Merton Schools Young Orienteers' Festival                          

Tuesday 21 March 2006

Wimbledon Park Permanent Course Opened by Merton Deputy Mayor and Heather Monro at Merton Young Orienteers’ Festival  

The Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor Peter Southgate, opened the new permanent orienteering course in Wimbledon Park on 21 March.  He did the Naughty Numbers exercise for a warm-up, then completed an orienteering course, accompanied by World Bronze Medallist, Heather Monro.  The permanent course has been developed by South London Orienteers working in partnership with Merton School Sport Partnership and Wimbledon Park staff.

The opening ceremony took place during the Merton Schools Young Orienteers’ Festival.  SLOW’s most illustrious member, Heather Monro, skilfully introduced pupils from four primary schools and three secondary schools to their first taste of orienteering.  The pupils were delighted to see and touch Heather’s World Championship Bronze Medal and to get her autograph.  Heather’s presence was enabled by the Sporting Champions scheme run by Sport England.

Results for the event can be found at the following links:

Some results are missing as not all the results/registration sheets were handed in.  If you have the missing results, please email them to or post to Development Officer, Chris Robinson, 85 Deacon Road, Kingston KT2 6LS.

Secondary school pupils competed in teams of three, with their times being added together to give an overall team time.

There was a five minute penalty for any missed controls.

Thanks to staff from Merton School Sport Partnership, Don McKerrow, Mike Elliot, Keith Tonkin, Phil Marsland and Heather Monro for their enthusiastic coaching and helping everything to run so well.

Chris Robinson, Development Officer

Posted 23 March 2006