Wendover Woods MTB Score Event, Sunday 10th June 2018

The second event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2018 Series takes place in Wendover Woods on Sunday 10th June.

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This is a public event – all are welcome. All entries are on the day but we encourage you to please RSVP to the event via Facebook (event link to follow) or email to let us know you are coming so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Breaking News:

We will have SIAC contactless dibbers available for hire at all our events this season for an additional £2!

Event Centre

In an excursion from our usual Surrey Hills locations, this event will be based in the beautiful Chiltern hills at  Wendover Woods Visitor Centre, HP23 6LD.

Toilets and refreshments are available nearby before and after the event.

LocationWendover Woods
AddressWendover Woods Visitor Centre
Latitude/longitude51.7717, -0.7137
OS grid referenceSP889089
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the entrance is on St Leonards Road, signed from the B4009 between Wendover & Aston Clinton.

Please note there is a parking charge of £3.30 for 4 hours. Payment can be made in cash or via your smartphone.

Event Details

The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for BMBO (with their membership cards) and SLOW members, and £6 for under 21s. An additional £1 charge will be applied at this event to cover Forestry Commission usage fees.

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

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

  • Mobile Phone
  • Waterproof top
  • Compass

There will be series prizes for top male/female/pair and veteran male/female/pair scores, based on the best 3 results of the 4 races over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1100
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1300

Event duration is 2 hours and the course will close at 13:00.

Maps will be 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. The event will use Sport Ident electronic punching at all controls, and a limited number of SI dibbers will be available. Please bring your own if you have one.

All competitors take part at their own risk.

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

Planners/Organisers: John Owens/ Nicki Adams

Image: Mark Humphrey

Chelsea Street-O Results, Tuesday 8 May

With apologies for the delay, here are the Final Results from Tuesday’s final Street-O of the season. Over 100 runners enjoyed Steven’s courses taking in Chelsea, Earl’s Court and, as a bonus, Brompton Cemetery!

We now also have the Final Series Results, have a look at your result! We had some really tight results overall, with the top 3 Men only separated by 1 point each!

I look forward to welcoming you again to another series starting in September.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator,

GLOSS 2018: London’s Summer Series

June sees the return of the Greater London Orienteering Summer Series, or GLOSS. This is a series of five accessible orienteering races held in parks and parkland around London on Sundays through late June and July.

The events are perfect for beginners and families, and there is a club competition for the prestigious London Bus trophy for those who are members of one of London’s orienteering clubs. South London Orienteers won the competition in 2016 and 2015.

There are two course options: the GLOSS course which is about 3.5 to 4.5 km (with optional extension to ~6 km) and is of moderate navigational difficulty and a ‘Yellow’ course which is about 2km with easier navigation.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
24 June 2018Hornchurch Country ParkHAVOCDetails
1 July 2018Addington HillsLOKDetails
7 July 2018Ellenbrook FieldsHHDetails
15 July 2018Wimbledon CommonDetails
22 July 2018Beddington ParkMVDetails

Full details of the race series are available from the coordinating club London Orienteering.

GLOSS 2018 Wimbledon Common, Sunday 15 July

South London Orienteers present
2018 GLOSS Series Race 4
Sunday 15 July 2018

GLOSS is a friendly inter-club series of competitions run on the Light Green course, with a handicap scoring system which favours the less experienced. All courses are open to all-comers, whether beginners or experienced. SLOW’s event will be on Putney Heath and the northern part of Wimbledon Common.

An overview of the GLOSS series is available from the coordinating club, London Orienteering Klubb.

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Event Centre

The event centre is The Telegraph pub on Putney Heath, SW15 3TU. The pub is in the middle of the heath and there is plenty of parking available on nearby roads. Several bus routes go to “Putney Heath Green Man” which is at the north-east corner of the map and about 500m from The Telegraph.

The pub facilities will be available once it is open for business. It has an excellent range of beers and food, so make the most of the occasion! It is a popular destination on a Sunday for families and those wishing to spend their weekend in a relaxed and friendly environment, and their traditional Sunday roasts prove very popular and attract visitors from far and wide. Please book ahead if you wish to reserve a specific area or large gathering – details on the website.

Entry

RegistrationBetween and
Start TimesBetween and

Entry on the day only.

Seniors £5
SLOW Juniors Free
Other Juniors £2

Electronic timing will be used, and SI cards (regular for £1 and wireless for £2.50) can be hired for the event on the day.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Light Green (“GLOSS” – fairly tricky) 4km + optional 2.5km extension
Yellow (fairly easy) 2km
White (very easy) 1km
“Naughty Numbers” (for young children) < 1km

Results

Results will be posted on this website after the event.

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Waterloo Parks Race, Tuesday 29 May

The first race of the 2018 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 29 May 2018 in Waterloo’s Parks. Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Full leg cover is not necessary, running in a T-shirt, shorts and trainers will be fine – see below for more details.

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Event Centre

The event centre at The Tankard on Kennington Road. It’s a seven minute walk from Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line.

LocationWaterloo Parks
AddressThe Tankard
Latitude/longitude51.4953, -0.1108
OS grid referenceTQ312791
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1800 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1800 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we may be able to take contactless credit card payments. Your entry fee includes a full colour map printed on waterproof paper, which you can keep as a souvenir after your run, and a printout of your race time and splits at the end of the race.

BOF members £3
All others £5

Electronic timing will be used. If you do not have your own SI card, then you can hire one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SIACs that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Optimal route distance
Long 5.7km
Short 2.6km

Normally courses are quoted as straight line distance, but straight lines are not possible here, so the optimal route better reflects the distance that runners will cover.

The short course is suitable for juniors; under-16s on the long course must be accompanied by an adult.

The whole of the short course and the start of the long course will be in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. The long course then goes on to Archbishop’s Park with some interesting urban to link the parks and to finish back near the pub. There will be two timed out major road crossings on the Long course.

The terrain will be 70% hard surfaces with the rest mown grass so shorts will be fine; high-viz clothing is recommended on the long course as 25% of it will be on streets linking the two parks.

Further Information

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email the organiser Don McKerrow at .

Competitors take part in this race at their own risk. Entries and results will be processed by computer, your entry will be taken as agreement to this. The competition is run under the rules and guidelines of, and sanctioned by, British Orienteering.

Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

Chelsea Street-O, Tuesday 8 May

Join us for the SEASON FINALE of the 2017-18 season of evening street orienteering races on Tuesday 8 May in Chelsea, West London.  Join us for an evening of checkpoint hunting & post race chat, food and drink!

The area includes the historic, Grade I listed, Brompton Cemetery. The cemetery is just to the west of The Pembroke, our base for the evening, and is open until 8pm. Those starting after 7pm should plan their routes accordingly to avoid the disappointment of missing out on this unique area!

Series prizes will be presented on the night.

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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.

Race HQ

The race will be based at The Pembroke in Chelsea. Please do stay after the race for a drink, a bite to eat and to compare routes with your friends

LocationChelsea
Address261 Old Brompton Road
Latitude/longitude51.4888, -0.1915
OS grid referenceTQ257782
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Pembroke is at 261 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9JA – a 5 minute walk from both Earl’s Court and West Brompton underground stations. Numerous bus routes also pass close to the pub. See www.tfl.gov.uk for further details. .

Race Details

Entry fee is £2 for SLOW and LOK members, students and juniors; £4 for others.

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, although many don’t take one and it should be light enough for everyone for this last event.

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 2017-18 series page for more information.

Organiser/Planner: Steve Clelland, 

Isle Of Dogs Street-O Results

In world record time, here are the Race Results from tonight’s Isle of Dogs Street-O, and the Series Results have also been updated.

Almost 100 intrepid racers made it out to Crossharbour to enjoy the course set by Anders on what was a nice evening. We have new faces as winners this time, with Graham Law scoring the most points on the night closely followed by James Lambert; and Emily Budd the leading woman closely followed by Alison Hawe.

I hope you can join us for the season finale in the Earl’s Court area on Tuesday 8 May – there’s still all to play for in the league including the overall winner’s title. Details to follow shortly.

Matthias Mahr, street o coordinator,

London’s 2018 Summer Park Race Series

The 2018 London Park Race Series has been announced, with ten races every Tuesday evening from 22 May to 24 July. The full schedule is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
22 May 2018Greenwich ParkAndrew Evans (DFOK)Details
29 May 2018Waterloo ParksDon McKerrowDetails
5 June 2018Morden Hall ParkTony Burton (MVOC)
12 June 2018Battersea ParkAnders Silkjaer
19 June 2018Finsbury ParkPaul Todd (LOK)
26 June 2018TBD
3 July 2018Victoria ParkPaul Todd (LOK)
10 July 2018Alexandra and Ainsworth EstateEd Stott
17 July 2018Crystal Palace ParkAndrew Evans (DFOK)
24 July 2018Barnes CommonScott Collier

Full details on each event will be posted on the organising club’s website, a few weeks before the event.

Series Scoring

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

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