Category Archives: Event Reports

Veterans Home International

VHI runners.

Three SLOW members competed in the annual Veterans Home International (VHI) competition which was held in south Wales on 11/12 November. Mike Murray and Diane Leakey (both pictured below) were both competing for England, who won the overall team competition. David May was also competing for Wales. Also running for Scotland were ex-SLOW members Christine MacLeod and Christine Patterson.

The overall results were: England 284, Scotland 244, Wales 220, Ireland 142. The full results can be found on the SWOC website.

Diane Leakey and Mike Murray finish in the VHI.

Yvette Baker Trophy – regional heat

There were some outstanding individual results for SLOW members in the regional heat of the Yvette Baker Trophy, held on Chobham Common on 29 October.

James McMillan won the Green (boys) class while Holly and Alice Clemens took the top two places on the Yellow (girls) class. They were backed up by Chris Wroe, returning from university especially for the occasion, and Charlie McMillan in 3rd and 4th respectively on the Light Green (boys) course, with Greg Street 4th on Orange (boys).

It was good to welcome along some new members, including several University of London students, competing and scoring points for SLOW for the first time.

Unfortunately missing some key members, the team finished fourth just missing out on qualifying for the Final by a few points. Good luck to Southdowns and Guildford for the Final. Let’s make sure we get there next year!

Full results for the event can be found on the Guildford Orienteers website.

Coaching Day – Star Posts

British Orienteering’s Coaching Day on 4 November at Star Posts, Bracknell was bathed in glorious sunshine, though a little nippy in the shade by the end of the afternoon.

SLOW’s twelve members attending ranged from a complete beginner to those with many years of orienteering. Under the guidance of four SLOW coaches, they did a range of nine exercises planned by SLOW’s development officer, including pace counting, attack points, aiming off, traffic lights, simplification and relocation, finished off with a team score event.

The 30 North-West Junior Squad members also benefitted as their coach borrowed our maps and exercises.

If you don’t know what some of these exercises mean, make sure you come along to the next SLOW coaching day!

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

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.

Harvester Relays and UK Relay League

SLOW sent two teams to last weekend’s annual Harvester Relays, which were held at Teviothead in south Scotland. This is a great fun team relay event, which started late on the Saturday evening and then ran through the night. Our teams competed in the men’s handicap and women’s handicap classes, and both secured excellent 2nd places in their respective classes.

The ladies team consisted of Dorte Torpe Hansen, Vicky Whaley, Christine Robinson, Heather Monro and Diane Leakey. The team ran brilliantly, completing the total distance of 31.6km in a time of 314:25, but just had to concede to a better team at the end with MAROC winning the class by 10 minutes. They were also the 4th women’s team overall which helped us to secure 2nd position in the UK Relay league – see below.

The men’s team was made up of Jim Mallinson, Simon Evans, Richard Catmur, Andy Robinson, Alan Leakey, Don McKerrow and Ed Catmur. Unfortunately both Andy and Ed were carrying injuries going into the race. Both knew they couldn’t be replaced and so had to give it a go, although both ran at least 30 minutes slower than if they had been fully fit. Despite that the team finished just 10 minutes down overall, completing the total distance of 59.2km in a time of 604:54.

Well done to everyone who competed. Next year’s event is being held on Cannock Chase on 3rd June 2007 – much closer to London so hopefully we will get a few more teams out!

The full results from the Harvester can be found here.

UK Relay League

A big well done to SLOW’s women relay team, who have finished a mightily impressive second place in the national UK Relay League for 2006. This league combines results from the top 5 national relays of the year, with the best 4 results counting. SLOW’s women finished 4th at the British Championships, 4th at the JK, 1st at the Triple-O-Severn and 4th at the Harvester, resulting in 2nd place overall.

The men’s team also had some good results during the year, and secured an excellent top 10 overall position, finishing in joint 9th place.

Congratulations to everyone who ran in the teams at the various events.

The final standings can be found here.

British MTBO Championships

Christine Robinson on her way to winning the Women’s Supervets category

Christine Robinson

SLOW had a couple of successes at today’s British Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) long distance Championships which were held on Army land around the Aldershot area in Hampshire.

Heather Monro showed she can compete just as well on a bike as on foot, by winning the women’s Elite course – completing the mammoth 31.7 km course in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes 36 seconds, to win by just 1 minute. This victory means that she also wins the Peel Adventure MTBO series for 2006.

Christine Robinson was also victorious at Sunday’s event, winning the women’s supervets (50+) category. She completed her 13 km course in an excellent time of 87:04.

Another SLOW member, Andy Jones, had an excellent weekend – he finished 3rd in Saturday’s middle-distance Championships in the men’s vets (40+) category, completing 12.9km in 73:38. He then followed this up with a 4th place in Sunday’s long race, finishing the epic 38.2 km course in an impressive time of 3:36:23.

Full results of the weekend’s races can be found at the following links – Saturday (middle distance) Sunday (long distance)

Triple O Severn success

Congratulation’s to SLOW’s Women’s Open team, who won the Harris Relay at the Triple O Severn event on Bank Holiday Monday. The event was held at Gaer Hill, on the Wiltshire/Somerset border. This was a UK Relay League event, which means our women are now doing very well overall, with this win following two 4th place finishes at the British Championships and the JK. The winning team was Nicky King, Sarah Covey-Crump, Diane Leaky (all pictured right) and Kathy Haynes.

SLOW’s leading Men’s Open team – Simon Evans, Paul Nixon, Peter Haynes and Charlie Turner – also finished on the podium, with an excellent 3rd place.

Many congratulations also go to Abi Weeds, who won the women’s British Elite Middle Distance Championships on Saturday at Fonthill in Wiltshire, collecting a nice big trophy for her efforts!

SLOW enjoyed a very sociable weekend at the event, with over 20 club members staying together group accommodation in a nearby caving club hut in the Mendips – thanks to Simon Evans our social secretary for organising this.

Full results of the event can be found on the Triple O Severn website.

A selection of photos from the event are now up on the Sloweb photo gallery.