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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,

Battersea Street-O, Tuesday 12 November

Welcome one and all to our third Street Orienteering Race! After two slightly-further-out races we return to central London, and more precisely lovely Battersea! Do join us for an evening’s racing & chat. Our meeting point this time is the Duke of Cambridge pub at 228 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3AA.  It’s not too far from Clapham Junction and a number of bus routes stop very close by. There’s also a Santander Cycle rack a couple of minutes’ walk away. We have a nice private area in the pub so do stay for a post-race chat & some food and drink afterwards!
LocationBattersea
AddressDuke of Cambridge, 228 Battersea Bridge Road
Latitude/longitude51.4729, -0.1659
OS grid referenceTQ275765
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. The area is generally well-lit but you should wear hi-visibility clothing and you might want to bring a headlamp to make map-reading easier.
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 organiser Ed Catmur on

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.

Hankley Common

Sorry, under the terms of our licence for land use, this is a NO DOGS event.

Entries open at SI Entries

For this year’s OK Nuts Trophy we’re returning to Hankley Common, South-West Surrey. It’s a contoured, fast, runnable forest (mixed woodland) with open heathland that has been used for the OK Nuts several times previously, although it has not been used recently. The most recent map on our Routegadget site is from 2011.

The map has been extensively revised for this event by Dave Peel, and incorporates Lidar data.

The races are the 2019 South-East Long Distance Championships.

The event is also hosting the Royal Logistics Corps Championships.

There’s the full range of South-East league courses – twelve of them from very long (over 12km) and technical through to short and only modestly technical – we hope there’s a suitable challenge for everyone from newcomer to expert and all the family.

And as you may know the land is the historic site of James Bond’s family home, Skyfall Lodge. See, for example, https://www.flickr.com/photos/vauxhalluk/6987773697/in/dateposted/

Hankley has been much used for filming: this year it has been used for the forthcoming films “1917”(Sam Mendes) and “Black Widow” (Cate Shortland).

Another historic feature on the land is a section of “Atlantic Wall”, constructed over 75 years ago for training for Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France in 1944.

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Part of an Orienteering Weekend

This event is part of the STIR UP WEEKEND. If you like you can run three events in good technical terrain over one weekend of orienteering:

  • Saturday Daytime – 23rd November; Regional Event & South Central Orienteering League #5, Pamber Forest, Basingstoke Andover District Orienteers
  • Saturday Night – 23rd November; South-East Night Champs, Squerryes Estate, Dartford Orienteers
  • Sunday Daytime – 24th November; NationalEvent & South-East League, Hankley Common, South London Orienteers

Each race is entered separately: for the other races please see the websites of BADO and DFOK respectively.

Race Centre

Assembly is adjacent to the car park. Unfortunately public transport is absent from the vicinity: nearest stations are Farnham (5 miles), Milford (7 miles) and Godalming (8 miles.)

British & Continental Catering (Tom’s) and Ultrasport will be present in assembly.

Race Details

SI punching – controls will be enabled for SI Air punching.

LocationHankley Common
Address
Latitude/longitude51.158, -0.721
OS grid referenceSU895406
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200
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Courses

You are welcome to enter your any course.

Description of what the colours mean on the Berkshire Orienteers’ website.

The chart below matches age classes to courses for the south-east league and long distance championships (please see South-East Orienteering Association competition reference).

Fees

Entries are open at SiEntries. Runners with their own SI card £15. Discounts for British Orienteering members, students and juniors and a bit extra if you need to hire a timing card. Please enter by the end of Sunday 17th November when entries will close.

Risks, Use of Your Information

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 published on the SLOW website, and then on the British Orienteering website, after the race.

Organiser: Steph Moss (please contact via )
Planner: Simon Moss  

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 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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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