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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 ChartDFOKDetails
12 March 2017CompassSport Cup Qualifying Round - AshridgeHHDetails
26 March 2017TilgateSODetails
9 April 2017Hambledon - Chiltern ChallengeTVOCDetails

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

SLOW Night-O Series 2016-17

SLOW’s Night-O series returns for 2016-17 with a series of five races from early November to March.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, with the notable exception of the first event on 1 November. The full schedule for 2016-17 is set out below.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
1 November 2016Richmond ParkSue Carter with Tom CochraneDetailsResults
22 November 2016Wimbledon CommonPete HuzanDetailsResults
24 January 2017Ham RiversideSteve ClellandDetailsResults
28 February 2017Wimbledon CommonScott CollierDetails
21 March 2017Richmond ParkJames Lyne

Full details on each event are posted on the SLOW website, a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, email the series coordinator Don McKerrow at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £2 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £3 for others. The races 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 organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

Series Results

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

SLOW retains the GLOSS trophy in the 2016 inter-club competition

SLOW has retained the London club’s GLOSS trophy, with victories in four of the five the summer series of five races. The series is scored on a handicap basis, to ensure that in theory every runner has an equal chance of scoring. This was reflected by SLOW, with a total of 20 different people scoring a top six position for the club out of a possible 30. SLOW achieved top scores at four of the five events across the series, beating second-placed London Orienteering Klubb by 80 points to 73.

Ollie O’Brien accepted the prestigious London Bus trophy on behalf of the club after London Orienteering Klubb’s final event in Alexandra Palace on Sunday 31 July.

The prestigious London Bus trophy for the Greater London Orienteering Clubs' Summer Series
The prestigious London Bus trophy for the Greater London Orienteering Clubs’ Summer Series

The 20 people that scored for the club were Richard Catmur, Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, Gordon Parker, Edward Catmur, Todd Fallesen, Angus Lund, Vince Roper, Sue Carter, Iris Lueke, Russell Price, Heather Walton, Christopher Robinson, Pete Huzan, Hing Hung, Matthew McGuire, Claire Heliot, Leah Walland, Christine Glew, Ester Bonmati and Hugh Hurley.

Many thanks to Catherine Galvin and Paul Todd from LOK for coordinating the series and results, and to the three other clubs that contributed races to the series: Mole Valley, Hertfordshire Orienteering Club and Dartford Orienteers.

Photo of London from Alexandra Palace by Angus Lund