SLOW Night-O Series 2018-19

SLOW’s Night-O series returns for 2018-19 with a series of five races from late October to March.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The full schedule for 2018-19 is set out below.

30 October 2018Richmond Park
27 November 2018Wimbledon Common
22 January 2019Barnes Common
26 March 2019Richmond Park
21 September 2019TBC

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 Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

Series Results

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 three 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.

Night Orienteering Series

We are pleased to advertise our next series of evening night orienteering races, which takes place this winter. Races are open to all.

There are five races in the series. Overall series results will be calculated, but you are welcome to run at just one or two if you like.

All are based at a pub.

All are accessible by public transport.

All are on Tuesdays.

All have start times from 1800 to 1930 with courses closing at 2030.

All have a long course of 5k and a short one of 2.5k.

All use SIAC contactless punching; cards can be hired if you do have your own.

All cost £3 for SLOW members and Juniors. £5 for others. with £1 extra for SIAC dibber hire.

  • 30th October  –   Richmond Park , based at  The Lass O’Richmond Hill  in Richmond. Thanks to:   Duncan Grassie.
  • 27th November – Wimbledon Common, based at The Telegraph at Putney Heath. Thanks to:   Sue Carter.
  • 22nd January –  Esher Commons, pub to be confirmed. Thanks to :   Alan Leakey.
  • 26th February – Wimbledon Common, based at The Hand in Hand in Wimbledon Common. Thanks to Peter Huzan.
  • 26th March – venue to be revealed later. Thanks to:   Steve Clelland.

Results of the 2017-2018 Night Series.

Holmbury MTB Score Event, Sunday 18th November 2018

The final event in the SLOW Mountain Bike Score 2018 Series takes place from Holmbury St Mary on Sunday 18th November

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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.

Event Centre

The event will be based at  The Royal Oak, Felday Glade, Dorking RH5 6PF

To avoid obstructing pub customers, event parking will be in the village hall car park. To get there, continue up Felday Glade for 200m past the pub to where the road terminates.

Toilets are available before and after the event, and lunch is available after the event –  please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

LocationHolmbury St Mary
AddressRoyal Oak
Latitude/longitude51.1888, -0.4139
OS grid referenceTQ109445
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

  • By car, the pub is 15 minutes drive from Dorking (please remember to park at the village hall NOT the pub)
  • By public transport, it is a 20min ride from Gomshall 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

The entry fee is £8 for day riders, £7 for BMBO (with their membership cards) and SLOW members, and £6 for under 21s.

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 over the course of the year.

RegistrationBetween 0930 and 1100
Start TimesBetween 1000 and 1100

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: Julian Hemsted/ Nicki Adams

Image: Julian Hemsted

London Bridge Street-O Results

Thank you to our friends at London Orienteering Klubb for organising a great Street-O around London Bridge (familiar to many from this year’s City Race)!

I’m sure many of you will have already seen the Results which include a SLOW 1-2-3 led by Ed Catmur. SLOW also had the fastest woman with Vinh Hoang (organiser of September’s race) taking the title.

Series Results will be published after Race 3 in Teddington on 13 November – hope to see many of you there.

Matthias Mahr, Street-O coordinator

Teddington Street-O, Tuesday 13 November

The third race of the 2018-19 season of evening street orienteering races around London will be held in lovely Teddington on Tuesday 13 November – our return to this area after 5 years away!

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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 race will be based at The Park Hotel close to Teddington railway station. Please do stay after the race for a drink, a bite to eat and to compare routes with your friends

Address19 Park Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0AB
Latitude/longitude51.4253, -0.3347
OS grid referenceTQ159709
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting There

The Park Hotel is at 19 Park Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0AB. It is 150m from Teddington railway station which is on the Waterloo-Richmond-Kingston-Wimbledon-Waterloo loop.

Various bus routes (eg 33, R64, X26, 281, 285) also pass close to the pub. See for further details. Trains to Teddington take 20 minutes from Wimbledon (every 15 mins) or 11 minutes from Richmond (every half-hour).

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: Dave Wright

Race Report for London City Race 2018

Day Organiser (Saturday)

First a massive thank you to the many SLOW members who helped, some on both days, starting early and finishing late, and thanks to those who did a lot of work behind the scenes organising vital bits of equipment or merchandise. It is a big list but a special thanks to Alan Leakey for calm overall coordination including getting the venue for the two days which made a great difference to my work, Gordon Parker, Fiona Tam and Pete Huzan for sorting the computers, Nigel Saker for entries and Entry-on-the_Day, Don McKerrow on main start and the Mahr/Weeds family on junior start, Angus Lund for race numbers and T shirts. Ed Catmur planned some great courses and Simon Errington dealt patiently with any orienteering issues. Thanks to Paul Street who helped me in so many ways including sorting, folding and bagging 200 T shirts. Heroic!

The day was gorgeous and there seem to be relatively few issues. Apologies to those who missed the prize-giving which was held earlier than scheduled. The wording for this will be rewritten for next year. Please claim lost property or uncollected Race Shirts. We hope to see you again next year.

Sarah Brown – SLOW

London City Race 2018 Results

Results from the London City Race 2018, including the Rotherhithe Urban Middle on Friday evening, the 11th London City Race in the City and South Bank on Saturday, and LOK’s race in Bloomsbury on Sunday, are now available. Apologies for the late delivery of the Friday results, which were due to logistical issues with venue access caused by searching for an overdue participant in the race.

Friday Evening: Urban Middle, Rotherhithe

Saturday: The 11th London City Race

Results updated Tuesday. Several competitors have been disqualified after being seen crossing out of bounds roads or ‘uncrossable’ barriers. If they wish to challenge this they should contact the Organiser –

Sunday: Bloomsbury (organised by LOK)

Result queries? Please contact London City Race coordinator Alan Leakey – for Friday or Saturday queries, or see the LOK page for Sunday.

Uncollected pre-ordered T-shirts:

Lost Property

Found a camera or lost (list below):

White T shirt (Madeira Ocean Trails)
1 x cream mesh glove
Dunlop sweatshirt (blue/red/white blocks)
Black Karrimor waterproof jacket ‘M’
light blue hand-towel
mid blue hand towel (quick dry fabric)
blue T shirt – San Diego
control holder
Karrimor Black shorts with pink inner waistband
1 x Water bottle red (NB), purple see-through,
1 x Water bottle purple see-through
1 x Water bottle grey
Black City of London 2017 T shirt
+ Thumb Compass

City Race 2018, photo by Steve Rush

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