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SLOW teams on the podium at the Southeast Relay Championships

SLOW picked up another trophy at the 2017 Southeast Relay Championships on a scorching hot Sunday in June, with good performances across the four categories. The Handicap Trophy was won by SLOW’s Tom Davies, Pete Huzan and Don McKerrow, in a close competition that saw them less than 90 seconds clear of second place after 90 minutes of running.

SLOW also picked up podium finishes with both teams in the Men’s Open, and second place in the Women’s Open. SLOW’s junior team of Anja Lund, Olin Davies and Jemima Hayward-Bhika (pictured) picked up a creditable sixth place in the face of a very strong showing from Guildford Orienteers who fielded six teams. Notably SLOW junior Jamie Lund ran in the fourth Handicap team.

Southdowns Orienteers hosted the event at Capite Woods in West Sussex. Despite the compact area, the club set challenging courses with a good run in for finishers to be cheered on by those that were able to brave the heat in the full sun.

Full team results are available from Southdowns’ website, with SLOW’s team performances below:

  • Handicap Team 1 (1st place): Tom Davies, Pete Huzan, Don McKerrow
  • Men’s Open 1 (2nd place): Matthew Schepisi, Paul Couldridge, Michael Crone
  • Women’s Open 1 (2nd place): Heather Findley, Fiona Tam, Dorte Torpe Hanson
  • Men’s Open 2 (3rd place): Yordan Kolev, Angus Lund, Ed Catmur
  • Women’s Open 2 (5th place): Chris Robinson, Nicky Adams, Heather Walton
  • Handicap Team 2 (5th place): Andy Robinson, Charlie Turner, Mathieu McGuire
  • Handicap Team 4 (9th place): Keith Davies, Richard Catmur, Jamie Lund
  • Handicap Team 3 (n/c): Duncan Grassie, Ginnie Catmur, Andy Robinson

Pictures courtesy of Fiona Tam (shown finishing and about to hand over to Dorte Torpe Hansen) and Keith Davies (junior team).

Wimbledon Common GLOSS Orienteering Race

South London Orienteers present
2015 GLOSS Series Race 3
Sunday 9 July 2017

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.

LocationWimbledon Common
AddressThe Telegraph, Putney Heath
Latitude/longitude51.4487, -0.2287
OS grid referenceTQ232737
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1000 and 1130
Start TimesBetween 1030 and 1200

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

Enquiries

Please email the organiser Andy Robinson at or call 020 8255 7176.

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.

SLOW Juniors enjoy half term training on Esher Common

Nine SLOW juniors enjoyed the half term sunshine with a training session on Esher Common on Thursday 1 June. The session used three of the permanent courses that SLOW set up on Esher Common in collaboration with Elmbridge District Council.

The juniors aged 9 to 15 years all practised their technical orienteering skills – map orientation and route choice – on the Yellow course in the woods above West End Common to the west of the Portsmouth Road, before heading to Esher Common and running on the longer Orange and Light Green courses.

The weather was fantastic and everyone came away from the morning having improved their technique and more confident on the harder courses, ahead of the southeast relays on Sunday 18 June.

Many thanks to Paul Couldridge and Pete Huzan who gave up their time to coach, the juniors and of course their parents who came along for the morning.

Cannizaro Park Race, Tuesday 27 June

The fifth race of the 2017 London Park Race series takes place on Tuesday 27 June 2017 in Cannizaro Park, off Wimbledon Common. This is a small but very complex park with many navigational challenges, and this is the first time it has ever been used for orienteering.

Like all races in the series, the race is suitable for beginners. Note that full leg cover is recommended for this race, but running in shorts will be permitted at your own risk (you have been warned!). A T-shirt and trainers will be fine on top and underfoot.

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Event Centre

The event centre will be the The Hand in Hand at the southwest corner of Wimbledon Common. the pub is about a 20 minute walk (or 10 minute warm-up jog) from Wimbledon mainline station. Alternatively, buses 93 and 200 will take you along The Ridgway to the Edge Hill stop a short walk away.

LocationCannizaro Park, Wimbledon
AddressThe Hand In Hand, 6 Crooked Billet, London SW19 4RQ
Latitude/longitude51.4216, -0.2274
OS grid referenceTQ233707
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Entry

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

Entry on the day only, and we should 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 borrow one for the event at no charge. A penalty of £60 will be charged for hired SI “Air” cards that are lost or not returned, and such cards will be blacklisted.

Courses

Course name Straight line
Long Approximately 5km
Short Approximately 2.5km

Both courses are suitable for juniors.

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.

GLOSS 2017: London’s Summer Series returns!

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
25 June 2017Belhus WoodsHAVOCDetailsResults
2 July 2017Alexandra PalaceLOKDetailsResults
9 July 2017Wimbledon CommonSLOWDetailsResults
16 July 2017Cassiobury ParkHHDetailsResults
23 July 2017Morden ParkMVDetailsResults

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