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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 CollierDetailsResults
21 March 2017Richmond ParkJames LyneDetailsResults

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

Esher Scouts win the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival

Esher Scouts Orienteering Club, affiliated to South London Orienteers, has continued its run of form in 2016 by winning the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival. The competition was organised by Mole Valley Orienteering Club and held on Monday 27 June in Norbury Park, across the River Mole from Box Hill south of Leatherhead.

The two courses – Yellow and Orange – were more challenging than the team were used to and vegetation was particularly high after the recent rain. However that didn’t hold the team back.

William from Hinchley Wood won the Yellow course by 40 seconds, with Idris also from Hinchley Wood, in fourth place. Their younger siblings Cai & Bronwen and Harry & Nicholas finished as pairs in eighth and ninth place.

Oxshott Scouts and SLOW members Thomas, Benedict and Sofié secured fifth, sixth and eleventh places on Orange respectively.

Despite fielding a relatively small turnout, and with everyone still in their first year of orienteering, Esher Scouts took first place with 72 points ahead of George Abbott School with 65 points and Tormead and Boxgrove in joint third with 63.

Thomas Arnison and Sofie and Benedict Davidson with the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival Trophy
Thomas, Sofié and Benedict with the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival Trophy

Esher Scouts won the Southern Navigators’ 2015-16 Saturday Series earlier this year, and is looking forward to building on these good performances with the existing members and hopefully some newcomers in the coming season.

SLOW is hosting a junior orienteering event with Sheen Shufflers at Barn Elms Playing Fields in the early evening of Friday 15 July. If you want to find out more about orienteering, please contact Teresa Turner, membership secretary, at .

SLOW success at the Southeast Relay Championships

South London Orienteers took home three of four possible trophies with a great set of results at the Southeast Relay Championships, hosted by SAXONS at Knole Park, a beautiful deer park near Sevenoaks in Kent.

SLOW SE Relays 2016
SLOW’s team at the 2016 Southeast Relay Championships

The club fielded nine teams – two of which were non-competitive – and five of the seven remaining took home medals. The junior team was very close to being another medal team, but just missed out.

SLOW achieved a convincing 1-2 in the Open Relay, 2:31 ahead of our second team, who in turn were almost six minutes clear of Southdowns Orienteers in third.

  1. SLOW 1: Matthew Schepisi, Paul Couldridge and Michael Crone (85:24)
  2. SLOW 2: James Lyne, Tom Davies, Michael Balling (87:55)

(Almost) the winning mens teams: Paul Couldridge, Michael Crone, Matt Schepisi, Ludovic Maillard (for Tom Davies), Michael Balling and James Lyne
(Almost) the winning mens teams: Paul Couldridge, Michael Crone, Matt Schepisi, Ludovic Maillard (for Tom Davies), Michael Balling and James Lyne

And there was a similarly convincing 1-2 in the women’s relay with the first team finishing almost 18 minutes ahead of the second team who were almost 10 minutes ahead of third-placed SAXONS. This was a great result after a number of last-minute changes to the line-up only a day before the race.

  1. SLOW 3: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Dianne Leakey, Gytautė Akstinaitė (121:41)
  2. SLOW 4: Fiona Tam, Christine Robinson, Vicky Whaley (139:18)

The winning women teams: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Gytautė Akstinaitė, Dianne Leakey, Christine Robinson, Vicky Whaley and Fiona Tam
The winning womens teams: Dorte Torpe Hansen, Gytauté Akstinate, Dianne Leakey, Christine Robinson, Vicky Whaley and Fiona Tam

SLOW also won the Handicap relay by over five minutes from the host club, SAXONS.

  1. SLOW H1: Andy Robinson, Ludovic Maillard, Alan Leakey (83:34)

The winning handicap team: Alan Leakey, Ludovic Maillard and Andy Robinson
The winning handicap team: Alan Leakey, Ludovic Maillard (again) and Andy Robinson

SLOW’s junior team narrowly missed out on the medals. They were the third team to finish with good runs all round. Unfortunately there was a mispunch, but the organisers generously applied some common sense and reinstated the team with a three minute time penalty that pushed them into fourth place. The junior team has great potential for future years.

  • SLOW Juniors: Thomas Arnison, Kit Foulkes, Benedict Davidson (56:25 mp)

Many thanks to all the other SLOW runners who competed on the day: Gordon Parker, Peter Foulkes, Mike Garvin, Anja Davidson, Nigel Saker, Hing Hung and Heather Walton.

Andy Robinson and Vicky Whaley run on the long run in to the finish
Andy Robinson and Vicky Whaley run on the long run in to the finish

Report by Andy Robinson; photos from a set by Gyte Akstinaitė

Esher Commons Permanent Orienteering Courses, 8 May

SLOW is pleased to announce that Elmbridge Council will be launching five new permanent orienteering courses on Esher Commons on Sunday 8 May.

The event is being run by Elmbridge Council’s Countryside team, and is free of charge. Starts are available from 9:30am to 11:15am. Full details are available at the Elmbridge website.

Getting There

The courses all start from Horseshoe Clump car park at the junction of Blackhills and Portsmouth Road southwest of Esher. This is served by bus route 515 which runs roughly hourly from Kingston through Surbiton, Esher and Cobham to Guildford.

LocationEsher Commons
AddressPortsmouth Road, Esher
Latitude/longitude51.352, -0.3848
OS grid referenceTQ126627
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Esher Scouts win the SN Junior League 2015-16

Esher Scouts Orienteering Club have won the Southern Navigators’ 2015-16 Junior League. This is the first time that the club – associated with South London Orienteers – has won in the thirty years of the series. The win is particularly notable as the trophy has been shared between two schools for 19 of the last 20 years!

Esher Scouts celebrating their win in the Southern Navigators Saturday Series 2015-16.
Esher Scouts celebrating their win in the Southern Navigators Saturday Series 2015-16.

The team of scouts from ten groups in the Elmbridge District of southwest London had wrapped up the competition ahead of the final round, but individual trophies were decided at the final event, with three going to orienteers in their first season.

Thomas from Oxshott came second in the B7 category.
Thomas from Oxshott came second in the B7 category.

Thomas – SLOW’s reigning junior champion – and Benedict from 1st Oxshott came second and third respectively in the B7 class for boys in year 7 and under. Thomas had led the competition for much of the series, but was narrowly beaten into second place by winner Hamish by only five points out of nearly 800.

Benedict receives his trophy for third place in B7.
Benedict receives his trophy for third place in B7.

Idris from 1st Hinchley Wood won the Alex Lane trophy for most improved runner during the series, and achieved fourth place in the B7 category, meaning ESOC took second, third and fourth places.

Idris from Hinchley Wood won the Alex Lane trophy for most improved runner during the series.
Idris receiving the Alex Lane trophy.

Special mention should go to William from 1st Claygate who missed out on third place in the B8/9 category by one point, to Nathan of 1st Oxshott who was competing for his school Claremont Fan Court rather than ESOC.

Over 30 scouts turned out during the course of the series. The scouts’ orienteering will continue with a set of one-off events through the summer and the Saturday series will resume in September.

Photos courtesy of Clinton Askew, Oxshott Scouts

Paul Couldridge wins the 2016 Spring Handicap

The final race of the the 2016 Spring Series was held at the CompassSport Cup Qualifying round at Hollands Wood in the New Forest. SLOW narrowly failed to qualify for the final, but Paul Couldridge produced one of the standout runs of the day with a win by over two minutes over someone half his age on the Short Brown course.

That performance earned him sufficient ranking points to edge Andrea Rebora into second place, and for Paul to win SLOW’s 2016 Spring Handicap series by five points. Charlotte Turner was third two points back, with Raffaella Marin in fourth seeing the Rebora-Marin household very well-represented in the final standings.

The spring series handicap is designed to reward runners improving on their previous year’s performance, which means that it is usual to see a different name on the trophy each year.

An overdue mention should go to Matt Schepisi who won SLOW’s 2015 Spring Series, with Andy Robinson in second place and Rob Patterson in third. The series results were only calculated in 2016 – apologies to him for the delay.

Past winners are:

  • 2015: Paul Couldridge
  • 2015: Matt Schepisi
  • 2014: Dorte Torpe Hansen
  • 2015: Katie McInnes

Many thanks to SOC for producing some wonderful weather for us to run in this last weekend, and to CHIG, BKO, MVOC and HH for hosting the first four events.

The scoring is a handicap based on both runners’ average performance in 2015 and their variability. The ranking points that they are awarded are normalised to see how far they were above (or below) their expected score. This is similar in concept to the ranking system used by British Orienteering, and allows us to compare results across courses. Competitors points above expectation are then ranked and scored from 100 down, similar to our other competitions. This rewards consistency rather than one-off high-scoring runs.

SLOW Champions at the British Nights

SLOW had a great set of results at the British Night Orienteering Championships hosted by Leicestershire Orienteering Club at Cademan & Thringstone Woods. Tom Davies and Paul Couldridge are the 2016 M35 and M40 British Champions respectively. Particularly impressive is that both Paul and Tom were around nine minutes clear of second place. Dorte Torpe Hansen got a silver medal in the W50 class and Christine Robinson bronze in W60.

SLOW medal winners Dorte Torpe Hansen, Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Christine Robinson at the 2016 British Night Championships. Photo by Nick Barrable.
SLOW medal winners Dorte Torpe Hansen, Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Christine Robinson at the 2016 British Night Championships. Photo by Nick Barrable.