Category Archives: Member News

Paul Nixon Ranked in British Top 100

Paul Nixon racingCongratulations to SLOW athlete Paul Nixon, who following his victory last Sunday at the DFOK Westerham event, by a massive margin, moves into the Top 100 on British Orienteering’s unified ranking list for the first time. Paul climbs 47 places this week, to place 98th. Ahead of him are Ed Catmur who is ranked 22nd in the UK, and Ralph Street who is ranked 25th.

Waiting in the wings is Nick Taylor, who moved up 5 places this week to 117th.

SLOW has four athletes in the Women’s Top 100: Helen Gardner is ranked 31st, Abi Weeds is in 39th place, Anja Stratford is 66th and Charlotte Turner is 99th.

Photo from the Scottish 6 Days at Speyside in 2007.

SHUOC Running Equivalent of Mount Everest for Charity

A message from Rachel Findlay-Robinson, sister of SLOW’s Dan.

On Saturday the 27th of November, Sheffield University Orienteering and Fell Running Club (ShUOC) are going to run the equivalent of ascending Mount Everest in a relay format. This will involve running up and down “Hero’s Hill” in Sheffield (a hill that is 1.21km long involving 132m height gain) sixty eight times! We are raising money for two charities, the local Mountain Rescue teams and the Teenage and Young Adults Cancer Trust at the Weston Park and Royal Hallamshire Hospitals – these two charities are particularly close to our hearts.

Ingrid and Dan’s (our club captain and treasurer) housemate Ed has recently been diagnosed with a form of cancer, so we’d like to raise as much as we can for the local young people’s cancer trust. Also Mountain Rescue do fantastic work locally and elsewhere, on an entirely voluntary basis, so we would like to show them our support as they do for so many other orienteers and fellrunners!

We have a fundraising page and any donations are greatly appreciated.

I realise some of you may not know us (except for Ralph and I’m Dan’s sister) but these are two fantastic charities so you can always get your good karma for the day by donating

Thanks in advance
Rach (and the rest of ShUOC)

Venice Street Race 2010

A number of club members ran in this year’s Venice Street Race, the biggest urban orienteering event in the world, which took place last weekend.


ME - 44/123 - Nick Taylor, 83/123  - Dan Findlay-Robinson
M35: 1/46 -  Nick Barrable
M40: 39/80 - Vince Roper
M55: 7/84 - Alan Leakey, 15/84 - Andy Robinson
WA: 5/70 - Sarah-Jane Gaffney, 28/70 - Jayne Sales
WB: 9/108 - Libby Schofield, 78/108 - Cherry May
W50: 55/67 - Chris Robinson

The finish at the Venice Street Race in 2007.

Ed Catmur sets new course record in the Greensand Marathon

SLOW’s Ed Catmur continued his current excellent form by winning the Trionium Greensand Marathon today, for the second year running. In cold but clear conditions, Ed led from the start and shaved five minutes off last year’s time, to set a new course record of 3:08:01 for this tough, hilly race, which is held over the Surrey Hills near Dorking and has 5200 feet of climb. (Picture from the race website.)

Ed Catmur wins the 2010 Nopesport Urban League

Ed Catmur has won this year’s Nopesport Urban League, taking the Men’s Open prize after several top three finishes in the series, despite not winning any of the races.

Ed was presented with the series prize, an engraved London brick, by Brooner, also of SLOW and the series coordinator, at the series finale today on Warwick.

Other SLOW results included Ollie O’Brien who finished in third place on Men’s Open, and Jayne Sales recorded a top 10 finish on Women’s Open.

Ralph Street finishes 7th in JWOC Middle Distance Final

Congratulations to SLOW athlete Ralph Street, who finished in 7th place at the Middle Distance Final event at the Junior World Orienteering Championships 2010 in Aalborg, Denmark. With a time of 25:27, Ralph was just 17 seconds behind the Bronze medal, and one second off a podium position.

Ralph Street at the opening ceremony (source: British Orienteering.)

SLOW runners at the Edinburgh Marathon

Three SLOW members took part in this year’s Edinburgh Marathon. The course was fast and flat, looping out of Edinburgh along the coast to the east, but it was, for the second year in succession, a hot and humid day, and the sun took its toil on many people.

Ed Catmur raced around in 2:48:40, finishing 22nd out of a field of 9500 in his first marathon. On the way he ran 1:17:12 for the first half, recording a half-marathon PB. Ed was pictured on the evening TV news report featuring the race. Oliver O’Brien finished 1003rd in 3:34:22, also his first marathon, and Vicky Whaley finished 7930th in 5:17:26.

Ed Catmur wins the 2009-10 Kent Night Cup

Congratulations to SLOW athlete Ed Catmur, who has won this season’s Kent Night Cup (series table). Ed was presented with the trophy at the series finale at Hindleap Warren, on 25 March.

This season’s Kent Night Cup had 25 events in and around Kent, East Sussex and south-east London, with each competitor’s 12 best scores counting.

Kent Night Cup photo by Robert Lines
Kent Night Cup event in Crowborough, February 2008. Photo CC NC-By-SA Robert Lines.