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SLOW finish 6th in Compass Sport Cup final

SLOW team head towards the assembly field.

On Sunday 14th October, 49 runners from South London Orienteers made the trip up to Nottinghamshire to compete in the final of the Compass Sport Cup, the main inter-club competition in the UK. It was great to see so many turn out. We sent a large contingent on a club coach which travelled up from Wimbledon in the morning, making for a good club atmosphere.

Matthias on the run-in.

The event was held at Blidworth & Sansom Woods, near Mansfield. The area was a bramble-covered forest with a large path network, and the best tactic was generally to stick to the paths as much as possible. The later runners certainly benefited from the tracks which had been made through the brambles by earlier runners.

The competition was won by Octavian Droobers (the Warwickshire club) for the 3rd year running, with Nottinghamshire second and South Yorkshire third. South London finished in a creditable 6th position, which is one place higher than we finished last year. We were the leading southern club, beating all 4 other clubs from the three southern regions (Southdowns, Bristol, Happy Herts and Devon).

Next year’s qualifying round is now only three months away – the south-east regional round will be held by DFOK at Shorne & Darley (west Kent) on Sunday 13th January 2008. Put the date in your diary now!

We have some unclaimed maps from the event – if you did not manage to pick up yours, please contact Pete Huzan () to arrange collection.

The full list of SLOW scorers is set out below. Well done to all of these, and to everyone else who took part and helped to reduce the scores from other teams. Also many thanks are due to the club women’s captain Rachael Holmes who organised the team and coach transport for the day – not an easy task to co-ordinate!

More photos of the event can be found on the following web pages courtesy of Audrius and Ollie. The full results from the event can be found here.

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Name

Class

Course

Time

Position

Points

Ralph Street

M18

Light Green

21:07

1

100

Mike Murray

M60

Green Men

3

98

James McMillan

M18

Light Green

24:50

=3

96

Peter Haynes

M45

Blue Men

59:18

8

93

Charles Bromley Gardner

M45

Blue Men

60:38

10

91

Rachael Holmes

W21

Blue Women

57:42

8

90

Caroline Court

W21

Blue Women

57:54

9

88

Audrius Janulynas

M18

Light Green

25:46

9

86

Paul Nixon

M21

Brown

68:07

21

82

Malin Lindeborg

W18

Green Women

47:45

14

82

Anja Stratford

W35

Blue Women

60:04

14

80

Ollie O’Brien

M21

Brown

71:49

32

74

Paul Street

M50

Blue Men

70:31

27

74

Sarah Brown

W55

Green Women

48:32

18

74

Gustav Lindeborg

M14

Orange

30:09

21

74

Matthias Mahr

M21

Brown

73:03

35

72

Andy Hodgson

M21

Brown

74:17

38

69

Andrew Brown

M21

Brown

74:27

39

68

Alan Leakey

M50

Blue Men

73:02

35

66

Chris Robinson

W50

Green Women

50:31

25

64

Jon O’Donnell

M35

Brown

77:31

50

61

Judy Fry

W60

Short Green

67:32

35

54

Anne Straube

W21

Blue Women

71:03

33

52

Don McKerrow

M55

Blue Men

78:07

49

52

Charles McMillan

M16

Light Green

38:39

38

52

Total

1892

 

Phil on the run-in.

London Rat Race

Rat Race

SLOW MAKE MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO LONDON RAT RACE

Sunday 30th September saw the inaugural London Rat Race storming round the streets and open spaces of London. Rat Races are urban adventure races. They have taken place in Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester, but in 2007 the Rat Race hit the streets of the capital for the first time.

Rat Race

After a Saturday evening prologue in Central London, dawn on Sunday saw 200 teams of three take to their mountain bikes for a full day with many “challenges” along the way. They only found out at the start that they would be heading south-west into SLOW territory and that two of those challenges were orienteering at Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, two of London’s best open spaces where many of us in the club have orienteered for years.

The Rat Race directors contacted SLOW over the summer with the proposal, and asking us to prepare the maps and arrange the placing of the controls and provide marshals on the day. Seeing this would get hundreds of new people orienteering in our “back garden” we were only too pleased to join in.

The instructions were to make Richmond Park easy and Wimbledon Common hard. In the Park the Rat Racers entered at Sheen gate and dumped their bikes. They then had to find 8 control points in any order covering at least the straight line distance of 7.2km. Controls included stopping at King Henry’s Mound to see the view of St Paul’s, and a “medieval bike rack” next to the Royal Ballet School (the Park Director said it was a bike rack but it looked more medieval to us).

This section came quite early in the day and all the teams did some of it with most of them getting all controls. They then moved west for two further challenges before returning via Wimbledon Common in the afternoon. By then the day was moving on and although the majority of teams set out to do some of the controls on Wimbledon, many had to miss it to the time pressure, and of those that did start only the best found all the controls as the navigation was considerably tougher than it had been in the Park.

The “transition” (a.k.a. bike dump) was at the Windmill. The 5.8km straight line course had 9 controls, which included an embankment in the 19th century shooting butts, a stream source next to the well on Caesar’s Camp and one requiring wading into Beverley Brook (not the challenge we thought it would be once we discovered they’d been swimming at the previous task!). The fastest teams completed this in 40 minutes, but many of the later teams seemed happy to sit in the afternoon sunshine.

SLOW’s team of marshals in the Park and on the Common had a very busy but ultimately enjoyable day. We were very gratified by all the kind comments from the Rat racers, many of whom wanted to keep their maps. The maps were taken to the post race party, where nearly all of them were snapped up.

So a whole new bunch of Rat Racers have had a taste of orienteering and, who knows, many of them might follow it up by joining in SLOW’s next activities:

Sunday 7th October : coaching day – Coaching day held at the Windmill on Wimbledon Common (again!) – basic technique training – all technique; nothing too physical

Tuesday 9th October : Street-O – Street orienteering in the City. Another chance to belt round London’s streets looking for pub names and the like.

They would all be very welcome if they did.

Rat Race

SLOW finish 3rd at Peter Palmer Relays

Peter Palmer team

Ralph

This event is the night/day relay for teams of 6 juniors (M/W 12-18). Usually the first one and a half legs are in the night. There are courses from Yellow up to Green. SLOW have not had a team at this great event for a few years, but this year we managed it. We have been fortunate that some new people have come to live in London.

The event was held at a new area for orienteering – Yardley Chase, Northamptonshire. We travelled up on the Saturday afternoon where football, mini-orienteering & supper were laid on. Everyone went to bed at 11pm, before getting up again for the start at 4:50am.

So there were 34 runners on the start line – it was dark & it was foggy, but the spectators could just about make out who was there. The night orienteering was quite hard, but once daylight arrived on the second legs, the navigation became a lot easier. By the end of the race we ended up 3rd overall, and we had some very good performances.

Well done to Gustav, Michael, Audrius, Ausra, Malin and Ralph. Audrius & Ausra also got certificates for being fastest on their legs.

If all this sounds interesting to you for next year (probably September), then look out for emails & let the team captains know. This must be one of the best events for juniors to come along to!

Thank you to BAOC for putting on a very enjoyable event. The final results can be found here.

More of Audrius’s photos of the event can be found here.

Peter Palmer team

SLOW finish close 2nd in North Downs Way Relay

This race is an annual relay, which has been running since the late 70s, run along the entire length of the North Downs Way – starting with the first leg from Dover at 5:30am, comprising 16 legs in total, and finishing in Farnham at around 8:00pm.

After 123 miles of rain, mud, sunshine and hills, the SLOW team were just pipped to the post by Guildford Orienteers, by the narrowest of margins – finishing just 40 seconds behind Guildford’s winning time of 16 hours 33 minutes 41 seconds (that’s 0.07% !!).

Guildford were actually ahead of us all day, and the closest we ever reached was the final 40-second margin. After 15 legs the Guildford team had built a lead of over 14 minutes, but on the final leg from Puttenham to Farnham, a very strong run by Paul Nixon (just 8 seconds outside the all-time leg record), and a crippling stitch that held Kath Denton back in the middle of the run, had both teams biting their nails as the minutes ticked away at the finish in Farnham. Luckily for Guildford, Kath managed to pull through the stitch and crossed the line with just 40 seconds to spare.

SLOW had a number of excellent runs during the day, and as well as Paul’s win on the final leg we also had leg wins by Owen Lindsell (leg 3), Simon Evans (leg 4), Ed Catmur (leg 6), Mike Garvin (leg 11), Mark Vyvyan-Robinson (leg 13) and Mike Farmery (leg 14).

SLOW also had a half-team running the 2nd half of the race only – in the 2nd half our teams finished 1st and 4th.

Thanks to everyone for running, and especially to Andy Robinson and Richard & Ginny Catmur for timekeeping, and Sarah Covey-Crump for hosting the early runners on Friday night.

Full results here

North Downs Way Relay page (GO website)

SLOW enjoy the Harvester Night&Day Relays

The winning B team: (L-R) Don McKerrow, Chris Robinson, Chris Fry, Peter Huzan, Jim Mallinson. Photo: Nick Barrable/Chris Fry

Twelve team members travelled down to Cornwall for the annual Harvester Night&Day Relays. The event was held on the top-class open sand dune terrain of Penhale Sands. The night legs in particular were very challenging.

SLOW Aardvarks (A team) had a good performance to finish in 7th place – that puts the Men’s team up to 3rd place in the UK Relay League! SLOW Bobcats (B Team) came 2nd on the B course, to win the B handicap trophy (pictured above).

Left: Ed. Right: Vince. Photos: Nick Barrable/Chris Fry

Pictured above/below are A team runners Vince Roper, Dorte Torpe Hansen and Ed Catmur.

Thank you to the KERNO club for hosting the race. The full results of the event can be found here.

The 2008 event is at Hambleden (Thames Valley) so hopefully we will have lots of teams next year!

Dorte at the start. Photo: Nick Barrable/Chris Fry

South East Relays – Hampstead Heath

The winning Women’s Relay team. Photo: Glen Jones

SLOW triumph at South East relays

SLOW took first place in the Women’s relay, first in the Handicap, and second in the Men’s open. An excellent result especially when you realise there are only four classes and that half the club were otherwise engaged at Nicky and James’s wedding.

On a lovely summers day in an area much better than you would expect so far inside the M25, Abi, Claire and Jenny (pictured above) took first place by a comfortable margin of over 6 minutes. In the Men’s open, Matthias, Mike and Rob were beaten by less than a minute after Matthias made up five of the six minutes he started behind the leaders. In the handicap the family team of Greg, Ralph, and Paul (pictured below) showed us how good “Street” orienteering can be, to win by 2 minutes. In the Junior class SLOW did not have a team.

Full results are available on the LOK website (from which the team pictures shown here are taken – thanks to Glen Jones).

The winning Handicap team. Photo: Glen Jones

Hampstead Heath. Photo: Glen Jones

British Championships

SLOW’s winning W50 team

The 2007 British Orienteering Championships were held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend at Pwll Du, an open fell area in south-east Wales. Over 40 members of SLOW took part in the weekend’s races, which comprised the individual championships on the Saturday followed by the relays on the Sunday.

Individual results

SLOW’s star performer of the individual day was Sarah Brown, who clinched an impressive 2nd place in the W55L class, some 6 minutes clear of 3rd place.

Other top 10 results in Long/Elite classes came from Diane Leakey (4th W50L – just 13 seconds outside the top 3), Ralph Street (5th M18L), Mike Murray (7th M60L) and Liz Day (10th W21E).

Additionally, prizes were won by Matthew Jones (3rd M14B), Robert Jones (1st M16B), Alan Leakey (3rd M50S) and Anne May (2nd W55S).

SLOW’s Junior Ad-Hoc team

Relay results

SLOW’s W50 team continued their excellent record in British Relay Championships, with Sarah Brown, Christine Robinson and Diane Leakey taking another 1st place finish – Chris tells me this is the 11th year running!! (1996-2007, excluding 2001 cancelled due to Foot & Mouth) – a very impressive record by anyone’s standards! The winning team is pictured above.

SLOW also won a prize in the Junior Ad-Hoc class, with Matthew Jones, Robert Jones and Greg Street finishing in 3rd place (pictured left).

Our two premier teams also performed very well, with both the men’s and women’s open teams finishing in a very respectable 7th place.

Congratulations to all SLOW runners who competed over what was a very enjoyable weekend.

Full results from the weekend can be found on the British Championships website.

SLOW qualify for Compass Sport Cup final

For the 3rd year running, SLOW have qualified for the national Compass Sport Cup final. We won today’s qualifying round at Egypt Woods & Burnham Beeches with an excellent score of 2320 points, a comfortable 126 points ahead of 2nd-placed Happy Herts (who also qualify for the final).

The final is being held on Sunday 14th October, at Blidworth, near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. We need the strongest possible SLOW team for the final, so put the date in your diary now! Results from today’s other regional heats indicate that the full list of 10 clubs qualifying for the final is as follows: AIRE, BOK, DEVON, HH, LOC, NOC, OD, SLOW, SO, SYO.

Full results of today’s qualifier are available on the HH website. The list of SLOW scorers from today’s event is below – well done to all of these, and to everyone else who took part and helped to reduce the scores from other teams. We’ll need you all back for the final!

Abi Weeds

Blue Women

100

Jackie Chapman

Green Women

100

Mike Murray

Green Men

100

Ed Catmur

Brown

99

Charles Bromley
Gardner

Blue Men

99

Greg Street

Orange

98

John Dowty

Blue Men

97

Paul Nixon

Brown

96

Andy Jones

Blue Men

96

Michael May

Light Green

96

Charlie Turner

Blue Men

95

Matthias Mahr

Brown

94

Liz Day

Blue Women

94

Chris Robinson

Green Women

94

David May

Green Men

94

Simon Evans

Brown

93

Paul Street

Blue Men

93

Rachael Holmes

Blue Women

90

Caroline Court

Blue Women

88

Charles McMillan

Light Green

88

Andy Hodgson

Brown

87

Don McKerrow

Blue Men

86

Teresa Turner

Green Women

82

Pete Huzan

Brown

81

Kathy Haynes

Green Women

80