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September Street-O live on Maprun

Welcome one and all to the 2020-21 Street Orienteering Series, offering a 60-minute ‘score’ race around a different area of London once a month.

Given the current situation, we have decided to hold the first (September) race as a Virtual Event – meaning you can do it anytime between now and the end of September, when we’ll generate the final results. As before we’ll be using the MapRun app to help with this.

The start and finish for the race is outside The Somers Town Coffee House, which  is a few minutes’ walk from Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. The race takes you around some really fun parts of London including the new Kings Cross development, Camden, Regent’s Park and Bloomsbury.

LocationKings Cross
AddressThe Somers Town Coffee House, 60 Chalton Street, London NW1 1HS
Latitude/longitude51.5299, -0.1301
OS grid referenceTQ298829
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

As this is a virtual event, entry is free! Here’s how it works:

1. Download and print this map to use for navigation.

2. If you haven’t already, install MapRunF on your phone and find the event under UK > South London > StreetO > KingsCross. If you have a Garmin watch, you don’t need to take your phone on the run if you install MapRunG.

3. When ready, press ‘Go To Start’ and the App will automatically detect when you’re at the start and start your time. Get as many points as you can within 60 minutes and return to base, where the App will automatically Finish and upload your score. Done!

A few other important points: 1. The area has a number of busy roads, not least the Euston Road cutting E-W near the bottom of the map. Please cross all roads carefully! 2. There is no official facility to drop your kit during your run (including at the pub, which won’t know about the orienteering). Please come dressed ready to go, or you can find bag storage companies nearby online. 3. We recommend you run during daylight hours for better visibility and to ensure Regent’s Park is open. 4. Unlike some of our other virtual events, you do not need a PIN code

Scoring:  As usual, points will be awarded according to the first number of each control (so controls 10, 11 etc. are worth 10 points; 20, 21 etc. are worth 20 points and so on.) There is a stiff 30 point per minute penalty for lateness so it pays to be back on time! There are no ‘clues’ to write down, you only need to be in the right place for the App to register the control. However, we have put together this answer sheet, which you can carry along to double-check you’re in the right place, if you like.

GPS accuracy: We have tested all the controls for GPS-worthiness and implemented a generous 25-metre ‘tolerance’, so they should register fine (although you may have to wait a few seconds for your GPS track to catch up.) If, despite being in the right place, a control refuses to register, please get in touch afterwards and I’ll see what I can do:

Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome, although all competitors take part at their own risk, and any under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have any questions, do ask them on our Facebook event page or email me on

With many thanks to course setters Tessa Bertran & Todd Fallesen and MapRun guru Peter Foulkes.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator

Radnage MBO SCORE EVENT SUNDAY 27th sept 2020

The next event of the SLOW MBO Score 2020 Series will be held at Radnage in the Chilterns on Sunday 27th September. We have confirmation that the event can still go ahead following the revised restrictions from 14th September.

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

Event Centre

LocationChilterns
AddressRadnage Village Hall, Radnage Common Road, High Wycombe, HP14 4DF
Latitude/longitude51.66, -0.8586
OS grid referenceSU790963
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.

Getting there

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 21st Sep then £12
BMBO / SLOW Members£7 until 21st Sep then £11
Under 21 (on 31st Dec)£4 until 21st Sep 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. For entry using the form, payment may be made on the day by contactless card payment. No cash will be accepted. The closing date for entries is midnight Thursday 24th Sept.

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: Liam & Rachel Drew

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

Please cycle or use the train to get to the event if you can.

  • By car, the hall is 15 mins from the M25.
  • Please observe any parking restrictions in the pre-event information.
  • 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

Glover’s Wood

SLOW will hold an event at Glover’s Wood, ten miles south of Dorking and just west of Gatwick Airport, on Sunday September 13th. It’s a replacement for the annual London City Race that we planned to hold this weekend.

UPDATE MONDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

Standard entries have closed, but late entries are possible.

After the update of the COVID-19 Secure guidelines last week we changed the entry system for more starters per quarter hour. Not all these extra slots have been taken, and we are pleased to say that we intend pre-entry via SIEntries to remain open until 12:30 on Sunday 13 September (the race day.) Subject of course to slot/map availability.

Currently there are entries available on all courses.

UPDATE SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
Control descriptions are now available for download.

UPDATE: SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER
To make more start times available, starts have been extended to 13:59.

UPDATE: THURSDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER
Final details are now available for download

UPDATE: MONDAY 31st AUGUST
As you may have noticed on some courses all possible start times have been taken. The National Guidelines that limit the numbers of starters may be relaxed later this week, in time for us to make some more start slots for Glover’s Wood.

COVID Secure Protocols

The event will be held to COVID-19 Secure protocols. It’s really important that we all are seen to take the protocols seriously, before during and after racing so please read and abide by
the COVID-19 Code of Conduct.

Some key considerations for participants:

  • Acting as an ambassador for the sport of orienteering at all times and considering how their actions may appear in the eyes of landowners or members of the public.
  • Observing social distancing at all times, including keeping their distance from other participants, volunteers and members of the public.
  • Using hand sanitizer on arrival and departure.

Additionally please note that an event such as this that preserves social distancing is not suitable for complete beginners in the sport.

Invitation

Terrain

Glover’s Wood is a delightful compact area, and one of the few forest maps in the South-East that provides a low undergrowth enjoyable challenge in September. Runnability is generally good with little bracken or brambles.

A long steeply sided valley containing Welland Gill winds through the area. The valley has small offshoots, and there are thus many contour features. Most of the area is natural woodland, and in the valleys trees are generally widely spaced.

Part of the map

The map is at 1:7500 with 5m contours. It was surveyed Summer 2020 by Charlie Turner, using LIDAR data.

The event will use SI timing.

Courses

Yellow,
Orange,
Light Green,
Short Green,
Green,
Short Blue,
Blue,
Brown.

Brown and Blue courses will have more than 30 controls. Runners on these courses need a timer card with sufficient capacity.

Entries

Enter via SiEntries.

We have a strict limit on numbers as in line with the protocols we can only have 10 starters every 15 minutes at each of the two starts. In the three hours between 10.00am and 1.00pm this is 120 runners per start. Please enter early.

There is no Entry on the Day.

Standard entry closes Midnight Sunday 6th September, subject to numbers. If the event is not full by then late entries will be possible in the final week, where we have spare maps.

FeesSeniorsJuniors
Standard£9£4
Late, if available£11£5
SportIdent Timer hire (SIAC)
(fee for loss £63)
£2

Personal Data

The personal data you give will be used by SLOW and their agents only for the purpose of processing and publishing the event entries and results, for conducting safety checks and to validate insurance cover.

The club’s data privacy policy is available on our website.

Refunds

SLOW offers a full refund to anyone who needs to withdraw their entry because they or a member of their household has COVID-19 symptoms, or because they have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

If SLOW cancels the event it will offer a refund of the entry fee, less the admin charge we pay to SIentries.

Race Centre, Car Parking

There is no race centre.

LocationGlovers Wood
AddressRH6 0EL
Latitude/longitude51.155, -0.254
OS grid referenceTQ222410
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Car parking is in a large level field which is also used by SIAC hire and Download. The parking charge is included in the entry fee.

Starts and Finish are close to the car park.

Dogs are permitted in the car park, on a lead and under control please.

Race Details

These are “preliminary details”, the “event bulletin” and the “event invitation” in the parlance of the sport.

“Final Details” (which competitors need to read before travelling) will be published on the SLOW website in the week before the event.

Orienteering is an Adventure Sport

A comprehensive risk assessment for the event has been prepared and identified risks mitigated.

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Parents are responsible for their children: advice is available on request about what courses may be suitable.

Results

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

Officials

Organiser: Charlie Turner
Planner: Richard Catmur
Controller: Paul Todd, London OK.

City Race

Statement from the Club.

The 2020 London City Race is cancelled.

Given the current situation in England with Covid-19, and the impact of ongoing restrictions when applied to an urban environment, we have reluctantly concluded we are sorry we must cancel the London City Race weekend for this year. 

We are making provisional arrangements for a ‘forest’ event to be held on Holmwood Common, near Dorking on Sunday 13th September as a substitute, should regulations allow. Some of the courses are planned!

Please watch for updates on this website as the date approaches.

2021

Preparations are already underway for a relaunch of the London City Weekend in 2021.

Provisional details:

Friday 3rd September – a prologue race, as yet undecided.

Saturday 4th September

Classic distance urban event in Westminster and the City of London, with Start and Finish close to the Aldwych.

This will make the most of the complex alleys and courts of the Temple.

 Sunday 5th September

A middle distance race in the new development at King’s Cross. This is also fairly described as “complex”. Organised by our friends at London Orienteering Klubb.

ALL EVENTS CANCELLED

With recent developments relating to the mitigation of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and guidance from the UK Government and British Orienteering we are suspending all our orienteering activities.

The events planned for Tuesday March 24th (Richmond Park) and Tuesday 14th April (Kings Cross) are cancelled.

Other events remain in the calendar for now but will only take place if the guidance changes.

As you will probably know in the last two days next weekend’s British Long and Relay Championships, the JK festival scheduled for Easter and the summer multi-day event Croeso have all been cancelled.

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,