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Southeast Middle Distance 2017 Results

The 2017 Southeast Middle Distance championships were run on Wimbledon Common with a brand new map and on a lovely day for orienteering. Results are below.

Planner’s Comments

Many thanks for coming to one of the more challenging areas in London!

I was very happy to be able to plan the very first event on the new map by Tom Edelsten, the map which has way more white bits now due to the recent clearing work on the common. Hope that you appreciated the improved runnability of Wimbledon! Having said that, there were also enough areas with Wimbledon trademark brambles and nettles. So the plan was to keep the more grotty parts in the middle of the courses to offer change of speed and conditions and hope that people forget about the brambly bit by the time they finish. Judging by the post-race comments that seemed to work reasonably well.

Special thanks to David Dawson (controller) and Andy Robinson (organiser), who made some crucial suggestions in the planning process (like scrapping the rough SW corner where some courses might have wondered otherwise) and all the of SLOW volunteers for running the event so smoothly!
Dmitry Adamskiy

Organiser’s Comments

A big thank you to all you competitors is top of my agenda. Not just for supporting the event, but especially for thinking about how you would get there. In the end we didn’t turn any cars away and had perhaps as many as two places to spare!

Thank you also for your understanding of the SIAC operation. Only one runner complained about having to “dib” his SIAC when he wanted to “waft”, and he realised the error of his ways at the end. I think we are all working our way up the learning curve with this one.

Thank you also to the 31 volunteers who made it all happen. The main ones there were Dmitry as planner, trying to give you a decent balance of the nice forest and the rough stuff, David Dawson as controller, and Gordon being in charge of all things technical. I think he’s working his way up the learning curve better than most of us who are just following. And don’t forget Tom Edelsten as mapper for his work over the winter – I believe you all appreciated his efforts.

Property left behind was a door key (!!) with an elephant on the key ring, and a very new looking control description holder.

Unclaimed medals will be at the Long Distance Championships on 14th May, and if not claimed then will be returned to South-East stocks. Those who hadn’t claimed one or didn’t have a clubmate who took it your behalf were

  • Silver: Izumi Magee
  • Bronze: William Chandler, Heather Findlay, Dorte Torpe Hansen, Anne Power, Colin Dutkiewicz

Well done to all those who won a medal.
Andy Robinson

Results from the Wimbledon Common Night-O

The penultimate race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Paul Couldridge won the event overall with Heather Findlay the first lady home.

Series results after four events are now available here.

Paul’s win takes him to a maximum 300 points, but Scott Collier has 200 with one race remaining, due to his organising the latest event. He can join Paul to tie the series by winning the final event. In the women’s competition, only a virtually impossible high placing from Julie Murphy can prevent Sue Carter from keeping the top spot.

Dunsfold MTBO Results

The first race in SLOW and L&SEAR’s 2017 mountain bike orienteering series took place on Sunday 26 February at Dunsfold. The race attracted 31 pairs and solo competitors.

The winner was Ian Cartwright (M50) with a score of 340. Other winners were:

  • Female Solo: Jane Robinson = 220
  • Male Pair: Alick & James Fraser = 266
  • Mixed Pair: Roland Sieber & Julie Rand = 226

The score event results and splits are available here.

The next MTBO event is on Sunday 21 May. Watch this site for details!

Spring Handicap Series 2017

SLOW’s 2017 Spring Handicap Series starts in February, with the first race at Northaw Great Wood. The series is made up of five races – including two named events and the CompassSport Cup qualifying round at Ashridge – and scores at the best three of those will count. The handicap calculation is based on national ranking points, so that running better than you have in the last twelve months means you do well! As this is a handicap series, everyone races in one competition to find a single champion.

19 February 2017Northaw Great Wood - Ace of HertsHHDetailsResults
5 March 2017Brasted ChartDFOKDetailsResults
12 March 2017CompassSport Cup Qualifying Round - AshridgeHHDetailsResults
26 March 2017TilgateSODetailsResults
9 April 2017Hambledon - Chiltern ChallengeTVOCDetailsResults

For Ashridge, entry is via the Club Captain (as soon as possible please) as it is a club team event. Entry for all others is via Fabian4.  with a closing date typically 7-10 days beforehand.

Results from the Ham Night-O, January 2017

The third race of SLOW’s 2016-17 Night-O series was held on Ham Lands on Tuesday 22 November 2017. Scott Collier won the event overall with Sue Carter again the first lady home.

Series results after three events are now available here.

Organiser’s comments

I have been interested in Ham Common Wood ever since the last night O in Ham 3 years ago, that gave us a fleeting glimpse of western edge. However my initial recce in early January found that the (14 year old) map required a fair number of updates to be usable, particularly with regard to new paths that had appeared and old ones that were no longer in existence. Frustratingly a number of interesting looking areas of woodland were not practical to use due to bramble cover.

I was pleased with how smoothly things went on the night, with the obviously exception of control 164. I put it out in daylight and I did not consider it at risk of being interfered with. Alas, a member of the public did find it and decided to bury it under a pile of leaves! Well done to Alice (aged 7) for finding it again. A number of competitors wasted time searching for the control before it was recovered, so the only fair course of action was to void the control and take the adjoining legs out of the overall times.

Many thanks to Vicky, Don, Richard, Matt and Andy for helping on the night and especially Pete for volunteering to collect controls from the riverside area.
Steve Clelland

Ham Riverside Night-O, 24 January

The third race of South London Orienteers’ five event 2016-17 Night-O Series takes place in Ham Riverside, between Kingston and Richmond, on Tuesday 22 November 2016. The race centre will be The Hand and Flower on Upper Ham Road.

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The Night-O series is a public race – all are welcome. Please RSVP to the event via Facebook (link above) to let us know you are coming – you can also see who else is coming and post questions. If you are not on Facebook, please let the organiser Steve Clelland know you are coming (details below) so that the correct number of maps are printed.

Race centre

The race will be based at The Hand and Flower at 24 Upper Ham Road, Richmond TW10 5LA. The pub serves excellent food and drink, and there will be the usual opportunity to revisit route choices with other runners.

LocationHam Riverside
AddressThe Hand and Flower, 24 Upper Ham Road, Richmond TW10 5LA
Latitude/longitude51.4323, -0.3067
OS grid referenceTQ178717
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Getting there

The Hand and Flower is midway between Kingston and Richmond, with bus 65 connecting the two stopping outside the pub (Ham Common stop). Further details are available on the TFL website.

Race Details

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The race will use SI electronic punching with SI cards available for free 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 organizer in advance to reserve one.

RegistrationBetween 1815 and 1930
Start TimesBetween 1830 and 1930

The following courses will be available:

  • Long: approximately 5.5km, quite challenging
  • Short: approximately 2.5km, quite challenging

The terrain comprises the open and runable riverside area (used during the May 2016 park race), and the woodland between Ham Common and Richmond Park Ham Gate, with suburban housing estates separating the two. The woodland area is in stark contrast to the riverside, with limited visibility, intricate contour detail and a dense path network. The woodland also contains patches of brambles and although courses are planned to avoid these areas, full leg cover is mandatory. The short course will only visit Ham Common and the woodland.

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.

Organiser/Planner: Steve Clelland,

Congratulations to SLOW’s Club Champions 2016

South London Orienteers has new club champions for 2016. The championships were hosted on Esher Common on Saturday 2 December – one of SLOW’s home territories – but hosted by Southern Navigators as part of their Saturday Series. Full adult members of SLOW were eligible to compete, along with members of Esher Scouts Orienteering Club and SLOW juniors for the junior championship.

The first three in each category were:

  1. Paul Couldridge 40:15
  2. Matthew Schepisi 45:41
  3. Matthias Mahr 45:51


  1. Charlotte Turner 47:50
  2. Heather Findlay 48:39
  3. Sarah Brown 50:23

Junior Women’s

  1. Sofie Davidson 53:23
  2. Lucy Armitage 1:05:32

Junior Men’s

  1. Thomas Arnison 36:08
  2. Benedict Davidson 38:48
  3. William Emmerson 39:52

The full results are available on the SN website.