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SLOW finish 3rd at Peter Palmer Relays

Peter Palmer team


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


Jackie Chapman

Green Women


Mike Murray

Green Men


Ed Catmur



Charles Bromley

Blue Men


Greg Street



John Dowty

Blue Men


Paul Nixon



Andy Jones

Blue Men


Michael May

Light Green


Charlie Turner

Blue Men


Matthias Mahr



Liz Day

Blue Women


Chris Robinson

Green Women


David May

Green Men


Simon Evans



Paul Street

Blue Men


Rachael Holmes

Blue Women


Caroline Court

Blue Women


Charles McMillan

Light Green


Andy Hodgson



Don McKerrow

Blue Men


Teresa Turner

Green Women


Pete Huzan



Kathy Haynes

Green Women


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.