Category Archives: Street-O

Street-O: 12 October 2010

This is a new area to Street O for SLOW, in between Battersea, Putney and Wimbledon.

Please email to let me know you’re coming so I can get enough maps printed.

Registration, Start and Finish

The Waterfront, Battersea Reach, SW18 1TS. Located on the river end of Block B in the diagram below.

AddressThe Waterfront, Battersea Reach
Latitude/longitude51.4643, -0.1859
OS grid referenceTQ261755
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


Nearest train station Wandsworth Town, buses 28/295 from Fulham Broadway or 295/C3 from Clapham Junction (Bridgend Road). See below for car parking fees.

Entry Fee

£1 to cover waterproof map printing.


RegistrationFrom 1900 onwards
Start TimesBetween 1900 and 2000

Turn up and go when you’re ready.

Race Format

The normal Street O format; you have 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. Don’t forget to bring a watch (essential!) and a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around. A torch may also be useful especially if the weather is poor or you choose to take any unlit


There are a number of high traffic flow roads running through the area. The following roads will be marked out of bounds on the map and may not be crossed except at marked crossing points (pedestrian crossings, bridges and underpasses): Swandon Way, Trinity Road, the Wandsworth Bridge roundabout, and the Wandsworth one-way system (Wandsworth High Street, Armoury Way, Fairfield Street). A map with prohibited roads will be available for perusal before the start. Please take care crossing all roads. Wandsworth is also favoured with many green spaces; please take care if using routes across parks or commons and consider using a torch or headlamp. There will be a student pub crawl progressing through Wandsworth town centre (mostly avoided by courses) that evening (cause of the late change of venue); please take care around revellers who may be unable to look out for you.

Food & Drink

The Waterfront has a good drink selection and restaurant. Food available until 10pm.


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

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Street-O: 9 November 2010

The third Street-O event of the season.

To assist with predicting numbers for map printing, please email – if you intend coming, or if you have any other queries.

Registration, Start and Finish Location

AddressYMCA Surbiton Centre, 49 Victoria Road, Surbiton
Latitude/longitude51.3913, -0.3081
OS grid referenceTQ178672
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Directions to Registration

By train:
The YMCA Centre is situated just a few minutes walk from Surbiton station. Regular trains run to Surbiton from Waterloo and Clapham Junction, and there are good bus links from Kingston, Richmond etc to Surbiton station. Come out of the main station entrance (turn left at the top of the stairs once you’ve come off the platforms) and then turn left out of the station and walk 300 metres down the high street. The YMCA is on your left just before the junction with Brighton Road.

By car:
There is very little parking on Victoria Road or Brighton Road, but free parking is available on many nearby residential roads from 6.30pm onwards – check parking exclusion signs to make sure you are parking legally.


We have been allocated a couple of large rooms for changing, where bags can also be left while you run. We have been asked not to use the YMCA gym changing room or showers (due to the small capacity of these changing facilities).

Entry Fee

£1 for SLOW members (or members of other BOF registered orienteering clubs), plus all students and juniors. £2 for non-members.


RegistrationFrom 1900 onwards
Start TimesBetween 1900 and 2000

Race Format

Usual 60-minute format. Maps will be printed on waterproof paper. Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, and a watch (both essential!). All clues will be visible under street lights (you may find it helpful to have a small torch or mini headlamp, but certainly not required). General information about street orienteering.


Fluorescent clothing is recommended for safety. As with all Street-O races, you will need to cross roads with traffic during the race, some of which may be busy – take extreme care when crossing all roads. All competitors take part at their own risk. YOU MUST REPORT BACK TO THE FINISH AFTER YOUR RUN (EVEN IF YOU DECIDE TO GIVE UP) SO THAT WE DO NOT GO OUT LOOKING FOR YOU!


The YMCA restaurant will be serving food between around 8.00 – 9.30 pm, put on especially for us – please support them. They are offering a bolognese pasta bake and a vegetarian pasta bake, plus a selection of salad. Additionally, the bar will be open serving drinks for from around 8.00 – 10.00 pm.


Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event, along with overall results for the Street-O series so far.

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Street-O: 14 September 2010

The first Street-O event of the season and possibly the last act of the Imperial College Orienteering Club. Please send an email to so we can get an idea of the numbers for map printing.


AddressPrince’s Gardens, South Kensington
Latitude/longitude51.4992, -0.1729
OS grid referenceTQ269794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Directions to Start

By tube: From South Kensington Tube Station (District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) follow the tunnel out of the station to exit 4 (Science Museum and Imperial College), cross the road and enter the gardens by Eastside Hall.

Alternatively, surface, turning right at the top of the stairs to head north. So roughly 20m east and turn onto Exhibition Road, pass the Natural History Museum (on the left) V&A (on the right), Science Museum (on the left) until you reach Imperial College, then cross the road and into Prince’s Gardens.

Orienteering kites will mark the entrances to Prince’s Gardens.

By bike: The railings on the northern edge of Prince’s Gardens are used as a bike rack by the locals. Join in. There are extensive roadworks on Exhibition Road that make it a deathtrap for cyclists, approach from the east if possible.

By car: If you’re rich and want to drive then Imperial College operate an open pay and display policy after 6pm. It costs £8.50 for the night, go in by the entrance on Exhibition Road. If you don’t want to pay “Good Luck, you’re on your own”.


Despite our best efforts we could not obtain the Imperial College gym changing rooms (although if you’re a member of the college, or can obtain a swipecard you should be able to gain access). Thus I’d suggest either arriving ready to run or visiting the toilets in the bar.

Entry fee

Entering the race costs £1 to defray map printing costs.


First start at 1830, last at 1930. Dusk is around 1930, so earlier starts will be lighter. Tables are booked in the bar (see below) from 1930.

Race Format

The runner has 60 minutes to visit as many controls as possible and return to the finish. Every minute, or part thereof over the 60 minutes allotted for the run will be penalised at 25 points.


1:12500 “Street-O” map. Out of bounds areas will be marked.


In the Imperial College Eastside Bar which is next to the start. Tables are booked from 1930 and food service is until 2100 for most things, and later for pizza and some other bar food. The menu is online here.


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

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Street-O Winter 2010/11 Series

SLOW is once again organising a monthly street orienteering (“Street-O”) race between September 2010 and April 2011, which will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. Each evening will consist of a night street orienteering race, as well as a social event afterwards where you can meet up with club members. Further details on Street-O are available here.

Overall scores for the series

Event schedule

All events are on Tuesday evenings.

14 September 2010KensingtonBryn MonneryDetailsResults
12 October 2010WandsworthEd CatmurDetailsResults
9 November 2010SurbitonPaul NixonDetailsResults
14 December 2010PimlicoTim & CJDetailsResults
11 January 2011DulwichMike GarvinDetailsResults
8 February 2011ClerkenwellHelen GardnerDetailsResults
29 March 2011Poplar & LimehouseMartin EvansDetailsResults
12 April 2011Highbury & IslingtonBroonerDetailsResults

Further details on each event will be posted on the SLOW website a week or two in advance. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Paul Nixon at , to be put in touch.

Series results

Points are scored at each event, with 50 for the winner, 45 for 2nd place, and then 41 for 3rd, 38 for 4th, 36 for 5th, 35 for 6th, 34 for 7th etc down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 40th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season.

The overall results will be based on your best 4 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.

Overall scores for the series so far

Previous Series

See here.

General details about the Street-O races

See here.

Special Note on Travel for the Isle of Dogs Street-O

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel will probably be closing at 9pm for repairs on the evening of the race. The alternative route back to Greenwich from the event is via the DLR, however this does not accept bikes. Cyclists needing to return to Greenwich after the event are advised to run early and leave before 9pm to avoid a potentially lengthly detour. As an alternative, Thames Clippers, which allow cycles on board, will be running a specially subsidised evening service between Masthouse Terrace Pier and Greenwich Pier.

Before 9pm, it is possible that, if the lifts are operating, the stairs may be closed (or vice versa).

Greenwich Foot Tunnel portal

Pictures by Nick Garrod and Akanekal, licensed under Creative Commons.

Decision on Kingston Street-O to be taken on Sunday Night

Roads and pavements in Kingston are currently very icy. It may be necessary to postpone the Street-O event, due to take place on the evening of Tuesday 12th, if the unsafe conditions persist. A decision on whether to postpone the event will be made late on Sunday evening.

The decision will be posted to the SLOW website and also by email to people on the SLOWmail mailing list late on Sunday evening.