International Update


Here are the top overseas countries in terms of number of people that have entered the London City Race so far (updated 16 July):

1 Norway (19 people)
2= Australia (6)
2= Poland (6)
4= France (5)
4= Italy (5)
4= Sweden (5)
7 Portugal (4)
8= Estonia (3)
8= Ireland (3)
10= Belgium (2)
10= Czech Republic (2)
10= Spain (2)
10= Germany (2)
10= Hungary (2)
10= Switzerland (2)
16= Latvia (1)
16= Lithuania (1)
16= Luxembourg (1)
16= Russia (1)
16= Ukraine (1)
16= Netherlands (1)

We look forward to welcoming these and other competitors from around the world to London in late September!

London City Race Featured in The Wharf Newspaper


A preview of the London City Race appeared in the most recent edition of The Wharf. Senior reporter Beth Allcock took part in a “mini” orienteering challenge, completing a two control course in Jubilee Park, in the centre of the Canary Wharf estate, and found out some race planners’ secrets and tips for a good run through the Isle of Dogs.

All competitors starting at the Main Start (i.e. over 16s) will pass through or near Jubilee Park during their race.

View PDF version. You can enter the London City Race here.

DLR to the Start!


London City Race is pleased to announce that competitors on all courses, except the Junior and Children’s courses*, will travel on the famous Docklands Light Railway from the Event Centre at Island Gardens, to the start line near Canary Wharf. The special ticket is included in your entry fee to the race. The iconic trains will run every 10 minutes and the journey will take approximately 20 minutes, with competitors enjoying a birds-eye view of much of the course terrain as they are whisked to the start.

* The start for these courses will be a short walk from the Event Centre.

Image credit: DLR.

Park Race Series – Sharpen up for the City Race


Need to hone your navigational skills in advance of the London City Race, or want to improve your speed? Then the Park Race Series 2013 is for you. Park Races take place between May and August, on weekday evenings in London parks. Courses are navigationally simple – 5km (long) and 3km (short) typically – and provide the ideal balance of speed and navigation needed to do well at the City Race. Registration is on-the-day only. They use the same electronic timing system as will be at the City Race and also provide a full colour map. Each race is just £3-£4 to enter, including timing chip hire. If you haven’t orienteered before and want to get familiar with what an orienteering map looks like, how to use the timing system, or take part in a time-trial-style running event, these races are ideal. Alternatively, if you are familiar with orienteering-style running already, but want to improve your straight-line speed – useful for the longer legs in urban races – these races will help you too.

Full details are at or – the next race is on Thursday 6 June at Grovelands Park in North London, from 6pm.

The races are organised by all the London orienteering clubs, including South London Orienteers, organisers of the London City Race, and London Orienteering Klubb, organisers of the Ultrasprint event that takes place the day before the race.



CLIF Bar have been a London City Race partner since our first race right back in 2008, and we are happy to confirm that once again they will be supporting the event. Try the free samples of the latest CLIF Bar products at their stand in the Event Centre.

CLIF take their ingredients seriously and they are full of goodness, CLIF bars are perfect for orienteers running in tough urban races like the London City Race. Which is why London City Race is delighted to have them on board!

The Seven Laws of Urban Orienteering


An excellent article by Mike Edwards is reproduced in the Urban Orienteering blog.

“Steady Early, Simplify, Run Smooth Lines, Plan Backwards, Stay in Control, Accept Cards Dealt and Learn from Others”. Read the article for the details about each one.

Entries on all courses!


It’s just over a week since entries opened, and we have entries on every course. The most popular at this early stage are Women’s Open and Men’s Super Vets.

Enter now at

Photo by Julian Mason on Flickr.

Entries are Open!


The organising team is delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 6th London City Race! To enter, check the list of available courses here, then read the details here and use the entry link at the bottom of that page. Early entry is advised – special logistics of this year’s race mean that we have to keep a closer eye on entry numbers in certain courses this year, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on your favourite course if it fills up quickly! Entering early also means it will be easier for us to honour your entry time-slot preference when start times are allocated shortly before the event. It also means you get the perk of an ultra-low bib number!

Entry is only available online, through our partner Fabian4. You’ll be able to see your successful entry appear on the live start list, this acts as a confirmation that you have successfully entered. A few days in advance, final details for the race will appear on the website here (you’ll receive an email notification too). On race day, you’ll be able to pick up your race bib and (if ordered) the race technical top and hired SI card. If you have any questions, see our enquiries page.

Entries for the accompanying Ultrasprint race on Saturday will open later in the year.

See you in September for the greatest urban orienteering race on earth!

Hampstead & St Albans Urban Races – April 2013

hampsteadvillagemapextract-300x214If you are looking for an urban orienteering race on the streets of London this spring, maybe to get a feel of the London layout for the London City Race later this year, then there’s a great weekend of urban racing coming up on the last wekend of April!

On Saturday 27 April the inaugural Hampstead Village Urban Race is taking place, organised by our friends from London OK (LOK), who will also be organising the Ultrasprint the day before the London City Race. Hampstead is quite a different feel to central London, with steep, winding streets and alleyways. Then on Sunday 28 April there is the inaugural St Albans City Race, organised by Hertfordshire OC (HH). St Albans is just outside London, and is almost as old, being a Roman settlement. The city lays claim to having the oldest pub in England! Brand new urban orienteering maps have been specially created for both areas.

More details about the Hampstead Village Urban Race are on the LOK website.

More details about the St Albans City Race are on the HH website.

Entries for both events are open now (Hampstead, St Albans). Don’t miss this top quality urban orienteering weekend, in and around London. Mark it in your diary, and enter now!

Canal & River Trust Supporting the London City Race

The London City Race takes place around numerous locks, docks and waterways on the Isle of Dogs that are owned and managed by the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways). London City Race are grateful for their support.