Join the Club

South London Orienteers welcomes new members of whatever standard, from absolute beginners and children to experienced orienteers.

With a few exceptions (members for whom we are a secondary club, affiliate groups) membership is managed via the British Orienteering website

Membership Year

The membership fee includes membership of SLOW and British Orienteering (who provide a lot of services that our events and continued existence require.)

British Orienteering membership runs for a calendar year from 1st January to 31st December. At the 2023 British Orienteering AGM it was agreed there should be a lower membership fee for under-25s and lower membership fees for members joining during a year (after 4 months and 8 months of the year have gone by.)

There is a proposal before the 2023 SLOW AGM to amend our fees to work this way too.

The British Orienteering website has full information.


For 2024 a single adult over-25 membership is £25, including SLOW and British Orienteering (and the South-East Orienteering Association.)

Who are SLOW?

South London Orienteers (abbreviated as “SLOW”) are an orienteering and running club based in south London. Most members are in the south London area, with a particular concentration in Kingston/Wimbledon/Richmond. We also have members in north London, and also in Surrey, as far out as Dorking and Guildford.

What do we do?

FocusThrough volunteer effort the club organises a large number of events throughout the year, including orienteering races, training days, evening street events, and cross-country type fell races. Additionally, there are a large number of orienteering events staged all over South-East England that are organised by other clubs, which SLOW members regularly compete at. Details of upcoming SLOW events, and links to events organised by other clubs, can be found on the events page. Results of past SLOW events can be found on the results page.

SLOW is a very social club, and organises a regular program of social events:

  • Club members usually meet up in a nearby pub after most events. Some of these are arranged in advance.
  • During the winter there is a program of monthly street orienteering events and social evenings, usually on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April. Details of the current or most recent series can be found here. There is also a smaller series of “terrain” night orienteering events.
  • In the summer months, between May and August, there is a series of regular evening training and social events – the Park Races.

Membership benefits

  • £10 off a club race top (only applies when joining SLOW for the first time).
  • Membership rate entry fees:
    • £3 vs £7 for Tuesday evening races in the street, night and park race series.
    • No fee to run in SLOW teams at major relay races such as the British Champs, and to run as part of SLOW at the CompassSport Cup.
  • Eligibility to compete in British Orienteering races in all regions of the UK, including the British Championships
  • Membership of British Orienteering
  • Entry into the national orienteering ranking list (if over 16)
  • Membership of the South East Orienteering Association
  • Receive paper copies of the occasional club newsletter SLOWprint
  • Join the SLOW e-mail distribution list
  • Join the SLOW Members Facebook group
  • Right to purchase the SLOW club orienteering kit

* Events registered with British Orienteering.

Affiliate membership

Affliate membership is available to people who are already members of British Orienteering and another UK orienteering club, but wish to join SLOW as an additional club, or are ineligible to join British Orienteering. These members receive the SLOW-specific elements of the membership except the kit discount.

Fees for 2024

Adult, junior and student membership fees include membership of British Orienteering and SEOA (The South-East Association), as well as SLOW. These are the full year fees, a reduction applies from May onwards.

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* Students should join British Orienteering as adult or young adult members. SLOW will then refund students the SLOW element of the fee.

** Group membership is available for bona fide school groups, scouts, guides etc. Affiliate membership is available to all such groups for free. If any Groups would like to join SLOW as a full (British Orienteering) member, please contact for further information.

Join us

If you wish to join SLOW as an adult, junior or student member, you can do so on-line through the national body, British Orienteering: JOIN HERE (and remember to select SLOW as the club you wish to join!)

If you want to join SLOW as an affiliate member or group, or for any help on completing the registration process, or if you require any further information, please contact the club membership secretary at who will be able to help you.

Top photo courtesy of Peter Huzan.