First a massive thank you to the many SLOW members who helped, some on both days, starting early and finishing late, and thanks to those who did a lot of work behind the scenes organising vital bits of equipment or merchandise. It is a big list but a special thanks to Alan Leakey for calm overall coordination including getting the venue for the two days which made a great difference to my work, Gordon Parker, Fiona Tam and Pete Huzan for sorting the computers, Nigel Saker for entries and Entry-on-the_Day, Don McKerrow on main start and the Mahr/Weeds family on junior start, Angus Lund for race numbers and T shirts. Ed Catmur planned some great courses and Simon Errington dealt patiently with any orienteering issues. Thanks to Paul Street who helped me in so many ways including sorting, folding and bagging 200 T shirts. Heroic!
The day was gorgeous and there seem to be relatively few issues. Apologies to those who missed the prize-giving which was held earlier than scheduled. The wording for this will be rewritten for next year. Please claim lost property or uncollected Race Shirts. We hope to see you again next year.
A low-key SLOW project to say thanks to long-serving committee members completed at the Waterloo Parks Race.
Last year Chris and Judy finally ceased their diligent management of SLOW’s equipment, and Andy and Chris, for so long key to all fixtures, confirmed plans to move to the Lakes, both after over three decades of “volunteering”. Teresa wrapped up over a decade as membership secretary, and Don, after a similar duration, stepped down as chair (but not from several other roles.) The club owes these people a huge debt, and as a small token presented framed personalized maps to them on various surprise occasions when there was a quorum and the weather allowed. We were pleased to make the final presentation to Don on the balcony of the pub at his Waterloo Parks event last week. And it was great that once again Pip had volunteered help for one her husband’s events and so could see a grateful club say thankyou.
We explained to Don that the map had been following him for some time – it had attended the CompassSport Cup match and the JK relays, although many will remember that neither occasion offered suitable conditions, unlike The Tankard PH.
His now sold out London North/South map is a great example of map as art, and shows how simple colouring and detail – in this case just buildings – can be very effective. And then we went to an event together last year and he mentioned the SLOW roundel could perhaps be based on the real curves of the Thames rather than just the style of them. Put that together with a member (Ralph) who knows a bit about mapping software, and play around with centring on an address…
Thanks to Don McKerrow for creating last night’s great event in the part of London where our chairman Alan Leakey was born and brought up. And for putting out 29 controls in the afternoon thunderstorms, which cleared nicely for the first starters. And in the delightful pub The Tankard after the racing Alan was delighted to present Don with a framed map as a token of the club’s appreciation for so much hard work for SLOW as Chairman, mapping officer, and winter night series co-ordinator, not to mention individual events such as this.
On the 19th May, the day of a Royal Wedding in Windsor, the British Long Distance Championship races were held far away, at another Royal Castle, that of Balmoral, on Deeside in the Highlands of Scotland.
The weather was glorious and Deeside was wonderful in the sunshine. The Balmoral Estate forest was hilly and rough with few tracks, and there were some extended running times.
The next day, a little along the valley in the somewhat easier forest at Torphantrick the British Relay Championships took place.
Ian Webb was the only SLOW member tackling M/W21E – he finished in three and a quarter hours.
Sarah-Jane Barrable was third on W21S.
SLOW’s top class (arguably, just shading M65L) was M35L, with Ed Catmur second and Steve Clelland fifth.
Steph Moss was fifth on W40L, and Karen Jones 13th on W55L, with Heather Walton 37th.
Captain Peter Huzan was 32nd in M50L, with Andy Jones 33rd and eight seconds behind him (a small margin in an hour and a half), and Simon Moss was 47th in that class.
Kathy Haynes was 15th on W60L, 6 seconds ahead of 16th placed Diane Leakey. Chris Robinson was third on W60S. Sarah Brown was equal fifth on W65L, with Anne May 16th. Paul Street was 31st in M60L, with an injured Andy Robinson missing a few controls. Alan Leakey was fifth and Don McKerrow eleventh on M65L. David May was sixth on M70L.
The next day was the British Relay Championships. SLOW fielded teams in both the top class races. In the Men’s Premier, Ed Catmur, Peter Huzan and Ian Webb were 19th. In the Women’s Premier Karen Jones, Sarah-Jane Barrable and Christine Robinson were 12th.
In the veteran classes SLOW got two bronze medals, in the men’s and women’s 60+ races. The women’s team was Sarah Brown, Kathy Haynes and Diane Leakey. The men’s (seen below – with Andy Robinson’s SLOW jacket in background, helping at the prizegiving in his capacity as a BOF Director) was David May, Alan Leakey and Andy Jones.