Category Archives: Event Reports

Results from the Wimbledon Common GLOSS Event

Thanks to Duncan Grassie for planning and organising the 2018 GLOSS Series orienteering event on Wimbledon Common.

The GLOSS concludes next Sunday at Beddington Park.


London Orienteering has produced the series results ahead of the final race.

Organiser’s comments

Thanks to everyone for participating in Sunday’s GLOSS race at Wimbledon Common in the sun. I hope everyone enjoyed the courses on offer. It was nice to see everyone coming back happy despite the long waits at registration – apologies for those while I grappled with the software. Thanks for your patience and to those who stepped in to help.

There are a lot of other groups to thank:

  • Wimbledon Rangers Office – for allowing us to use this wonderful area and the reminder about nesting birds which I was glad to see was noted by many participants.
  • The Telegraph Inn, Putney – for letting us use space outside for registration – a great base in the centre of the area which is hard to find elsewhere.
  • Matthias, Dmitry, Sue, Nikolay and Ed for helping out on the course with starts and controls.
  • Heather, Gordon, Mike, Gavin and Richard for jumping in to help at registration.
  • Catherine and Paul of LOK for organising the series and Angus and Gordon for helping with the website stuff.

I’m sure there are others who I’ve missed out but look forward to seeing you all soon at the next GLOSS event this Sunday at Beddington Park.

Duncan Grassie

Results from Ravenscourt Park Race

Thanks to Eleanor Johnstone for planning and organising the Ravenscourt Park Race, and to the many helpers on the evening: Gordon, Jim, Steve, Adam, Alex, Sue, Don, Angus and Duncan.

The London Park Series continues next Tuesday at Victoria Park, and the three following Tuesdays until 24 July.


Photo of Ravenscourt Park © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.

Results from Battersea Park Race 2018

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.

The London Park Series continues next Tuesday at Finsbury Park, and all Tuesdays afterwards until 24 July.


Photo of Battersea Park Pagoda courtesy of Andrew Bowden on Flickr.

Results from Chiltern Hills MTB-O, 10 June 2018

Here are the results from the first event of 2018’s MTB-O series, held on Sunday 10 June in the Chiltern Hills.

Results and Splits

Tom Davies won the event, despite scoring fewer points than second-placed Mark Humphrey. Both came in over the two hour time limit, but Tom’s 5-point penalty for 33 seconds was lower than Mark’s 25.

Jane Robinson was the first-placed woman with 240 points, who is also organising the next event in the series is on 9 September.

Thanks to the organiser John Owens.

Waterloo Parks Results

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.

SLOW’s London Park Series continues next Tuesday, and all Tuesdays afterwards until 24th July.


Photo of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park courtesy of Alan Stanton on Flickr.

British Champs Weekend

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.

In the individual there were new champions in the open classes, Jo Shepherd of Inverness OC (and Halden SK, Norway) and Peter Hodkinson of Nottinghamshire OC (and Lillomarka OL, Norway.) Short report on the open classes (at On The Red Line website.)

There were 20 SLOW members running the individual (and fixtures secretary Duncan Grassie, not 100% fit, was there too under his AROS designation – seventh on M35L, and helping it all happen.)

Long Distance Results (pdf, on Scottish orienteering website.)

Ed Catmur
Ed Catmur

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.

Kathy Haynes
Kathy Haynes

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.

Alan leakey, Andy JOnes, David May collect the bronze medals
Men’s 60+ Relay Prizegiving
Andy Jones
Andy Jones
Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson