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Night Orienteering Series

We are pleased to advertise our next series of evening night orienteering races, which takes place this winter. Races are open to all.

There are five races in the series. Overall series results will be calculated, but you are welcome to run at just one or two if you like.

All are based at a pub.

All are accessible by public transport.

All are on Tuesdays.

All have start times from 1800 to 1930 with courses closing at 2030.

All have a long course of 5k and a short one of 2.5k.

All use SIAC contactless punching; cards can be hired if you do have your own.

All cost £3 for SLOW members and Juniors. £5 for others. with £1 extra for SIAC dibber hire.

  • 30th October  –   Richmond Park , based at  The Lass O’Richmond Hill  in Richmond. Thanks to:   Duncan Grassie.
  • 27th November – Wimbledon Common, based at The Telegraph at Putney Heath. Thanks to:   Sue Carter.
  • 22nd January –  Esher Commons, pub to be confirmed. Thanks to :   Alan Leakey.
  • 26th February – Wimbledon Common, based at The Hand in Hand in Wimbledon Common. Thanks to Peter Huzan.
  • 26th March – venue to be revealed later. Thanks to:   Steve Clelland.

Results of the 2017-2018 Night Series.

Race Report for London City Race 2018

Day Organiser (Saturday)

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.

Sarah Brown – SLOW

London City Races

The London City Orienteering Races are on Friday evening 14th September, Saturday 15th September, and Sunday morning 16th September.

We have a dedicated City Race page.

Results for Friday and Saturday

Results for the Friday and Saturday races can be found here.

Late Update: On Day 3, Enquiries and Entry-on-the-Day will open at 9:00.

“Urban Orienteering For All
Think Hard
Run Fast
Feel Good”

New Roundel

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.

As for the maps, well the ideas of our member Oliver O’Brien – do see his Suprageography blog –  provide the key.

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…

Here’s part of one of the results (contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2017):

New SLOW Roundel Map

Waterloo Parks Results

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.

SLOW’s London Park Series continues next Tuesday, and all Tuesdays afterwards until 24th July.


Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

British Champs Weekend

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.

In the individual there were new champions in the open classes, Jo Shepherd of Inverness OC (and Halden SK, Norway) and Peter Hodkinson of Nottinghamshire OC (and Lillomarka OL, Norway.) Short report on the open classes (at On The Red Line website.)

There were 20 SLOW members running the individual (and fixtures secretary Duncan Grassie, not 100% fit, was there too under his AROS designation – seventh on M35L, and helping it all happen.)

Long Distance Results (pdf, on Scottish orienteering website.)

Ed Catmur
Ed Catmur

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.

Kathy Haynes
Kathy Haynes

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.

Alan leakey, Andy JOnes, David May collect the bronze medals
Men’s 60+ Relay Prizegiving
Andy Jones
Andy Jones
Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson

JK Relays, Monday 2nd April

(thanks to Mark Howell for the top photo of the JK Trophy start)

Fifteen SLOW teams took part in the JK Relays on Cannock Chase on Monday.

For old-timers it was a traditional JK Relays – bad weather coming in on Sunday night /Monday morning causing really tough conditions for both the organisation team and the runners.

Full results can be found on the SIEntries website.

The women’s trophy team (Heather Findlay, Fiona Tam, Sarah-Jane Barrable) were 16th. The men’s trophy team (Tom Cochrane, Yordan Kolev, Ed Stott) were 20th.

And one of the SLOW vet teams made the podium: congratulations to Sarah, Karen and Dorte.

W165+ Podium: Happy Herts, Lakeland, South London Orienteers

In the individual competition in the forest on the Saturday and Sunday Ed Catmur won M35L, and Sarah Brown was second in W65L. Ed also won the sprint at MOD Stafford on the Friday.

In the top classes:
W21E – Abi Weeds was 16th and Sue Carter was 41st.
M21E – Tom Cochrane was 34th.