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Club Officers Report from the AGM Membership Matters SLOW dates
Fontainebleau Training Diary Pete's Prognostications Improvers
SLOW Introductory Course (Deux des) Trois Jours de Forêt de Soignes Bridge Column Rock Around The Clock Quiz

Club Officers 1999–2000

Chris Robinson

Di Leakey

Men’s Captain:
Peter Huzan

Ladies’ Captain:
Elisabeth Finch

Liz Armitage

Fixtures Secretary:
Chris Owen

Equipment Officer:
Chris Fry

Mapping Officer and SEOA Rep.:
Andy Robinson

Beginners’ Rep. and Training Officer:
Heather Walton

Anne Leaney

Club Kit:
Teresa Turner

SLOWprint Editor:
Ginny Catmur

Sue Lumas

Social Secretary:
Vicky Robb

Membership Secretary:
Gail Hiddleston


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Report from the AGM

Minutes of the AGM of South London Orienteers and Wayfarers held at Thames Hare and Hounds Club House, Richard Evans Memorial Playing Fields, Kingston Vale, on Tues. 16 Nov. 1999 at 8 pm. 22 members present.

1 Apologies for absence were received from Charlie Turner, David Finch, Jeff Armitage, Alex Ashworth.

2 Minutes of the 1998 AGM: A few copies were circulated. The minutes had been summarised in SLOWprint, December 1998. It was agreed to publish the full minutes of this year’s meeting in SLOWprint [and here they are!].

3 Matters arising from the minutes: From §6, AOB: The issue of the cost of events for Juniors has not been resolved. The Committee will consider it again.

4 Officers’ Reports

Chair’s Report to SLOW AGM

1999 has been yet again a busy and successful year for SLOW. It has also been a great year for British orienteering, with the World Championships held in the UK for the first time since 1976 and with Yvette Baker becoming World Short Race Champion. SLOW contributed to the World Champs by running the Start each day and providing one of the controllers.

The JK was also a major commitment for the club this year; we provided most of the planning team for both days and the organisation of Day 2. It appeared to go extremely well.

We have staged a variety of events: OK Nuts 98 Badge Event, Box Hill Fell Race, a short race (organised and planned by juniors), colour-coded at the Silva Hills Races, a FROLIC (summer London parks series, mainly for beginners), an event specially for a school, a SENILE night event and the OK Nuts Trophy 99 event (colour coded), where we trialled electronic punching. The World Champs provided the impetus for BOF’s ‘Making a Splash’ campaign which inspired us to put on an innovative series of 3 training sessions for adult beginners which proved popular and successful. We held a training weekend in the Lake District in preparation for the British Champs and we have had a varied programme of Tuesday training, including street events and summer runs away from the clubhouse. We also experimented in providing some training for young juniors with a brief introduction to map setting and other basic techniques at the Wimbledon Common Frolic event. We have also held well attended social events including a dinner and picnic, have redesigned the club kit and produced 5 issues of our newsletter.

The captains will be reporting on our successes in the forest. We can again be proud of the performances of our juniors this year, with Tom Fry a worthy addition to the GB junior squad. Last year I referred to the juniors’ near misses in the Harvester and Peter Palmer Relay…

Last year we said that publicity was an area for concern. This year, led by our Publicity Officer, we have done an excellent job promoting the beginner’s series, producing flyers, posters and press releases.

I would like to thank all the club officers for their hard work throughout the year and for attending the committee meetings which we have held at two-monthly intervals. Particular thanks to those retiring from their jobs this year. Thanks also to all who have contributed through organising, planning, controlling or coaching. There are far too many to single anyone out.

Our finances appear to still be very healthy. We contributed to juniors going on summer tours, offered to supply a trophy for the British Nights W65 winner and we have bought some new equipment from the JK, plus a new timer clock. We have also agreed to support the SEOA’s bid for lottery funding for electronic punching equipment.

Looking ahead a sub-group is meeting shortly to discuss training provision for juniors; we need to review the scoring system for the OK Nuts junior trophy; and an immediate task, following policy changes at the Duke of Cambridge, is sorting out our Tuesday post-training refuelling.

Chris Robinson

4.2 Treasurer: Liz Armitage circulated her report. In answer to a question, Andy Robinson (Mapping Officer) explained that the cost of maps is written off against the first event at which they are used. Mike Elliot commented that although the fund appeared to be healthy, the club would need a large amount to finance the ‘up-front’ costs of a major event (e.g. a National).

Chris thanked Liz for her report and for taking over as Treasurer from Madeleine.

4.3 Men’s Captain’s Report: Pete highlighted the successes of SLOW’s many relays teams over the year, drew attention to individuals who had made outstanding contributions to the CompassSport Cup matches, and singled out Tom Fry (M18) who is now a member of the GB Squad, and other club members who have been selected for International events this year. He then gave a list of future events. Finally, he said that it was easy to be SLOW Men’s Captain, as so many members were enthusiastic to take part in club competitions.

Men’s Captain’s Report to SLOW AGM

JK (Hawley & Hornley) - 17 teams

  • M120+ (3rd) - Stephan Rudolf, Alan Leakey, Trevor Jones
  • W120+ (1st) - Sarah Brown, Christine Robinson, Diane Leakey
  • M165+ (2nd) - Tom Lillicrap, Jeremy Denny, Mike Murray
  • M48- (2nd) - Edward Catmur, Matthew Walter, Tom Fry

British Champs (Holker) - 14 teams

  • W35 (3rd) - Karen Jones, Heather Walton, Madeleine Watson
  • W40 (1st) - Christine Robinson, Sarah Brown, Diane Leakey
  • M45 (2nd) - Charlie Turner, Andy Robinson, Alan Leakey
  • M50 (1st) - Jim Mallinson, Tom Lillicrap, Mike Murray

Compass Sport Cup

  • National Final (Burghfield Common) - 2nd equal! (1st Walton Chasers, 2nd equal South Yorkshire): Paul Street, Alan Leakey, Pavla Fialova, Sarah Brown, (Tom Fry - mispunched!)
  • Regional Round (Hindleap Warren) - 1st: Malcolm Fisher, Andy Robinson, all the ladies on the Blue course!, Sarah Brown, Chris Howard & Tom McDonald (who got an extra point for coming first equal)

Harvester - 6 teams

  • B Handicap (1st) - Mike Murray, Pete Huzan, Chris Fry, Teresa Turner, Tom Lillicrap
  • 4 teams mispunched, including the Juniors on B Handicap, who were 20 minutes ahead ...

Other Team Competitions

  • North Downs Way (2nd)
  • South Downs Way Relay
  • South-East Relays Open (1st) - Edward Catmur, Simon Evans, Tom Fry
  • South-East Relays Junior (2nd) - Matthew Walter, David Catmur, Chris Howard
  • Harris Format (1st & 2nd) - Andy Robinson, Timo Teinila, Paul Szarvas, Dick Clark
  • Furrow Hoppers Relay

Tom Fry

  • British Squad (Junior Section)
  • JK - 2nd M18
  • Winner - Junior Home International
  • Winner - Junior Inter-Regional

Representative Honours

  • Sarah Brown, Caroline Catmur, Tom Fry, David May (Home Internationals)
  • Alan Leakey, Diane Leakey, Mike Murray (Interland)

Next Year

  • March 19 Compass Sport Cup Regional Round, Leith Hill, Surrey
  • April 22-24 JK, Scotland
  • May 13-14 British Champs, Hereford
  • June 18 Compass Sport Cup Final, Ilkley, Yorkshire
  • July 8 Harvester, Rochdale

Peter Huzan

4.4 Women’s Captain’s Report: Liz reported on the success of the Women’s Open Team in the JK relays: Pavla Fialová, Caroline Catmur and Liz Finch achieved 10th place. The team of Sarah Brown, Di Leakey and Chris Robinson achieved 1st at both the JK (as W120+) and the British (as W40). At the JK relays SLOW’s ‘second’ W120+ team of Karen Jones, Teresa Turner and Heather Walton came 5th. At the British the classes were slightly different, and Karen and Heather ran with Madeleine Watson to achieve 3rd in W35. Liz said she will be taking an enforced rest from running for a while as she is expecting her second child in April. Karen Jones has agreed to deputise for her during this period.

4.5 Fixture Secretary’s Report: Andrew Trimble retired during the year and we await a report from his successor, Chris Owen. SLOW are to put on the Short-Distance Final of the Future Champions Cup and the Peter Palmer Junior Team Relays in 2000, and the British Nights on Hankley in 2001. The issue of the number of fixtures that SLOW puts on is to be considered by the Committee.

4.6 Mapping Officer’s Report: Andy’s report is reproduced below. In addition, there was discussion of his plans for the maps of the ‘little’ areas, e.g. Sheen, Barnes, Ham, Putney. Putney could be included on the Wimbledon map. The club is in discussion with Wandsworth Council about mapping Battersea Park, and there is a Park-O planned there for 10 Sept. 2000. It was confirmed that the Silva Hills Race map is OK for this year. In answer to a question about the Witley / Milford area, Andy said that some of the area was inaccessible because of the National Trust, but that Andrew Trimble was pursuing negotiations as the area would be a decent size even without the NT bit. Other organisations seemed to be experiencing problems with obtaining permission to use The Nower (cycling, Brownies’ Treasure Hunt). Other ‘little’ maps are of Telegraph Hill, Claygate Common and Littleworth Common, all near Esher. There are access problems with Lavington.

Mapping Officer’s Report to SLOW AGM

New Maps in Last Year: We have produced two, Devil’s Punchbowl and Winterfold and Pitch Hill. Both were mapped by professionals and the latter was specifically for the use of the JK last Easter. Because of the JK commitment and the lack of any other pressing need for maps no club mapping activity was attempted.

Plans for Next Year: Maps for Wimbledon and The Nower should be produced over the next six months. Both are required because we are running out of stocks of these regularly used areas. The plan of using amateur talent from within the club is being enacted. We will also need a Winterfold reprint for the Badge Event in December 2000, an exercise that should involve minimal time and effort.

Use of Map Stocks:

  • Esher 98 has been used steadily and there are still plenty (>1,000) left.
  • Reigate Priory 97 has been gathering dust.
  • Punchbowl 98 likewise although there are land permission problems here.
  • Richmond 94 definitely has permission problems.
  • Our stocks of Hankley 96 (>2,000) were sold to the Army in the year for £500 as we were not using them for events and the Army would.

A Philosophical Question: For most of my three years in this post I have been reporting that we have plenty of maps and what we really need is events that use them up; i.e. apart from the Badge Event at Esher I had not felt any urgency to produce maps. It therefore makes a pleasant change to have a couple of maps to produce. I have been pleased by the response from volunteers to help survey these areas; these should be adequately covered. However I am (as always) concerned about the club’s sporadic record of staging events, with the usual reason being a shortage of people prepared to be organisers. I suspect that by the time the meeting has arrived at this report we will have already had a number of comments reflecting our huge bank balance and our poverty in terms of volunteer time. Therefore should I (we?) be saying to my band of recruits, "Thank you for offering to map. However the club would rather you spent your volunteered time organising an event as we have enough cash to pay a professional to do the mapping job."

Just a thought. Perhaps a bit late for the current year.

Andy Robinson

4.7 Membership Secretary: (Di had handed over to Gail Hiddleston during the year.) Unfortunately Gail was looking for the AGM in the pub while it was taking place across the road in the clubhouse! Gail subsequently gave her report. She also said that she was currently re-writing the data base to allow for more calculations and queries to be run. She confirmed that the address list would have much more data and complete names and telephone numbers, and asked for any suggestions for other useful items to be included on the system to be forwarded to her.

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5 Constitution

Chris explained that the club needed a constitution, for two reasons: (1) to be able to receive Lottery money; (2) to change bank account (if ever that should be necessary). Copies of a draft constitution were circulated. After much discussion and amendment it was agreed that the Committee should review the changes and get the document checked by a lawyer. The constitution would be put to the membership via SLOWprint at that stage.

6 Election of Officers

(a) Prepared to Continue:

re-elected unopposed.

(b) Vacancies:

elected unopposed.

Chris was delighted that all posts were filled, and thanked all the officers for their work.


(a) The SLOW/GO heatsealer has disappeared again! It was agreed that Ginny would put a notice in SENAV, asking for it to be returned to Chris Fry. When it has been found we should buy a second heatsealer and label it!

(b) Ginny brought up the problem of inaccurate Grid Refs. for events. (When events are first registered with BOF the Grid Ref. given is not always that of the car park or Assembly area that is eventually used, but this Grid Ref. tends to be circulated.) Chris Owen (Fixtures) agreed to liaise with Anne Leaney (Publicity) so that any changes from the registered Grid Ref. are made known.

(c) The poor condition of the ladies’ showers in the club house was mentioned. Jeremy Denny agreed to investigate.

(d) Anne has received a booklet from BOF on Junior participation in the sport. All were invited to a meeting at Chris Robinson’s house on 2 December to discuss the issue [subsequently postponed to the new year].

(e) Club kit is imminent! Teresa Turner reported that she had ordered a selection of sizes. Do we now want fleeces in club colours?

(f) Chris Owen pleaded for members to volunteer as organisers of events. The next SLOW event is a limited colour-coded at Reigate Priory on 16 January.

(g) Andrew Leaney asked for any news from members to be forwarded to him so that he could put it on the club’s website.

The meeting closed at 10.29 pm. Next Committee meeting: Tuesday 18 Jan 2000 at 9.00pm, venue to be confirmed (either the Robin Hood or chez Robinson; definitely not the Duke of Cambridge; please check website nearer the time).

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Membership Matters

Change of Address

Watson Family + have moved to Leeds

New members to SLOW, November 1999 - Welcome!

Sarah Bunce + Surbiton

Dustin Lister + Guildford

Alexander Ashworth + Belvedere

Hunt Family (Jane, Paul, Dominic, Jarred) + Effingham Junction

John Dowty + Richmond

Gail Hiddleston

Many congratulations to Gail and Gordon: they are to be married in April!

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SLOW Dates

Sun. 16th Jan.: Limited colour-coded event at Reigate Priory

Sat. 22 Jan. 19th Box Hill Fell Race

Sun. 7 May: Future Champions Cup Final, Winterfold

Sun. 4 June: Silva Hills Race

Sun. 10 Sept.: Park-O, Battersea

Sat./Sun. 23rd/24th Sept.: Peter Palmer Junior Team Relays on Frith Hill

Sun.10th Dec.: Badge event, Winterfold

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Anyone interested in a weekend in Fontainebleau next summer? Richmond Sports Council have approached SLOW to see if we are interested in taking part in a town twinning weekend on 9-12 June 2000. The weekend is to include sporting events of which Orienteering is one. I will be getting more info. shortly and hope that our Richmond contingent will be interested. I ran in the French Champs. in the area a few years ago and so know that it is worth a visit.

Anne Leaney

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Training Diary: Tuesday Training

To help you to achieve your New Year's Resolution, here is the training schedule for the first few months of next year. Meet at the Thames Hare and Hounds Clubhouse at 7.15pm to start running at 7.30 pm. (Map available from the Membership Secretary.) (NB. Some of the regulars are on a mass exodus to New Zealand for the next few weeks but Jeremy Denny and Mike Elliot have keys to the clubhouse while we're away.)

See the Training Diary for details of Tuesday night training.

We have spurned the Duke of Cambridge since they stop selling food before we can get there after our training. We can now be found after training at the Robin Hood (just a bit further up Kingston Hill) from about 9pm onwards. We can sit in the dining room but still have just a drink or bar food if we wish. (There is a quiz in the main part of the bar on Tuesdays). If the training sounds too alarming, do come and calm your nerves in the pub and bring your maps from the weekend for endless route analysis....

After the success of the recent beginners' training course, we will be meeting in the New Year to discuss what to do next and what to do for Juniors. Ideas welcome.

A training weekend before the JK or the British is also under consideration. Watch this space!

Heather Walton

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Pete's Prognostications

Well done for some good results and enjoyable days in 1999. Let's try to make 2000 even better. Here is a list of some of the important team events next year. There are others such as the North Downs Way Relay and the Peter Palmer Relay. As usual these events are open to all club members, irrespective of ability - you just need enthusiasm! Let me know about more team events if you see any.

Please especially mark the Compass Sport Cup matches in your diaries. We did excellently to be 2nd= nationally this year. The Regional Round is just as competitive as the Final so it is important to have a very good turnout in March.

Peter Huzan

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The SLOW media are terrific. Both the comprehensive and informative SLOWprint and the colourful and inspiring web site do a great job on behalf of our little club. [Thanks, Paul! - Ginny] We're very lucky. And I know that it is only out of politeness that they may be guilty of giving slightly the wrong impression to any of our "beginners' group" who have enjoyed things and stayed with us. But in the interests of encouraging them, and of fair reporting, I thought I should write.

The point I want to make is that reporting tends to polarise the club. It seems the club comprises two sorts of orienteer, those who are expert and know how to orienteer, and those who are beginning and don't. The experts have good runs. The beginners make mistakes. The experts can write, read, plan, organise, and correct the map, probably all at the same time. The beginners do none of these. At one extreme we have four members running in the home internationals, at the other we have our inaugural beginners' group.

I'd say that it's not really like that. We're all improvers, all looking to get better, all capable of good as well as poor, and it's just a question of degree. I think the urge to improve is one of the things that encourages folk to orienteer. As evidence I would like to cite myself, even if I may be an extreme example, with particular reference to a few recent happenings.

When I wrote about SLOW at the British Champs earlier in the year I mentioned clearing out my old O-results whilst enjoying a sabbatical period (I am back in the fray now, incidentally, developing Internet stuff at Cable & Wireless). I came across the results from an early badge event I went to. They had "iron standard" written on, which is not something you hear much about these days. Everyone regards bronze (i.e. within twice the average of the first three) as the basic target. But in those days simply completing the course was considered worthy. (It was 1981 and the course was won by P. Nicholls of ROC; I think he may still be active in the sport.) Who's never taken more than twice the winner's time?

Well, OK, that was years ago and reading the very kind SLOW media you might think I was now up there with the experts. CompassSport Cup, relays, experienced surveyor, course planning for one of the beginners' days. But the equivalent of that iron run happened quite recently. It was at the Harvester. I was running first leg for the fancied SLOW handicap team, and I took a long time, minutes disappearing on control after control. For the next leg Jim Mallinson, who always does well in relays, had to take part in a mini-mass start. I wasn't alone in finding it this hard, but I was a long way behind the leaders, more than twice their time, and it was the main contribution to SLOW not winning. Definitely not an expert. Incidentally, it was a different sort of problem to the mispunching that caused the "disembowelling" of one member of the junior team by his teammates. It was quite difficult enough to find the right markers when I got in the circle, let alone finding wrong ones!

Little did I realise that more salutary improving experiences were coming close behind. I was one of the people helping planner Paul Canham place Sport-Ident controls at Esher shortly afterwards. Easy, I thought. It's a pretty straightforward area that I've been on several times. We started early and in the near darkness at and around dawn I couldn't find any of the tapes marking control sites. Actually I couldn't find three of the four features I tried in that time; the only one I could find was a long line one and I didn't know where on the feature the control should go. Fortunately it got light and controller Tim Denton located a couple for me, so all got done in time. But it does mean I now have a vivid impression of my own most difficult orienteering experience, and it was right on our own territory.

Could it get worse? Well, maybe: does marking up your son's yellow course for him to do on his own, and putting circles in the wrong places, count? Sorry, Ralph. That happened at Puttenham. We're all improvers; it's just a question of degree.

Paul Street

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SLOW Introductory Course – A Review by Anne Leaney

This summer SLOW held a 'Beginners' course' on three Sundays in September & October instead of the usual Come And Try It's. This is a summary of the ideas behind the course, how it was run and how effective it was. The idea was to give people new to Orienteering a structured introduction to the sport in the hope of encouraging them to take up O and also join SLOW. Heather Walton found our novice planners, John Perkins, Anne Poole and Paul Street, and Andy Robinson controlled all the events. Andrew Leaney's experience as a South East Junior Squad Coach was called upon to plan the format of each week and members of SLOW volunteered to be on hand to help out and encourage our beginners.

We advertised the course by producing a leaflet which was sent to all SLOW members and distributed around various locations in South West London. Press releases, using the material provided in the BOF 'Making a Splash' pack, advertised the course in local newspapers; somehow we even appeared in the Evening Standard''s 'Hot Tickets'! The leaflet made it clear that the course was aimed at adults who already did some form of sport or outdoor activity. We decided not to include juniors this time (but we will be looking at the options for junior coaching in 2000).

The course was held on three Sunday mornings over a six-week period, planned to avoid major events and to finish just before SLOW's OK Nuts Colour-Coded course on Esher Common. We hoped that our beginners would feel confident enough to complete the Light Green course at that event. Participants had to pre-register and were charged a nominal fee (this included free entry to the Esher event). Just before the mass exodus to Scotland for the World Champs, we distributed the leaflets and waited for the response. By our 'closing date' we had 17 confirmed places, which was just the number we had hoped for! These came 50/50 from leaflets and press coverage. We had to disappoint several people when the course was 'full', but they were told about other CATI events in the area. We sent our beginners a copy of the BOF leaflet 'Let's Go Orienteering' and Wimbledon Common and JK '99 maps prior to the course to show them what to expect.

Andrew planned each day as a series of exercises which introduced techniques by progressing through the Colour-Coded standards and finished each day with a 'fun' relay which introduced the competitive element of the sport. As the course was held on Wimbledon Common in glorious sunshine, we had many information enquiries from passers-by. Our beginners were a keen group who were quick to learn. They included a group of work colleagues training for charity Challenge, Scout leaders and people wanting to improve their navigation skills and get fitter. All the exercises were on pre-drawn photocopied maps. This meant that the nominal fee didn't cover our costs and we had to pay the dreaded BOF levy (even on an event designed to get more people into the sport!)

At the end of the course we had a very competent group of beginners who had all completed the exercises planned without major problems. On the last day we included a crash course in 'What to do at a colour-coded start, and How to use electronic punching!' and then ran a Light Green standard 'race' to finish. Everyone was given or sent an information pack which comprised: SLOW membership form, half a dozen pages of info. and useful phone numbers, copy of the Standard Entry Form, the Colour Coded 'STEPS' programme, a list of events in the South-East and a feedback questionnaire. We had a very positive response and encouraging comments from beginners and coaches to 'new' format. Nine of the beginners entered Esher Common event in atrocious weather. Most completed the Light Green course and were well placed. Two did the Green and were keen to start entering badge events and one completed the Orange course. On the whole, the format seems to have achieved our objectives, a core group of beginners have been seen at events and seem to be enjoying their Orienteering, and some of the new members listed in this SLOWprint will have been on the course. The courses and exercises used this year can be repeated again & again with new sets of beginners and 'new' coaches.

There are lots of people out there who are potential new members of SLOW; it is up to the Club to decide what it wants to do to encourage them and get some new blood into our sport. As mentioned earlier, we are thinking about how to encourage more juniors to take part in the sport, but as anyone who has sat down and thought about it will realise, it's a completely different forest! Chris Robinson and I are planning to attend the BOF Club Development day at the end of January and hope to return inspired for 2000.

'Thanks' to everyone who helped with the course and 'Welcome to the Club' to those of you who took part.

Course Format

Week 1

Introductory Briefing: Aim of Course (to complete a Light Green course at Esher) - What we are doing today: What is 'O' - Equipment Used - Map – Colours - Scales - Symbols - Orientating the Map – with and without a compass.

Introduce exercises:

General points -Safety – Discuss with coach

3 short loops – getting harder from central point

  • Short (white standard) – paths - control at each decision point (1.0km – 1.5km)
  • Medium (yellow standard) (1.5km – 2.0km)
  • Long (yellow standard) (2.0km – 2.5km)

Group Debrief: Review exercises – Lessons learnt – Next week.

Relay: Teams of 4 (3 beginners and 1 coach) - 3 loops/maps - each must be completed twice (i.e. 6 'runs') - All yellow standard (2 x 1.0km – 1.5km, 1 x 1.5km – 2.0km)

Week 2

Introductory Briefing: What we are doing today: Building on week 1 - Recap week 1 - Distance – reading scale – 'half way' - Leaving line to visible control point from an 'Attack Point' - Simple route choice - Contours (big features).


3 loops – from central point – therefore come back to base regularly

  • Long (yellow standard) (1.5km – 2.0km) – same standard as Week 1 Long – 'Warm up'
  • Attack points (orange standard) (1.5km) – attack points : line feature junctions – short legs – controls on point features off line – easy distance judgement (7 – 10 controls)
  • Route Choice (red / orange standard) (2.5km – 3.0km) e.g. round or over, through several decision points – few controls (4 or 5) – longer legs

Group Debrief: Review exercises – Next week.

Relay (odds and evens): Teams of 3 (2 beginners and 1 coach) - 10 controls - 2 maps per team (1 with odd controls, 1 with even controls) - All sites must be visited by team. Mixture of leg lengths / difficulty (Orange standard, some route choice, point features off line ).

Week 3

Introductory Briefing: Recap weeks 1 & 2 – this week: Bearings/Pacing


3 loops – from central point – therefore come back to base regularly

  • Long (orange standard) (2.0km) route choice and points off line from attack points – standard as per route choice and attack points from week 2
  • Bearings and Pacing (1.0km) Blank piece of paper with course and north lines – could be a star exercise. Open area if possible or little undergrowth / thickets - must allow beginners to follow a bearing. Controls must be small markers which can only be seen when close (5m) on 'real features' if possible
  • Attack points (contours and brown features) (2.0km): 'simple' navigation to 'good' attack point, 'detailed' navigation to feature. Controls on brown features / contour reading required

Race: A 'real course' – what it's going to be like at a colour-coded event - Light Green standard (3.5km). Timing – interval start - Start layout – Draw own map - Control Codes / Description sheets – timed Finish - Results.

Group Debrief: Review exercises – Where now? Club / BOF membership, other events - local, regional, national. Esher event - Hand out 'Free Run Tickets' - Arrange meeting time / point - Hand out event details.

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(Deux des) Trois Jours de Forêt de Soignes

Our wine cellar was looking a bit low towards the middle of autumn so we decided to combine a booze-cruise with a visit to some old friends in Brussels and take in two days' orienteering at a local three-day event.

The Saturday morning found us at 8 am (they go for very early starts!) in a small town just outside the Brussels Ring Road. We parked on the streets and found Assembly in a school tucked away behind the main square. As we had pre-entered (via the Internet) we were given marked maps; those who had not pre-entered marked their courses on their maps at Assembly. This allowed pre-run discussion of optimum routes and was certainly an advantage for the weaker navigator of our party! The map looked 'green' but the forest was in fact very runnable beech, and the autumn colours were stunning. The route from Assembly to the Start was about 2 km, and was not marked, but we were given photo-copied street maps; similarly from the Finish back to Assembly. Our start times were given to us at the Start, which worked very well as I never seem to allow the right amount of time for getting to the Start! The courses were easy but interesting, and the general standard of orienteering lower than in the UK (Ginny came half-way down the 'B' course which was for M45-60, M16-18, W40-55 and W16-18!).

The Sunday event was further south in the same large forested area. Assembly was in the booking hall of the railway station (closed on Sundays!). The 'B' course consisted of three loops round a small area on an excellent photocopied 1:5000 map with two maps back to back in the map case. A very confusing control card exchange was performed between loops 2 and 3 (there had also been a manned control during loop 1) to prevent punching out of order. By the end we knew the area very well: again, very runnable, with lots of contour detail and some very steep climbs up from the series of lakes in the valley formed from damming the river. The string course was very physical, and attracted very large numbers.

All in all a very enjoyable experience. Being Brussels, though, there was a linguistic aspect to it: our friends were very surprised to discover that we had spoken French to the Assembly officials on Day 2, as this was in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. Even voluntary groups are supposed to obey the language laws! And on being asked (in French) whether I had seen a certain control, my failure to answer was interpreted as a language problem, and the question was repeated in Flemish!

Richard, Ginny and David Catmur

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Bridge Column

The annual sortie of the SLOW Bridge team into The London Trophy is under way again. So far we've had two matches. The first against Foxhills Country Club resulted in a narrow loss and this despatched us into the Plate section. With nothing interesting to report in this match, which was fairly flat apart from one missed game, I'll pass on to the Plate.

We were playing a team from Epsom Downs GC who had lost their previous match by a fair margin, so we had hopes that we would also win quite easily. However after the first 12 boards we were 650 points down, with our opponents twice confidently bidding to game when we didn't.

The key hand of the second half was this:




ª AKJxx

© KJxx

¨ x

§ AQx


ª 10 xxxx


ª Qxx


© 10

© 987x

¨ 9

¨ QJxxx

§ KJxxxx

§ x


ª void


© AQxx

¨ AKxxxx

§ xxx


Dealer was South, N–S Vulnerable. Lead 9¨

Bidding was as follows:

















West had a shapely hand but "frisky" would understate her hand for an overcall by a long chalk! However it did shape the bidding which might have easily stopped in 4© as it did in the other room. After 4N (Blackwood) and 5© (2 Aces) North anguished for some time before preferring 6© to 6N, reasoning that partner might indeed have a void in Spades making the erroneous "marked finesse" of Qª impossible.

On the lead it all looked pretty easy, probably a doubleton diamond allowing declarer to ruff two diamonds to make all 13 tricks. Taking the first trick with A¨ , declared led a small diamond only to see it trumped with 10© forcing an over-ruff with the J© . Still it looked to be no problem if trumps were 3-2, or if the hand with the single diamond had started with 4 trumps. So lay down K© only to find out the bad news. Now it needed some time to think and work out that East had 4 diamonds left so declarer cashed AKª discarding two clubs, the A§ and led a club to ruff low. It was another nasty surprise when E put in 7© . However now by cashing K¨ and embarking on a cross-ruff the contract can't be beaten. That was +780 on the hand. Good bidding and card play by Andy Robbo and Pete Huzan maintained and extended the position and we ran out victors by 430 points.

We're in need of more players to cover for future matches, so anyone who fancies a go just give me a call.

Dick Clark

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Which songs are these lyrics from? For the prize of a £10 music voucher (donated by Paul Szarvas), send song titles (numbered for each lyric) to Ginny (Editor) by 15 Jan.


1 Half past twelve and I'm watching the late show

2 It's three o'clock in the morning and I'm on the streets again

3 It's four o'clock and we're in trouble

4 Calls at 5am to tell me how she's tired

5 The six o'clock alarm would never ring

6 Have to catch an early train, have to be at work by nine

7 We are drinking beer at noon on Tuesday

8 It's five and I'm driving home again

9 I thought you might pick me up at eight and don't be late

10 For the first time in history, round about half-past-ten

11 Walking hand in hand across the bridge at midnight


12 The dawn was breaking, and the world was waking

13 She told me she worked in the morning

14 I could take the afternoon but night-time

15 I stand in line, until you think you have the time to spend an evening with me

16 I get up in the evening and I ain't got nothin' to say

17 Well from the early, early mornin' to the early, early night

18 Bright and early next morning, it came right back to me


19 I keep waiting until that day

20 I've been working all day, all day

21 You're shaking my confidence daily

22 One day is fine, the next is black

23 Well tonight I'm gonna live for today, so come along for the ride

24 Every night, every day, I know that it's you

25 You gotta be strong enough to make it through the night

26 I dream at night. I can only see your face

27 Shots ring out in the dead of night


28 We were born within an hour of each other

29 Each tea lasts an hour and he wanders home alone

30 A song from the darkest hour

31 All I wanted was a sweet distraction for an hour or two

32 I worked 11 hours and bought the girl

33 Learning fast till the weeks went past, we really thought

34 For forty days and forty nights, the law was on her side

35 But it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year

36 It's only two years ago, the man with the suit and the pace

37 It's been three years since I've been knocking at your door

38 Now five years later on, you've got the world at your feet

39 Wear you down through the years, but I still see

40 For a thousand years, nothing's gonna touch you

41 The dream that came through a million years, that lived on through all the tears


42 Leave it 'til tomorrow to unpack my case

43 Why not think about times to come?

44 The future teaches you to be alone, the present to be afraid

45 Wait patiently for love, some day it will surely come

46 He waved goodbye sayin' "Don't you cry, I'll be back again some day"

47 But this has never yet prevented me wanting far too much for far too long

48 Only time will tell of you can break the spell back in your own world

49 Who's gonna tell you when it's too late?


50 She's been dead since 1929

51 I heard you on the wireless back in '52

52 September '77, Port Elizabeth weather fine

53 There's no need for living in the past, now I've found a love


54 Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock as the day begins

55 Get all that garbage out of sight, or you don't go out Friday night

56 Lost in a riddle that Saturday night

57 Use the car to go ridin' next Sunday


58 And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land

59 The sky is grey, I've been for a walk on a winter's day

60 It's like the changing of the seasons and the tides of the sea

Paul Szarvas

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Copy date for Issue 128 (February 2000) will be Fri. 18th Feb. Letters, event reports, articles, cartoons, gossip, scandal, notices, small ads, court circulars, births, deaths and marriages should be posted to Ginny Catmur (address above); electronic copies via e-mail or on 3¼" disk are particularly welcome.

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… and Transport: we can organise lifts to events: ring any of the club's officers, as listed above, and one of us will sort this out for you.

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