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.
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.
2016 is over and with it so too is the South East Individual League for another year.
For those who haven’t heard of it, the South East Individual League is a competition held across most of the major events in the South East region over the calendar year. An individual’s performances at these events will score them points, with their best four scores counting toward the competition.
The results for 2016 have now been published. Congratulations to the following SLOW members who finished in the top three for their age class:
Charlotte Turner – 3rd W21
Sue Carter – 3rd W45
Dorte Torpe Hansen – 1st W50
Anne May – 3rd W65
Matteo Rebora – 2nd M10
Dmitry Adamskiy – 1st M21
James Lyne – 2nd M21
Oliver O’Brien – 2nd M35
Paul Couldridge – 1st M40
Andy Robinson – 3rd M60
The competition for 2017 is already underway with some strong performances by SLOW members in the first two events. The next event in the league is on Sunday 19th February 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.
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.
It’s that time of year again as SLOW would like to welcome all club members to participate at the 4th annual running of the Club Championships on Saturday 3 Dec.
As part of their Saturday Series, Southern Navigators will be hosting the event on SLOW’s area Esher Commons which is very convenient for SLOW members. They are putting on two extra courses open only to SLOW members which will be approximately 4km and 5.5km for Women and Men.
The 2016 club AGM will be on Monday 28 November. The AGM is open to all full members of South London Orienteers.
As has become customary, the meeting will be in the private room at Pizza Express Putney. The meeting will start at 20:00, so please come from 19:00 to eat and drink first – the social side is very much part of the occasion.