MBO SCORE SERIES 2020

We have 6 events scheduled for 2020, our sixth MBO Score series, with planners line up to test your navigation and time keeping skills! Held mainly on Sunday mornings throughout the year, these are 2 or 3 hour Mountain Bike Orienteering events run using the MBO Score format. Events are run by SLOW and London & South East Adventure Racers in affiliation with the BMBO.

General info about SLOW MBO Score events.

Event Schedule

DateVenuePlanners
23rd FebThursley Dave Uglow
10th MaySouth DownsAdam Eyre-Walker / Richard Smith
11-12th JulyChilterns WeekendRachel Drew / Liam Drew / John Owens
23rd AugEffinghamJane Robinson
25th OctSurrey HillsJulian Hemsted

Full details about each event will be posted on the SLOW and BMBO websites. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Dave Uglow at:

Keep up to date with results and information about future events with our Newsletter.

Online Entry

Riders are encouraged to enter in advance on the BMBO website, all riders will need a BMBO account:

  • Adult Day Rider – free
  • Adult Full Member – £8
  • Under 21s Full Member – free

Membership will lapse at the end of each calendar year and will need to be renewed as either a Day Rider or Full Membership. Under 21 accounts may take a few days to be activated.

Results from 3 hour SLOW events for BMBO full members will be included in the BMBO national league.

Your  age class for ALL 2020 events is your age on 31st Dec 2020.

If you have your own dibber, please add the number in your BMBO account.

Entry Classes

  • Solos
    E-Bike
    Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17
    M21/W21 = Open, 18 to 39
    M40/W40 = 40 to 49
    M50/W50 = 50 to 59
    M60/W60 = 60 to 69
    M70/W70 = 70+
  • Pairs
    E-Bike
    Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17
    M21/W21 = Open, combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+)
    M40/W40 = combined age 80 to 99
    M50/W50 = combined age 100 to 119
    M60/W60 = combined age 120+
    GEN = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
  • Mixed Pairs
    E-Bike
    MIX21 = combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+)
    MIX40 = combined age 80 to 99
    MIX50 = combined age 100 to 119
    MIX60 = combined age 120+
    GEN = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
  • Teams of 3+
    GEN = Generation (enter online in a suitable combination of pairs and solos)

Small Area Format (SAF)

Events will usually include a choice of 2 courses, 3 or 2 hours. Both options will use the same map and checkpoints but the 3 hour one may be run as a Small Area Format (SAF) course.

For SAF, the checkpoints will be coloured red and blue, you choose which colour to start on and collect as many of that colour as you wish until you swap to the other colour. Once you’ve swapped you can’t revert back to the original colour. Points will be evenly split between the colours. For the 2 hour course the colour has no significance and you can visit the checkpoints in any order.

This example Mogador event  map shows our final event of 2018 redrawn as a SAF event.

Series Prizes

Series prizes will be presented to the top 3 finishers in the following categories:

Male Veteran (50+), Male Senior (18-49), Female Veteran (50+), Female Senior (18-49), Youth/Junior.

Series rankings are based on your top 3 scores from this years events. To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events.

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

Hankley Results

Here are the results for the OK Nuts Trophy races on Hankley Common on Sunday November 24th 2019. These was also the 2019 South-East Long Distance Championships. We were also pleased to be hosting the Royal Logistics Corps Championships.

Planners Comments – Simon Moss

My principal aim when planning is to make the courses fun and Hankley with its wonderful fast terrain is not difficult to plan for fun.  I tried my best to keep you in the forest and out of the rough open heather and off the paths for the technical courses as much as possible. I hope you felt I succeeded.

I was helped by Dave Peel’s largely resurveyed map. It was the first time that the area used the LIDAR data so it enabled me to use some sites as the data allows the ground to be mapped more accurately and brings out some of the nuances of the area that weren’t previously shown.

It’s always difficult to thank everyone involved but from my perspective, I’d like to thank Clive Caffall my controller for his help and advice. Andy and Karen Jones, Ian Moran, Paul Couldridge and Dorte Torpe Hanson who helped put out all the controls were fantastic, as were the collectors who are too many to mention. SLOW is very lucky to have so many keen, reliable and capable members

OK Nuts Results

Congratulations to this year’s Senior OK Nuts Trophy winners:

Alistair Masson (Interlopers), and
Laura Robertson (Edinburgh Southern).

The junior OK Nuts winners were:

Troy Southall (Southdowns, M16) and
Imogen Pieters (South Yorkshire, W14)

South-East Long Distance Champs

All Results

(Courses in alphabetical order. Arranged by classes and by courses.)

Routegadget

Please add your route!

Routegadget A3 Courses (Black, Brown, Short Brown, Blue)

Routegadget A4 Courses (Short Blue, Green, Short Green, Very Short Green, Light Green, Orange, Yellow, White.)

Changes

Monday morning – Planner’s Comments added

Monday afternoon – Route upload enabled, OK Nuts winners paragraph

Monday evening – results – 1) Sheralee Bailey moved from Blue-Other to Blue-W40, 2) South-East Champs Medallists list added

Tuesday evening – minor layout changes

Friday – small change to SE Medallists after club notification

2020 Junior Home International

South London Orienteers will put on the 2020 Junior Home International on the weekend of 10th and 11th October. The racing will be on the spectacular and tough terrain of the Devil’s Punch Bowl as used for last year’s Southern Championships.

The competition is between four teams of 24 junior athletes representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Teams include four athletes in each of M/W18, M/W16 and M/W14.

The teams will stay together, adjacent to the competition terrain, at the PGL Marchants Hill Adventure Centre.

Teams arrive on the Friday, and have an individual race on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday.

This year the competition was hosted in Northern Ireland by Lagan Valley Orienteers – Ward JHI Orienteering Results and Report.

Summary of Home Internationals

The perhaps self-contradictory term “Home International” is used in the British Isles to describe sports competitions amongst national teams Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

In orienteering there are three “home internationals”: junior (M/W18-), senior (M/W 20/21) and veteran (M/W35+). Each is organised separately, usually in the Autumn. The home nations take it in turn to host.

All competitions take place over a weekend, with an individual day and a relay day and calculate results by a points scheme. All prefer the individual on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday. There’s also a social element – a meal on the Saturday night, and ideally teams stay in the same place.

The competition details are specific to each competition. In general Scotland and England give each other a good match, and, but with lower points totals, so do Wales and Ireland.


Battersea Street-O Results

Thank you all for coming to last night’s street-o in Battersea and to Ed for organising! Here are the race results and Series Results have now also been added.

Ed says: “First, a big thank you to everyone who stepped up to help out on the night – setting up, marking answer sheets but most of all helping run the start and finish – it couldn’t have happened without you! Apologies to everyone who was confused by the missing elliptical running machines at control 29 on Clapham Common – they were there when I set the course! The correct answer is of course “zero” but everyone who put some answer down has been credited. No apologies to those who were tricked into trying to run across Battersea Railway Bridge or through the Morgan’s Walk estate by Battersea Bridge – the map is fairly clear. Hope everyone had as much fun running as I did setting the course. “

Ed’s also got some lost property including a headtorch, a hand torch and phone! Please get in touch on to claim.

The next race is in Ealing / Brentford on Tuesday 10 December with details to follow shortly. Hope many of you can join us then!

Wimbledon Common Night-O

The second race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2019-2020 Night-O Series takes place on Wimbledon Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 26th November 2019. The race centre is the Hand in Hand  a low-ceilinged 19th century cottage on the edge of the Common.

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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 Peter Huzan (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 Hand in Hand on Crooked Billet, SW19 4RQ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressHand in Hand, SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4215, -0.227
OS grid referenceTQ234707
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 15 minute walk from Wimbledon Station (SW Mainline and Underground) or Raynes Park. Bus route 200 runs from Wimbledon station and Raynes Park, closest stop is “Edge Hill” on Ridgway.

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 email the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Courses close 20:30

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: Peter Huzan,

Richmond Park Night-O results

Thanks to The Albert for hosting our race in Richmond Park this evening. And thanks to Sue Carter for planning and organizing.

Planner’s Comments

Thanks to everyone who came out to run in the first Night-O of the
season. I hope you enjoyed your runs.

It can be tricky planning on an area we use quite often. I managed to
find a few control sites we’ve not used before and put in as many legs as I could with some route choice. I hope it provided a good challenge for you.

The deer had been quite frisky in the weeks leading up to the event. One stag in particular was guarding a site I wanted to put a control on. Bellowing at me, each time I went near it. I decided to give that site a miss and put that control somewhere else. Although the deer do seem to calm down as the nights close in more quickly. I hope the deer didn’t give anyone any trouble.

And big thanks to the people who helped me with the event. Gordon,
Steve, Sarah, Paul S, Paul C and Lulu. Their help made the event run smoothly.

See you at an orienteering event again soon.

Please add your route (and view others): Routegadget

Splitsbrowser link to follow

Battersea Street-O, Tuesday 12 November

Welcome one and all to our third Street Orienteering Race! After two slightly-further-out races we return to central London, and more precisely lovely Battersea! Do join us for an evening’s racing & chat. Our meeting point this time is the Duke of Cambridge pub at 228 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3AA.  It’s not too far from Clapham Junction and a number of bus routes stop very close by. There’s also a Santander Cycle rack a couple of minutes’ walk away. We have a nice private area in the pub so do stay for a post-race chat & some food and drink afterwards!
LocationBattersea
AddressDuke of Cambridge, 228 Battersea Bridge Road
Latitude/longitude51.4729, -0.1659
OS grid referenceTQ275765
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. The area is generally well-lit but 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 Ed Catmur on

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