Compass Sport Cup final

SLOW’s Andy Hodgson wins the Reebok Golden Boot trophy for the fastest run-in.
Photo: Peter Guillaume.

South London seventh in national clubs competition

On Sunday 15th October, 60 runners from South London Orienteers competed 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.

The event location was the historic Greenham Common. The area comprised a very fast flat open central area (an ex-runway) surrounded by more intricate forest & marsh. The fastest runners managed sub-5 minutes/km.

The competition was very hot with all the top clubs from around the country competing. Congratulations to OD (Coventry) for a very good win to retain the trophy.

We had quite a few excellent runs including some unexpected scorers. There were particularly impressive runs from Ralph Street, Abi Weeds and James McMillan. And well done to Andy Hodgson (pictured right) for winning the Reebok Golden Boot for the fastest run-in split of 21 seconds.

The competition starts again next year on 18th March 2007, with the south-east regional round at Burnham Beeches – put the date in your diary now!

Overall team results appear below. Full results are available here.

1 OD 2157
2 SYO 2057
3 BOK 2038
4 AIRE 1903
5 NOC 1840
6 WCH 1812
7 SLOW 1774
8 SO 1724
9 MDOC 1690
10 TVOC 1393

Coaching day – Star Posts, near Bracknell

Everyone is invited to an orienteering coaching day, organised by the British Orienteering Federation (BOF) at Star Posts, near Bracknell in Berkshire, on Saturday 4 November 2006. All SLOW members are encouraged to take part in this unique opportunity to improve your orienteering.

Star Posts is a top quality area, used for British Championships and JK festival in the past. The BOF Coaching Team will be setting a variety of exercises at technical levels 3-5 (i.e. Orange standard through to Brown). SLOW’s club coaches will lead SLOW members in choosing the exercises appropriate to each individual.

Exercises are likely to include: contours only, speed control (traffic lights), aiming off, attack points, compass work etc. If you have any particular techniques or skills you wish to practise, please let me know.

Cost: £5 adults, £2 juniors.

Please let me know asap if you wish to attend the coaching day.

SLOW 30th Anniversary dinner

This year is SLOW’s 30th Anniversary and to celebrate we are organising a club dinner at The Canbury Arms where we have hired an area on Saturday 18th November, 7 for 7.30pm. This is the main social event of the year and it would be great to see as many of you and your partners/older children as possible.

There will be a choice of starters and main course included. Desserts are optional and can be bought separately, as can drinks which will be available from the bar.

The cost is £15. Please e-mail me () if you would like to come and send a cheque payable to SLOW to Jackie Chapman, 25 Wilmer Close, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 5LX.

The Canbury Arms, 49 Canbury Park Rd is a few hundred metres from Kingston train and bus station. Map Link

Hope to see you there.

Social night and Training

With the end of the summer series of events, we are organising a monthly social on the 4th Tuesday of each month starting on Tuesday 26th September. We have decided to combine this with the option of a training run starting/finishing from the same pub as the social and going into Richmond Park. All are welcome to either or both. The Canbury Arms is a non-smoking pub about 500m from Kingston train and bus station and food is served until 10pm.

Meet at 7.30pm outside The Canbury Arms, 9 Canbury Park Rd, Kingston for the training run or from 8.30pm onwards inside The Canbury Arms. Map Link

Hope to see you there.


SLOW’s AGM this year will be on Tuesday 21st November.

We will follow last year’s successful and sociable format – we have a private room at Pizza Express in Putney.
Address – 144 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 2SW. Map link

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

Hope to see you there.

SLOW club kit

Simon and Matthias modelling the club kit.

As we have now completely run out of the new SLOW club kit, I am intending to place a new order shortly. This will be dependent on there being enough demand for new kits, so please let me know if you would like any – email Paul at .

Unfortunately the prices are going to be a bit more expensive than last time, partly because Trimtex’s prices have increased over the year and partly because we received a large discount with our initial order due to ordering so many kits. Prices this time are likely to be:

O-top – £31
O-trousers (long) – £16
O-trousers (“extreme”, half-length) – £22

We need to have a minimum order of 10 for each item, so it is possible that we will not get both sets of trousers (I would have thought it is more likely that we get enough orders for the long trousers, but let me know if you have a preference). As with previously, we will not be ordering too many spare kits, so don’t rely on there being any spares left over – get your order in with me in advance!

The intention is to place the order in mid-September, so please let me know by then which bits of kit you would like. You will also need to let me know the size you would like – the choice ranges from XXS to XXXL! The O-tops can be described as ‘body hugging’ and from previous experience most people found that they need to order 1 or 2 sizes larger than normal – be warned!

After ordering it will probably take about 2 months for the kit to arrive, so it should be here by mid-November. You will not need to pay for the kit until it arrives – I will let everyone know the details later.

Please send your orders to me by mid-September, and let me know if you have any other questions – email to

Kate Thomas

South London Orienteers are very sad to learn of the death of Kate Thomas, who passed away on Sunday after receiving a diagnosis of cancer only a short time ago. Kate was a leading light in SLOW and she will be sadly missed by a great number of people. We’re sure that those of you who met Kate, and who knew her enthusiasm and drive, will join us in regretting her early death.

Kate’s funeral has been arranged for Thursday 24th August, 1:30 pm, at the Canford Crematorium, north Bristol, BS9 3PQ (Map link). There is to be a short (20-minute) service, celebrating Kate’s life and friendships, in the chapel at the Crematorium, with 5 minutes either end for filing in and out. We understand that Kate’s parents intend to arrange a small gathering afterwards, but we are not yet sure of the arrangements.

Please email Jenny Costigan () if you would like to receive further information on the funeral arrangements or if you would like to share a lift down from London.

World MTBO Championships

Congratulations to SLOW’s Heather Monro, who has been competing this week in the world mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) world championships in Finland.

Heather finished a very impressive 12th place in the middle distance final on Tuesday. This was the best position ever recorded by a British competitor in the middle distance race. News from the BOF website:

In the womens race, Heather Monro revelled in the more technical nature of the navigation. She was one of the few in the team to feel she could ‘read’ the terrain and follow the flow of the paths without having to slow down too much. She finished just 2.5 mins outside the pack of women contesting the podium places, so was very happy with her ride

In Wednesday’s long distance race, Heather finished 13th, again the leading British rider. The BOF website reports:

Three of the British women all finished inside the top 30, in what they felt was a stronger field than last years race. Heather Monro was the highest placed with an impressive 13th, although she was less pleased with her ride, having made some route choice errors costing her around three minutes of time loss. Both Heather and Janine were placed highly through the spectator control, but with more than half the course still to complete, fitness began to tell towards the end for Janine as she made some small misses in the last part of the course. Winning times were over the predicted time of 85 minutes by a large margin.

Full details and results of the event can be found at the event website.

London's largest orienteering club. British Orienteering's Club of the Year 2013. CASC accredited.