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’s AGM this year will be on Tuesday 27th November. We will follow the last two years’ successful and sociable format – we have a private room at Pizza Express in Putney.
Address – 144 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 2SW. Map link here

If you want to eat then please arrive between 7.00 and 7.45. The meeting will start at 8.30.

We hope to see a large number of members attending this year.

London Rat Race

SLOW becomes official partner of the London Rat Race 29-30 September!

I am proud to announce that SLOW has just become an official partner of the London Rat Race and that the Half Marathon Trail Challenge at Richmond Park on 23rd September (details here) also becomes an official practice navigation event for the Rat Race.

The London Rat Race is an adventure race being held in London with around 800 individuals taking part. To find out more about the event, please click here.

SLOW will be providing the use of SLOW orienteering maps for some of the navigation exercises and Andy Robinson will be providing planning advice. (The exact locations in use are secret!)

In return, the London Rat Race organisers will:

  • Advertise the club as a partner on their website here
  • Advertise the Half Marathon Richmond Trail Challenge on 23rd September as an official navigation practice event to all of those on their database
  • Allow SLOW to put a flyer advertising the club in the Rat Race’s goodie bag

The race organisers are also interested in having more volunteers to help out and this would also help promote the club. All volunteers receive a goodie bag that includes a Columbia Thunderscout jacket, Rat Race head Buff, stickers, treats, access to event village activities, food vouchers and VIP party tickets. More details on volunteering and how to get in contact are on the Rat Race website here.

UK Relay League – top 6 finishes for SLOW

SLOW have finished in the top 6 overall positions in the final standings of the 2007 UK Relay League, for both the men’s and women’s classes, with the men finishing 5th and the women 6th.

The UK Relay league combines each club’s positions in the M/W21 open class in the four major Relay events of the year – the JK, British Championships, Harvester and Scottish Championships, taking the best 3 scores to count. Although SLOW did not compete in the Scottish Championships, our results in the previous three races were good enough to secure impressive overall positions.

The SLOW men’s team continues to show improvement, having finished 16th in 2004, 14th in 2005, 9th in 2006, and now 5th in 2007. Top 3 next year?!! For the women, this is our fourth consecutive top 10 finish, although not quite matching last year’s 2nd place finish (although that was when we had Heather Monro still competing for us!).

Congratulations to everyone who ran for SLOW in the relay teams at the various events.

The final standings for this year and previous years can be found here.

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

Nicky & James get married

Many congratulations to SLOW members Nicky King and James Morris, who were married on Saturday. The wedding reception took place in a large marquee near Pilton in Somerset and had about 150 guests. A nice meal was followed later by a hog roast and barn dancing.

The following morning there was a 1 hour score orienteering event arranged, which covered two maps – one of Pilton and the other of the adjacent Glastonbury Festival site – with an interesting contrast in questions from dates of buildings in Pilton to number of toes on the dragon on the festival site.

Many congratulations to the happy couple from everyone in SLOW!

Above: James and Nicky

Orienteering in London and Surrey. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. Community Amateur Sports Club accredited.