MTB-Score Race at Arborfield, 18 January 2015

The first race in the joint SLOW and L&SEAR 2015 Mountain Bike Orienteering series takes place around Arborfield, near Reading, on Sunday 18 January 2015. The race centre will be The Bramshill Hunt on Bramshill Close, Arborfield.

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EVENT UPDATE 7/1/15:  For those interested in having a go but lacking wheels, mountain bikes are available for rent from friendly local bike shop Mountain Trax. Give them a call on 0118 976 1130.

This is a public race – all are welcome. All entries are on the day but we encourage you to please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) or email to let us know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at the The Bramshill Hunt at 27 Bramshill Close, Arborfield. Toilets, water and food are available from the pub, but please leave any muddy shoes at the door!

AddressThe Bramshill Hunt, 27 Bramshill Close, RG2 9PL
Latitude/longitude51.3878, -0.9036
OS grid referenceSU763659
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • From the M4 J10, head north on the A329(M) then follow B3270, B3030 & A327.
  • From the M3 J4a, follow the A327, A30 and A327.
  • By train, Wokingham train station is a 20min cycle ride from the event centre.

Parking is available on the street next to the event pub. Please be respectful of local residents and avoid blocking any access points.

Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

Race Details

The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for BMBO (with their membership cards) and SLOW members, and £6 for under 21s.

The race will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MTB Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and carry a whistle and first aid kit (a minimum of plasters & dressing). The following equipment is also recommended:

  • Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass

There will be series prizes for top male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1045
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1100

Courses will close at 13:00.

Maps will be 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey maps, although 1:25,000 will be available for novices/juniors if requested in advance. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls, and a limited number of SI dibbers will be available. Please bring your own if you have one.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Organiser/Planners: Mark Humphrey and Sid Hardy

Photo of Nicki Adams by Open Adventures.