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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).

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

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 HuzanDetails
28 January 2020Barnes CommonDon McKerrow
25 February 2020Wimbledon CommonDave Wright
24 March 2020Richmond ParkDuncan Grassie

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

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.

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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Richmond Park Night-O

The final race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series is on Tuesday 26th 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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Facebook Event Link

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 Steve Clelland (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 Albert Pub on Kingston Hill, KT2 7PX. This is a five minute walk from Norbiton Station, and also numerous buses pass – it is the Queens Road Kingston Hospital stop.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Albert, KT2 7PX
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
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 for £1 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 Time1920

These courses are offered:

  • Long: 6km – mass start at 7.20pm
  • Short: 3km – mass start at 7.25pm

The start is 700m / 5 min slow jog from The Albert. Competitors should aim to arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start times.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after.

Organiser/Planner: Steve Clelland