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“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.

SLOW Juniors enjoy half term training on Esher Common

Nine SLOW juniors enjoyed the half term sunshine with a training session on Esher Common on Thursday 1 June. The session used three of the permanent courses that SLOW set up on Esher Common in collaboration with Elmbridge District Council.

The juniors aged 9 to 15 years all practised their technical orienteering skills – map orientation and route choice – on the Yellow course in the woods above West End Common to the west of the Portsmouth Road, before heading to Esher Common and running on the longer Orange and Light Green courses.

The weather was fantastic and everyone came away from the morning having improved their technique and more confident on the harder courses, ahead of the southeast relays on Sunday 18 June.

Many thanks to Paul Couldridge and Pete Huzan who gave up their time to coach, the juniors and of course their parents who came along for the morning.

Teaching Orienteering Courses, December 2014 and February 2015

South London Orienteers development officer Christine Robinson is running two Teaching Orienteering Part 1 courses, which are ideally suited to teachers, youth leaders and outdoor educators looking to introduce young people to orienteering. Christine is licensed to run these courses by British Orienteering, and they are being organised by SOLD (Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development). The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering, in a fun way.

The two available dates for the Teaching Orienteering Part 1 course are:

  • 4 December 2014 at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Mickleham, Dorking –
  • 6 February 2015 at Thames Young Mariners, Ham, near Richmond upon Thames – Teaching Orienteering Part 1

Full details of both courses and bookings are available at Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development.

For enquiries, please contact:

  • Susy Marsh or
  • Course content: Christine Robinson

Further information about the course is available from British Orienteering.

Greater London and Surrey Scout Orienteering

Congratulations to the 36 scouts from Surrey and Greater London who turned out for the orienteering coaching session on Esher Common on Saturday afternoon. Everyone had a lot of fun, and hopefully learned something in the process! The results from the two courses are below – congratulations to the winners!

Thanks to the scout leaders and parents for bringing the scouts along, and to South London Orienteers Chris Wroe and Christine Robinson for organising.

We hope to see you again soon for another session some time in 2014.

Group County Time
Greg Brett Merton Park ESU GLSW 24:42
Oliver Thompson and Jake Goulding 1st Oxshott Surrey 35:54
Duncan Hay Merton Park ESU GLSW 37:56
Jaxon Vary 1st Hinchley Wood Surrey 48:54
Liam Mayhow and Alex Cooksey 1st Oxshott Surrey 52:23
Dirk Esterhuyse and James Oakley Croham Valley GLSW 59:08
James Briers 1st Tolworth GLSW 61:28
Joesph Benson 1st Claygate Surrey 18:41
Remi Norris 1st Oxshott Surrey 25:22
Jonathan Bennett and Edward Paterson Leander Sea Scouts GLSW 30:46
Jack Twort, Guy Parkin and Daffyd John 1st Tolworth GLSW 32:02
Theo Maniura and Henry Silverstein 14th Wimbledon GLSW 33:28
Harry Fennell and Alexander Byers 1st Tolworth GLSW 36:48
Lauren George and Finn Lyttle 14th Wimbledon GLSW 41:17
Thomas Martin and Evan Donauan-Hill 1st Merton Park GLSW 42:14
Priya Fennell, Holly Powell, Peter Keen,
Thomas Howard, Briony Wadham
1st Tolworth GLSW 43:49
Tom Duncan and Max Emes 14th Wimbledon GLSW 53:57
Oliver Duckworth 14th Wimbledon GLSW 54:38
Lydia Williams and Olivia Twort 1st Tolworth GLSW 55:54
Morgan Brits 14th Wimbledon GLSW 60:48

Leith Hill World Cup Middle Course 23 Nov 2013

Leith Hill is one of the best areas in the South of England for technical orienteering. I will be setting out the Men’s World Cup course from 2005 with SI controls for club members only to try and see how they fare against the finalists that year. It will be one of the hardest technical challenges faced even for experienced orienteers but definitely worth the opportunity to run in Scandi like terrain. We will meet in the car park to the West of Leith Hill Tower on Leith Hill road with starts from 10 to 11 with a cut off of 12:30. The course will be approximately 6.5km long with a few suitable cut offs if you don’t want to run the whole course.

Please let me know if you are coming so that I can order enough maps.

London City Race Training Southwark Cathedral 03 September 2013

The SLOW training night is back for the winter after all this years sun. The first event to prepare for is our City Race. I will be planning a score course from Southwark Cathedral using the area south of London Bridge. All you need is a compass to check orientation and a rubber neck to keep an eye on the traffic. Jayne Sales will be following on from this on the 17 Sept planning a course on last years map on the North side of the river. All standards are welcome for these club nights and coaching is available to a levels.

Coaching Sessions – All Welcome!

Following the successful taster session at Kingston Market Place on Sunday 19 August, South London Orienteers are offering coaching sessions over the next three weekends. These will be staged at The Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Rd, Kingston KT2 5BH at the following times:

  • Sunday 2 September 1000-1200
  • Saturday 8 September 1400-1600
  • Saturday 15 September 1400-1600

The first session on 2 Sept has been timed to coincide with the club’s Trail Challenge races taking place that Sunday morning. Those taking part in the session will have the opportunity to run in one of the races from 11.00, if they wish, or continue with the coaching activities.

There will be activities suitable for newcomers and improvers and of all ages, to help you gain the basic skills of orienteering or improve your existing skills. So we can prepare appropriate activities it would be helpful if you could let us know (by email to ) if you will be attending, including your name, age and whether you have done any orienteering before or not.

A reminder too for adults that there is training every Tuesday evening at different venues round South London. This next week’s training will be on the campus of Roehampton University, a perfect opportunity to get to grips with the urban orienteering skills needed to tackle our City of London Race on 22 September.

Posted by Christine Robinson.