London City Race 2023

The 14th London City Race takes place on Saturday 16 September 2023.

The race is part of a great weekend of orienteering in London. London Orienteering Klubb are hosting the British Sprint Relay Championships at Brunel University in West London the next day, Sunday 17th. (If you need help making up a team the organisers have a matching service – see near the end of this post.) And Dartford Orienteers are putting on an event on Friday evening in Southwark Park – from the same Decathlon store! Both venues are well served by public transport.

World Cleanup Day

The race takes place on World Cleanup Day, which Decathlon is supporting. There is a 2-hour activity at 9am on the race day

The details are at WORLD CLEANUP DAY 2023 – Decathlon Community

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Final Details

Final Details (Version 1) posted 8th September 2023


If you have detailed questions about the Friday or Saturday race please check SiEntries, as we have not duplicated all information here.

Enter the Friday (Southwark Park) and Saturday (London City Race) at SIEntries.
Enter the Saturday – The London City Race at SIEntries.
Enter the British Sprint Relays (Sunday) at Fabian4.

City Race at Rotherhithe

The City Race returns to Rotherhithe, an evolving area of former docks, offering an extensive, intricate mix of low-rise urban redevelopment plus parkland and waterfront spaces. There is minimal vehicle traffic due to its location in a bend of the Thames.

We are very pleased that this year’s event is supported by Decathlon with Assembly in the Decathlon Surrey Quays store. All competitors will be able to claim a 10% discount on the day for all purchases in the Decathlon store

AddressDecathlon, 9 Maritime St, SE16 7FU
Latitude/longitude51.4977, -0.047
OS grid referenceTQ356794
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
  • 9 Maritime St, SE16 7FU.
  • What3Words: ///wash.ties.tape
  • Canada Water Underground, Overground & Bus Station is just 150m away.
  • The Finish for all courses will be adjacent to the store.
  • The Start for all courses will be 700m from Assembly.

The event will feature a full range of classic distance urban courses on a newly extended map. The map scale is 1:4,000 and the mapping is to ISSprOM 2019-2.

News 3rd August: We have added the Accessible class which is suitable for those who need to use a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Entry to this is free for those that meet this requirement.

Map Extract – previous Rotherhithe map

The race is in the City Race Euro Tour series, and also the UK Urban Orienteering League for 2023.

As the Surrey Docks were Wikipedia – Surrey Commercial Docks

There will be Decathlon vouchers for the highest placed 3 competitors in each class (highest 5 in Men’s & Women’s Elite).

Entries are open at SiEntries, where there is information on fees. Prices rise form 7th August, and 10th September.

Classes and Courses

27th June 2023: Minor changes to Women’s Vets and Women’s SuperVets (indicated by strikethrough)

CourseClassesOptimal Distance (km)Target Winning Time (mins)Technical/
1Men Elite, Men Under 21 (M20-)12.5503/ IOF
2Women Elite, Women Under 21 (W20-) 10.7503/ IOF
3Men’s Veteran (M40+) 11.2503/ IOF
4Women’s Veteran (W40+)7.5 8.3453/ IOF
5Men’s Super Vets (M55+)8.7453/ IOF
6Women’s Super Vets (W55+)6.7 7.540 453/ IOF
7Men’s Ultra Vets (M65+)
Men’s Open
3/ IOF
8Women’s Ultra Vets (W65+)
Women’s Open
3/ IOF
9Men’s Hyper Vets (M75+)5.7403/ IOF
10Women’s Hyper Vets (W75+)3.7353/ IOF
11Juniors (W16-)
Juniors (M16-)
5.0303/ IOF
12Children (W12-)
Children (M12-)
2.5202 /IOF +
English Text
13Adventurer5.0402 /English
14Accessible2.0452 /English


  • Planner: Alan Leakey (SLOW)
  • Organiser: Nigel Saker (SLOW)
  • Controller: Hedley Calderbank (HH)
at last year’s City Race

British Sprint Relays – Sunday 17th September

Final Details are published but smaller details may change – see the London OK Homepage

Organised by London Orienteering Klubb. This detailed campus terrain was previously used for the JK Sprint Race and is an ideal venue for this intense and challenging relay format open to all.

  • Open Class: team of 4, W/M/M/W (i.e. the International Pattern)
  • Age classes: teams of 3, containing  at least one woman
  • Open to international and solo club competitors, who may form mixed club teams.

Matching Service

If there are one or two of you and you would like help making up a team for the adhoc race – 25 teams entered already – the organisers have a plan: please see these details of the teams matching service for the British Sprint Relays

Start of Open Class Sprint Relay 2022
Start of 2022 British Sprint Relay, photo: On The Red Line

Friday 15th Evening Race – Southwark Park

Information Page at the Dartford Orienteers Website

The Friday evening race is also based at the Decathlon store that is the Event Centre for the City Race on Saturday. And the park is delightful.