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New SLOW Kit

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new SLOW orienteering kit. The new kit will be produced by Norwegian manufacturers Trimtex, whose designs will be familiar to any of you who were at the World Cup races in May – they manufacture the current GB squad kit, as well as that of many other international teams. People may have also spotted that a few British clubs (eg Southdowns) have recently started wearing these new kits.

The SLOW kit design. Left: Front. Right: Back.

Pete, Simon and Paul model the Trimtex kit.

The tops are short-sleeve, partly meshed “o-polyester” material. You can see the new club design above along with a photo of Trimtex kit samples being modelled by a few club members at the last committee meeting! (Note that these samples are different colour designs to the new SLOW kit; the blue colour to be used in the actual kit is the same as the royal blue which appears in the centre of the sample kits). Click here to see full picture of new kit.

The cost will be around £30 per top (only £2 more expensive than the existing kit). Our aim is to have the new kits ready to launch at the Compass Sport Cup final on 16 October. (What better way to scare the opposition at the Final than by all turning up in our pristine new club O-kit!). However there is an 8 week delivery time on kits, so we will be placing the order in early August – please let me know by then if you want a top.

We are not intending to order many surplus kits, so if you are likely to want one then please reserve it now in time for our order to Trimtex – otherwise you may have to wait a long time until a subsequent order is made, and it will probably be more expensive too (as smaller orders to Trimtex cost more per kit).


We will only be ordering O-trousers if there is sufficient demand for these as well. Trimtex offer a choice of trousers:

(i) ‘standard’ O-trousers,
(ii) standard with elastic under the knee and with/without sewn in gaiters,
(iii) “Extreme o-pants”, which are knee-high, using o-polyester material. These would be in the same blue colour as the tops. Please let me know if you are interested in ordering any of these O-trousers as well.
We will need a minimum of 5 orders of any type, and it would be quite a bit cheaper if there are over 10. Prices for option (i) are £14-£18 (depending on how many orders we make), and around £20-£25 for options (ii) or (iii). Let me know if you are interested in any of these, and I will confirm in due course whether we will be going ahead with this order.


Before I make the final order for the tops, you will need to let me know what size you need – the choice ranges from XXS to XXXL! The tops are described as ‘body hugging’ and are therefore a bit tighter than current Ultrasport O-tops – you may want to order to a larger size than usual. If you would like to see the samples and try them on to work out your size (I have M, L and XL samples), I will be bringing the sample tops to various training events/Frolics over the 3 weeks, the social evening on Weds 27th July, and also to the Scottish 6-days.

How to order

All you have to do is let me know that you want a top (and/or trousers), and what size you need – either email () or see me at an event over the next 3 weeks or so. Payment can be made when the kits arrive. Let me know if you have any questions about the kit.

PS – there is still a small amount of the current SLOW O-kit in stock, which will continue to be available while stocks last. I am taking over this stock from Teresa Turner, so please contact me directly if you would like to order any of the existing kit.

SLOW Summer Barbecue

You are invited to the: SLOW Summer Barbecue

On: Saturday 13th August 2005

At: Horton Country Park, Horton Lane. 3km from Epsom Station. Time: 3pm See map

Cost: Adults: £6 or £4 if you can bring a salad or dessert. Juniors or Students: £3 Pay on the day. Activities: Fun Orienteering course to start, possibly with a team element.

Bring: A seat if you would prefer not to sit on the grass and please bring your own drinks. Let me know if you would like to come. Also if you can bring a salad or dessert, let me know what it is and if anyone has already offered to make it I will get back to you.

Harvester Relays


Our A team comprised Andy R, Richard C, Ed, Pete, Mike G, Don & Paul N. All of them had ok to excellent runs. After 2 legs we were 6th & we held that till 40 minutes from the end of 8 hours of running when a stronger FVO runner overtook us. But 7th is our best position this millennium!

Our B team comprised Chris F, Jim, Andy, Vicky & Vince. Again there were some good runs. The team was n/c because Andy had already run in the A team. But we would have come 12th out of 28 teams, just 43 minutes down on the leading team. After Chris & Jim had run we were a few minutes ahead of the best handicap team.

The event was very well organised with real-time computer displays of how well the runners were getting round their courses. SLOW had their own part of the campsite so it was easy to find people to meet up.

The Harvester is a unique event in the British orienteering scene & should be experienced! Next year the event is on 10th June in South Scotland. It should be possible to fly up by budget airline for less than £50 and have team transport from the airport. Have a think about that.


British Championships

After a sunny individual day on Penhale Sands on the Saturday, the weather turned nasty for the relays at the same place on the Sunday. Fortunately the club tent had not blown away overnight & we were able to resuscitate it in the morning. It was welcome shelter for our 11 teams. Our Women’s Premier team (Amy, Vicky, Rachael) finished a good 6th. We are now 5th in the Women’s UK Relay League, just 3 points behind 2nd. We had 3 teams in the Men’s Premier, finishing in 16th, 22nd & 24th. Our first team was Ed (who brought us back in 2nd place on the first leg!), Ralph (making his premier debut) & Jeff (making his SLOW relay debut). We are now 18th in the Men’s UK Relay League.

Our W45 team (Sarah B, Jackie, Diane) yet again won the trophy. Diane held off Bristol by 15 seconds. Jackie was our fastest, on the middle leg. Our Women’s short team were 17th (with a good run from Sarah C). Our top M50 team (Paul S, Alan, Andy) were a brilliant 1st, beating the likes of the army & Southdowns. Our 2nd team were 6th, including a good first leg by Richard C. Our M45 team (AJ, Don, John) were 2nd behind a very strong Bristol team – John had a great run on last leg. We also had 2 teams in the Ad Hoc, which was the most popular course! SLOWly Does It (Gordon, Adrian, Chris W) were 10th, & SLOW as Snails were 31st.

Watch out for details about future team events coming up: June 4 – Harvester Relays, June 19 – South-East Relays, June 25 – North Downs Way Relay, October 16 – Compass Sport Cup Final. And maybe the Scottish Relays on May 29.

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British Sprint Championships 05

Heather Monro was on fantastic form winning the British Elite Sprint Championship on Saturday and the Middle Championship on Sunday. In winning the M60 British Sprint title, Mike Murray notched up his 100th British or JK championship. Congratulations too to Michael May, 2nd in the M16 British Sprint Championship. There were notable performances also from Ed Catmur 13th in the Men’s Sprint and Abi Weeds 17th in the Women’s Middle Distance Championship.



Jan Kjellstrom International Festival 2005

Women’s team. Photo: Chris Robinson

SLOW Women’s Premier team of Rachael Holmes (left) Heather Monro (centre) Amy Sarkies (right), and took a fantastic 3rd place. This is the second time SLOW has been in the medals in the JK Women’s Premier Relay. In 1990 (Devilla, Scotland) SLOW also finished 3rd with an 18 year old Heather Monro on first leg and Monika Bonafini and Di Leakey on legs 2 and 3. The same team had finished 4th in 1989 and won the British Relays in 1990 in Deffer Woods, Yorkshire. (thanks to Dave Harrison for the long memory)

SLOW members had a hugely successful competition. Congratulations to SLOW’s star performers:


Women’s Elite: Heather Monro 1st
W21L: Abi Weeds 1st
M16: Ralph Street 3rd
M60: Mike Murray 1st


Mini Relay: James Haynes, Matthew Haynes, Greg Street 3rd
Men Junior: James McMillan, Michael May, Ralph Street 4th
JK Trophy (Men’s Premier): Ed Catmur, Paul Nixon, Peter Huzan, Simon Evans 17th
Women Veterans: Di Leakey, Jackie Chapman, Kathy Haynes 1st
Men SuperVets: Alan Leakey, David May, Mike Murray 1st

Click here for full JK results

Click here to go to our new photo gallery to see more JK photos

Rachel Holmes at the last control. Photo: Alan Leakey

Compass Sport Cup

The final team results for Sunday’s Compass Sport Cup match have now been confirmed. We pulled out a great effort to finish 2nd to Southdowns out of ten clubs (and only 75 points down out of over 2000!) – and as two clubs qualify for the national final from the South East round, this means we’re ‘going to Wembley’!

Well done especially to course winners Ed, Heather, Mike and Ralph. Pete says this is the first time we’ve qualified for the national final since 2000 (when we finished third), so this is a top achievement. Thanks to everyone who ran – particularly those who made a special effort to turn out – and even if you didn’t count for our points total, you’ll see from the score sheet that you still contributed by reducing the scores of our rivals!

All the details are now on the Mole Valley website ( Southdowns scored 2288 points, we got 2213, and Happy Herts were third with 2101. Andy R has pointed out that if we’d only needed 20 or less runners, we’d have won, but from 21 upwards we are behind Southdowns. This means that for the final (in Lancashire on October 16th), a few improved performances from those in middle range of the results could make a very big difference to our overall result. So put it in your diaries and remember that there’s plenty of time for us all to get a bit fitter (starting this weekend!) and make an impression.