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EFFINGHAM MBO SCORE EVENT SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST 2020

The SLOW MBO Score 2020 Series will resume with our event at Effingham on Sunday 23rd August.

News, updates and discussion may be posted on the SLOW Facebook event and London & SouthEast Adventure Racers Facebook group.

Event Centre

LocationEffingham
AddressKing George V Hall & Playing Fields, Browns Lane, Effingham, Leatherhead KT24 5ND
Latitude/longitude51.2698, -0.396
OS grid referenceTQ120535
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

The HQ will be outside with access only to the hall toilets. There is plenty of open space around the event centre.  Please respect social distancing guidelines at all times. There is a permanent catering van on site, which will be open after the event (Loolabells Outdoor Kitchen).

Getting there

  • By car, the hall is 15 mins from the M25.
  • Parking is available on site and on Browns Lane.
  • By train, Effingham Junction is <2 miles away.

Event Details

Maps will be A3 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls.  2 and 3 hour options are available.  Both events will be standard format (i.e. not Small Area Format).

General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2020 page.

This is a public event – all are welcome.

Adult Day Rider£8 until 17th Aug then £12
BMBO / SLOW Members£7 until 17th Aug then £11
Under 21 (on 31st Dec)£4 until 17th Aug then £6

Only contactless SIAC dibbers may be used & will be provided if you don’t have your own. Lost SIAC dibbers will be charged at £63.

All participants are asked to pre-enter.  If possible please use the BMBO entry system but there is an option to send an entry form via email. Payment may be made in advance or by contactless card payment on the day. No cash will be accepted. The closing date for entries is shown in the BMBO event details. The number of entries will be limited to 60.

START TIMES Riders will be pre-allocated a 20 minute window between 9:00 & 11:00

The event will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. The 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 the 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.

Social distancing guidelines should be followed between people from different households wherever possible. This means a distance of 2m between people from different households or 1m plus mitigation (such as face coverings or avoiding face-to-face contact) where 2m is not possible.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, who is living in a household with someone who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, or who has been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace should remain at home.

Two participants who are looking after children may start early and both ride 2 hour events one after the other.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Planner/Organiser: Jane Robinson

Permanent MBO SCORE Courses

Available Mountain Bike Courses

We have four MapRun courses currently.

  1. Mogador: The start is just north of the village of Mogador, at the south end of Banstead Heath and covers the area west of here across to Headley.
  2. Hurtmore: This course covers the area from Hurtmore to Tilford taking in Crooksbury Common and Puttenham Common.
  3. Knowl Hill: The course is centred around Knowl Hill and covers the area from Warren Row and Bowsey Hill to the north down to Waltham St Lawrence to the south.
  4. Holmbury St Mary: The event from 2017 based at Holmbury St. Mary and covering the heart of the Surrey Hills around Winterfold, Hurtwood and Pitch Hill.

The aim is to practice route choice and navigation, finding the shortest route for however many checkpoints you visit but ignoring timing and penalties.

RISK ASSESSMENT / INSURANCE
Please manage these courses as you would any other ride for individual exercise / training. Make your own assessment of risks, and consider how to mitigate including arranging any personal insurance.

COVID-19
These courses should only be ridden while adhering to government guidelines.

You will need two files: the map and the control descriptions.
To get the map and control descriptions please email

Instructions

Download MapRunF v4.8.8 or higher and sign up. Press “Select Event” and navigate to the folder UK/South London/MTBO then select your chosen course which will download to the phone. You will need a 4 digit code to open the course. You will find the code in the control description file.

Once you’re ready, select “Go to start” and start riding. When you get to the first control the App will beep and the recording will start. You can start at the Start/Finish point or at any control – which will then be considered as the Start/Finish (with no score).

To finish you must go back to where you started to end the recording. The Start/Finish will become a normal control which you visit as you go round the course and it will be assigned a points value automatically.

You are likely to need to slow down or stop at a control point and make sure that the App beeps. The GPS signal may vary slightly or be affected by tree cover so in some cases you may need to move around the location where the control is located.

Tips for running the App

It’s recommended that you select and download events on a reliable network such as a home wi-fi rather than relying on a mobile signal.

When you first set up the app and it requests permission to use the phones location services make sure the permission is “All of the time”. This is likely to be the setting in the majority of cases without any need to do anything. A couple of people have found it set to “When using the App” which results in the phone taking a long time to detect checkpoints and showing straight lines on the GPS track.

If the app doesn’t register CPs and the bar at the bottom of the map showing GPS remains red, you may not have given the app full location permissions. This can be fixed in Settings – Apps (Android) or Setting – Privacy – Location Services (Apple).

See Permanent Orienteering Course page for further information.

MBO SCORE 2020 RESULTS

2020 Series Results

Here are the Series Standings after the first event from the 2020 Series. The sheet shows scores normalised out of 500 for each event.

Results, Splits and Race Reports for all events can be found on the BMBO website.

Congratulations to the current leaders in each class:

  • Men’s Vets (50+) – Ifor Powell
  • Women’s Vets (50+) – Louise Oliver
  • Men’s Seniors (18-49) – Stephen Dadswell
  • Women’s Seniors (18-49) – Rachel Drew
  • Juniors (Under 18) – Harvey Humphrey

Thursley

Our first event was based at The Three Horseshoes pub in Thursley and covered the fantastic area around Thursley Common, Hankley Common and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Navigation proved tricky as there were trails all over the place. The forecast rain went elsewhere and although there were some muddy sections most of the trails had a good surface well suited to all year riding .

Series Prizes

Series prizes are presented to the top 3 finishers in the each following category: Men’s Vets (50+), Women’s Vets (50+) , Men’s Seniors (18-49) , Women’s Seniors (18-49), Juniors (Under 18).

To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events. Course planners are credited for the events they plan with the average of their best 2 event results.

Previous Series Results

Overall series results : 2019, 2019 by class, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Individual events for all years: Results

MBO SCORE SERIES 2020

2020 will be our sixth MBO Score series and we have planners lined 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.

We have 4 Permanent MBO Score Courses available using the phone based App MapRunF which you can go and try at any time.

Event Schedule and Information

DateVenuePlanners
23rd FebThursley Dave Uglow
10th May – CancelledSouth DownsAdam Eyre-Walker / Richard Smith
23rd AugEffinghamJane Robinson
27th SepChilternsRachel Drew / Liam Drew
25th OctSurrey HillsJulian Hemsted
General info about SLOW MBO Score events. 2020 Series ResultsKeep up to date with results & info about future events with our Newsletter.

If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Dave Uglow at:

Online Entry

Riders are encouraged to enter in advance on the BMBO website. You 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 Member. 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 labelled 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 the public SLOW Facebook page and London & SouthEast Adventure Racers Facebook group.

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  or L&SEAR  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.

Anyone entering online will be emailed a preview map of the course area a couple of days before the event.

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 £1.
Lost dibbers will be charged at £29 for standard ones and £63 for contactless SIAC dibbers.

REGISTRATION 9:30 – 10:15
START TIMES 9:30 – 10:15 (3 hour), 9:45 – 11:00 (2 hour)

Courses available:

  • 3 hour Small Area Format (SAF) – 12 red and 12 blue controls
  • 2 hour standard format – 24 controls

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 A4 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

Chilworth MBO SCORE EVENT SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2019

The fifth and final event in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series takes place from Chilworth on Sunday 13th October.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

LocationSurrey Hills
AddressPercy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth, Guildford, GU4 8NP
Latitude/longitude51.2155, -0.5259
OS grid referenceTQ030473
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • Please park in the road near 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

Online entry is available on the BMBO website. General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2019 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.

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.

Registration9:30 – 10:00 (3 hour), 9:45-11:00 (2 hour)
START TIMES 9:30 – 10:00 (3 hour), 9:45-11:00 (2 hour)

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: Julian Hemsted

Watlington MBO SCORE EVENT 10TH and 11TH Aug 2019

Our third and fourth events in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series take place from the White Mark Farm Campsite near Watlington in the beautiful Chilterns on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

The events on both days will start and finish at the campsite.

LocationWatlington
AddressWhite Mark Farm Campsite, 82 Hill Road, Watlingon, OX49 5AF
Latitude/longitude51.6398, -0.9939
OS grid referenceSU697939
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • From Junction 6 of M40 Motorway, take the B4009 to Watlington.  After 3 miles turn left into Hill Road (the Kingfisher fish & chip shop is in front of you – turn left before it), carry straight on, past the car park on right, Carriers Arms PH on left. After half mile the campsite is on the right.

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

Online entry is available on the BMBO website. General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2019 page.

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 (2 required for pairs).
Lost dibbers will be charged at £29 for standard ones and £63 for contactless SIAC dibbers.

Please enter in advance online on the BMBO website to reduce administration and help us to know how many waterproof maps to print. Anyone entering online will be emailed a blank course map. The closing date for online entries is shown in the BMBO event details.

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
RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1100
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Event duration each day is 1 or 2 hours normal format or 3 hours SAF (Small Area Format).

Maps will be A4 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: John Owens

Mogador MBO SCORE EVENT SUNDAY 12th MAY 2019

The second event in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series takes place from Mogador on Sunday 12th May.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

The event will be based at The Sportsman, Mogador Road, Tadworth, KT20 7ES, (near M25 Jn 8).

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available from 12pm –  please leave any muddy shoes at the door.  The pub gets very busy on Sundays so please book in advance if you wish to eat in the restaurant.  Bar snacks are also available and there is a large garden. The present building was originally built as a hunting lodge for Henry VIII in 1532.  The pub is located next to Banstead / Walton Heath, and is ideal for walking (for those who don’t wish to cycle).

LocationMogador
AddressThe Sportsman, Mogador Road, Tadworth, KT20 7ES
Latitude/longitude51.2641, -0.2246
OS grid referenceTQ240532
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 1km from the A217 and 1.5kms from the M25 Jn8.
  • No parking will be permitted in the pub car park.
  • Please park on Mogador Road (around the corner from the pub). 
  • Alternatively, if approaching from the M25, please consider parking at Margery Woods NT Car Park (first turning on the left off the A217).
  • By train, Tadworth and Kingswood Stations are both an easy 15 min warm up ride away.  The A217 is a busy dual carriageway, with no cycle path.  The bridleways across Banstead Heath provide a safer and more direct route.

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

Online entry is available on the BMBO website. General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2019 page.

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.

Please enter before end of Tuesday prior to the event to help us know how many waterproof maps to print. Anyone entered by then will be emailed a blank course map. The closing date for online entries is shown in the BMBO event details.

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 male/female/pair and veteran male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1115
Start TimesBetween 0930 and 1130

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: Jane Robinson