Wimbledon Common District Race

South London Orienteers present

Wimbledon Common District Race

Sunday 26 February 2012


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The area is a fast and fairly run-able semi-open plateau contrasting with re-entrants featuring a variety of woodlands to provide a surprisingly challenging mix. Seven courses available. This event uses electronic timing (SportIdent).

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Parking at Car Park 3 of The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), Somerset Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5HS. The event will be signed from A219 and the junction with Somerset Road. There is no parking charge. Please do not arrive before 0830 or park on nearby residential roads. Car keys may be left at registration/download while competitors are running. Nearest tube station: Southfields, on the District line (20 min walk). Nearest mainline station: Wimbledon (30 min walk).

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe All England Lawn Tennis Club, Somerset Road
Latitude/longitude51.4329, -0.2153
OS grid referenceTQ241719
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


All courses will use SportIdent (SI) electronic punching. Course lengths and distances are subject to final controlling.

Course Length (km) Climb (m)
Brown 8.8 110
Blue 6.7 80
Green 5.0 40
Light Green 3.6 20
Orange 2.7 0
Yellow 1.9 0
White 1.1 0

A string course will be provided (free). It will be located next to the finish. SI dibbers will be provided.
A small, edible prize will be provided to every competitor. 🙂

Registration & Fees

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1130
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1200

Entry on the day (EOD) only, in the car park. Seniors: £5 for British Orienteering Members (National or SEOA-Local), £7 for others. Juniors: £2. SportIdent card hire: £1. Cash only.


A 1.0km taped walk from car park uphill on tarmac pavements (pushchair friendly). The start will be a punching start with a maximum of one competitor per course starting each minute. Clear and check boxes will be provided at the start (rather than in the car park).


Scale: 1:10,000. Contour Interval: 5m. Updated: Sprint 2012. Printed on waterproof paper. The map size is A3 for all courses. Control descriptions will be printed on the front of all maps with loose control descriptions also available for all courses in start lanes. All courses will have pictorial IOF control descriptions apart from the white and yellow courses which will have written control descriptions. Maps for the white and yellow courses will be available at registration – with a few spares being available at the start in case any white/yellow course competitors make it to the start without their map!


Wimbledon Common consists of a fast and fairly runable semi-open plateau in the eastern part of the area contrasting with a variety of gently sloping woodlands featuring many re-entrants in the western part of the area, together providing a surprisingly challenging mix to competitors. A brown X on the map has been used to represent a root stock. This is represented by a cross inside a circle on all pictorial control descriptions (standard IOF symbol).

During your Race

Please be aware this is an area used heavily by the public (often with children, dogs or horses in tow). Please respect all other users of the common. There is a golf course on Wimbledon Common. This is out-of-bounds to all competitors – apart from where there are marked paths crossing the fairways – and is marked as OOB on all maps. All courses have been planned to avoid the golf course but should you find yourself unexpectedly on a fairway please beware of flying golf balls. For info, all golfers wear red jumpers when playing on this course.


100m from start.


At registration in the car park. Courses close at 14:30. ALL competitors MUST report to download even if they fail to complete their course.


Port-a-loo toilets will be provided in the car park. There are no toilets at the start. A clothing dump will be provided next to the finish, which is passed on the way to the start. Please provide your own plastic bag. Please note there will be no traders at the event. Free water and squash will be provided next to download (not at the finish).

First Aid

First aid kits will be provided at registration/download in the car park and at the finish. The nearest large hospital with an A&E is St. George’s Hospital: Blackshaw Road, Tooting, SW17 0QT. The nearest hospital with a minor injuries unit (but no A&E) is Queen Mary’s Hospital: Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PN.


Dogs are allowed on Wimbledon Common but please ensure they are kept under control at all times; the common is used heavily on the weekend by families (often with small children), dog walkers and horse riders.

Adverse Weather

In the event of very bad weather please check the SLOW website for confirmation that the event will still take place.


Download a printable flyer (PDF)
Download the final details (PDF)


  • Organiser: Ruth King (SLOW)
  • Planner: Nicola Morris (SLOW)
  • Controller: Andy Robinson (SLOW)

Further Enquiries

Please contact Ruth King on 07795 411219 if you have any queries

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this.