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Night Series Results 2019-2020

Final results of the night series are published below. Due to the curtailment of the series, overall results are based on the best 2 scores. Congratulations to our series winners:

  • Short – Sarah Darley (female and overall champion) and Phil Conway.
  • Long – Aimee Darley. There was a 3 way tie for the men between Adam Conway, Ed Catmur & Matthew Vokes.

We will sort you out with well deserved prizes at some point.

The series couldn’t happen without the hard work and dedication of our Organiser/Planners, huge thanks to Sue, Pete, Don, Dave and Duncan.

It’s never too early to start thinking of the next series, it would be great to have some fresh faces – do get in touch () if you’re interested in getting involved.

CANCELLED – Richmond Park Night O, Tuesday 24th March

The final race of South London Orienteers’ 2019-2020 Night-O Series is on Tuesday 24th March in Richmond Park. The open and runnable parkland is perfect for fast and furious head-to-head racing.

Two non-standard map symbols are used: brown cross – dead (standing) tree, green cross – root-stock

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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 Duncan Grassie (email details at bottom of this post) know you are coming  so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race Centre

The race centre is The Lass O’ Richmond Hill, Queen’s Road, TW10 6JJ. Richmond is the nearest station. From there you can take bus 371 to ‘American University’, almost directly in front of the pub. Alternatively it’s a 20 minute walk.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressLass O\
Latitude/longitude51.4516, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

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 1900
Start Time1925

These courses are offered:

  • Long: 6km – mass start at 7:25pm
  • Short: 3km – mass start at 7:30pm

The start is a 10 min jog from The Lass O’ Richmond Hill. Competitors should aim to arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start times.

Courses close 8:45pm – you must return to the pub at this time, even if you have not finished your course.

Series prize giving will take place on the night, as soon as we have worked out the results.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after.

Organiser/Planner: Duncan Grassie

Wimbledon Common Night O

The fourth race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2019-2020 Night-O Series takes place on Putney Heath & Wimbledon Common and , south-west London, on Tuesday 25th February 2020. The race centre is The King’s Head, Roehampton.

Our apologies to under-16s: at this race both courses cross minor roads (so our insurance precludes under-16s running alone) which means you will need to find an adult to keep up and run with you if you want to take part.

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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 Dave Wright (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 King’s Head, Roehampton on the corner of Roehampton Lane and Roehampton High Street, SW15 4HL. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressKings Head, Roehampton
Latitude/longitude51.4502, -0.2408
OS grid referenceTQ223738
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

Nearest train stations are Barnes and Putney. Bus routes 85, 430, 493, 639 & 670 pass near the pub, stop ‘Medfield St’.

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 1815 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: Dave Wright,

Barnes Common Night-O

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2019-2020 Night-O Series takes place on Barnes Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 28th January 2020. The race centre is The Spencer, conveniently located right 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 Don McKerrow (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 Spencer on Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1HJ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, SW15 1HJ
Latitude/longitude51.4682, -0.2281
OS grid referenceTQ232758
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 13 minute walk from Barnes station, and under 20 minutes walk from Putney and Putney Bridge stations. Bus routes 22, 265 & 378 pass the pub, stop ‘Commondale’.

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 1745 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Courses close 20:30

These courses are offered:

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

The Long course will have two, timed out, road crossings so is not suitable for under-16’s. The Short course has no road crossings so is suitable for all.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser/Planner: Don McKerrow,

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,

The 39th Box Hill Fell Race

Saturday 18th January 2020 at 11.00am

Final details for race day

12 kilometres with 520m of ascent under F.R.A. rules.
Records:
53.49 (Chris Smith 2019)
62.26 (Nichola Jackson 2017)

**Entries open 00:01 Friday 1st November on SI Entries**

Last year the race sold out around 7am and is expected to sell-out in a similar time this year.

**New this year – electronic timing with splits & allocated parking**

Race Details

The race will be over the same course as 2015-2019, with the start/finish area just across the stepping stones over the River Mole, about a kilometre from the pub – possibly our shortest warm-up run ever.

RegistrationBetween 0920 and 1045
Start Time1100

Event Centre

LocationStepping Stones PH
AddressWest Humble RH5 6BS
Latitude/longitude51.2529, -0.3246
OS grid referenceTQ170517
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

The race returns to the Stepping Stones pub in West Humble Street, West Humble RH5 6BS. Grid Reference TQ170517. Collection of race numbers will be there from 9.45 and the prize giving will be around 13:30.

RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE PUB CAR PARK AS IT IS VERY SMALL. Dedicated parking will be provided.

Boxhill & Westhumble station is only 300 metres away and the 465 bus goes along the A24.

Entries

Race numbers will not be posted in advance. Numbers can only be collected from registration on the day. Please note that under FRA rules people under 18 are not allowed to run.
Entries will cost £10.00 per runner and can only be made online at SI Entries. Entries will open on 1st November (and not a minute earlier!). The price has risen this year to reflect the extra costs of providing electronic timing and parking.

Postal entries will not be accepted.

Competitors will need to specify an emergency contact and phone number, and will be required to agree to the following statement when entering:

I accept the hazards inherent in fell running and acknowledge that I am entering and running this race at my own risk. I confirm that I am aware of the rules imposed on me by the Race Organiser and that I will comply with them. I confirm that I have read and will comply with, the FRA “Requirements for Runners”. I acknowledge and agree that I am responsible for determining whether I have the skills equipment and fitness to participate in this event. I accept that neither the Race Organiser nor the Fell Runners Association shall be liable to me for any injury, loss or damage of any nature to me or my property arising out of my participation in this race (other than in respect of death or personal injury as a result of their negligence).

The race organiser is Harold Wyber; please contact him via .

Special Details

There will be prizes for the leading runners in the usual categories (note that lady veterans have to be over 40) including a team competition with 4 to count.

The National Trust are the landowners for the vast majority of the course and they make two conditions to avoid erosion of the wonderful chalk downland the race uses:

  1. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 250 RUNNERS. We will accept more entries than this expecting some no-shows (330 in all). Note that when entries opened last year they sold out in 9 hours.
  2. RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKES. They cause considerable erosion on steep downhill grass. Your co-operation is requested as significant damage could jeopardise future races.

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,

SLOW Night-O Series 2019-2020

The nights are drawing in and that means one thing – yes, the start of the SLOW Winter night orienteering series!

The series comprises 5 races from late October to late March:

  • Overall series results will be calculated, but you are welcome to run at just one or two if you like.
  • All are based at a pub.
  • All are accessible by public transport.
  • All are on Tuesdays.
  • All have start times from 18:15 to 19:30 with courses closing at 20:30, except for the March season finale (mass start).
  • All have a long course of 5 – 6 km and a short one of 2.5 – 3.0 km.
  • All use SIAC contactless punching; cards can be hired if you do have your own.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the last Tuesday of the month. The schedule for 2019-20 is this.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
29 October 2019Richmond ParkSue CarterDetailsResults
26 November 2019Wimbledon CommonPeter HuzanDetailsResults
28 January 2020Barnes CommonDon McKerrowDetailsResults
25 February 2020Wimbledon CommonDave WrightDetailsResults
24 March 2020Richmond ParkDuncan GrassieDetails

Full details on each event are posted here on the SLOW website a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, please email the series coordinator Steven Clelland at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

Series Results

Overall results – 2019-2020

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

Results of the 2018-2019 Night Series.