“Get Up to Speed” Videos

Last year, Sport England awarded South London Orienteers £3,850 for a project to help teenagers develop the orienteering skills needed for more technical courses.

This is our “Get Up to Speed” project.

As part of this project, we have produced a series of eight short videos. The videos are presented by athletes from the GB Orienteering team and are filmed in different locations.

The videos aim is to help juniors deal with more technically demanding courses, but they can also be used by newcomers wanting to “get up to speed”. Each video focuses on a specific orienteering skill.

The Playlist

One video per week is launched each Friday at 5pm during January and February. The video release is linked to races and coaching sessions taking place across the South East: watch a film, focus on a technique and have a successful run.

All the videos were produced by SLOW Development Officer Sarah Brown, with editing by Katherine Bett of Southern Navigators.

Newcomer’s Video

We realised as the videos were made it would be good to have a video to inform and guide beginners on what to expect at their first orienteering race. SLOW decided to fund this and we were delighted that Graham Gristwood agreed to host – his enthusiasm and expertise add a lot. Filming took place near Stirling and we were very lucky with the weather for the time of year, with sunshine complicating and permitting some of the shots.

The film covers the orienteering map, courses, controls, equipment and what to wear, and ends with Graham linking to the series of Skills Videos so that once beginners have the guide they can easily see explanations of techniques to help them improve.

Further reading: please see our introduction to orienteering.

Box Hill Fell Race Results

The 38th Box Hill Fell race took place on Saturday 19th January 2019. Thanks to organiser Harold Wyber and the team of volunteer helpers.

Update Monday 21st 10:45am – Sorry, we correct the results.

The Fabian4 entry form allowed people to enter as M45, M55, etc. but there were no prize categories for these.  They should therefore have been re-categorised as M40, M50, etc but it was all quite rushed this year and that manual change fell through the cracks, sorry. We have now done this and it affects the summary results.

  • ·         Jean Shotter becomes the 3rd placed W50. 
  • ·         Andrew Reeves becomes the 3rd placed M40.
  • ·         Natasha Cendrowicz becomes the leading W40 pushing the previously reported 1st & 2nd runners down one place.

We owe Natasha Cendrowicz a prize.

Rob McCaffrey has a 10 minute video of the race – with nearly everyone pictured. The heading picture is from the video.

Esher Common Night-O

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series takes place on Esher Common on Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

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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 Alan Leakey (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 Oxshott Village Centre (postcode KT22 0QJ.) This is a 10 minute walk from Oxshott Station. There will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

  • Visit the nearest pub which is a 5 minute walk in the Village.
  • You can bring your own food and drink.
AddressOxshott Village Centre, Holtwood Road
Latitude/longitude51.3337, -0.3624
OS grid referenceTQ142607
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The race centre is a 10 minute walk from Oxshott Station (SW Mainline).

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 for £1 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 1925
Start TimesBetween 1815 and 1930

These courses are offered:

  • Long: approximately 5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after.

Organiser/Planners: Diane and Alan Leakey ()

Ealing street o results

*updated 11/1 with Series Results*

Here are the Race Results  and Series Results from last night’s Street Orienteering Race in Ealing. Over 75 runners enjoyed Keith’s great courses in a new area for orienteering!

It was a tight fight at the top of the Men’s race with experienced orienteers Nick Barrable, Ed Catmur and (making a cameo appearance) Murray Strain the top 3. Vinh Hoang was top woman, followed by Charlotte Levin and Camilla Brueton.

I hope you can join us at the next Street O, organised on 12 February in Kentish Town courtesy of our friends at London OK.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator

Tilford MBO Score Event Sunday 3rd March 2019

The first event in the SLOW MBO Score 2019 Series takes place from Tilford on Sunday 3rd March.

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This is a public event – all are welcome.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Barley Mow, Tilford, Surrey.

To avoid obstructing pub customers, event parking will be around Tilford Green.

Toilets are available during the event. Tables indoors for lunch will need to be pre-booked directly with the pub (start times are either 12:00 to 12:30 or 2:30 to 2:45).  Tables are available outdoors but cannot be booked. Food may be pre-ordered before  setting off on the ride.

AddressThe Barley Mow, The Green, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2BU
Latitude/longitude51.1838, -0.7528
OS grid referenceSU873435
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 15 minutes drive from Farnham
  • By train, it is a 20 min ride from Farnham station
  • Alternatively you can post for lift shares on either the SLOW Members (for SLOW members) or London & Southeast Adventure Racers (public) Facebook pages.

Event Details

Online entry is available on the BMBO website. General information about entering is available on the  MBO Score 2019 page. The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for SLOW or BMBO members (with their membership cards) and £4 for under 21s.

Entry on the day (EOD) – Adults £10, Under 21s £5.

A standard dibber is included free of charge.
Contactless SIAC dibber £2.
Lost dibbers will be charged at £29 for standard ones and £63 for contactless SIAC dibbers.

Enter before end of Monday prior to the event in order to guarantee a waterproof map. The closing date for online entries is shown in the BMBO event details.

The event will be run under British Mountain Bike Orienteering rules, which competitors are advised to read in advance. BMBO also has some helpful MBO Score tips.

All riders must wear a helmet and carry a whistle and first aid kit (a minimum of plasters & dressings). The following equipment is also recommended:

  • Mobile phone for use in an emergency
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass and map board or cardboard to support an A4 map on your handlebars

There will be series prizes for top male/female/pair and veteran male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1115
Start TimesBetween 0930 and 1130

Event duration is 2 or 3 hours and the course will close at 13:30.

Pairs of riders looking after children may start early and both ride 2 hour events one after the other.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW and BMBO websites shortly after the event.

Planners/Organisers: Dave Uglow/Ian Norfield

Image: Mark Humphrey

MBO Score Series 2019

We’re pleased to be back for our fifth MBO Score series in 2019 with planners lined up to test your navigation and time keeping skills! Held on Sunday mornings throughout the year, these are 2  or 3 hour score orienteering events on bike. These events are run by London & Southeast Adventure Racers in affiliation with SLOW.

General information on MBO Score events.

Event Schedule

3 March 2019 Tilford Dave Uglow Details
12 May 2019 Surrey Hills Jane Robinson
11 August 2019 Chilterns John Owens
13 October 2019 Surrey Hills Julian Hemsted

Full details on each event are posted on the SLOW website a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Dave Uglow at .

Online Entry

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

Results from 3 hour SLOW events for BMBO full members will be included in the BMBO national league.

Your  age class for ALL 2019 events is your age on 31st Dec 2019.

If you have your own dibber, please add the number in your BMBO account.

Entry Classes

  • Solos
    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
    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+
    G = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
    T21 = Tandem (any age combination)
  • Mixed Pairs
    X21 = combined age 34* to 79 (* minimum 17+)
    X40 = combined age 80 to 99
    X50 = combined age 100 to 119
    X60 = combined age 120+
    G = Generation (Junior 12-14 / Youth 15-17 accompanied at all times by Adult 18+)
    T21 = Tandem (any age combination)
  • Teams of 3+
    G = Generation (enter online in a suitable combination of pairs and solos)

Small Area Format (SAF)

For 2019 we’re introducing a 3 hour event option in addition to the existing 2 hour format. The 3 hour event results will be eligible for inclusion in the BMBO national league. Both options will use the same map and checkpoints but the 3 hour one will be run as a Small Area Format (SAF) event.

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 event the colour has no significance and you can visit the checkpoints in any order.

It is very unlikely but if you do dib the wrong colour by mistake you can later ask for this CP to be deleted and carry on with the original colour. However, you will not be able to revisit it so you might opt to live with a change of plan.

This example Mogador event  map shows our final event of 2018 redrawn as a SAF event.

Series Prizes

Series prizes will be presented to the top 3 finishers in the following categories:

Male Veteran (40+), Male Open (18-39), Female Veteran (40+), Female Open (18-39), Youth/Junior.

Series rankings are based on your top 3 scores of the 4 events. To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events.

West Hampstead Street-O results

Here are the Race Results from last night and the Series Results after round 4 (with minor updates.)

Thanks to organisers Todd Fallesen and Tessa Bertran for taking us into a new part of London – West Hampstead. Todd comments: “Thanks everyone for making it up to West Hampstead for what we hoped was a challenging Street-O. Thanks to Tatia Englemore, Gemma Williams and Katherine Gibbs for helping with the start/finish. We hope everyone had a good run. We tried for a new trick, cutting down on the 40’s and putting out 4 50 point controls to try to draw people a little bit further out, and it seemed to work, though a few people got caught out trying to squeeze a last minute control in. We noticed quite a few people got number 34 wrong, the sign at the top of the path was different by one word (and colour) from the control point. Interestingly, the Southwest and the Northeast quadrants of the map had the same amount of points, though most people went to the Northeast. The Southwest points were a bit more spread out, and the Northeast points were a bit more hilly. ”

This was the last SLOW race before Christmas, but we start again soon after the New Year on the 8th of January in another new part of London – Ealing. See the details here and I hope to see many of you there.

Matthias Mahr, Street O coordinator

Orienteering in London and Surrey. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Community Amateur Sports Club accredited.