Thanks to Gordon Parker for planning and organising the very popular Battersea Park Race. There were 108 competitors on the long course and 18 on the short, which is an excellent turnout warranted for such a great area.
Thanks to Don McKerrow for creating last night’s great event in the part of London where our chairman Alan Leakey was born and brought up. And for putting out 29 controls in the afternoon thunderstorms, which cleared nicely for the first starters. And in the delightful pub The Tankard after the racing Alan was delighted to present Don with a framed map as a token of the club’s appreciation for so much hard work for SLOW as Chairman, mapping officer, and winter night series co-ordinator, not to mention individual events such as this.
On the 19th May, the day of a Royal Wedding in Windsor, the British Long Distance Championship races were held far away, at another Royal Castle, that of Balmoral, on Deeside in the Highlands of Scotland.
The weather was glorious and Deeside was wonderful in the sunshine. The Balmoral Estate forest was hilly and rough with few tracks, and there were some extended running times.
The next day, a little along the valley in the somewhat easier forest at Torphantrick the British Relay Championships took place.
Ian Webb was the only SLOW member tackling M/W21E – he finished in three and a quarter hours.
Sarah-Jane Barrable was third on W21S.
SLOW’s top class (arguably, just shading M65L) was M35L, with Ed Catmur second and Steve Clelland fifth.
Steph Moss was fifth on W40L, and Karen Jones 13th on W55L, with Heather Walton 37th.
Captain Peter Huzan was 32nd in M50L, with Andy Jones 33rd and eight seconds behind him (a small margin in an hour and a half), and Simon Moss was 47th in that class.
Kathy Haynes was 15th on W60L, 6 seconds ahead of 16th placed Diane Leakey. Chris Robinson was third on W60S. Sarah Brown was equal fifth on W65L, with Anne May 16th. Paul Street was 31st in M60L, with an injured Andy Robinson missing a few controls. Alan Leakey was fifth and Don McKerrow eleventh on M65L. David May was sixth on M70L.
The next day was the British Relay Championships. SLOW fielded teams in both the top class races. In the Men’s Premier, Ed Catmur, Peter Huzan and Ian Webb were 19th. In the Women’s Premier Karen Jones, Sarah-Jane Barrable and Christine Robinson were 12th.
In the veteran classes SLOW got two bronze medals, in the men’s and women’s 60+ races. The women’s team was Sarah Brown, Kathy Haynes and Diane Leakey. The men’s (seen below – with Andy Robinson’s SLOW jacket in background, helping at the prizegiving in his capacity as a BOF Director) was David May, Alan Leakey and Andy Jones.
In world record time, here are the Race Results from tonight’s Isle of Dogs Street-O, and the Series Results have also been updated.
Almost 100 intrepid racers made it out to Crossharbour to enjoy the course set by Anders on what was a nice evening. We have new faces as winners this time, with Graham Law scoring the most points on the night closely followed by James Lambert; and Emily Budd the leading woman closely followed by Alison Hawe.
I hope you can join us for the season finale in the Earl’s Court area on Tuesday 8 May – there’s still all to play for in the league including the overall winner’s title. Details to follow shortly.