SLOW success at British Championships

Over 50 SLOW members competed in the British Orienteering Championships last weekend, which this year was held very close to home at Furnace Wood, Woolbeding Common & Great Common, near Midhurst in West Sussex. The forest provided a tough challenge, with long hilly individual courses with some small areas of complex detail. The relays moved to the Great Common part of the map, with excellent short courses containing lots of controls in the intricate areas, making for good head-to-head racing.

Individual day (1st April)

Heather Monro, British Champion

SLOW have two new individual British Champions – congratulations to Heather Monro (pictured right), who despite having retired from international orienteering and having (allegedly!) severely reduced her training program, managed to win the W21 Elite course by 3 minutes. You can see her winning route on the BOC website. Also, congratulations to Mike Murray on winning the M60 class, his 101st British/JK title in an illustrious orienteering career.

SLOW’s other main star performers of the day, all finishing in the top 3 overall in their age group, were Ralph Street (2nd on M16), Diane Leakey (2nd on W50) and David May (2nd on M60).

Additionally, excellent top 3 performances in their respective classes were achieved by the following SLOWies:

  • Robert Jones – 1st, M14B
  • Greg Street – 3rd, M14B
  • Cordula Suter – 2nd, W20L
  • Matthias Mahr – 2nd, M21L
  • Anita Ray – 1st, W21V
  • Anne May – 1st, W55S

Many other SLOW members also had excellent runs – congratulations to everyone.

SLOW also played a big part in helping out on the day, being responsible for running the Finish, Download and Results. Several SLOW members also helped out on the Start. Big thanks are due to Don McKerrow for organising our helpers team, and to everyone who played their part in helping the event run smoothly.

Relays (2nd April)

Sixteen SLOW teams enjoyed the relay courses organised by Guildford Orienteers at Great Common. Some teams were trying for top places, but all teams were out to have fun as well.

We had three teams in Men’s Premier – when was the last time that happened! (OK it was last year – but when was the last time before that!). The first team (Phil Marsland, Matthias Mahr & Ed Catmur) came 17th. There were also good performances from Paul Nixon & Simon Evans in the second team, who were joined by Andy Jones – now when did he last run Men’s Premier?

Rachael Holmes in the Women’s Premier

In the Women’s Premier, the first team (Rachael Holmes (pictured left), Anja Stratford & Heather Monro) came 4th behind 3 very strong teams. Those teams each had two members of the British Squad, & we didn’t have any! Ten clubs had teams in both the Men’s & Women’s Premier classes – and we managed it twice.

The M18 team (James McMillan, Michael May, Ralph Street) came 5th. This was a very competitive class at the top end; our team ended up 9 minutes down. The M14 team (Robert Jones, Matthew Haynes, James Haynes) were mid-table in 7th, 7 minutes down on the silver position.

The M40 team (Peter Haynes, Stephan Rudolf, John Dowty) were a very good 4th place, especially considering they are all M45, just missing out on bronze by 11 seconds. And just 7 seconds slower than the winning Women’s Premier team, who shared the same course! Our two M50 teams came 5th & 6th. There were particularly good runs from Mike Murray (M60), Charlie Turner & David May (M60).

The W40 team came 8th, with a good first leg from Jackie Chapman.

And finally our best performance of the day came from the W50 team (pictured below – L-R Diane Leakey, Christine Robinson & Sarah Brown). Diane overtook Happy Herts on the last leg to win by 26 seconds! Now if the whole team could get some solid training in, how much better would they do!

Team selection was quite interesting for the Men’s Open & M50 teams this year – which goes to show how much depth we have in those two areas at the moment. It was great to see several people running in their first relay for SLOW. We do encourage everyone to take part in team events and they really are very enjoyable.

Finally thank you to those who brought along the tent & new banner (especially David, Phil, Andrea & Raffaella) – that’s very important for the big events.

W50 team, British relay champions

Full results

Complete results for the event, along with sample maps and winners’ routes are available on the BOC website.

Photos

The SLOW photo gallery contains several more photos taken at the weekend – see the link on the frontpage. If you have any other photos which can be added, please email them to .

SLOW Coaching Day, Oxshott Heath

(Note the clocks go forward 1 hour on Sunday morning!)

Meeting point: Oxshott Village Sports Club, Steels Lane, Oxshott. OVSC are kindly allowing us to use their excellent facilities as a base. www.oxshottsports.com (click on “Find us” in the left-hand menu for directions). There will be changing rooms and showers available, and a bar open from 11.30.

Arrive in time for a 10.00 start. We will go out and do orienteering exercises on Oxshott Heath, followed by a lunch break back at the Sports Club at approx 12.30 for about 30 mins to 1 hour. We will then go back out for a final fun exercise, finishing at about 2.30.

Suitable for: beginners, improvers and experts, juniors and adults. There will be coaches and assistants to introduce beginners to orienteering, help you learn how to read an orienteering map and to find your way round a simple orienteering course. Wear either walking or running gear, including shoes with good grip (the Heath is muddy in places). You can walk or run – the choice is yours. No prior experience necessary. Finish time approx 2.30, though you can leave earlier if you wish.

If you’ve been orienteering for a while and would like to get better at it, we will teach you some simple techniques to help you improve.

For the more expert orienteers there will be exercises on the fiendishly intricate contours of Oxshott Heath and a role play exercise to help you prepare for the British Championships.

Please let me know if you are coming so I can prepare appropriate numbers of maps and exercises.

Fantasy UK Cup 2006

The following information has been sent to SLOW by BOF for distribution to members. Please support the British Squad by entering this fun competition, which last year was won by SLOW’s very own Pete Huzan! Full details and information of the competition are on the UK Cup homepage. You need to get your entry in by 17th March to start scoring points in the first races.

Support the British Squad by taking part in the Fantasy UK Cup. The British Orienteering Squad support fund offers small grants to athletes with World Class potential who come up with their own plan for self-organised training camps. This fund has in the past helped young orienteers to push themselves further, contributing to the medal-winning success of our current team. In 2005 several potential stars received grants, and applications are currently being considered for 2006. To maintain the ability to help our athletes, the support fund is running the Fantasy UK Cup.

What is the Fantasy UK Cup?

Fantasy UK Cup is an orienteering game in a similar vein to games run in newspapers such as Fantasy Football. You choose a team of 10 orienteers then sit back and let them rack up points for you. At any point during the game you can make transfers if your team isn’t performing as well as you would like, and at the end of the season, the team with the most points wins. But remember – some of the top runners may live abroad or not go to all the races – so use all your knowledge and choose your team wisely. You may find some valuable information in CompassSport. You will be able to follow your team’s progress on the web and in CompassSport. There will also be updates sent out by email after each race.

Why should I enter?

Your £3 entry fee will go towards improving the future of British orienteering. There will also be prizes for the top 3 teams and the top junior. Any donations for prizes will be gratefully accepted.

How do I enter?

Just choose your team in accordance with the rules either enter online or complete the entry form on the UK Cup website. All entrants must send a cheque to the address below made payable to “British Orienteering Squad Support Fund”. If you have any queries please email Graham Gristwood at (NB please do not email entries). Entries will only be recognised on receipt of payment

The list of orienteers can be found at the UK Cup homepage

Rules

Orienteers ranked between 1 and 4, based on last years UK Cup, current Ranking Lists and the current British Squad.
You must choose a team of 5 men and 5 women
The total rank of your team must be 22 or more
Scoring based on UK Cup scoring system. During the season, you may make 2 changes to your team (eg if one of your team gets injured), but the total rank must still be over 22 (changes can be made online).

An Example Team

111 Mark Nixon 1
204 Ed Catmur 2
205 Oleg Chepelin 2
212 Murray Strain 2
309 Ian Nixon 3

154 Mhari MacKenzie 1
259 Heather Monro 2
357 Rachael Holmes 3
360 Amy Sarkies 3
362 Abi Weeds 3

Team total 22

The first races are on the 18th and 19th of March, but please enter early. You will start scoring points as soon as your entry is received.

SLOW success at Interland

Congratulations to SLOW members Ralph Street and Mike Murray for very impressive winning runs in helping England to victory in the annual “Interland” event on Sunday 26 February. This event is a 4-way international competition between England, Germany, Holland and Belgium, and this year was held in Warendorf, near Munster, in Germany.

Ralph won the M17 course, completing the 8.0km course in a very impressive time of 45:00. Mike was also victorious for England, winning the 5.3km M60 course in an equally-impressive 35:21. England were convincing winners of the overall trophy.

Full event results can be found here.

Orienteering fixtures map website

SLOW member Ollie O’Brien has set up a very impressive new website detailing forthcoming orienteering fixtures, which may be of interest to SLOW members (and other orienteers). The site works by entering your postcode, and it then displays – both graphically and in list format – all of your nearest orienteering events over the next 4 weeks. The fixtures are primarily taken from the official BOF fixtures list.

The website can be found here:

http://www.oobrien.com/map/

NB – details of forthcoming SLOW events and links to other fixtures websites can be found here.

Ralph Street – British Schools Winner

Congratulations to Ralph Street on winning the British Schools Year 10 championships at Temple Newsam, Leeds on 20 November. Representing Tiffin School in Kingston, Ralph won by a cool six seconds.

Brother Greg was 20th in the Year 8 competition in which six other Tiffin School/SLOW members performed very well in a high quality field: Grant Hamilton 40th, Max Camara & Aaron Moran 44th, Nisha Vdayakumar 62nd, Robbie Ashley-Bach 77th and Bhavesh Patel 78th.

Full results and pictures at www.bsoa.org

New SLOW Kit

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new SLOW orienteering kit. The new kit will be produced by Norwegian manufacturers Trimtex, whose designs will be familiar to any of you who were at the World Cup races in May – they manufacture the current GB squad kit, as well as that of many other international teams. People may have also spotted that a few British clubs (eg Southdowns) have recently started wearing these new kits.

The SLOW kit design. Left: Front. Right: Back.

Pete, Simon and Paul model the Trimtex kit.

The tops are short-sleeve, partly meshed “o-polyester” material. You can see the new club design above along with a photo of Trimtex kit samples being modelled by a few club members at the last committee meeting! (Note that these samples are different colour designs to the new SLOW kit; the blue colour to be used in the actual kit is the same as the royal blue which appears in the centre of the sample kits). Click here to see full picture of new kit.

The cost will be around £30 per top (only £2 more expensive than the existing kit). Our aim is to have the new kits ready to launch at the Compass Sport Cup final on 16 October. (What better way to scare the opposition at the Final than by all turning up in our pristine new club O-kit!). However there is an 8 week delivery time on kits, so we will be placing the order in early August – please let me know by then if you want a top.

We are not intending to order many surplus kits, so if you are likely to want one then please reserve it now in time for our order to Trimtex – otherwise you may have to wait a long time until a subsequent order is made, and it will probably be more expensive too (as smaller orders to Trimtex cost more per kit).

O-trousers

We will only be ordering O-trousers if there is sufficient demand for these as well. Trimtex offer a choice of trousers:

(i) ‘standard’ O-trousers,
(ii) standard with elastic under the knee and with/without sewn in gaiters,
(iii) “Extreme o-pants”, which are knee-high, using o-polyester material. These would be in the same blue colour as the tops. Please let me know if you are interested in ordering any of these O-trousers as well.
We will need a minimum of 5 orders of any type, and it would be quite a bit cheaper if there are over 10. Prices for option (i) are £14-£18 (depending on how many orders we make), and around £20-£25 for options (ii) or (iii). Let me know if you are interested in any of these, and I will confirm in due course whether we will be going ahead with this order.

Sizes

Before I make the final order for the tops, you will need to let me know what size you need – the choice ranges from XXS to XXXL! The tops are described as ‘body hugging’ and are therefore a bit tighter than current Ultrasport O-tops – you may want to order to a larger size than usual. If you would like to see the samples and try them on to work out your size (I have M, L and XL samples), I will be bringing the sample tops to various training events/Frolics over the 3 weeks, the social evening on Weds 27th July, and also to the Scottish 6-days.

How to order

All you have to do is let me know that you want a top (and/or trousers), and what size you need – either email () or see me at an event over the next 3 weeks or so. Payment can be made when the kits arrive. Let me know if you have any questions about the kit.

PS – there is still a small amount of the current SLOW O-kit in stock, which will continue to be available while stocks last. I am taking over this stock from Teresa Turner, so please contact me directly if you would like to order any of the existing kit.

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