Well done to the 60 hardy souls who braved last night’s wet and windy weather to chase points around Northfields and Ealing. First time organiser Ralph Dadswell did a sterling job assisted by Duncan Grassie, so thank you very much to them!
We have now published the Race Results as well as the updated Series Results after Race 4. Well done to Matt Vokes and Lizzie Broughton for convincing victories.
For our next Street Orienteering Race we return to our heartland of Wimbledon, with details available soon. Please note this race will be on Wednesday 15th of January, rather than the usual Tuesday. We hope to see many of you there and in the meantime have a great Christmas.
A relatively new format for international orienteering is the Knockout Sprint. A knockout sprint runs for a day, through four rounds, with runners qualifying or not for the next round at each of the first three. It culminates in a six runner final. Rounds apart from the first are mass start, first-to-the-finish races.
There have been two at World Cup meetings so far, one last year in the Czech Republic, and one in September this year in Switzerland.
Of course a reason for it is the potential to engage an audience, to bring top orienteers close to spectators and to promote the sport.
There was also a need for a third format (alongside individual and the mixed relay) for the Sprint World Championships, now that Forest and Sprint alternate rather than being combined. The first World Champs Knockout Sprint will be 9th July 2020 in Fredericia, Denmark. (There is an accompanying six-day orienteering festival for spectators who want to run as well as watch.) The second will be in Scotland in 2022.
The TV from 2019 World Cup Round 3 which was a couple of months ago in Laufen, Switzerland is now available free.
For the GB team a highlight was the Knockout Sprint Men’s Semi-Final 1 with Forth Valley Orienteers’ Kris Jones (*) and SLOW member Ralph Street. It is one of three “semi-finals”. There are six runners who have come through the two morning rounds, and the first two at the finish will go through to the final.
* A few hours after this was written Kris was the third counter for the Gold Medal GB Men’s team at the European Cross-Country in Lisbon. Kris was 22nd, 1 second ahead of the third counter for Belgium. Had Kris been 23rd GB would not have won Gold.
We have 6 events scheduled for 2020, our sixth MBO Score series, with planners lined up to test your navigation and time keeping skills! Held mainly on Sunday mornings throughout the year, these are 2 or 3 hour Mountain Bike Orienteering events run using the MBO Score format. Events are run by SLOW and London & South East Adventure Racers in affiliation with the BMBO.
Riders are encouraged to enter in advance on the BMBO website, all riders will need a BMBO account:
Adult Day Rider – free
Adult Full Member – £8
Under 21s Full Member – free
Membership will lapse at the end of each calendar year and will need to be renewed as either a Day Rider or Full Member. Under 21 accounts may take a few days to be activated.
Results from 3 hour SLOW events for BMBO full members will be included in the BMBO national league.
Your age class for ALL 2020 events is your age on 31st Dec 2020.
If you have your own dibber, please add the number in your BMBO account.
Solos E-Bike Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17 M21/W21 = Open, 18 to 39 M40/W40 = 40 to 49 M50/W50 = 50 to 59 M60/W60 = 60 to 69 M70/W70 = 70+
Pairs E-Bike Y18 = Youth 15, 16 or 17 M21/W21 = Open, combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+) M40/W40 = combined age 80 to 99 M50/W50 = combined age 100 to 119 M60/W60 = combined age 120+ GEN = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
Mixed Pairs E-Bike MIX21 = combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+) MIX40 = combined age 80 to 99 MIX50 = combined age 100 to 119 MIX60 = combined age 120+ GEN = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
Teams of 3+ GEN = Generation (enter online in a suitable combination of pairs and solos)
Small Area Format (SAF)
Events will usually include a choice of 2 courses, 3 or 2 hours. Both options will use the same map and checkpoints but the 3 hour one may be run as a Small Area Format (SAF) course.
For SAF, the checkpoints will be coloured red and blue, you choose which colour to start on and collect as many of that colour as you wish until you swap to the other colour. Once you’ve swapped you can’t revert back to the original colour. Points will be evenly split between the colours. For the 2 hour course the colour has no significance and you can visit the checkpoints in any order.
Well done 70 runners. Thanks to the Hand In Hand for hosting us. And thanks to club captain Peter Huzan for organizing and planning.
I hope you enjoyed a lovely evening. It stayed dry when it needed to. Lots of runners this time. Please come along to the other events in the series. Thank you to the helpers Gordon, Sue, Heikki, Ed, Tom C and Steve.
Here are the results for the OK Nuts Trophy races on Hankley Common on Sunday November 24th 2019. These was also the 2019 South-East Long Distance Championships. We were also pleased to be hosting the Royal Logistics Corps Championships.
Planners Comments – Simon Moss
My principal aim when planning is to make the courses fun and Hankley with its wonderful fast terrain is not difficult to plan for fun. I tried my best to keep you in the forest and out of the rough open heather and off the paths for the technical courses as much as possible. I hope you felt I succeeded.
I was helped by Dave Peel’s largely resurveyed map. It was the first time that the area used the LIDAR data so it enabled me to use some sites as the data allows the ground to be mapped more accurately and brings out some of the nuances of the area that weren’t previously shown.
It’s always difficult to thank everyone involved but from my perspective, I’d like to thank Clive Caffall my controller for his help and advice. Andy and Karen Jones, Ian Moran, Paul Couldridge and Dorte Torpe Hanson who helped put out all the controls were fantastic, as were the collectors who are too many to mention. SLOW is very lucky to have so many keen, reliable and capable members
OK Nuts Results
Congratulations to this year’s Senior OK Nuts Trophy winners:
Alistair Masson (Interlopers), and Laura Robertson (Edinburgh Southern).
The junior OK Nuts winners were:
Troy Southall (Southdowns, M16) and Imogen Pieters (South Yorkshire, W14)
South London Orienteers will put on the 2020 Junior Home International on the weekend of 10th and 11th October. The racing will be on the spectacular and tough terrain of the Devil’s Punch Bowl as used for last year’s Southern Championships.
The competition is between four teams of 24 junior athletes representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Teams include four athletes in each of M/W18, M/W16 and M/W14.
The teams will stay together, adjacent to the competition terrain, at the PGL Marchants Hill Adventure Centre.
Teams arrive on the Friday, and have an individual race on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday.
The perhaps self-contradictory term “Home International” is used in
the British Isles to describe sports competitions amongst national teams
Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.
In orienteering there are three “home internationals”: junior (M/W18-), senior (M/W 20/21) and veteran (M/W35+). Each is organised separately, usually in the Autumn. The home nations take it in turn to host.
All competitions take place over a weekend, with an individual day and a relay day and calculate results by a points scheme. All prefer the individual on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday. There’s also a social element – a meal on the Saturday night, and ideally teams stay in the same place.
The competition details are specific to each competition. In general Scotland and England give each other a good match, and, but with lower points totals, so do Wales and Ireland.
Welcome one and all to our last Street Orienteering Race of 2019! Do join us for a pre-Christmas run around the streets of Brentford and Ealing (silly hats and mince pies optional.)
Our meeting point this time is The Forester pub at 2 Leighton Road, West Ealing, London W13 9EP. It’s about 800m from each of Northfields station (on the Piccadilly Line) and West Ealing train station. Additionally, buses E2 and E3 stop nearby.
Entry is £3 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors and £4 for others. This includes a hire chip card to record your time, or if you have your own you get a £1 discount. As it will be dark, you should wear hi-visibility clothing and you might want to bring a headlamp to make map-reading easier.
Between 1800 and 1915
Between 1815 and 1930
Like all our Street-Os, this a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming here and post queries.
All competitors take part at their own risk, and because of our insurance any under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If you have any questions, do ask them on Facebook or email the organiser Ralph Dadswell on
Ed says: “First, a big thank you to everyone who stepped up to help out on the night – setting up, marking answer sheets but most of all helping run the start and finish – it couldn’t have happened without you! Apologies to everyone who was confused by the missing elliptical running machines at control 29 on Clapham Common – they were there when I set the course! The correct answer is of course “zero” but everyone who put some answer down has been credited. No apologies to those who were tricked into trying to run across Battersea Railway Bridge or through the Morgan’s Walk estate by Battersea Bridge – the map is fairly clear. Hope everyone had as much fun running as I did setting the course. “
Ed’s also got some lost property including a headtorch, a hand torch and phone! Please get in touch on to claim.
The next race is in Ealing / Brentford on Tuesday 10 December with details to follow shortly. Hope many of you can join us then!
Orienteering in London and Surrey. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Community Amateur Sports Club accredited.