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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,

City Race 2020

Here are preliminary details for the London City Race 2020 which we are delighted is one of nine races in the 2020 Euro City Tour.

The race is on Saturday 12th September 2020, in a complex residential area with scattered parks. As usual for the City Race the map is at 1:5000 and we have extended it from previous years. Longer courses will visit the newly mapped area.

The station nearest to the event centre is Canada Water, south of the river in the old Surrey Docklands.

Canada Water (Wikipedia)

LocationRotherhithe
Address
Latitude/longitude51.497, -0.049
OS grid referenceTQ355794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Heading photo: thanks to Steve Rush: it’s from his set of the 2018 race.

  • Courses
    • Men’s Elite
    • Women’s Elite
    • Men’s Open
    • Women’s Open
    • Men’s Veteran (M40+)
    • Women’s Veteran (W40+)
    • Men’s Under-21 (M20-)
    • Women’s Under-21 (W20-)
    • Men’s Super-Veteran (M55+)
    • Women’s Super-Veteran (W55+)
    • Men’s Ultra-Veteran (M65+)
    • Women’s Ultra-Veteran (W65+)
    • Men’s Hyper-Veteran (M75+)
    • Women’s Hyper-Veteran (W75+)
    • Junior (M/W16-)
    • Children (M/W12-)
    • Tourists & Newcomers

Accompanying races

Chigwell Orienteering Club are organising a race on Friday 11th evening in Stratford, including the Olympic Park.

London Orienteering Klubb are organising a middle race on Sunday 13th morning in a complex area of new development at King’s Cross.

Albion Channel, by Matt Buck (Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)
Part of the previous map, used for the 9th London City Race in 2016

Box Hill 2020 Final Details

Event Invitation

The race is on Saturday 18th January 2020.
(Message sent by email to all who entered.)

Many thanks for having entered this year’s Box Hill Fell Race. I am delighted that you have signed up for the 39th edition of this race and I do hope you are looking forward to it. I am also very pleased to announce that we will be using electronic chip timing for the first time; please read on for details of where to collect your timing chip.

This contains a number of important instructions and details for race day so please read these carefully. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Where do I have to be when?
All competitors will need to collect their race numbers and timing chips from the STEPPING STONES PUB (Westhumble St, Dorking RH5 6BS) between 09:20 and 10:45.
The race will start at 11:00 on Burford Meadows (the route will be clearly marked and sign-posted / taped from the Stepping Stones pub.) This is around a kilometre from the pub so please ensure you allow sufficient time to get to the start.

What if I have been the lucky recipient of an entry transfer?
Like other entrants, you will need to collect a number from the Stepping Stones pub, between 09:20 and 10:45 You will also need to sign a disclaimer form (those who entered online will have agreed to our disclaimer terms upon signing up and we will need anyone who has received a transfer to also agree to these terms); we will have copies of said forms and pens, but it would be helpful if you can identify yourself as a transferee.

How do I get there (and where do I park if I’ve driven)?

By public transport:
Take a train to Boxhill & Westhumble station, which is c. 300m walk from the Stepping Stones pub (please note that there are planned engineering works on South Western so if you’re coming from London you’ll need to take the Southern service from Victoria); or…
Take the 465 bus, which runs every 30 minutes from Kingston and stops on the A24

By car:
Please DO NOT park at the Stepping Stones pub.
Head to designated competitor parking at Ryka’s Cafe, a very short walk from both the Stepping Stones pub and the start. This will be available from 08:45. We only have a limited number of spaces available here so please aim to pack as many competitors into your vehicle. Once these spaces are full you can….
Drive to parking elsewhere. If you arrive after our parking at Ryka’s is full you should be able to park either
a) on the B2209 near Ryka’s Cafe;
b) in the Box Hill and Westhumble station car park;
c) on Westhumble Street; or
d) in Dorking

What should I wear (on my feet)?
Not spikes!!
As noted on the race details flyer, spikes are likely to cause erosion on the steep downhill grass sections of the course and your use of them could jeopardise the future of the race (there are also a few road sections in the course so you wouldn’t be that comfortable in spikes) Ideally some form of studded shoes, e.g., Walshes, Inov8s (other off-road shoe brands are available)

When and where will prize-giving be held?
Prize-giving, for individual and team categories, will be back at the Stepping Stones pub after the race (most likely between 13:00 and 14:00, closer to the latter time). We will also be displaying results on a screen at the pub

I think / know I won’t be able to run but I know someone who does; how, and up until when, can I transfer my entry?
You can transfer your entry to another runner via the online entry system, following what should be a fairly straightforward process The deadline for online entry transfers is 12:00 (noon) on Thursday 16 January. We will, however, still allow on-the-day amendments.
As mentioned above, anyone receiving a transferred entry will need to sign a disclaimer form as part of the race day registration process.

Hopefully this answers most if not all of your questions but, to reiterate, please feel free to get in touch, if you have any further queries. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!

Many thanks, Harold 


Barnes Common Night-O

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2019-2020 Night-O Series takes place on Barnes Common, south-west London, on Tuesday 28th January 2020. The race centre is The Spencer, conveniently located right 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 Don McKerrow (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 Spencer on Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1HJ. The pub serves great food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationBarnes Common
AddressThe Spencer, SW15 1HJ
Latitude/longitude51.4682, -0.2281
OS grid referenceTQ232758
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The pub is a 13 minute walk from Barnes station, and under 20 minutes walk from Putney and Putney Bridge stations. Bus routes 22, 265 & 378 pass the pub, stop ‘Commondale’.

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 1745 and 1925
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Courses close 20:30

These courses are offered:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

The Long course will have two, timed out, road crossings so is not suitable for under-16’s. The Short course has no road crossings so is suitable for all.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser/Planner: Don McKerrow,

MBO SCORE SERIES 2020

We have 6 events scheduled for 2020, our sixth MBO Score series, with planners lined up to test your navigation and time keeping skills! Held mainly on Sunday mornings throughout the year, these are 2 or 3 hour Mountain Bike Orienteering events run using the MBO Score format. Events are run by SLOW and London & South East Adventure Racers in affiliation with the BMBO.

Event Schedule

DateVenuePlanners
23rd FebThursley Dave Uglow
10th MaySouth DownsAdam Eyre-Walker / Richard Smith
23rd AugEffinghamJane Robinson
26-27th SepChilterns Weekend Rachel Drew / Liam Drew / John Owens
25th OctSurrey HillsJulian Hemsted

Full details about each event will be posted on the SLOW and BMBO websites. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Dave Uglow at:

Keep up to date with results and information about future events with our Newsletter.

General info about SLOW MBO Score events.

Online Entry

Riders are encouraged to enter in advance on the BMBO website, all riders will need a BMBO account:

  • Adult Day Rider – free
  • Adult Full Member – £8
  • Under 21s Full Member – free

Membership will lapse at the end of each calendar year and will need to be renewed as either a Day Rider or Full Member. Under 21 accounts may take a few days to be activated.

Results from 3 hour SLOW events for BMBO full members will be included in the BMBO national league.

Your  age class for ALL 2020 events is your age on 31st Dec 2020.

If you have your own dibber, please add the number in your BMBO account.

Entry Classes

  • Solos
    E-Bike
    Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17
    M21/W21 = Open, 18 to 39
    M40/W40 = 40 to 49
    M50/W50 = 50 to 59
    M60/W60 = 60 to 69
    M70/W70 = 70+
  • Pairs
    E-Bike
    Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17
    M21/W21 = Open, combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+)
    M40/W40 = combined age 80 to 99
    M50/W50 = combined age 100 to 119
    M60/W60 = combined age 120+
    GEN = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
  • Mixed Pairs
    E-Bike
    MIX21 = combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+)
    MIX40 = combined age 80 to 99
    MIX50 = combined age 100 to 119
    MIX60 = combined age 120+
    GEN = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
  • Teams of 3+
    GEN = Generation (enter online in a suitable combination of pairs and solos)

Small Area Format (SAF)

Events will usually include a choice of 2 courses, 3 or 2 hours. Both options will use the same map and checkpoints but the 3 hour one may be run as a Small Area Format (SAF) course.

For SAF, the checkpoints will be coloured red and blue, you choose which colour to start on and collect as many of that colour as you wish until you swap to the other colour. Once you’ve swapped you can’t revert back to the original colour. Points will be evenly split between the colours. For the 2 hour course the colour has no significance and you can visit the checkpoints in any order.

This example Mogador event  map shows our final event of 2018 redrawn as a SAF event.

Series Prizes

Series prizes will be presented to the top 3 finishers in the following categories:

Male Veteran (50+), Male Senior (18-49), Female Veteran (50+), Female Senior (18-49), Youth/Junior.

Series rankings are based on your top 3 scores from this years events. To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events.

THURSLEY MBO SCORE EVENT SUNDAY 23rd Feb 2020

The first event in the SLOW MBO Score 2020 Series takes place from Thursley on Sunday 23rd February.

News, updates and discussion about the event are posted on Facebook.

Event Centre

LocationSurrey Hills
AddressThe Three Horseshoes, Dyehouse Road, Thursley, Godalming, GU8 6QD
Latitude/longitude51.1494, -0.7105
OS grid referenceSU903397
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

If driving to the event, please park at the recreation ground, 300m west of 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

General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2020 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.

This is a public event – all are welcome.

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 £1.
Lost dibbers will be charged at £29 for standard ones and £63 for contactless SIAC dibbers.
Courses available:

  • 3 hour Small Area Format (SAF) – 12 red and 12 blue controls
  • 2 hour standard format – 24 controls
  • 2 hour Explorer format – 24 controls, map preview time allowed, non-competitive, doesn’t count towards league series score.

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.

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 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: Dave Uglow

2020 Junior Home International

South London Orienteers will put on the 2020 Junior Home International on the weekend of 10th and 11th October. The racing will be on the spectacular and tough terrain of the Devil’s Punch Bowl as used for last year’s Southern Championships.

The competition is between four teams of 24 junior athletes representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Teams include four athletes in each of M/W18, M/W16 and M/W14.

The teams will stay together, adjacent to the competition terrain, at the PGL Marchants Hill Adventure Centre.

Teams arrive on the Friday, and have an individual race on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday.

This year the competition was hosted in Northern Ireland by Lagan Valley Orienteers – Ward JHI Orienteering Results and Report.

Summary of Home Internationals

The perhaps self-contradictory term “Home International” is used in the British Isles to describe sports competitions amongst national teams Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

In orienteering there are three “home internationals”: junior (M/W18-), senior (M/W 20/21) and veteran (M/W35+). Each is organised separately, usually in the Autumn. The home nations take it in turn to host.

All competitions take place over a weekend, with an individual day and a relay day and calculate results by a points scheme. All prefer the individual on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday. There’s also a social element – a meal on the Saturday night, and ideally teams stay in the same place.

The competition details are specific to each competition. In general Scotland and England give each other a good match, and, but with lower points totals, so do Wales and Ireland.


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) or Raynes Park. Bus route 200 runs from Wimbledon station and Raynes Park, closest stop is “Edge Hill” on Ridgway.

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,