Street Orienteering 27th December

The Event

For the second year running, we will be hosting our own Street Orienteering event in Mortlake and Sheen. The event will take place on Thursday 27th December at 10:30am with the start just to the north of Mortlake Station opposite Thompson House School. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t pour with rain again this year.
This is open to both our senior and junior sections and any friends who’d like to join in, though we would request that ‘children’ run with guardians. We can always sort out logistics if you let me know you want to run and have no one to run with – we won’t stop you running in groups. Can you let me know ( if you want to run as we need to know approximately how many maps to print – it’s colour ink on special tear proof paper.

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 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 as 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 (a spare is also handy as I can testify) 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


Special Instructions

There are plenty of road crossings on the more major roads – so please use them rather than taking a gamble!

Apres Run

We will reconvene after the event at The Hare & Hounds in East Sheen!

Any questions – please ask. It’s a fun event so we hope we’ll see quite a few of you taking part!

Teddington Street Orienteering Tuesday 13th November

The next Street-O in the 2018-19 season takes place from The Park Hotel, 19 Park Road, Teddington, TW11 0AB on the above date. As it is an electronic start, you can start anytime between 6:30 and 7:30pm. You can run in groups, so bring along a chum or two, providing you have an adult with you.

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.
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. They really are great fun and all over (if you time yourself right) in 1 hour.

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 the insurance.

If you need any further information, please ask

Night Orienteering – Richmond Park

Sorry it’s such short notice, but the venue has only just been published. It’s at The Lass of Richmond Hill, Queens Road,TW10 6JJ

There are two courses, 5K and 2.5K, Children can run if accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian. If you let me know if you are coming and don’t know what you are letting yourself in for, we will arrange for an informal introduction to an orienteering ‘master-class’ before you start. If you are still unsure, again, let me know and we can try and arrange company around the route.

Basically, you are given a map with clues on it and you have to navigate to the clues ‘check-points’ and electronically check in. You will need a head torch, whistle and a compass. The cost is £5 entry, £3 for juniors. Registration between 18:00 and 19:25, and as it is electronic timing, you go when you are ready.

These are fun but frustrating events (when you can’t find a check-point). You can run in groups, so please don’t feel you have to run on your own.

If you need any further info –

Junior Cross-Country League

Just a reminder that the first event of the winter cross-country league takes place on Sunday 21st October on Epsom Downs, the week after Junior Athletics finishes for the 2018 season.

The age categories are:-
U11 = Age 8 to Yr6
U13 = Yr7 & Yr8
U15 = Yr9 & Yr10

Start time and distance:-
U11 10.45 2.2 Km
U13 11.15 2.5 Km
U15 11.30 2.5 Km

The start and finish is at Tattenham Corner (KT18 5PP) and you will see us there underneath our sail banner. Please leave plenty of time to get yourself registered. Entry is free of charge.

Club tops must be worn and these can be purchased from Steve MacDuell.

Steve will be the principal coach involved, but any of the coaches will be able to answer any questions you may have. It would be helpful if you could let Steve know in advance if you are running, either directly to Steve or via the enquiries form on this website.

We really hope to have a good turn out this season. Look forward to seeing you there!

Junior Cross-Country League Winter 2018/19

We will once again be competing in the Epsom Downs Cross-Country League this winter.

All fixtures take place on Epsom Downs (KT18 5PP) and will be held on:
Sunday 21st October (one week after athletics finishes)
Sunday 2nd December
Sunday 17th February
Sunday 3rd March

The age categories are:-
U11 = Age 8 to Yr6
U13 = Yr7 & Yr8
U15 = Yr9 & Yr10

Start time and distance:-
U11 10.45 2.2 Km
U13 11.15 2.5 Km
U15 11.30 2.5 Km

Club tops must be worn and these can be purchased from Bob.

Steve McDuell will be the principal coach involved, but any of the coaches will be able to answer any questions you may have. We really hope to have a good turn out this season. As soon as we have more details we will post them.

…and for you parents – if you hanker after organised cross-country having liked/despised it at school – the senior Shufflers are also in a cross-country league and we’d be delighted to talk to you about getting involved! Some parents even turned out and ran last season!

Summer Camp

This is the last week of the Summer Holiday’s Summer Camps at Barn Elms.

Both camps will commence at 10am, the first on Tuesday at 10:00am and the second on Thursday at 10:00am. The camps last approx. 90 minutes and cost £7.50 per athlete. This week’s camps will be run by either Steve or Louise, or maybe both.

Please feel free just to show up!

Summer Camp Athletics Sessions

There will be ‘drop in’ sessions at Barn Elms track during the last four weeks of August. These sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10:00 am and 11:30 am and will commence on Tuesday 7th August.

The sessions will be run by our Juniors coaches, Steve and Louise. The cost of each session will be £7.50 which will include the track fee. All abilities welcome.

Any further details you may need can be obtained from Louise at

Barnes Common Orienteering, Tuesday Evening 24th July

An evening’s orienteering on Barnes Common during daylight returns on Tuesday 24th July.

There are two courses available, a long course 5km and a short course 2.5K. All juniors must be accompanied on the long course, but as the short course does not cross any roads, juniors can run without an adult. It would be excellent to see some of the Juniors taking part. If the parents are not up to it for the long course, but their junior athletes are, just let us know!

You will be given a map with checkpoints on it and clues as to how to find those checkpoints – look on it as a glorified treasure hunt. You can run as a group if you are not brimming with confidence. If you are still not sure you can speak to me (Bob), and I can give you any further details you may need.

The headquarters for the event is in The Spencer Arms in Putney, SW15 1HJ The event registration is between 18:00 and 19:30 with the start times between 18:00 and 19:30. It is electronically timed so that you can start when you are ready. Cost of entry is £5. The organisers would appreciate it if you would let them know you are attending so they a rough idea of how many maps to print (they aren’t cheap).

Always an excellent evening out – and local!!