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.

North Downs Relay




North Downs Relay 2005



North Downs Relay 2005
Leg 1 75mins
Terry Norton Sax 00:55:57 05:55:57 05:00:00
Hugh Bigwood Loose 00:57:43 05:57:43
Steve Reynolds CH 00:58:17 05:58:17
Dick Clark SLOW 01:04:37 06:04:37
Neil Harwood GO 01:08:07 06:08:07
No Runner CROC 01:25:00 06:25:00
Leg 2 88 mins
Ken Jones Sax 01:09:40 07:04:40 05:55:00
Paul Whiston CROC 01:09:41 07:04:41
James Crawford GO 01:09:50 07:04:50
Nick Haire Loose 01:16:28 07:11:28
Joe Hicks CH 01:16:28 07:11:28
Andy Jones SLOW 01:28:00 07:23:00
Leg 3 70 mins
Andy Hodgson SLOW 00:55:02 07:50:02 06:55:00
Mario DiMarco SAX 00:56:38 07:51:38
Simon Rhodes Loose 00:56:58 07:51:58
Jeremy Wilde GO 00:57:29 07:52:29
Steve Brockbank CROC 01:02:03 07:57:03
Marco Keir CH 01:08:18 08:03:18
Leg 4 66 mins
Will Southon GO 00:51:57 08:36:57 07:45:00
Rachael Holmes SLOW 00:52:41 08:37:41
Roy Gooderson CH 00:55:36 08:40:36
Sarah Howes Loose 01:01:36 08:46:36
Nick Hope Sax 01:06:00 08:51:00
Andy Elliott CROC 01:06:00 08:51:00
Leg 5 77 mins
Oliver Southon GO 00:59:22 09:29:22 08:30:00
Mike Garvin SLOW 01:00:28 09:30:28
Neasa McEarlean CH 01:04:45 09:34:45
Simon Girard Loose 01:05:33 09:35:33
David McQuillan SAX 01:12:50 09:42:50
No Runner CROC 01:27:00 09:57:00
Leg 6 115 mins 09:25:00
Mark Wilkins SAX 01:25:47 10:50:47
Mike Farmery SLOW 01:35:50 11:00:50
Nick Green CROC 01:42:23 11:07:23
John Hartley CH 01:55:00 11:20:00
Peter Clement GO 01:55:00 11:20:00
No Runner Loose 02:05:00 11:30:00
Leg 7 48 mins
Caroline Catmur SLOW 00:34:37 11:24:37 10:50:00
Alastair Telford CH 00:36:07 11:26:07
Troy Humphreys Loose 00:39:33 11:29:33
Linda Pakuls GO 00:39:39 11:29:39
Anita Kingdon Sax 00:43:12 11:33:12
Kamila Whiston CROC 00:45:48 11:35:48
Leg 8 87 mins
Keith Snook GO 00:59:38 12:24:38 11:25:00
Trevor Edgley Sax 01:03:08 12:28:08
Mark Vyvyan-Robinson SLOW 01:10:45 12:35:45
Nigel Bush CROC 01:10:55 12:35:55
Martyn Earl Loose 01:12:32 12:37:32
Jools Christmas CH 01:27:00 12:52:00
Leg 9 98 mins
Carl Bradshaw GO 01:12:47 13:37:47 12:25:00
Nigel Jarvis CROC 01:19:10 13:44:10
Jeff Armitage SLOW 01:20:01 13:45:01
Simon Maytum Sax 01:25:37 13:50:37
Aaron Pritchard Loose 01:31:26 13:56:26
Graham Tucker CH 01:31:28 13:56:28
Leg 10 67 mins
Fran Wood CH 00:52:13 14:22:13 13:30:00
Jenny Poulter Loose 00:52:54 14:22:54
Ginny Catmur SLOW B 00:57:00 14:27:00
Steve Waite CROC 00:58:28 14:28:28
Paul Nixon SLOW   00:58:50 14:28:50
Christine Kiddier GO 01:00:08 14:30:08
Gina Ross Sax 01:02:58 14:32:58
Leg 11 75 mins
Gordon Parker SLOW 01:01:10 15:21:10 14:20:00
Sue`Ashley CROC 01:01:21 15:21:21
Paul Weaver GO 01:04:34 15:24:34
Bob Davidson CH 01:04:36 15:24:36
Andreas Oehlert Sax 01:09:23 15:29:23
Nigel Poulter Loose 01:12:19 15:32:19
Leg 12 69 mins
Paul Brooks SLOW 00:46:29 15:56:29 15:10:00
Steve Clark CH 00:48:28 15:58:28
Paul Oates CROC 00:48:42 15:58:42
Mark Glaisher Sax 00:53:26 16:03:26
Sean Ryan GO 00:58:44 16:08:44
Maria Bava SLOW B 01:05:00 16:15:00
No runner Loose 01:19:00 16:29:00
Leg 13 71 mins
Ed Catmur SLOW 00:47:22 16:47:22 16:00:00
Dave Moore SAX 00:56:32 16:56:32
Ian Bloxsome CROC 00:58:02 16:58:02
John Wright GO 01:10:14 17:10:14
Elaine Lyttle +1 CH 01:11:00 17:11:00
Chris Simpson TAC 01:11:00 17:11:00
Sarah Covey-Crump SLOW B 01:25:10 17:25:10
Leg 14 96 mins
Charlie Whetham SLOW 01:06:40 17:56:40 16:50:00
Clive Beauvais CROC 01:12:11 18:02:11
John Wilkins Sax 01:14:21 18:04:21
Mark Cooper CH 01:17:44 18:07:44
Dudley Baker TAC 01:34:46 18:24:46
No runner GO 01:46:00 18:36:00
Leg 15 72 mins
Pete Nicholls GO 00:51:50 18:46:50 17:55:00
Paul Fox Sax 00:57:42 18:52:42
Paul Conner CROC 00:58:08 18:53:08
Dave Lightburn CH 00:59:05 18:54:05
Jon O’Donnell SLOW 01:04:08 18:59:08
Dave Kingdon Loose 01:09:18 19:04:18
Leg 16 66 mins
Karen Jones SLOW 00:53:30 19:38:30 18:45:00
Dave Root CH 00:57:50 19:42:50
Simon Greenwood Sax 00:57:59 19:42:59
Jane Luxton CROC 01:01:17 19:46:17
Jenny Nicholls GO 01:01:17 19:46:17
Sarah Kingdon Loose 01:01:18 19:46:18
Club CROC SLOW SAX/SN GO LV/TAC Canterbury
Total Time 18:06:19 16:40:10 17:11:10 17:46:44 19:07:24 18:03:55
Position 5 1 2 3 6 4
  cut off awarded
  cut off + 10 mins awarded
Name Bold
winner,
Red a new Record
Club Bold in
the lead at end of that leg
TAC Tadworth runner in Loose
team

SLOW Summer Barbecue

You are invited to the: SLOW Summer Barbecue

On: Saturday 13th August 2005

At: Horton Country Park, Horton Lane. 3km from Epsom Station. Time: 3pm See map

Cost: Adults: £6 or £4 if you can bring a salad or dessert. Juniors or Students: £3 Pay on the day. Activities: Fun Orienteering course to start, possibly with a team element.

Bring: A seat if you would prefer not to sit on the grass and please bring your own drinks. Let me know if you would like to come. Also if you can bring a salad or dessert, let me know what it is and if anyone has already offered to make it I will get back to you.

SLOW success at the SE Relays

Paul Street and Ed Catmur

SLOW members took the trophies in both the Open and Handicap classes at last Sunday’s South East Relays, held in Epping Forest. The event was a real test of heat endurance, as temperatures were up in the thirties and there was limited shade on the courses.

In the open class Charlie Whetham brought us in 3rd on the first leg, less than 3 minutes down on the local leaders CHIG. In the womens’ race, Sarah Brown was also less than 3 minutes down on the leaders SO. On second leg Paul Street pulled the mens’ team up to second place, now less than a minute down on CHIG. Jackie Chapman recorded the fastest female time on the leg to keep the women in strong contention. Ed Catmur anchored the mens’ team home in style to take the title by a whopping eleven minutes, while CHIG mispunched under the pressure. Rachael Holmes was unable to catch the SO women on last leg, so the ladies finished second overall.

Our two handicap relay teams also had a great day – SLOW handclap (Ralph Street, David May and Paul Nixon) won the race by a big margin and SLOW progress (Vince Roper, Don McKerrow and Michael May) finished third. Paul won the Green handicap race by a massive 10 minutes, while Ralph had the third fastest time in the Blue and Michael beat David to get around the Orange in the third fastest time too.

This is a good fun, low-key relay event which caters for all standards and is recommended for next year (especially if we can win again!)

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Wisley Coaching – June 12th 2005

A big buzz with 28 participants at the recent coaching day on Wisley Common including a group from Tiffin school in Kingston and two new Italian members. Thank you to all the coaches who helped. Congratulations to Ralph Street, Karen/Joshua Morrewski and Kamlesh Walia who won the odds and evens relay and to Jackie Steinitz who won the distance estimation competition. Full results can be seen below:

Wisley results

Odds and Evens relay

1. Team 5: Ralph Street, Karen/Joshua Morrewski, Kamlesh Walia
2. Team 4: James McMillan, Fiona Steinitz, Emma Farmery
3. Team 6: Greg Street, Ian Christie, Jonathan Williams
4. Team 8: Sarah Abrams, Ellis Farmery, Mark Mitchison
5. Team 10: Kate Lugton, Anna van Leemputten, Joe Brown
6. Team 2: Rafaella Marin, Annabel Dawson, Akash Bhanot
7. Team 1: Andrea Rebora, Hannah Farmery, Aaron Moran
8. Team 7: Mike Williamson, James Farmery, Hashim Dangra
9. Team 3: Charles McMillan, Max Camara, Mark Siu

Distance estimation

1. Jackie Steinitz 120m
2. James McMillan 120.33m
3. Phil Marsland 121m
4. Chris Couldery 117.5m
4. Annabel Dawson 123m
5. Kate Lugton 124m
6. Sarah Abrams 124.5m
7. Barbara Lugton 128m
8. Karen/Joshua Morrewski 75m

Harvester Relays

Don

Our A team comprised Andy R, Richard C, Ed, Pete, Mike G, Don & Paul N. All of them had ok to excellent runs. After 2 legs we were 6th & we held that till 40 minutes from the end of 8 hours of running when a stronger FVO runner overtook us. But 7th is our best position this millennium!

Our B team comprised Chris F, Jim, Andy, Vicky & Vince. Again there were some good runs. The team was n/c because Andy had already run in the A team. But we would have come 12th out of 28 teams, just 43 minutes down on the leading team. After Chris & Jim had run we were a few minutes ahead of the best handicap team.

The event was very well organised with real-time computer displays of how well the runners were getting round their courses. SLOW had their own part of the campsite so it was easy to find people to meet up.

The Harvester is a unique event in the British orienteering scene & should be experienced! Next year the event is on 10th June in South Scotland. It should be possible to fly up by budget airline for less than £50 and have team transport from the airport. Have a think about that.

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Coaching Day Sunday 12th June

You are invited to a coaching day on Sunday 12th June 2005 probably on Wisley Common (subject to land permission) just off the A3 near to the M25 junction. Time 10am to 2pm. Details of car park to follow when land permission confirmed. Terrain is pine forest with a scattering of rhododendron thickets. Technical exercises from white for young juniors, through yellow/orange for beginners and juniors to light green and beyond to stretch developing orienteers will be available.

For those of you who have not been before, you can go round with somebody or talk to the coaching team afterwards. We generally do 2 or 3 exercises in the morning followed by a break for lunch (please bring your own) and socialising. We generally finish with a fun competition so you can practice your skills. Please let Heather Walton know if you will be coming by Friday 3rd June so that I can organise some more experienced orienteers to guide you. Let me know if there are any techniques you particularly want to practice. Any offers from volunteers to help also gratefully received.

Land permission has now been confirmed for the coaching day on Wisley Common. The car park is at grid reference TQ 079583. Coming south down the A3 you need to leave the A3 as if to join the M25 then rejoin the A3 again going south and turn left off the slip road. The car park is not the first one but the second one further down Old Lane. See the streetmap.co.uk link below.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?Grid2Map?X=507985&Y=158302

Please let Heather Walton know in advance if you are coming.

British Championships

After a sunny individual day on Penhale Sands on the Saturday, the weather turned nasty for the relays at the same place on the Sunday. Fortunately the club tent had not blown away overnight & we were able to resuscitate it in the morning. It was welcome shelter for our 11 teams. Our Women’s Premier team (Amy, Vicky, Rachael) finished a good 6th. We are now 5th in the Women’s UK Relay League, just 3 points behind 2nd. We had 3 teams in the Men’s Premier, finishing in 16th, 22nd & 24th. Our first team was Ed (who brought us back in 2nd place on the first leg!), Ralph (making his premier debut) & Jeff (making his SLOW relay debut). We are now 18th in the Men’s UK Relay League.

Our W45 team (Sarah B, Jackie, Diane) yet again won the trophy. Diane held off Bristol by 15 seconds. Jackie was our fastest, on the middle leg. Our Women’s short team were 17th (with a good run from Sarah C). Our top M50 team (Paul S, Alan, Andy) were a brilliant 1st, beating the likes of the army & Southdowns. Our 2nd team were 6th, including a good first leg by Richard C. Our M45 team (AJ, Don, John) were 2nd behind a very strong Bristol team – John had a great run on last leg. We also had 2 teams in the Ad Hoc, which was the most popular course! SLOWly Does It (Gordon, Adrian, Chris W) were 10th, & SLOW as Snails were 31st.

Watch out for details about future team events coming up: June 4 – Harvester Relays, June 19 – South-East Relays, June 25 – North Downs Way Relay, October 16 – Compass Sport Cup Final. And maybe the Scottish Relays on May 29.

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