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Kingston Urban Race 2019 Results

Many thanks to all the competitors who ran in the 2019 Kingston Urban Race today, and to the Hawker Centre for hosting us.

We have an official “after-movie” of the race.

Thanks to organiser Vinh Phuong Hoang and planner Dave Wright for providing such a great day, our controllers Helen and Ian Marsden of Happy Herts, and to Kingston Council and private landowners for permission to run in Kingston.

Women's Open Course Winner
The Women’s Open Course WInner (@sloweb)
Men's Open Winner
The Men’s Open Course Winner (Steve Rush)

Organiser’s Comments

Thank you for attending the Kingston Urban Race. I thoroughly enjoy urban races and so I was glad to see a good number coming along. I wanted it to be a relaxed and informal event, I hope that was the vibe that came across. It was my first time organising a race and so I was rather worried leading up to it. The day ran smoothly and there were no complaints, which was a massive relief. The only thing that could have been improved was the weather – it was rather overcast and I was hoping blue skies and sunshine! The competitors enjoyed the courses, for which the credit goes to Dave, Helen and Ian. It was great seeing the competitors arriving back at the Hawker Centre with smiles on their faces and hearing the positive comments.

I was also impressed with the number of newcomers and children who came along to try orienteering. I hope you caught the bug and will come along to some more events in the future.

Thank you to the Hawker Centre for hosting us. The space and facilities worked well. Thanks also to Kingston Council for agreeing to the event, and the various private areas for permission. Finally a massive thank you to all the volunteers who made my job extremely easy on the day: Alan, Barbara, Don, Dorte, Ed, Fiona, Gordon, Heather, Heikki, Marc, Matteo, Michael, Natalia, Neil, Nikolay, Ollie, Paul C, Paul S, Raffaella, Rebecca, Rich, Sarah, Steve, Sue, Tim, Vicky, Yordan. Many thanks also to Duncan, who was not there on the day, but was the key contact with the council and getting permission for the event.

Lost Property : A watch (Geonaute) – please contact the organiser.


Planner’s Comments

My overriding strategy for my only attempt at planning a level C event was to keep it simple, hence the single start and finish. My only departure from this was the use of a smaller scale map for the real oldies (Course 5) which inevitably caused various printing problems, so I hope it was appreciated!

As regards planning legs with good route choice, I quickly realised that Steve had used the best ones in the 2016 event but believe I offered a few new ones.

At this point I know it’s customary for the Planner to offer profuse thanks to the Controller, in an attempt to encourage them to offer their services to the club in the future. Now I appreciate the actual reason. Thank you, Helen.

Thanks to Alan for implementing my requested changes to the map and to Gordon (SI) Parker for everything else.

(And congratulations to Vinh and Steve for coolly coping with my “toys-out-of-pram” temporary resignation)

Dave Wright


Steve Rush’s Photographs on flickr

Kingston Urban race, Sunday 7 April

PRE-ENTRIES NOW CLOSED (view entries at https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=5467 )

On-the-day entry is available on all courses subject to map availability. We have between 12 and 20 maps on the various courses.



On Sunday 7th April 2019 we return to Kingston upon Thames for the second Kingston Urban Race. This is the second race of the Southern England Orienteering Urban League (SEOUL) series.

Link to Routegadget for first Kingston urban race.

Kingston is an ancient market town on the banks of the River Thames, steeped in history and culture. In the tenth century Saxon Kings were crowned on Kingston’s Coronation Stone. Surrey County Hall, built at the end of the 19th century, is one of many notable buildings, although since boundary changes in 1965 Kingston has no longer been in Surrey.

The race will be in the historic urban town centre, with lots of alleyways, and nearby riverside parks and residential areas.

The map is 1:5000 (except for course 5), updated 2018. Both SIAC (contactless) and regular SI (“dibber”) cards will be used for the race. All controls and the finish are enabled to operate in contactless mode. The start will be a punching start.


Maps are 1:5000 except for Course 5, which is 1:4000.

CourseCourse lengthControls
Course 1
MO (Open Men)7.1km31
Course 2
WO (Open Women),
MV (Veteran Men 40+)
Course 3
WV (Veteran Women 40+),
MSV (Supervet Men 55+)
Course 4
WSV (Supervet Women 55+),
MUV (Ultravet Men 65+)
Course 5
WUV (Ultravet Women 65+),
MHV (Hypervet Men 75+),
WHV (Hypervet Women 75+)
Course 6
MJ (Junior Men 16-),
WJ (Junior Women 16-)
Course 7
MYJ (Young Junior Men 12-),
WYJ (Young Junior Women 12-)
Course 8

Course lengths are now finalised.

* Not a SEOUL (Southern England Orienteering Urban League) class. You may enter any class but to be competitive in SEOUL please enter your age class (or “run up”).


Type of EntryLate entries,
assuming maps
Senior BOF* Member with
their own SI/SIAC
Senior Non Member, hiring SIAC £12.50
Senior Non Member. hiring SI£11
Senior Non Member, own SI/SIAC£10
Junior & Students, own SI/SIAC £4
Newcomers, hiring SIAC£7.50
  • BOF = British Orienteering Federation
  • Entry fees are lower if you have your own SI.
  • The hire element of the entry is £2.50 for SIAC, £1 for regular SI.

Race Centre

  • YMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Rd, Kingston-upon-Thames KT2 5BH

AddressYMCA Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road
Latitude/longitude51.427, -0.308
OS grid referenceTQ177711
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

RegistrationBetween 1000 and 1200
Start TimesBetween 1030 and 1230

  • Organiser: Vinh Phuong Hoang
  • Planner: Dave Wright
  • Controllers: Helen and Ian Marsden (Happy Herts)

Ed Catmur wins the 2010 Nopesport Urban League

Ed Catmur has won this year’s Nopesport Urban League, taking the Men’s Open prize after several top three finishes in the series, despite not winning any of the races.

Ed was presented with the series prize, an engraved London brick, by Brooner, also of SLOW and the series coordinator, at the series finale today on Warwick.

Other SLOW results included Ollie O’Brien who finished in third place on Men’s Open, and Jayne Sales recorded a top 10 finish on Women’s Open.