ALL EVENTS CANCELLED

With recent developments relating to the mitigation of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and guidance from the UK Government and British Orienteering we are suspending all our orienteering activities.

The events planned for Tuesday March 24th (Richmond Park) and Tuesday 14th April (Kings Cross) are cancelled.

Other events remain in the calendar for now but will only take place if the guidance changes.

As you will probably know in the last two days next weekend’s British Long and Relay Championships, the JK festival scheduled for Easter and the summer multi-day event Croeso have all been cancelled.

CANCELLED – Kings Cross Street-O, Tuesday 14 April

The next Street Orienteering Race would have been held in a new area around Kings Cross in Central London on Tuesday 14 April. This part of London has seen a huge amount of development in the last 10 years so it would have been an exciting race! We are sorry we cannot invite you to join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting and socialising. The meeting point would have been The Somers Town Coffee House, which  is a few minutes’ walk from Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. 
LocationKings Cross
AddressThe Somers Town Coffee House, 60 Chalton Street, London NW1 1HS
Latitude/longitude51.5299, -0.1301
OS grid referenceTQ298829
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
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.
RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 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. 
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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 organisers Tessa Bertran and Todd Fallesen on

CANCELLED – Richmond Park Night O, Tuesday 24th March

The final race of South London Orienteers’ 2019-2020 Night-O Series is on Tuesday 24th March in Richmond Park. The open and runnable parkland is perfect for fast and furious head-to-head racing.

Two non-standard map symbols are used: brown cross – dead (standing) tree, green cross – root-stock

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The Night-O series are public races – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Duncan Grassie (email details at bottom of this post) know you are coming  so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race Centre

The race centre is The Lass O’ Richmond Hill, Queen’s Road, TW10 6JJ. Richmond is the nearest station. From there you can take bus 371 to ‘American University’, almost directly in front of the pub. Alternatively it’s a 20 minute walk.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressLass O\
Latitude/longitude51.4516, -0.2956
OS grid referenceTQ185739
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Race Details

The entry fee is £5, or £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors. The race will use SIAC contactless punching. SIAC cards are available to hire if you do not have your own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow free of charge but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1900
Start Time1925

These courses are offered:

  • Long: 6km – mass start at 7:25pm
  • Short: 3km – mass start at 7:30pm

The start is a 10 min jog from The Lass O’ Richmond Hill. Competitors should aim to arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start times.

Courses close 8:45pm – you must return to the pub at this time, even if you have not finished your course.

Series prize giving will take place on the night, as soon as we have worked out the results.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after.

Organiser/Planner: Duncan Grassie

Wimbledon Common Night-O

Organiser’s Report

The Wimbledon Common Night-O (actually on Putney Heath) attracted 57 entries, in total about 65 people given those participating in pairs or threes. 

Although the weather was not as rainy as forecast, the going underfoot was decidedly “heavy”, with depressions being ponds and many paths being ditches.  I intended that the courses be somewhat easier than for the usual night-O but many competitors seemed to disagree.

Despite recovering from his marathon at the weekend, Ed Catmur (SLOW) narrowly won the Long course from Matthew Vokes (DRONGO), with Aimee Darley (SN) the leading female. 

On the Short course, Callum Gilhooley & Ben Toogood (SLOW) together lead the field with Sarah Darley (GO) beating the other ladies.

Thanks are due to the usual suspects for their assistance, without which these events simply would not happen.

Routegadget – Wimbledon Common Night-O 25/05/20

Winsplits – Wimbledon Common Night-O 25/02/20

Overall Series results

Editor Comment

Many thanks to Dave Wright for organising and planning last night’s event. Do add your route to Routegadget, and see which way others went. And check split times on Winsplits, to see where you were quick, and where you weren’t so much. Well run Ian Ditchfield.

MBO SCORE 2020 RESULTS

2020 Series Results

Here are the Series Standings after the first event from the 2020 Series. The sheet shows scores normalised out of 500 for each event.

Results, Splits and Race Reports for all events can be found on the BMBO website.

Congratulations to the current leaders in each class:

  • Men’s Vets (50+) – Ifor Powell
  • Women’s Vets (50+) – Louise Oliver
  • Men’s Seniors (18-49) – Stephen Dadswell
  • Women’s Seniors (18-49) – Rachel Drew
  • Juniors (Under 18) – Harvey Humphrey

Thursley

Our first event was based at The Three Horseshoes pub in Thursley and covered the fantastic area around Thursley Common, Hankley Common and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Navigation proved tricky as there were trails all over the place. The forecast rain went elsewhere and although there were some muddy sections most of the trails had a good surface well suited to all year riding .

Series Prizes

Series prizes are presented to the top 3 finishers in the each following category: Men’s Vets (50+), Women’s Vets (50+) , Men’s Seniors (18-49) , Women’s Seniors (18-49), Juniors (Under 18).

To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events. Course planners are credited for the events they plan with the average of their best 2 event results.

Previous Series Results

Overall series results : 2019, 2019 by class, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Individual events for all years: Results

British Night Champs

The British Night Championships were held on Saturday evening in the woods at Hambleden near Henley-on-Thames. Hambleden is a private shooting estate, and was an excellent venue for the championships – technical and hilly but very runnable. The organising club Thames Valley did a terrific job putting on the championships and a big race the following day. The area was previously used to host two days of the biggest UK orienteering festival, the JK, at Easter 2013.

Congratulations to club stalwart Paul Couldridge who won the M45 trophy through fast and accurate orienteering and a well-paced race. He built a lead of four minutes in the last third of the course of 8.3km with 300m climb, to finish in a time of 55:23.

Paul is pictured above with the trophy, bracketed by second-placed Nicholas Cooper of South Yorkshire and third-placed Will Heap of Southdowns. In the fluorescent jacket is the organiser, John Dalton of Thames Valley O.C.

Paul has previously won both the M35 and M40 (twice) night trophies.

The W35 trophy was won by SLOWprint editor Sarah-Jane Barrable. This was her first win.

Third on M35 was fixtures secretary Duncan Grassie. (Sarah-Jane’s husband Nick Barrable who runs with South Yorkshire was second in this class.)

Provisional results (all classes).

Other runners from SLOW were: Juste Raimbault and Yordan Kolev on M21L, Fiona Tam on W21L, Matthias Mahr – fourth on M40, Sue Carter – fourth on W50, Dorte Torpe Hansen – fifth on W50, Richard Stanhope on M60, Paul Street on M65 and Jim Mallinson on M70.

The M21L trophy was retained by Graham Gristwood of Forth Valley Orienteers who covered the 11.9km and 380m course in just 60:21. His speed was not very different from that of his run at the JK Middle race back in 2013. He has represented GB at World Orienteering Championships a record number of times. And he also presents our video Introduction to Orienteering.

The W21L trophy was won by Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales O.C. Megan now holds all four British trophies, having won the long, middle and sprint titles last year.

Megan Carter-Davies and Graham Gristwood (photo: On The Red Line)

Highgate Street-O, Tuesday 10 March

The next Street Orienteering Race will be held in Highgate, North London, on Tuesday 10 March. Do join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting and socialising! Our meeting point this time is The Woodman pub, which is just around the corner from Highgate tube station on the Northern Line.
LocationHighgate
AddressThe Woodman, 414 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5UA
Latitude/longitude51.5777, -0.147
OS grid referenceTQ285882
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
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.
RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 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. 
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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 Tatia Engelmore on

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