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Richmond Park Night-O

Race 3 of the 2012-2013 Night-O Series takes place in Richmond Park, south-west London, on Tuesday 29 January 2013. The pub is the Lass O’ Richmond Hill on Queen’s Road near the Richmond gate.

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LocationRichmond Park
AddressLass O
Latitude/longitude51.4514, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1915
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930


  • Long – 5.3km (Technical difficulty: hard)
  • Short – 3.3km (Technical difficulty: moderate)


  • SI electronic punching (SI cards available to hire).
  • Headlamps available for hire – email organizer to reserve.


Entry on the day only.

Current SLOW members All others
£2 £3


Registration and afterwards at The Lass O’ Richmond Hill, 8 Queen’s Road, TW10 6JJ. Bus route 371 between Kingston and Richmond stations runs past the pub roughly every 10 minutes .

Further Enquiries

Please email the organizer James Lyne – .

Competitors take part in this race 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.

The SLOW Spring Series 2013

SLOW’s 2013 Spring Series kicks off in style on 20 January at the South East Championships, hosted by DFOK at Westerham. The second event is TVOC’s Chiltern Challenge at Christmas Common on 10 February, followed by the Ace of Herts at Burnham Beeches and Egypt Wood two weeks later, with the final two events at two week intervals after that.

Every SLOW member has a chance to win this competition, as the Spring Series will be run on a handicap basis within the same age classes used for the Autumn Series. Handicaps will be based broadly on national ranking points, but we will accommodate those without a ranking. Prizes will be awarded on one of the JK days.

The club’s social officer has carefully selected pubs to meet at after each event, listed below. These provide a great opportunity to meet up with other club members, discuss runs and analyse route choices over lunch and a drink. All the events have have been added to the Hot Picks calendar.

Four of the five events are part of the South East League club competition and the SE Galoppen individual league, so SLOW competitors will also earn points for the club and themselves in those competitions.

Entries should be made through Fabian4. The SEOA first round of the CompassSport Cup is scheduled to take place between the second and third events in the series.

Date Event Post-race pub Closing date for entries
20 January DFOK Westerham The Grasshopper Inn, Westerham 12 January
10 February TVOC Christmas Common The Chequers, Watlington 3 February
24 February HH Burnham Beeches The Blackwood Arms, Littleworth 21 February
10 March MV Balcombe The Cowdray Arms, Balcombe 3 March
24 March GO Verdley The Red Lion, Fernhurst 16 March

SLOW Autumn Series 2012 final results

Congratulations to the winners of SLOW’s first Autumn Series. Three of the categories were decided at the final race, with all three winners taking the top spot at that event. The winners, who all receive series mugs with map excerpts from the event areas are:

  • Men’s Open – Jev Petrovs
  • Women’s Open – Abi Weeds
  • Men’s Vets – Pete Huzan
  • Women’s Vets – Dorte Torpe Hanse
  • Men’s Super-Plus Vets – Andy Robinson
  • Women’s Super-Plus Vets – Teresa Turner
  • Open Junior – Jamie Lund

Full series results are available by clicking on the image below.

SLOW will be running a Spring Handicap Series over five events early in 2013. Handicaps and scoring approach will be announced nearer the time.

Southern Night Championships 2012 Results

Results from the 2012 Southern Night Championships are now available.

Southern Night Champions 2012

Congratulations to all the Southern Night Champions of 2012, ran on Esher Common on the evening of 1 December 2012.

Category Winner Club
M16 Nicholas Jarvis SO
M18 Jack Benham SARUM
M20 Angus Liu SLOW
M21 Mark Bown BOK
M35 Geoff Ellis RAFO
M40 Laurence Townley SN
M45 Roger Thetford TVOC
M50 Neil Crickmore SO
M55 Gavin Clegg WSX
M60 Axel Blomquist BAOX
M65 Jim Prowting TVOC
M70 Les Hooper SO
M75 Mike Crockett QO
W16 Beth Hanson HH
W18 Katherine Bett SN
W20 Laura Parkes HH
W21 Clare Howes SO
W35 Ali Hooper SO
W40 Julia Jarvis SO
W45 Sue Bett SN
W50 Sarah Howes SAX
W55 Jackie Hallett BOK
W60 Frances Goldingay HH
W65 Charlotte Thornton SARUM

Planner’s comments

My aim as planner was to try to get the competitor to think and not just hit the nearest path and stay in the terrain where you would be more navigationally stretched. I hope I succeeded to some extent despite the extensive path network. I also tried to keep you out of the sadly increasingly green areas particularly on Oxshott Heath so if your legs aren’t too scratched then again I have succeeded! Courses were possibly a little short for the two longer courses but I reasoned that you were probably running the following day and you would rather have a pleasant navigational challenge than lapping areas twice or visiting the less hospitable places on the map for distance

Simon Moss

Controller’s comments

Esher Common in the north of the area is ideal for night orienteering but Oxshott which everyone had to visit suffers from brambles which can limit how much you can do off paths. I think Simon planned excellent courses and made the most of the area. All of the comments I received were very positive. The conditions were perfect and I had a birds eye view from the hill above control 168 as the headlights streamed out from the start and then went in all directions after control 250. Judging by the winning times the blue and green courses could have been slightly longer. Thanks to SLOW for hosting the championships and well done to all the champions.

Vince Joyce

Deputy organiser’s comments

It’s always pleasant when the organiser’s comments consist solely of thanks. And I’m not even the organiser; Zeb took on the role, and being new asked for plenty of help, but she did really well despite going on holiday on the morning of the race. Thanks to Simon for the excellent courses despite acceding to my instruction that the start and finish had to be just “there”. And to Vince for his calm controlling. Also to Oxshott Village Sports Club for being so accommodating despite their main building being booked for a Christmas party. The various helpers for making it all work – some of them came even though they had no intention of running – double thanks to them. And finally to the competitors for coming in such good numbers and creating an excellent atmosphere.

Andy Robinson

SLOW Autumn Series standings after three events

Three of SLOW’s Autumn Series champions have been decided after three of four events. Congratulations to:

  • Jev Petrovs, who wins the Men’s Open with three straight victories;
  • Dorte Torpe Hansen, in Women’s Vets with the same result; and
  • Teresa Turner, in Women’s Super-Plus who cannot be caught with two wins and a third place.

Competition remains incredibly tight in the three other categories, and it is quite possible that the Men’s Super-Plus Vets is awarded on a tie-breaker – the rules will be announced ahead of the last event, SLOW’s OK Nuts Trophy.

The Women’s Open is the least contested, with Lucca Blumenstein and Charlotte Turner head-to-head. If both compete next weekend, Charlotte beating Lucca will guarantee her victory, but in their only head-to-head in the series has Lucca beaten Charlotte.

In the Men’s Vets, a previous two-horse race has opened up. A recovery next weekend after a disappointing result at Hindhead for Vince Roper could secure the title for him, but Pete Huzan’s consistency in second looks threatening and a win from latecomer Paul Whiston could still award him first place.

The Men’s Super-Plus sees the tightest competition with Don McKerrow, Andy Robinson and Charlie Turner tied for first place. Charlie and Andy are both ineligible for the OK Nuts through their involvement in the event. In the Park Race and Street-O series they would have been awarded the same score as their highest series event. However the rules for tie-breaks in this series are yet to be announced.

Finally, an honourable mention for Jamie Lund who became the first junior to score in the series, finishing seventh on the Orange course at Hindhead.

SLOW Autumn Series standings after two events

The SLOW Autumn Series continues this weekend with the Southern Navigators’ Trophy at Hindhead Common. As an area described as “abundant with contours away from flat tops”, it is sure to provide a strong physical challenge, with mixed run-ability and a typical South-East path network. The map dates from February 2012, but was recently updated to reflect detailed features. 33 SLOW members have pre-entered, and there will probably be more on the day. The post-race pub is the Dog and Pheasant (GU8 5UJ).

With two events run and three of four events counting, the results so far (detailed below) show that competition is tight.

In the Men’s Super-Plus Vets (M50+) Don McKerrow and Charlie Turner jointly head the table, closely followed by Andy Robinson two points down. Pete Huzan and Vince Roper are also separated by two points, but Angus Lund could disrupt the score if he can count at the next two events. Jev Petrovs scored maximum points in the Men’s Open competition, so Paul Couldridge has some work to do to catch him.

Charlotte Turner leads the Women’s Open having scored highly twice, but recent import to SLOW Lucca Blumenstein won at Cowdray Forest and is set to run this weekend. Dorte Torpe Hansen and Teresa Turner lead the Women’s Vets and Super-Plus Vets respectively, but could see their position under threat if others run this weekend.

The series final takes place next weekend at the OK Nuts Trophy.