Category Archives: Event Reports

SLOW success at Interland

Congratulations to SLOW members Mike Murray and Nick Barrable, who won the M60 and M21 classes respectively at the annual Interland competition last weekend. Interland is an annual competition between England, Holland, Germany and two regions of Belgium.

Mike won his 5.3km M60 course in a time of 36:16, and Nick won the 10.3km M21 course in 52:38. England also won the overall team competition, finishing just ahead of the two Belgian teams.

Further details and links to the results are on the Orienteering England website.

SLOW qualify for Compass Sport Cup final

SLOW have once again qualified for the national Compass Sport Cup final. We won Sunday’s qualifying round at Yateley Heath & Minley Woods with an excellent score of 2358 points, a comfortable 65 points ahead of 2nd-placed Thames Valley. Full results of the event are available here.

Well done to everyone who took part for SLOW and contributed to our score, including those who didn’t score but helped to reduce the scores from other teams. Particular congratulations go to the following who achieved top 5 finishes on their Compass Sport Cup course:

1st – Caroline Court (Blue Women), Seb Woof (Blue Men), Mike Murray (Green Men)
2nd – Ed Catmur (Brown), Ausra Miksyte (Green Women), Teresa Turner (Short Green Veterans), Alex Robinson (Light Green Juniors)
3rd – Chris Robinson (Green Women), Gustav Lindeborg (Light Green Juniors), Matthew Jones (Orange)
4th – Carys Morgan (Blue Women)
5th – Paul Couldridge (Brown), Anja Stratford (Blue Women), Audrius Janulynas (Blue Men), Diane Leakey (Green Women).

Results from Sunday’s other regional heats indicate that the full list of 11 clubs qualifying for the final is as follows:

The final is being held on Sunday 19th October, at Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham (map link here). We need the strongest possible SLOW team for the final, so put the date in your diary now! As with last year, we hope to put a club coach on to transport people up to the final – and it’s a bit closer this year so we shouldn’t have to leave quite so early in the morning!

SLOW finish =7th at Yvette Baker Trophy Final

YBT Team

The SLOW juniors would like to thank the club for both moral and financial support to take part in the final of the National Inter-club junior competition, the Yvette Baker Trophy. It took place at Normanby Hall in North Lincolnshire, a flat area of parkland and intricate mixed woodland, hosted by HALO, earlier today.

SLOW had qualified by winning the southern heat at Britty Wood in October (see previous report). We last qualified in 2004, when we were 13th in the final, and this year we were =7th. Given our relative lack of depth we can be very pleased with this achievement.

The competition is a bit different in that ability as well as age is taken into account in determining who runs which course. There are 8 courses in all: girls and boys variants of each of yellow, orange, light green and green. Winner gets 100, 2nd 99, 3rd 98 and so on. The team score is the sum of the best 9 individual scores (with some limits on how many per course.)

The SLOW team comprised 12 athletes and 3 supporters. Most of the team went up the day before, by train and bus, and on Sunday walked across open and rainswept arable land to the event, with the reward (thanks organisers) of sharing a classroom adjacent to download as a base, rather than needing the tent. It was a good way to get the club noticed, and all in all worked pretty well.

The competition was dominated by Octavian Droobers this year, with three class winners and four seconds. The 2005 winners and ever strong Nottinghamshire were 2nd, with West Cumberland 3rd. Last years winners Deeside were 5th.

We had several excellent runs to carry us to =7th, and a few disappointments too. Well done all of the following:

3rd Tom Jones (Yellow)
3rd Ausra Miksyte (Green)
5th Malin Lindeborg (Light Green)
7th James McMillan (Green)
9th Greg Street (Light Green)
15th Ralph Street (Green)
16th Rob Jones (Light Green)
17th Audrius Janulynas (Green)
21st Matt Jones (Yellow)
27th Alex Robinson (Light Green)
33rd Charles McMillan (Green)
ret Ben Weiss (orange)

The supporters were Andrew McMillan, Sarah Brown and Paul Street.

The full results from the event can be found here: team results and full results.

Yvette Baker Trophy heat

Charles McMillan

South London qualify for final!

The Yvette Baker Trophy is the annual national inter-club junior team competition (a bit like the junior version of the Compass Sport Cup), and last Sunday saw the south-east qualifying round held by Guildford Orienteers at their district event at Britty Wood, near Puttenham in Surrey.

After a close re-counting of the results, it has now been confirmed that South London finished in first place, and so have qualified for the National Final, which is on Sunday 2nd December at Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire!

The competition was very close indeed, with SLOW’s total score of 887 points meaning we finished just 2 points ahead of Southdowns (885) and 7 ahead of Southern Navigators (880).

Well done to everyone who competed on Sunday. The full list of scores is set out below. Full results for the event can be found here.

We hope to have as strong a team as possible out in the final. Every junior (under-21) in the club is very welcome to compete, and the club will subsidise the entries and team transport. Please contact the club captain Pete Huzan () if you would like to come along to what promises to be a good fun day out at the final.

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


100 Audrius Janulynas – Green Boys
100 Ausra Miksyte – Green Girls
100 Gustav Lindeborg – L Green Boys
100 Thomas Jones – Yellow Boys
99 Charles McMillan – Green Boys
98 Malin Lindeborg – Green Girls
97 Robert Jones – L Green Boys
97 Zak Ajjane – Yellow Boys
96 Greg Street – L Green Boys (top 9)
95 Emma & Hannah Farmery – Yellow Girls
95 Lawrance Price – Yellow Boys
93 Lewis Traynor – Yellow Boys
92 Matthew Jones – Orange Boys
92 Ellis Farmery – Yellow Boys

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.








Ralph Street


Light Green




Mike Murray


Green Men



James McMillan


Light Green




Peter Haynes


Blue Men




Charles Bromley Gardner


Blue Men




Rachael Holmes


Blue Women




Caroline Court


Blue Women




Audrius Janulynas


Light Green




Paul Nixon






Malin Lindeborg


Green Women




Anja Stratford


Blue Women




Ollie O’Brien






Paul Street


Blue Men




Sarah Brown


Green Women




Gustav Lindeborg






Matthias Mahr






Andy Hodgson






Andrew Brown






Alan Leakey


Blue Men




Chris Robinson


Green Women




Jon O’Donnell






Judy Fry


Short Green




Anne Straube


Blue Women




Don McKerrow


Blue Men




Charles McMillan


Light Green







Phil on the run-in.

London Rat Race

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


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)