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!

South-East Galoppen

The final results for the South-East Galoppen 2007 have now been calculated – the results file is here (Excel file). A total of six scores count from the results of the all Regional and National events held in the south-east region over the calendar year, which were as follows:

  • 14/1/07 – Waggoners Wells (GO)
  • 21/1/07 – Ashridge (HH)
  • 25/2/07 – White Downs (MV)
  • 4/3/07 – Holmbury Hill (LOK)
  • 11/3/07 – Old House Warren (SO)
  • 18/11/07 – Epping (CHIG)
  • 25/11/07 – Devil’s Punchbowl (SLOW)
  • 30/12/07 – Ash Ranges (SN)

All individual members of every south-east club score points at these events, with 100 for 1st, 99 for 2nd, 98 for 3rd and so on. Certificates are awarded to first three in each class over the whole series. Congratulations to the following SLOW members who achieved top 3 finishes in their respective classes: Matthew Jones (2rd JM3), Greg Street (3rd JM4), Ralph Street (1st JM5L), Michael May (3rd JM5L), Ed Catmur (3rd M21L), Andrew McMillan (2nd M50S), Teresa Turner (1st W55L), Anne May (1st W55S), Judy Fry (3rd W60S), Susan Lumas (3rd W65L).

The events which will count towards the 2008 Galoppen include the following events in the first half of 2008 (plus further events later in the year):

  • 3/2/08 – Woolbeding Common (GO)
  • 24/2/08 – Holmbury Hill (LOK)
  • 2/3/08 – Mill Bank & Whitley (SAX)
  • 21/3/08 – University of Surrey, Guildford (JK day 1 – sprint)
  • 22/3/08 – Leith Hill (JK day 2)
  • 23/3/08 – Ashdown Forest (JK day 3)
  • 13/4/08 – Houghton (SO)

Many thanks to Ed Cox who coordinates and calculates the Galoppen scores.

Terry Dooris

It is with great sadness that South London Orienteers have learned of the death of Terry Dooris. Terry died peacefully yesterday and will be greatly missed by his fellow orienteers.

Terry was a long-time orienteer, and was a local member of SLOW for many years (as well as being a member of Southern Navigators). He was also the Hon. Records Officer for British Orienteering.

The funeral will take place on Thursday 27th December at Poole Crematorium, Gravel Hill. Poole BH17 9BQ. For further information please contact his son Mark on 0161 718 5315 / 07866 565428 or email to mark @

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.

SLOW achieves Clubmark!

South London Orienteers have achieved Clubmark accreditation! We have become the 21st British orienteering club to achieve this. For further information on Clubmark for orienteering clubs, see the British Orienteering clubmark information page. Further details on Clubmark are set out below.

Clubmark is the Sport England quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections which comply with operating standards in four areas:

  • Duty of Care & Child Protection
  • Coaching & Competition
  • Sports Equity & Ethics
  • Club Management

Over the last year or so, committee members have attended courses on:

  • Good Practice & Child Protection
  • Equity in Your Coaching
  • A Club for All
  • Coaching Children

The following policies and codes of conduct have been adopted:

In addition the club has demonstrated that it has:

  • a programme of junior coaching
  • qualified coaches
  • a Junior Rep (Ralph Street)
  • a Development Officer (Christine Robinson)
  • links with local School Sport Partnerships
  • links with local schools
  • first aid cover, risk assessments and emergency procedures for all events (see Documents page)

Increasingly local authorities and parents look for Clubmark accreditation as a sign that a club is a good quality club which takes care of young people and provides them with an enjoyable and safe experience. We are proud to say we do so.

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.

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