Junior Coaching Day at Bushy Park

SLOW is holding a Junior Coaching Day in Bushy Park Woodland Garden (near Hampton Court Palace) on Saturday 24 November 2007 from 12.15-2.00pm.

This is an ideal opportunity for juniors to get help to improve your orienteering, especially if you are thinking of moving on to tackle a harder course in the near future. It will also be a good opportunity to practise your skills and get to know your team-mates in time for the Yvette Baker Trophy Final on 2 December.

Several qualified coaches will be on hand, plus SLOW’s top junior, Ralph Street, who recently ran for England in the Junior Home International, will be there to pass on some tips.

Please let me know if you intend coming so I can prepare the right sort of exercises and maps and send you details about parking.

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.

Scores

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.

38:51

Name

Class

Course

Time

Position

Points

Ralph Street

M18

Light Green

21:07

1

100

Mike Murray

M60

Green Men

3

98

James McMillan

M18

Light Green

24:50

=3

96

Peter Haynes

M45

Blue Men

59:18

8

93

Charles Bromley Gardner

M45

Blue Men

60:38

10

91

Rachael Holmes

W21

Blue Women

57:42

8

90

Caroline Court

W21

Blue Women

57:54

9

88

Audrius Janulynas

M18

Light Green

25:46

9

86

Paul Nixon

M21

Brown

68:07

21

82

Malin Lindeborg

W18

Green Women

47:45

14

82

Anja Stratford

W35

Blue Women

60:04

14

80

Ollie O’Brien

M21

Brown

71:49

32

74

Paul Street

M50

Blue Men

70:31

27

74

Sarah Brown

W55

Green Women

48:32

18

74

Gustav Lindeborg

M14

Orange

30:09

21

74

Matthias Mahr

M21

Brown

73:03

35

72

Andy Hodgson

M21

Brown

74:17

38

69

Andrew Brown

M21

Brown

74:27

39

68

Alan Leakey

M50

Blue Men

73:02

35

66

Chris Robinson

W50

Green Women

50:31

25

64

Jon O’Donnell

M35

Brown

77:31

50

61

Judy Fry

W60

Short Green

67:32

35

54

Anne Straube

W21

Blue Women

71:03

33

52

Don McKerrow

M55

Blue Men

78:07

49

52

Charles McMillan

M16

Light Green

38:39

38

52

Total

1892

 

Phil on the run-in.

London Rat Race

Rat Race

SLOW MAKE MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO LONDON 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

Coaching Day at Wimbledon Common

SLOW is intending to host a Coaching Day on Sunday 7th October on Wimbledon Common. This will be based at the Windmill Car Park, between 10.00am-12.00pm – map link here

We are organising coaching activities for all juniors and beginner adults. There will be a range of courses on offer and experienced orienteers will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending at

Further details will follow in due course.

SLOW finish 3rd at Peter Palmer Relays

Peter Palmer team

Ralph

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 AGM

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.

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