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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).

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 PalaceLOKDetails
9 July 2017Wimbledon CommonSLOWDetails
16 July 2017Cassiobury ParkHHDetails
23 July 2017Morden ParkMVDetails

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

South East Individual League – SLOW Results 2016

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.

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.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
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.

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:
Men’s

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

Women’s

  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.

SLOW Club Championships 2016

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.

Club Champions 2015
Club Champions 2015 Tom Cochrane and Katrin Harding. The junior champion in 2015 was Thomas Arnison.

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 event centre will be the Fairmile inn on the Portsmouth Road, and full details will be available on Southern Navigators’ website nearer the event.

LocationEsher Common
AddressFairmile, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1BW
Latitude/longitude51.3412, -0.4005
OS grid referenceTQ115615
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Please let Paul Couldridge know of your intention to run by either Facebook or email to , along with your SI number for the event organisers. Closing date entries will be Sunday 27 November.

Notice of the 2016 Annual General Meeting

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.

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RegistrationBetween 1900 and 2000
Start Time2000
LocationPizza Express, Putney
AddressUpstairs function room, Pizza Express, 144 Upper Richmond Road, London
Latitude/longitude51.4602, -0.2137
OS grid referenceTQ242750
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap