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ALL EVENTS CANCELLED

With recent developments relating to the mitigation of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and guidance from the UK Government and British Orienteering we are suspending all our orienteering activities.

The events planned for Tuesday March 24th (Richmond Park) and Tuesday 14th April (Kings Cross) are cancelled.

Other events remain in the calendar for now but will only take place if the guidance changes.

As you will probably know in the last two days next weekend’s British Long and Relay Championships, the JK festival scheduled for Easter and the summer multi-day event Croeso have all been cancelled.

British Night Champs

The British Night Championships were held on Saturday evening in the woods at Hambleden near Henley-on-Thames. Hambleden is a private shooting estate, and was an excellent venue for the championships – technical and hilly but very runnable. The organising club Thames Valley did a terrific job putting on the championships and a big race the following day. The area was previously used to host two days of the biggest UK orienteering festival, the JK, at Easter 2013.

Congratulations to club stalwart Paul Couldridge who won the M45 trophy through fast and accurate orienteering and a well-paced race. He built a lead of four minutes in the last third of the course of 8.3km with 300m climb, to finish in a time of 55:23.

Paul is pictured above with the trophy, bracketed by second-placed Nicholas Cooper of South Yorkshire and third-placed Will Heap of Southdowns. In the fluorescent jacket is the organiser, John Dalton of Thames Valley O.C.

Paul has previously won both the M35 and M40 (twice) night trophies.

The W35 trophy was won by SLOWprint editor Sarah-Jane Barrable. This was her first win.

Third on M35 was fixtures secretary Duncan Grassie. (Sarah-Jane’s husband Nick Barrable who runs with South Yorkshire was second in this class.)

Provisional results (all classes).

Other runners from SLOW were: Juste Raimbault and Yordan Kolev on M21L, Fiona Tam on W21L, Matthias Mahr – fourth on M40, Sue Carter – fourth on W50, Dorte Torpe Hansen – fifth on W50, Richard Stanhope on M60, Paul Street on M65 and Jim Mallinson on M70.

The M21L trophy was retained by Graham Gristwood of Forth Valley Orienteers who covered the 11.9km and 380m course in just 60:21. His speed was not very different from that of his run at the JK Middle race back in 2013. He has represented GB at World Orienteering Championships a record number of times. And he also presents our video Introduction to Orienteering.

The W21L trophy was won by Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales O.C. Megan now holds all four British trophies, having won the long, middle and sprint titles last year.

Megan Carter-Davies and Graham Gristwood (photo: On The Red Line)

2020 Junior Home International

South London Orienteers will put on the 2020 Junior Home International on the weekend of 10th and 11th October. The racing will be on the spectacular and tough terrain of the Devil’s Punch Bowl as used for last year’s Southern Championships.

The competition is between four teams of 24 junior athletes representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Teams include four athletes in each of M/W18, M/W16 and M/W14.

The teams will stay together, adjacent to the competition terrain, at the PGL Marchants Hill Adventure Centre.

Teams arrive on the Friday, and have an individual race on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday.

This year the competition was hosted in Northern Ireland by Lagan Valley Orienteers – Ward JHI Orienteering Results and Report.

Summary of Home Internationals

The perhaps self-contradictory term “Home International” is used in the British Isles to describe sports competitions amongst national teams Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

In orienteering there are three “home internationals”: junior (M/W18-), senior (M/W 20/21) and veteran (M/W35+). Each is organised separately, usually in the Autumn. The home nations take it in turn to host.

All competitions take place over a weekend, with an individual day and a relay day and calculate results by a points scheme. All prefer the individual on the Saturday and relays on the Sunday. There’s also a social element – a meal on the Saturday night, and ideally teams stay in the same place.

The competition details are specific to each competition. In general Scotland and England give each other a good match, and, but with lower points totals, so do Wales and Ireland.


SLOW Night-O Series 2019-2020

The nights are drawing in and that means one thing – yes, the start of the SLOW Winter night orienteering series!

The series comprises 5 races from late October to late March:

  • Overall series results will be calculated, but you are welcome to run at just one or two if you like.
  • All are based at a pub.
  • All are accessible by public transport.
  • All are on Tuesdays.
  • All have start times from 18:15 to 19:30 with courses closing at 20:30, except for the March season finale (mass start).
  • All have a long course of 5 – 6 km and a short one of 2.5 – 3.0 km.
  • All use SIAC contactless punching; cards can be hired if you do have your own.

Event Schedule

The events typically take place on the last Tuesday of the month. The schedule for 2019-20 is this.

DateVenueOrganiserDetailsResults
29 October 2019Richmond ParkSue CarterDetailsResults
26 November 2019Wimbledon CommonPeter HuzanDetailsResults
28 January 2020Barnes CommonDon McKerrowDetailsResults
25 February 2020Wimbledon CommonDave WrightDetailsResults
24 March 2020Richmond ParkDuncan GrassieDetails

Full details on each event are posted here on the SLOW website a couple of weeks before the event. If you would like to contact any of the organisers, please email the series coordinator Steven Clelland at to be put in touch.

The entry fee is £3 for SLOW members, students and juniors; £5 for others. The races use both SIAC contactless and SI electronic punching; SIAC cards are available to hire for those who do not have their own. A small number of headlamps are also available to borrow for free but you need to e-mail the organiser in advance of each race to reserve one.

Series Results

Overall results – 2019-2020

League series points are scored at each event, with 100 for the winner, 99 for 2nd place, 98 for 3rd, down to 1 point for everyone who finishes 100th place or lower. The organiser of the event scores points equal their best at any other race in the season. Men and women are included in the same combined results table for each race, and overall, but women’s positions will be highlighted in the results.

The overall results will be based on your best three scores in the series, and there will be prizes for the leading man and leading woman over the series. In the event of a tie, head-to-head results will be used.

Results of the 2018-2019 Night Series.

GLOSS

London OK’s GLOSS series for 2019 has wrapped up, with SLOW successfully fielding a full team at all five races.

Sunday 23 June Gunpowder Park   Handicap results
Sunday 30 June Barnes Common
    – Handicap results
Saturday 06 July Highfield Park   
Handicap results
Sunday 14 July Belhus Woods  
Handicap results
Sunday 21 July Nonsuch Park
Handicap results

After the final race at Nonsuch Park on Sunday, and once the arithmetic of the handicapping had been applied, SLOW were determined to be second behind the series winners HAVOC – Havering and South Essex Orienteering Club. The score in the final race was 528 – 524.

Thanks to Mole Valley for the Nonsuch Park race. With their kind permission and support Sarah Brown ran a flapjack stall for the Orienteering Foundation appeal to support the GB Team in the forthcoming World Championships. Sarah thanks runners for supporting the appeal to the value of £51.20.

A park on a nice summer Sunday morning can be quite busy, and several passers-by took an interest. It’s good to be able to talk about the range of our great sport.

British Champs Weekend

Sprint Relays

The Sprint Relays took place on Saturday May 4th at Bradford University. SLOW had teams in the Open (4 runners), Veteran (3 runners), Super Veteran (3 runners) and Hyper Veteran (3 runners) races.

Edinburgh University won the Open Class.

Start of the Open Class relay with Fiona leading off the SLOW team (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Olin hands over to Dorte for the final leg of the open (credit: Steve Rush)
Matthias heads out of the spectator control on leg 1 of the Vet Relay – the race with the most teams (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Matthias hands over to Abi (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
Abi finishing with fastest time for the middle leg of the Vet relay (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Vet Relay Podium with Matthias, Abi and Paul taking silver behind South Yorkshire and ahead of Forth Valley (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Pete, running in the SuperVet Relay, passes through the spectator control (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
SLOW won the HyperVet relay – Paul, Sarah and Alan on the podium (credit: Wendy Carlyle)

Individual

The Individual Long Champs took place at Arncliffe & Kilnsey North on Sunday 5th May.

The new British Champions are Megan Carter-Davies of Mid-Wales Orienteering Club, and Alasdair McLeod of Airienteers.

David Roach, wearing the Luxembourg colours, finishes (credit; Wendy Carlyle).
Paul Street (credit: Wendy Carlyle)
British Championships – the 65s podium (credit: Rob LInes)

SLOW Results

  • W21E – Abi Weeds 11th
  • M21E – Yordan Kolev 38th
  • M16A – Olin Davies 12th
  • W21L – Fiona Tam 8th
  • M35L – Duncan Grassie 6th
  • M40L – Matthias Mahr 6th
  • M45L – Paul Couldridge 6th
  • M45L – Ross Arnold 29th
  • W50L – Dorte Torpe Hansen 13th
  • M50L – Peter Huzan 49th
  • M50S – Keith Davies 7th
  • W55S – Heather Walton 8th
  • W60L – Diane Leakey 16th
  • W60L – Maggie Roach 19th
  • W60L – Kathy Haynes 26th
  • M60L – Andy Jones 34th
  • M60L – Mal Lyon 40th
  • M60L – David Roach 55th
  • W65L – Sarah Brown – 3rd (Bronze Medal)
  • M65L – Alan Leakey 8th
  • M65L – Paul Street 15th
  • M70L – David May 7th
  • White – Claudia Mahr 6th

Forest Relays

The Relays took place on Monday May 6th in Middleton Park Leeds with the arena in the John Charles Stadium.

The start of the Women’s Premier Relay (credit: Crawford LIndsay)

The women’s premier relay was won by South Yorkshire and the men’s by home team Airienteers – their most recent previous win was 1978.

  • Yordan, Ian, Paul were 13th in the men’s premier.
  • Fiona, Dorte, Heather were 12th in the women’s short.
  • Abi, Matthias, Paul were 3rd in M40 (Bronze medals).
  • Alan, David, Andy were 7th in M60.
  • Sarah, Kathy, Diane were 2nd in W60 (Silver medals).

1. BorderLiners, 2. South London Orienteers, 3. Bristol.

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