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Richmond Street-O, Tuesday 8th December

The next Street Orienteering Race will take place in beautiful Richmond on Tuesday 8 December & thereafter. This race will use MapRun, so you will need a smartphone and/or Garmin watch to take part. However, you will have two choices: Either take advantage of our ‘map supply and bag drop’ service on the evening of Tuesday 8th. Or do the race at a time of your choice thereafter, until Thursday 31st of December.

If you do the race on the Tuesday, you will not be able to see the course in advance and therefore anyone running that evening will receive a 20-point bonus to their score.

Our meeting point is the Richmond Canoe Club on the riverside, about a 15 minute walk from Richmond station. Start and finish are nearby.

AddressRichmond Canoe Club, Landsdowne Boathouse, 81-83 Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 6UT
Latitude/longitude51.454, -0.303
OS grid referenceTQ180741
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

If you’d like to take part on the Tuesday evening, please read this carefully: 1. Before you arrive, please download MapRunF to your phone anytime and from Saturday 5th [details will be available here], download the Richmond Street-O event . 2. Please come to the Canoe Club anytime between 6:00 and 7:30pm, ready to start. You will be able to leave your bag at the event centre while you run.  3. Take one of the waterproof printed maps provided, punch the course code provided on the night into your phone, go to the start and run. 4. After you’ve finished, grab your bag and go. Note: Please keep a sensible distance to others at all times! 

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. We also recommend you wear high visibility clothing as it will be dark.

If you’d like to take part another time: This information will be updated after the night of the race to include the course map to download (otherwise the principle is the same except there will be no bag drop or printed map provided.)

If you have any questions, do ask them on Facebook or email the organiser Tom Sharpe on

Wimbledon Common Score orienteering Challenge

What Is It? Our dedicated November orienteering activity is now live, and this time we have something different for you: The Wimbledon Common Score-O Challenge!

This works in exactly the same way as our monthly Street Orienteering race – you have one hour to find as many controls as possible – except that it’s on the lovely forest/park area of Wimbledon Common. 

When Can I Do It? The activity is open from now until the end of November, when final results will be collated. It is not an organised activity so you can do it whenever you like. As an extra incentive, results will count towards the Street-O series table.

Who Can Do It? This activity is free and open to anyone, although all competitors take part at their own risk. Please note that you should follow the latest government guidelines at all times, which include this paragraph relating to permitted travel: to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)

Where Is It? The activity starts and finishes in the car park of the Wimbledon Common Windmill, which is easily accessed from many parts of South London

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressWimbledon Windmill Car Park, Windmill Road, London SW19 5NQ
Latitude/longitude51.438, -0.2316
OS grid referenceTQ230725
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

How Does It Work?

1. Download and print this map to use for navigation.

2. If you haven’t already, install MapRunF on your phone and find the event under UK > South London > StreetO > Wimbledon Common. If you have a Garmin watch, you don’t need to take your phone on the run if you install MapRunG.

3. When ready, press ‘Go To Start’ and the App will automatically detect when you’re at the start and start your time. Each time you reach a control, the App will ‘beep’ and/or buzz to indicate successful passage. Get as many points as you can within 60 minutes and return to base, where the App will automatically Finish and upload your score. Done!

Scoring:  As usual, points will be awarded according to the first digit of each control number (so controls 10, 11 etc. are worth 10 points; 20, 21 etc. are worth 20 points and so on.) There is a stiff 30 point per minute penalty for lateness so it pays to be back on time!

GPS accuracy: We have tested all the controls for GPS-worthiness (although you may have to wait a few seconds for your GPS track to catch up.) If, despite being in the right place, a control refuses to register, please get in touch afterwards and I’ll see what I can do.

Questions? If you have any questions, do ask them on our Facebook event page or email me.

With many thanks to course setter Don McKerrow and MapRun guru Peter Foulkes.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator



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)