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12th London City Races

20th 21st 22nd September 2019

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.

EOD Prices – All Days

Friday: Senior £12.00  Junior £6.00
Saturday: Senior £16.00  Junior £6.00
Sunday: Senior £13.00  Junior £6.00.

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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

Hampton Wick Street-O & 2019-20 Schedule

Hello and welcome

You are all very welcome to the new season of evening Street Orienteering Races. These are friendly, easy events open to everyone and based at a pub around London. You have one hour to find as many clues as you can – race, run or walk as you wish! A specially produced street map will be provided, as well as a timing chip, so all you need to bring is some running gear, a watch and a pen. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

2019-20 Series Schedule

The events take place in the evening, on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April. The full schedule for 2019-20 is set out below, with a few gaps still to be filled in.
DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
10 September 2019Hampton WickFran & Dave KendenDetailsResults
8 October 2019Turnpike LaneAlex Owen (LOK)
12 November 2019BatterseaEd Catmur
10 December 2019BrentfordRalph Dadswell
14 January 2020TBDJames Fraser
11 February 2020TBDDavid Rosen (LOK)
10 March 2020TBDTBD
14 April 2020TBDTBD

10 September Season Opener

Our season opener this year will be held on Tuesday 10 September in Hampton Wick, just across the Thames from Kingston. The venue for the event is The Lion Pub at 27 Wick Road, Teddington TW11 9DN. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from Hampton Wick train station (direct trains from Waterloo every 15 minutes) or buses 285, 281, 33, R68, 481 stop nearby. The Lion does food, drinks and bar snacks so do stay for a post-race chat afterwards!
LocationHampton Wick
AddressThe Lion, 27 Wick Road
Latitude/longitude51.4181, -0.3181
OS grid referenceTQ170701
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount. Depending on when you start, you might want to bring a headlamp (for poor visibility areas) and some hi-visibility clothing.
RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930
Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries. 
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All competitors take part at their own risk, and because of our insurance any under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have any questions, do ask them on Facebook or email the series coordinator Matthias Mahr on or the September organisers Fran Kenden & Dave Wright on

Boston Manor; Elthorne park event

Watch out for the pedestrians next Wednesday!

The final race of South London Orienteers’ nine event 2019 Park Race Series takes place close to Boston Manor station on the Piccadilly Line on Wednesday 14th August 2019.

This event is a special one because it will combine two parkland area with the historic River Brent to form a grand series finale, both of which were last used in 2016. There will be a long course for more experienced participants as well as a short course suitable for beginners.

Race Centre

The race centre is The Harvester in Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2AX and will be serving food suitable for all budgets. The nearest station is Boston Manor on the Piccadilly Line, 5 minutes walk away.

LOCATIONBoston Manor and Elthorne Parks
ADDRESS The Harvester, Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2AX
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE51 ° 25’09.8″N 0°07’41.6″W
OS GRID REFERENCETQ162790
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 and is primarily forest/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 and 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

RegistrationBetween 1745 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Start (500m away across a road): 18:00 – 19:30
Finish (500m away across a road): closes at 20:15, so we can collect the controls by 21:00 when the park is locked.

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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: Duncan Grassie   

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.)