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British Champs Weekend

Sprint Relays

The Sprint Relays took place on Saturday May 4th at Bradford University. SLOW had teams in the Open (4 runners), Veteran (3 runners), Super Veteran (3 runners) and Hyper Veteran (3 runners) races.

Edinburgh University won the Open Class.

Start of the Open Class relay with Fiona leading off the SLOW team (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Olin hands over to Dorte for the final leg of the open (credit: Steve Rush)
Matthias heads out of the spectator control on leg 1 of the Vet Relay – the race with the most teams (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Matthias hands over to Abi (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Abi finishing with fastest time for the middle leg of the Vet relay (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Vet Relay Podium with Matthias, Abi and Paul taking silver behind South Yorkshire and ahead of Forth Valley (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Pete, running in the SuperVet Relay, passes through the spectator control (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
SLOW won the HyperVet relay – Paul, Sarah and Alan on the podium (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Individual

The Individual Long Champs took place at Arncliffe & Kilnsey North on Sunday 5th May.

The new British Champions are Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club, and Alasdair McLeod of Airienteers.

David Roach, wearing the Luxembourg colours, finishes (credit; Wendy Carlyle).
Paul Street (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
British Championships – the 65s podium (credit: Rob LInes)

SLOW Results

  • W21E – Abi Weeds 11th
  • M21E – Yordan Kolev 38th
  • M16A – Olin Davies 12th
  • W21L – Fiona Tam 8th
  • M35L – Duncan Grassie 6th
  • M40L – Matthias Mahr 6th
  • M45L – Paul Couldridge 6th
  • M45L – Ross Arnold 29th
  • W50L – Dorte Torpe Hansen 13th
  • M50L – Peter Huzan 49th
  • M50S – Keith Davies 7th
  • W55S – Heather Walton 8th
  • W60L – Diane Leakey 16th
  • W60L – Maggie Roach 19th
  • W60L – Kathy Haynes 26th
  • M60L – Andy Jones 34th
  • M60L – Mal Lyon 40th
  • M60L – David Roach 55th
  • W65L – Sarah Brown – 3rd (Bronze Medal)
  • M65L – Alan Leakey 8th
  • M65L – Paul Street 15th
  • M70L – David May 7th
  • White – Claudia Mahr 6th

Forest Relays

The Relays took place on Monday May 6th in Middleton Park Leeds with the arena in the John Charles Stadium.

The start of the Women’s Premier Relay (credit: Crawford LIndsay)

The women’s premier relay was won by South Yorkshire and the men’s by home team Airienteers – their most recent previous win was 1978.

  • Yordan, Ian, Paul were 13th in the men’s premier.
  • Fiona, Dorte, Heather were 12th in the women’s short.
  • Abi, Matthias, Paul were 3rd in M40 (Bronze medals).
  • Alan, David, Andy were 7th in M60.
  • Sarah, Kathy, Diane were 2nd in W60 (Silver medals).

1. BorderLiners, 2. South London Orienteers, 3. Bristol.

Full Results and Routegadget Links

Get Up To Speed Videos Quiz

For the Easter holiday and the JK festival we have prepared a little quiz about the “Get Up To Speed” videos.

We will update this post with answers on JK Relay Day.

The videos are on SLOW’s YouTube Channel.

The quiz is a pdf….

The answers are also a pdf….

GetUpToSpeed Quiz Answers

For the story….

The January post announcing the videos.

CompassSport Cup Tie 2019

South London Orienteers were second behind a strong all-round Southdowns team performance in yesterday’s CompassSport Cup Tie in Ashdown Forest.

Results (on the host club Saxons website)

So we won’t be competing in the National Final (which is in the South-East) this Autumn. Our best wishes to Southdowns who will represent the home region.

Details of CompassSport Cup and results from round the country.

We had a great turnout of over 50, with a fair amount of car sharing and several cycling to the compact assembly at “An Enchanted Place”. Start and finish were nearby, and there was sunshine, but a biting wind somewhat curtailed the socialising.

Congratulations to four SLOW runners who won their races: Abi Weeds (women’s open), Mihaly Ormay (short brown), Andy Jones (men’s green) and Mike Murray (short green). And Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Alan Leakey would have won their courses had it not been for one of the above named team-mates.


(Photo Credit: Rob Lines)


Team Races Invitation

Attention SLOW members, your club wants you to run in our teams. Do come and join us for great club days out. And if you wear our club colours even better.

Everyone is welcome to take part, the more the merrier.

A fuller invitation is now circulating on our mailing list.

SUNDAY MARCH 17 – COMPASS SPORT CUP REGIONAL ROUND – ENCHANTED PLACE, SUSSEX

MONDAY APRIL 23 – JK RELAYS – MINLEY, HANTS

SATURDAY MAY 4
– BRITISH MIXED SPRINT RELAYS – BRADFORD UNIVERSITY, YORKSHIRE.

MONDAY MAY 6 – BRITISH RELAYS – MIDDLETON PARK, LEEDS

SUNDAY MAY 12 – SOUTH-EAST RELAYS – ADDINGTON HILLS, CROYDON (get there by tram.)

WEEKEND JUNE 15/16 – JUKOLA AND VENLA RELAYS, FINLAND

WEEKEND
JUNE 22/23 – HARVESTER RELAYS – SW ENGLAND

“Get Up to Speed” Videos

Last year, Sport England awarded South London Orienteers £3,850 for a project to help teenagers develop the orienteering skills needed for more technical courses.

This is our “Get Up to Speed” project.

As part of this project, we have produced a series of eight short videos. The videos are presented by athletes from the GB Orienteering team and are filmed in different locations.

The videos aim is to help juniors deal with more technically demanding courses, but they can also be used by newcomers wanting to “get up to speed”. Each video focuses on a specific orienteering skill.

The Playlist

One video per week is launched each Friday at 5pm during January and February. The video release is linked to races and coaching sessions taking place across the South East: watch a film, focus on a technique and have a successful run.

All the videos were produced by SLOW Development Officer Sarah Brown, with editing by Katherine Bett of Southern Navigators.

Newcomer’s Video

We realised as the videos were made it would be good to have a video to inform and guide beginners on what to expect at their first orienteering race. SLOW decided to fund this and we were delighted that Graham Gristwood agreed to host – his enthusiasm and expertise add a lot. Filming took place near Stirling and we were very lucky with the weather for the time of year, with sunshine complicating and permitting some of the shots.

The film covers the orienteering map, courses, controls, equipment and what to wear, and ends with Graham linking to the series of Skills Videos so that once beginners have the guide they can easily see explanations of techniques to help them improve.

Further reading: please see our introduction to orienteering.

CompassSport Cup Final

SLOW came fourth at the CompassSport Cup Final on Sunday, 21st October 2018. This is a really good result for the club in this, the national inter-club competition. We qualified at the regional round in the Spring, having missed the final the previous two years.

Some way ahead of us were winners South Yorkshire (SYO), second-placed Forth Valley (FVO) and third-placed Bristol (BOK).

We were ahead of local rivals Southdowns (who were 5th), and also Lakeland, Derwent Valley, Deeside, Devon, Edinburgh Southern and Norfolk.

The final was hosted by Walton Chasers (WCH)  on spur and valley terrain of Cannock Chase. Results are on the WCH website.

The competition uses individual starts and a complex scoring system that allows all members of a club to take part. A club can have an unlimited number of runners, but only certain people can run on each of the 11 courses and only a certain number on each course can count. It is the best scoring 25 runners that determine a club’s total score.

The courses and eligibility are based on the typical demographics of a British club – they have changed over the years as the average age of orienteers has gone up and up. We have a much higher proportion of younger adults than is typical, with no top juniors – and so fourth is an exceptionally good result. The three top clubs have a rich spread of elite runners across all the courses (numbers scoring 90+  SYO=22, FVO=21, BOK=18, SLOW=8.)

The golden boot for the fastest run-in was won by last year’s British Sprint and Middle Champion, Jamie Parkinson of Devon.

SLOW’s 25 scoring runners

100: Mihaly Ormay; 98: Abi Weeds; 94: Andy Jones; 92: Paul Couldridge, Alan Leakey, Sue Carter; 90: Matthias Mahr, Diane Leakey; 87: Andy Robinson, Mike Murray, Dorte Torpe Hansen; 85: Tom Cochrane, Rebecca Dal Bon; 84: David May, Velina Valova; 83: Sarah Brown; 82: Don McKerrow, Peter Huzan; 81: Heather Findlay, Duncan Grassie; 78: Yordan Kolev; 76: Boryana Peeva, Michael Crone; 72: Zlatko Peev; 71: Karen Jones.

SLOW Night-O Series 2018-19

SLOW is pleased to offer a Night Orienteering series with five races from late October to March.

  • 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.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The schedule for 2018-19 is this.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
30 October 2018Richmond ParkDuncan GrassieDetailsResults
27 November 2018Wimbledon CommonPeter HuzanDetailsResults
22 January 2019Oxshott/EsherAlan & Diane LeakeyDetailsResults
26 February 2019Wimbledon CommonSue CarterDetailsResults
26 March 2019Richmond ParkSteve ClellandDetailsResults

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

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire 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.

Results of the 2017-2018 Night Series.