controller, for his counsel, challenge and persistence in encouraging me to improve my plans.

I hope some of you had the opportunity to look up and enjoy your surroundings and the late Summer sunshine.

Organisers – Alan Leakey and Steve Clelland

The Big Plus

Well, we got there in the end. Many of you will be aware of the challenges that we had hosting this year’s event, but hopefully they were forgotten on the day as our replacement venue shone in the sun. We were fortunate once again in the weather with near perfect conditions and only slightly hindered by the unknown booking of the grass quadrangle for another event. But on the day gave us access to the large lecture theatre to provide more space – and extra toilets.

We hope you enjoyed the courses

And the Minuses

The Planner, Andy Johnson, has referred to the road closure that affected some courses on the day. It is an illustration that that there are always some things out of the event teams’ control. In this case it was an emergency replacement to a damaged large glass skylight set in the pavement; which meant that the road was closed after the first start and then reopened before the last start! And as the road is part of St Bart’s hospital grounds the road closure was not listed on the City of London website and we obviously not aware of it in advance. Ironically the attempt at replacement failed and the workmen will have to come back on another day! What disappointed me more than the closure itself was the attitude of a significant number of competitors after they finished, berating the Download team about a problem that we were already aware of and responding to. A much wiser orienteer than me once told me of his 10-Minute Rule… wait 10 minutes after you finish to calm down – and only then raise your concern in a reasonable manner. An approach that far too many orienteers would do well to adopt.

And, as is far too common, we had reports of a few people crossing out of bounds or sliding through ‘closed’ gates behind a member of the pubic. Whilst we don’t have enough evidence to be certain enough to disqualify particular individuals it can be pretty obvious to everyone on occasion from the amazing splits in results. Recognise that all you do is fool yourself – and lose the respect of your fellow competitors.

And unfortunately, I spent today responding to complaints about our usage of the Barbican. In particular, the number of inconsiderate competitors that rang the bell of the apartment block by the start, apparently expecting to use the toilets of private apartments.  We accept we did not have adequate toilet provision early on at assembly and the public toilets were not clearly signed, however late starters are never penalised. We will do better on this in future years.

Controller – Alan Rosen

The planning for the 2019 London City Race went from first draft course to start line in 21 days so apologies if that showed in some respects but I hope everyone enjoyed running through both the historic and modern parts of the City.  Understanding the Barbican is always a challenge and congratulations to the juniors in particular for coping so well with the unusual terrain.
Well done to Andy for setting some challenging courses and all the logistics on the day, ably assisted by SLOW members.  Thank you both to Don McKerrow for being able to update the map at very short notice and to Rae and Nigel at BML for their help with map printing.
Unfortunately a number of courses were affected by the unexpected blocking of a road for part of the morning.  The legs which were impacted by this have been removed from the results:
Course 1  Leg 24-25. Course 2  Leg 17-18. Course 3  Leg 25-26. Course 4  Leg 13-14. Course 5  Leg 23-24. Course 7  Legs 2-3 and 3-4. Course 11 Legs 7-8 and 8-9

We hope that this didn’t affect your runs too badly.  
We are also aware that the Women’s Elite map had part of the control descriptions obscuring a possible route choice – our apologies for this.

Next Year

Plans are already underway for next year, so make a note in your diaries:

Friday Evening, 11th September, Olympic Park Stratford

Saturday 12th September, Rotherhithe

Sunday 13th September, Kings Cross & St Pancras

12th London City Races

20th 21st 22nd September 2019

FRIDAY RESULTS now published

SATURDAY RESULTS now published

VERSION 3 of FINAL DETAILS – published Monday (16th) evening.

Contains extra information on the News items below, plus a detailed explanation of the mapping of stairs in the Barbican for Saturdays event.

Startlist on SiEntries

FRIDAY

Details about Friday’s EOD and number of maps and start blocks can be found here: http://londonorienteering.co.uk/events/middlesex-university-friday-20-september-2019/

SATURDAY, City of London – TRAVEL

There are extensive closures on the Underground on this date and the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines will not be running through nearby stations. There is more information in the latest version of the Final Details but in particular note that Barbican Station will be closed all day.

Refer to the TfL website for travel updates

Unfortunately, it has not proved possible to arrange for the on site café to be open for the event. Bring your own refreshments or make use of the large number of nearby venues

SUNDAY, Greenwich Park

Due to timing constraints imposed by the Royal Parks the maximum number of competitors on each course is restricted to 136. As a result, for EOD we have:

  • Course 1 – 19 maps available
  • Course 2 – full
  • All other courses; between 5 and 12 maps available per course

EOD will be welcomed on a first come, first serve basis at the Event Centre on Sunday, so come early!

A previous map of Greenwich Park can be found here: http://www.dfok.co.uk/index.php?limitstart=8&oo=312

Greenwich Park is also out of bounds to competitors for parking. There is limited parking in the residential streets north and south of Greenwich High Road accessed from Norman Road (SE10 9QZ) and Egerton Drive (SE10 8UH) respectively but check carefully where you park as many places are for residents only. The Sainsbury’s Local on Greenwich High Road has parking at £2.50 per hour and there is a car park behind Greenwich Picture House and metered street parking nearby, both at £1 for each 20 mins. Wardens monitor the parking restrictions closely including on Sundays.

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Hampton Wick Street-O & 2019-20 Schedule

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! A specially produced street map will be provided, as well as a timing chip, so all you need to bring is some running gear, a watch and a pen. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

2019-20 Series Schedule

The events take place in the evening, on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April. The full schedule for 2019-20 is set out below, with a few gaps still to be filled in.
DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
10 September 2019Hampton WickFran & Dave KendenDetailsResults
8 October 2019Turnpike LaneAlex Owen (LOK)Details
12 November 2019BatterseaEd Catmur
10 December 2019BrentfordRalph Dadswell
14 January 2020TBDJames Fraser
11 February 2020TBDDavid Rosen (LOK)
10 March 2020TBDTBD
14 April 2020TBDTBD

10 September Season Opener

Our season opener this year will be held on Tuesday 10 September in Hampton Wick, just across the Thames from Kingston. The venue for the event is The Lion Pub at 27 Wick Road, Teddington TW11 9DN. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from Hampton Wick train station (direct trains from Waterloo every 15 minutes) or buses 285, 281, 33, R68, 481 stop nearby. The Lion does food, drinks and bar snacks so do stay for a post-race chat afterwards!
LocationHampton Wick
AddressThe Lion, 27 Wick Road
Latitude/longitude51.4181, -0.3181
OS grid referenceTQ170701
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. Depending on when you start, you might want to bring a headlamp (for poor visibility areas) and some hi-visibility clothing.
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 series coordinator Matthias Mahr on or the September organisers Fran Kenden & Dave Wright on

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