Norbiton Street-O, Tuesday 9 April

For the penultimate race of the 2018-19 season of evening street orienteering races, we return to our South-West London heartland and more specifically Norbiton (North Kingston).

Join us for an evening’s checkpoint hunting and post race discussions! Please note this race is only 2 days after our Kingston Urban Race and will cover an adjacent, but in a very different way.

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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. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser below know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

This event will use electronic timing for the start and finish – please bring your SI card if you have one, or we’ll lend you one on the night!

Race HQ

The venue for the event is the wonderful Black Horse, owned by Hippo Inns and lovingly refurbished a couple of years ago.
There is a special menu available that evening, all at £7: Choose from Classic or Veggie Burger, Bavarian Hot Dog (yum!) or Fish Finger Bap. Some excellent Real Ales on tap and of course they have a full menu too!

AddressThe Black Horse, 204 London Rd Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QP
Latitude/longitude51.4135, -0.2872
OS grid referenceTQ192697
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Black Horse is approximately a five minute walk from Norbiton Station on the Waterloo – Kingston line. Come out of the car park on the north side of the station and turn left towards the bridge. Just before the bridge turn right into Manorgate Road and The Black Horse is on the roundabout at the far end.

Race Details

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.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

The Street-O format has clues located at various points on a map. You have 60 minutes to visit as many of these as possible, in any order, and return to the finish. This guide provides general information about street orienteering.

Don’t forget to bring a pen to write down your answers to the clues as you go around, an SI card if you have one, and a watch so that you aren’t late back! You may find a torch/head-torch and compass useful too and hi-vis clothing would be sensible.

All competitors take part at their own risk. You MUST be over 16 to take part in this event, unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a condition of our insurance.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event. Check the 2018-19 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Bob Reed,

CompassSport Cup Tie 2019

South London Orienteers were second behind a strong all-round Southdowns team performance in yesterday’s CompassSport Cup Tie in Ashdown Forest.

Results (on the host club Saxons website)

So we won’t be competing in the National Final (which is in the South-East) this Autumn. Our best wishes to Southdowns who will represent the home region.

Details of CompassSport Cup and results from round the country.

We had a great turnout of over 50, with a fair amount of car sharing and several cycling to the compact assembly at “An Enchanted Place”. Start and finish were nearby, and there was sunshine, but a biting wind somewhat curtailed the socialising.

Congratulations to four SLOW runners who won their races: Abi Weeds (women’s open), Mihaly Ormay (short brown), Andy Jones (men’s green) and Mike Murray (short green). And Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Alan Leakey would have won their courses had it not been for one of the above named team-mates.

(Photo Credit: Rob Lines)

Brentford Street-O Results

Here are the Race Results and Series Results from Tuesday’s Street Orienteering Race in Brentford.

Thanks to Dmitry Adamsky for organising – he comments: “Thank you all for coming and not being afraid of storm Gareth – in the end we had a brilliant weather and I hope that you enjoyed running in Brentford, Isleworth and Kew! The map scale for this event was a rather unusual 1:15000, the main reason being that I wanted to avoid crossing Great West Road. That leaves a rather thin strip of land between it and the river and unless one includes Kew there is almost no route choice. I hope that you enjoyed the planning challenge resulting from the scale of the map.Special thanks to Andrew Johnson who manned the start and Pete & the whole team of The Black Dog Beer House for hosting us.

You might have noticed that there is no shortage of pubs in Brentford. Actually, I used less than half of them and in the past there were many, many more(the event centre is listed there under its previous name The Albany Arms).
Lost Property: running/cycling glasses.

I hope you can join us at the next Street-O race on 9 April at the Black Horse in Norbiton (South West London), with details to follow shortly.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator

MBO SCORE 2019 Results

2019 Series Results

Our first event of the 2019 Series took place in March at Tilford in the Surrey Hills. Despite the untimely break in the good run of weather during February, the rain did not spoil things and everyone came back looking very muddy but with lots of smiles. With all the mud and sand, brake pads might make for suitable prizes this year.

Series standings so far are:

  • Male Vet (40+) – Andy Gregg
  • Female Vet (40+) – Rachel Drew
  • Male Open – Simon Williamson
  • Female Open – Katie Brayne
  • Youth (Under 21) – Adam Conway / Thomas White

Overall Series Standings after the first event.

Individual 2019 Results, Splits and Race Reports.

Series Prizes

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

  • Male Veteran (40+)
  • Female Veteran (40+)
  • Male Open
  • Female Open
  • Under 21

To be eligible for prizes, participants must have attended at least 2 events.

Previous Series Results

Overall series results: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Individual previous years events: Results

Surrey Hills Race, 9 June 2019

Organised by South London Orienteers
under FRA regulations
Hall of Fame

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Get off the roads and try the trails this summer! The Surrey Hills race will take you along the footpaths and up the hills of the beautiful Surrey Hill. It provides an enjoyable challenge to all types of runners, orienteers and adventure racers. All races are mass start; run on your own or with friends. Courses do require navigation and require visiting some checkpoints, such as at the top of Leith Hill (on the ‘A’ and ‘B’ courses.)  A purpose-drawn map at 1:25:000 is provided to all competitors.

2019 is the fortieth year of these races.


Pre-entry is open online through Fabian4. It costs £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors. Entry on the Day will be possible subject to map availability, at £10 for seniors and £5 for students and juniors. The event uses Sportident electronic punching. If you don’t have an SI dibber of your own, we will lend you one.

Courses and Start Times

A 30 km / 18 miles 10:30
B 16 km / 10 miles 10:45
C 10 km / 6 miles 10:35
All courses require navigation. We have a cut-off time at the second water station on the 30km long course. This is 1km before control #7 (at the Duke of Kent School.) The cut-off is midday, an hour and a half after the start. We’ll drive any runners arriving after this time back to the race centre.

Race Centre

Registration will be from 9:30am at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.
AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG
Latitude/longitude51.2269, -0.3433
OS grid referenceTQ158488
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap
Changing, toilets, showers (rebuilt this year) and supervised bag storage are at the school.

Travel Directions

The race centre is easily accessible by both car and public transport. By car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area. Public transport is excellent to the race, with trains to Dorking taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria, or to Dorking Deepdene from Reading. From the station, it’s a half an hour walk to the race centre where there is changing, toilets and bag storage.


Trophies are awarded in memory of Byron Davies and Kate Thomas to the winner of the ‘A’ course and to the first lady on the ‘A’ course respectively. The Michael Murray trophy is awarded to the winner of the ‘B’ course. There are also trophies for the ‘C’ course and for the first lady on the ‘B’ course. Also Age Class prizes.


Results are published on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

FRA rules

Under-18s may not run courses A or B. Unfortunately no under-16s can be accepted. There is a limit of 100 runners in each race. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety, and are required to sign a disclaimer to this effect on the entry form.

Race Map

You can view the map on Routegadget.

Richmond Park Night-O

The final race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2018-19 Night-O Series is on Tuesday 26th 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 Steve Clelland (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 Albert Pub on Kingston Hill, KT2 7PX. This is a five minute walk from Norbiton Station, and also numerous buses pass – it is the Queens Road Kingston Hospital stop.

LocationRichmond Park
AddressThe Albert, KT2 7PX
Latitude/longitude51.416, -0.284
OS grid referenceTQ194700
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 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 1900
Start Time1920

These courses are offered:

  • Long: 6km – mass start at 7.20pm
  • Short: 3km – mass start at 7.25pm

The start is 700m / 5 min slow jog from The Albert. Competitors should aim to arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start times.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after.

Organiser/Planner: Steve Clelland

Wimbledon Common Night-O Results

For last month’s night event it snowed whilst controls were put out. This month we had the hottest ever February day.

Organiser/Planner Sue Carter:

We had a better than expected turn out. Thanks to those who helped us out by recycling their maps at the end of course. If you would like a pdf of your course, please let me know and I will send you one. You can also upload your route on Routegadget, record where you went and see where others went too.

Thanks to helpers on the night: Don, Gordon, Steve, Ed and Pete. It’s
your help that keeps these events going.

Please accept my apologies for the misplacement of Control-3 (163). I will learn from my mistake placing it and it won’t happen again. I hope it didn’t detract from anyone’s enjoyment too much.

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