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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.

Full Results and Routegadget Links

Get Up To Speed Videos Quiz

For the Easter holiday and the JK festival we have prepared a little quiz about the “Get Up To Speed” videos.

We will update this post with answers on JK Relay Day.

The videos are on SLOW’s YouTube Channel.

The quiz is a pdf….

The answers are also a pdf….

GetUpToSpeed Quiz Answers

For the story….

The January post announcing the videos.

CompassSport Cup Tie 2019

South London Orienteers were second behind a strong all-round Southdowns team performance in yesterday’s CompassSport Cup Tie in Ashdown Forest.

Results (on the host club Saxons website)

So we won’t be competing in the National Final (which is in the South-East) this Autumn. Our best wishes to Southdowns who will represent the home region.

Details of CompassSport Cup and results from round the country.

We had a great turnout of over 50, with a fair amount of car sharing and several cycling to the compact assembly at “An Enchanted Place”. Start and finish were nearby, and there was sunshine, but a biting wind somewhat curtailed the socialising.

Congratulations to four SLOW runners who won their races: Abi Weeds (women’s open), Mihaly Ormay (short brown), Andy Jones (men’s green) and Mike Murray (short green). And Tom Davies, Paul Couldridge and Alan Leakey would have won their courses had it not been for one of the above named team-mates.


(Photo Credit: Rob Lines)


Team Races Invitation

Attention SLOW members, your club wants you to run in our teams. Do come and join us for great club days out. And if you wear our club colours even better.

Everyone is welcome to take part, the more the merrier.

A fuller invitation is now circulating on our mailing list.

SUNDAY MARCH 17 – COMPASS SPORT CUP REGIONAL ROUND – ENCHANTED PLACE, SUSSEX

MONDAY APRIL 23 – JK RELAYS – MINLEY, HANTS

SATURDAY MAY 4
– BRITISH MIXED SPRINT RELAYS – BRADFORD UNIVERSITY, YORKSHIRE.

MONDAY MAY 6 – BRITISH RELAYS – MIDDLETON PARK, LEEDS

SUNDAY MAY 12 – SOUTH-EAST RELAYS – ADDINGTON HILLS, CROYDON (get there by tram.)

WEEKEND JUNE 15/16 – JUKOLA AND VENLA RELAYS, FINLAND

WEEKEND
JUNE 22/23 – HARVESTER RELAYS – SW ENGLAND

“Get Up to Speed” Videos

Last year, Sport England awarded South London Orienteers £3,850 for a project to help teenagers develop the orienteering skills needed for more technical courses.

This is our “Get Up to Speed” project.

As part of this project, we have produced a series of eight short videos. The videos are presented by athletes from the GB Orienteering team and are filmed in different locations.

The videos aim is to help juniors deal with more technically demanding courses, but they can also be used by newcomers wanting to “get up to speed”. Each video focuses on a specific orienteering skill.

The Playlist

One video per week is launched each Friday at 5pm during January and February. The video release is linked to races and coaching sessions taking place across the South East: watch a film, focus on a technique and have a successful run.

All the videos were produced by SLOW Development Officer Sarah Brown, with editing by Katherine Bett of Southern Navigators.

Newcomer’s Video

We realised as the videos were made it would be good to have a video to inform and guide beginners on what to expect at their first orienteering race. SLOW decided to fund this and we were delighted that Graham Gristwood agreed to host – his enthusiasm and expertise add a lot. Filming took place near Stirling and we were very lucky with the weather for the time of year, with sunshine complicating and permitting some of the shots.

The film covers the orienteering map, courses, controls, equipment and what to wear, and ends with Graham linking to the series of Skills Videos so that once beginners have the guide they can easily see explanations of techniques to help them improve.

Further reading: please see our introduction to orienteering.

CompassSport Cup Final

SLOW came fourth at the CompassSport Cup Final on Sunday, 21st October 2018. This is a really good result for the club in this, the national inter-club competition. We qualified at the regional round in the Spring, having missed the final the previous two years.

Some way ahead of us were winners South Yorkshire (SYO), second-placed Forth Valley (FVO) and third-placed Bristol (BOK).

We were ahead of local rivals Southdowns (who were 5th), and also Lakeland, Derwent Valley, Deeside, Devon, Edinburgh Southern and Norfolk.

The final was hosted by Walton Chasers (WCH)  on spur and valley terrain of Cannock Chase. Results are on the WCH website.

The competition uses individual starts and a complex scoring system that allows all members of a club to take part. A club can have an unlimited number of runners, but only certain people can run on each of the 11 courses and only a certain number on each course can count. It is the best scoring 25 runners that determine a club’s total score.

The courses and eligibility are based on the typical demographics of a British club – they have changed over the years as the average age of orienteers has gone up and up. We have a much higher proportion of younger adults than is typical, with no top juniors – and so fourth is an exceptionally good result. The three top clubs have a rich spread of elite runners across all the courses (numbers scoring 90+  SYO=22, FVO=21, BOK=18, SLOW=8.)

The golden boot for the fastest run-in was won by last year’s British Sprint and Middle Champion, Jamie Parkinson of Devon.

SLOW’s 25 scoring runners

100: Mihaly Ormay; 98: Abi Weeds; 94: Andy Jones; 92: Paul Couldridge, Alan Leakey, Sue Carter; 90: Matthias Mahr, Diane Leakey; 87: Andy Robinson, Mike Murray, Dorte Torpe Hansen; 85: Tom Cochrane, Rebecca Dal Bon; 84: David May, Velina Valova; 83: Sarah Brown; 82: Don McKerrow, Peter Huzan; 81: Heather Findlay, Duncan Grassie; 78: Yordan Kolev; 76: Boryana Peeva, Michael Crone; 72: Zlatko Peev; 71: Karen Jones.