Category Archives: Event Reports

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

Veterans Home International

VHI runners.

Three SLOW members competed in the annual Veterans Home International (VHI) competition which was held in south Wales on 11/12 November. Mike Murray and Diane Leakey (both pictured below) were both competing for England, who won the overall team competition. David May was also competing for Wales. Also running for Scotland were ex-SLOW members Christine MacLeod and Christine Patterson.

The overall results were: England 284, Scotland 244, Wales 220, Ireland 142. The full results can be found on the SWOC website.

Diane Leakey and Mike Murray finish in the VHI.

Yvette Baker Trophy – regional heat

There were some outstanding individual results for SLOW members in the regional heat of the Yvette Baker Trophy, held on Chobham Common on 29 October.

James McMillan won the Green (boys) class while Holly and Alice Clemens took the top two places on the Yellow (girls) class. They were backed up by Chris Wroe, returning from university especially for the occasion, and Charlie McMillan in 3rd and 4th respectively on the Light Green (boys) course, with Greg Street 4th on Orange (boys).

It was good to welcome along some new members, including several University of London students, competing and scoring points for SLOW for the first time.

Unfortunately missing some key members, the team finished fourth just missing out on qualifying for the Final by a few points. Good luck to Southdowns and Guildford for the Final. Let’s make sure we get there next year!

Full results for the event can be found on the Guildford Orienteers website.

Coaching Day – Star Posts

British Orienteering’s Coaching Day on 4 November at Star Posts, Bracknell was bathed in glorious sunshine, though a little nippy in the shade by the end of the afternoon.

SLOW’s twelve members attending ranged from a complete beginner to those with many years of orienteering. Under the guidance of four SLOW coaches, they did a range of nine exercises planned by SLOW’s development officer, including pace counting, attack points, aiming off, traffic lights, simplification and relocation, finished off with a team score event.

The 30 North-West Junior Squad members also benefitted as their coach borrowed our maps and exercises.

If you don’t know what some of these exercises mean, make sure you come along to the next SLOW coaching day!

Compass Sport Cup final

SLOW’s Andy Hodgson wins the Reebok Golden Boot trophy for the fastest run-in.
Photo: Peter Guillaume.

South London seventh in national clubs competition

On Sunday 15th October, 60 runners from South London Orienteers competed 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.

The event location was the historic Greenham Common. The area comprised a very fast flat open central area (an ex-runway) surrounded by more intricate forest & marsh. The fastest runners managed sub-5 minutes/km.

The competition was very hot with all the top clubs from around the country competing. Congratulations to OD (Coventry) for a very good win to retain the trophy.

We had quite a few excellent runs including some unexpected scorers. There were particularly impressive runs from Ralph Street, Abi Weeds and James McMillan. And well done to Andy Hodgson (pictured right) for winning the Reebok Golden Boot for the fastest run-in split of 21 seconds.

The competition starts again next year on 18th March 2007, with the south-east regional round at Burnham Beeches – put the date in your diary now!

Overall team results appear below. Full results are available here.

1 OD 2157
2 SYO 2057
3 BOK 2038
4 AIRE 1903
5 NOC 1840
6 WCH 1812
7 SLOW 1774
8 SO 1724
9 MDOC 1690
10 TVOC 1393

World MTBO Championships

Congratulations to SLOW’s Heather Monro, who has been competing this week in the world mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) world championships in Finland.

Heather finished a very impressive 12th place in the middle distance final on Tuesday. This was the best position ever recorded by a British competitor in the middle distance race. News from the BOF website:

In the womens race, Heather Monro revelled in the more technical nature of the navigation. She was one of the few in the team to feel she could ‘read’ the terrain and follow the flow of the paths without having to slow down too much. She finished just 2.5 mins outside the pack of women contesting the podium places, so was very happy with her ride

In Wednesday’s long distance race, Heather finished 13th, again the leading British rider. The BOF website reports:

Three of the British women all finished inside the top 30, in what they felt was a stronger field than last years race. Heather Monro was the highest placed with an impressive 13th, although she was less pleased with her ride, having made some route choice errors costing her around three minutes of time loss. Both Heather and Janine were placed highly through the spectator control, but with more than half the course still to complete, fitness began to tell towards the end for Janine as she made some small misses in the last part of the course. Winning times were over the predicted time of 85 minutes by a large margin.

Full details and results of the event can be found at the event website.