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London City Race 2019

12th London City Races

20 -21- 22 September 2019

1 City = 3 Races = 1 Great Weekend of Orienteering

Join the 12th annual London City Race for a weekend of high quality orienteering across London .

  1. Kings Cross – Friday Evening – 20th September – This newly redeveloped area in the centre of London provides an excellent start to the weekend.
  2. Limehouse & The Isle Of Dogs – Saturday 21st September – Take on the big challenge with a full distance urban event on an extended map that lets us make the most of dramatic scenery and complex residential areas – all whilst avoiding the dull bits!
  3. Greenwich Park plus Sunday Morning – 22nd September – Finish the weekend with a park race in this World Heritage Site spanning two hemispheres

Special Announcement

Our apologies for the late opening of entries for these events. However, there is a land permission issue that we need to resolve before we can provide entrants with appropriate details of the events and format. We expect entries to open later in July.

Think Hard – Run Fast – Feel Good

These and other events are organised by your London orienteering clubs: London Orienteering Klubb, South London Orienteers and Dartford Orienteering Klubb.

Results/report from the 2018 London City Race.

Streatham Common and Norwood Grove

The eighth race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place at Streatham Common and Norwood Grove on Tuesday 16th July 2019.

The areas are gently sloping with a mix of short and longer grass parkland, small areas of woodland with small paths and formal gardens. It was last used for a park race in 2016. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not required – running in shorts, T-shirt and trainers is fine.

Norwood Grove History.

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Race Centre

The race centre is The Bull at Streatham, 498 Streatham High Road, Streatham, London, SW16 3QB. The nearest stations are Streatham Common (with services from London Bridge, London Victoria and East Croydon) and Streatham (services from Wimbledon, Sutton, central and north London) both of which are 10 minutes walk from The Bull. We will be set up in the “Sheds” in the patio garden area on the south side of the pub. There is a full menu served at the pub until 22:00 – details can be found at: https://www.thebullstreatham.co.uk/food-drink/

LocationStreatham Common and Norwood Grove
AddressThe Bull, 498 Streatham High Road
Latitude/longitude51.4194, -0.1282
OS grid referenceTQ302706
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors plus a £1 hire charge for hiring a SIAC and £3 for members of SLOW, LOK, DFOK and MV and for students and juniors with no hire charge for a SIAC. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

Long and short courses are offered. They are both suitable for juniors but they must be escorted across the road and back between the pub and the start/finish.

·         Long: this will be approximately 5km with 50m climb. It is primarily grass based with some paths and tracks. There is some bramble in the forested areas but the courses are planned to avoid them as much as possible.

·         Short: this will be approximately 3km with 40m climb. It is primarily grass based with some paths and tracks. There is some bramble in the forested areas but the courses are planned to avoid them as much as possible.

Time

Registration: 17:45 – 19:25

Start (150m away across a road): 18:00 – 19:30
Finish (near the start): closes at 20:15, so we can collect the controls by 21:00 when the park is locked.

Other Details

All competitors take part 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.

Results will be available on the SLOW website soon after the race.

Organiser/Planner: Gordon Parker  

GLOSS 2019: Barnes Common, Sunday 30 June

South London Orienteers welcome you to our 2019 GLOSS Series Race (#2 of 5 in the series) on Sunday 30th June 2019.

The Greater London Orienteering Summer Series (GLOSS) is a series of 5 events, specifically tailored towards bringing less experienced runners into the sport, favoured by the handicap scoring system. An overview is available here:

The events are perfect for beginners and families and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of an orienteering club.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.


Event Centre

The event centre is The Spencer pub on Lower Richmond Road at SW15 1HJ. The pub itself will not be open for early starters, but will be available later on at noon for anyone wishing to get food and drink. Prior to opening we will provide a safe place outside the venue to store bags and for registration.

LOCATIONBarnes Common
ADDRESSThe Spencer, Lower Richmond Rd., SW15 1HJ
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE51.468265,-0.230268
OS GRID REFERENCETQ231758
MAPSGoogle MapsOpenStreetMap
Location of the Spencer, a short distance from Barnes station (SW trains) on the other side of Barnes Common

Entry

REGISTRATIONBetween 1000 and 1200
START TIMESBetween 1030 and 1230

Entry on the day only.

SENIORS£5
SLOW JUNIORSFree
OTHER JUNIORS£2

Electronic timing will be used, and SI cards (regular for £1 and wireless for £2.50) can be hired for the event on the day.

Courses

COURSE NAMESTRAIGHT LINE
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky)4km + optional 2.5km extension
Yellow (fairly easy)2km

Results

Results will be posted on this website after the event.

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.

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

Park Race Series

Might running, navigation, a park and a pub near public transport appeal?

Co-ordinated by South London Orienteers (SLOW), with races put on by Dartford OK, London OK, and Mole Valley as well as SLOW.

Make the most of the light summer evenings by running the London Park Race Series 2019.

Nine Tuesday evenings, starting on 21st May. Nine different maps including two areas never before used for orienteering, nine original courses (long and short options.)

See London Park Series dedicated website, and also find the series on Facebook.

Last year’s results (400 runners took part.)

Imperial College Park Race

The second race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place at Imperial College on Tuesday 4th June 2019.

The map from a previous race here can be viewed on Routegadget.

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Race Centre (Updated Saturday 1st June)

The race centre is Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 121 , Imperial College Road, just south of the Queen’s Tower. Please enter via main doors (you will need help after 19:00) then follow signs.

LocationImperial College
Address
Latitude/longitude51.4978, -0.1768
OS grid referenceTQ267792
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors, £2 for juniors. There is a £1 discount for British orienteering members using their own SI card. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

Long and short courses are offered. Unfortunately at this location it is not possible to plan either course without road crossings – sorry – so any runners under-16 must find an adult who can keep up with them to keep them company on the course.

  • Long: approx 5km
  • Short: approx 2.5km

Time

Registration: 17:45 – 19:30

Starts (500m away): 18:00 – 19:45

Courses close: 20:30

Other Details

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website soon after the race .

Organiser/Planner: Michael Crone,

There are some well-known buildings on the map

Southwark Park Race

The third race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place in Southwark Park on Tuesday 11th June 2019.

Southwark Park is a surprisingly large area; ideal but never previously used for orienteering. The long course uses some small urban areas on the park periphery to enhance the area even further. Underfoot will be mostly mown grass with some paved paths; all suitable for shorts and trainers.

Southwark Park in Wikipedia.

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Race Centre

The race centre is The Gregorian, 96 Jamaica Road, SE16 4SQ. This is 200m from Bermondsey Tube Station (turn west from the station and you find it just by St James’ Church.)

LocationSouthwark Park
AddressThe Gregorian, 96 Jamaica Road.
Latitude/longitude51.4975, -0.0662
OS grid referenceTQ343794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5 for seniors, £2 for juniors. There is a £1 discount for British orienteering members using their own SI card. The race will use SIAC contactless punching.

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1945

Long and short courses are offered.

  • Long: the optimal route is 5.8km. It is about two-thirds grass, one third paved. It involves some, very minor, road crossings but is therefore not suitable for under 16’s.
  • Short: the optimal route is 2.7km. It is entirely within the park, about 80% grass, 20% paved, and suitable for all.

Time

Registration: 17:45 – 19:30

Starts (500m away): 18:00 – 19:45

Courses close: 20:30

Other Details

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website soon after the race.

Organiser/Planner: Don McKerrow,

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