Wimbledon Common Night-O – 27th February

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The fourth race of South London Orienteers’ 2023-2024 night series takes place on Wimbledon Common South-West London, on Tuesday 27th February 2024

Race Centre

The race will be based at The 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. Kit can be left while you run (at you own risk).

Note that due to online entry (see below), you do not need to come the The Crooked Billet before your run if you choose – you can go directly to the start. However you must come back to the pub to download.

Whistles are mandatory – they can be borrowed (collect from The Crooked Billet).

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressCrooked Billet, SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4213, -0.2278
OS grid referenceTQ233706
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Crooked Billet is close to Wimbledon village. The pub is approximately 25 minutes 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. Route 93 runs between Wimbledon and Putney Bridge, stop “Marryat Road” or “Wimbledon War Memorial”. See TFL website for details.

Cycling – there are no nearby dedicated bike racks, but street furniture is available.

Parking available on nearby roads.

Route to Start

Race Details & Entry

The entry fee is £5 for SLOW members*, students and juniors; £7 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 for £2. 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.

Registration and entry is online only at SiEntries . All entries, including on the day, will be online. Entries will stay open until 19:25 on the day of the event subject to map availability.

*If you are not yet a member, now is the perfect time to join or renew for 2024! Please join via British Orienteering, or drop us an email with any queries.

Wimbledon Common offers varied and relatively technical terrain.

These courses are offered:

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

Neither course will cross major roads, however the route to the start and back from the finish will cross minor roads.

Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

Courses close 20:30 – you must return to the pub by this time.

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Additional Information

All competitors take part at their own risk. Adequate clothing should be worn for the conditions. Full leg cover is strongly recommended. 

The common is wet in places so please do bring a change of shoes/socks should you wish for after your run. We ask that muddy shoes are left outside the pub post run to avoid tracking lots of mud into the pub.

Photos may be taken at the event.

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

Helping on the night

This event can’t happen without volunteer effort on the night. If you can lend a hand on the Start, or with collecting controls, it is greatly appreciated – please get in touch with James. Everyone who helps will be able to run and get a free entry!

Organiser / Planner – James Leech