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Wimbledon Common March Challenge

Well done to the 60+ runners who took part in our Bushy Park challenge in February – I hope you enjoyed Dave’s excellent new map and Steve’s course.

For our March challenge, we return to Wimbledon Common, but this time starting in the north-west, near Robin Hood roundabout. Once again, Don McKerrow has planned a challenging course for you, taking in some areas that I’m pretty sure we haven’t used before!

Please only take part in this challenge if you can safely do so within the latest government restrictions, as part of your daily ‘individual exercise’ allowance.

Location

Start and finish are on the north side of Richardson Evans playing fields, near the end of Friars Avenue SW15.

If you come by car, you should be able to park in Friars Avenue (nearest postcode SW15 3DU), turning off at the big Asda supermarket on the A3.

For a more eco friendly (and healthier) approach, come by bike and use the racks next to the Thames H&H clubhouse on the western side of the playing fields. You could also come by public transport, with buses 85, 265 and K3 stopping at the Roehampton Asda.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressFriars Avenue, SW15 3DU
Latitude/longitude51.4371, -0.2504
OS grid referenceTQ217724
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Format

We’ll be using the same ‘score’ format as in previous months, where you have an hour to collect as many points as possible. Using the map provided, find controls in whichever order you like, collecting 10 points for each control starting with a 1, 20 points for each one starting with a 2 and so on. Make sure you’re back within the hour to avoid a 30-point penalty per minute late. 

As previously, we’ll be using the MapRunF timing app, which also means that you can do the challenge anytime you like before the end of March.

Technical details

If you haven’t already, please install MapRunF on your phone and download the challenge from UK > South London > StreetO > Wimbledon Common Mar21. Note: There is also a Wimbledon Common Nov20 so make sure you select the correct one! If you’d like to run with a Garmin watch instead of your phone, follow these instructions as well.

Next, download and print the race map from here (you will need this to navigate.)  You can also get the clue sheet here, which may help in finding the exact control locations.

Note that (as usual), North is at the top of the map when printed and due to lack of space, the map has no legend but you can download it here

Once you’re ready to go, press ‘Go To Start’ (there is no code required) and the App or watch will start automatically when you’re at the start location. The App will record each control (beeping each time) and then finish once you’re back at the start location.

Your result should be uploaded automatically, but you may need to ‘Get Track from Garmin’ if you’re using MapRunG.  

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Enjoy the challenge! If you have any questions, just ask me on

Orienteering options available during lockdown

In addition to the monthly challenges, we have plenty of options for you to do some orienteering locally as part of your individual exercise – see the full list below.

For experienced orienteers:

By way of Street-O (for orienteers of any standard):

For less experienced orienteers:

POC’s of various difficulties are available
(please find via the POC database):

  • – Esher Common (the shorter courses)
  • – Wimbledon Park
  • – Elthorne Park
  • – Boston Manor Park
  • – Ravenscourt Park
  • – Paddington Recreation Ground
  • – Bishop’s Park
  • – Gunnersbury Park

Box Hill Fell Race 2021 : Postponed

We regret to announce that we will not be staging the Box Hill Fell Race this coming January. While we have considered modifications to allow us to hold the race in a COVID-safe manner, a combination of landowner restrictions and the extent of measures required to adhere to current guidelines have led us to the difficult decision to not proceed with the race on its usual date.

We do hope to be able to stage this race later in year, as and when conditions and restriction levels permit although we cannot at this stage indicate when this might be. Please visit the SLOW website and look out for our social media communications for further updates.

Harold Wyber (Race Director, on behalf of South London Orienteers)