Sheen Shufflers in conjunction with Wimbledon Windmilers are hosting a Street/Common Orienteering event on Easter Monday 22nd April at 10am. The meeting and start place is at the north west end of Lauriston Road, SW19 near the junction with Southside Common.
What is Street – Orienteering?
A very informal urban orienteering race, where you are given a special map of the local area, with the aim of running around looking for specific locations (“controls”) on the map. You will also be given a clue sheet (on the back), which will ask a question for each control, which you will be able to complete when you find the correct location – e.g. “fire hydrant number” or the “colour of door at number 20” etc.
Each control is assigned a points value – generally the ones further away are worth more points. The aim is to score as many points as possible, within the given time limit of one hour. Try to keep within this limit, as you will be deducted 1 point for every 3 seconds you are late getting back! If you don’t want to be out for a full 60 minutes you can always come back earlier.
What does the map look like?
An A4 sheet with streets shown on with black lines and paths shown as dotted lines – and obvious major roads. As with all orienteering maps, there are no street names on the map! The controls are normally drawn overprinted in purple. To help distinguish which side of the road you need to be looking at, the control circles are shown with a dot in the middle. The start and finish is always at the same place and shown by a triangle.
What kit do I need?
All you should need is running kit, a pen (and a spare is always worth having) and a watch. A compass is not required! If you are still not sure about what to do – arrive a bit earlier and we will give you a quick tutorial.
Cost of Entry
Please arrive in good time before the start so we can register you. It’s a mass start, so everyone goes off at the same time.
All ‘Juniors’ should be accompanied by a parent or responsible guardian.
There are plenty of road crossings on the more major roads – so please use them rather than taking a gamble!
We will convene after the event at The Swan at the south end of Lauriston Road where the papers will be marked and we can announce the winners.
Any questions – please ask. It’s a fun event so we hope we’ll see quite a few of you taking part – and if you are planning on being there, please tell us so we will know how many maps to print.