SLOW enjoy the Harvester Night&Day Relays

The winning B team: (L-R) Don McKerrow, Chris Robinson, Chris Fry, Peter Huzan, Jim Mallinson. Photo: Nick Barrable/Chris Fry

Twelve team members travelled down to Cornwall for the annual Harvester Night&Day Relays. The event was held on the top-class open sand dune terrain of Penhale Sands. The night legs in particular were very challenging.

SLOW Aardvarks (A team) had a good performance to finish in 7th place – that puts the Men’s team up to 3rd place in the UK Relay League! SLOW Bobcats (B Team) came 2nd on the B course, to win the B handicap trophy (pictured above).

Left: Ed. Right: Vince. Photos: Nick Barrable/Chris Fry

Pictured above/below are A team runners Vince Roper, Dorte Torpe Hansen and Ed Catmur.

Thank you to the KERNO club for hosting the race. The full results of the event can be found here.

The 2008 event is at Hambleden (Thames Valley) so hopefully we will have lots of teams next year!

Dorte at the start. Photo: Nick Barrable/Chris Fry

South East Relays – Hampstead Heath

The winning Women’s Relay team. Photo: Glen Jones

SLOW triumph at South East relays

SLOW took first place in the Women’s relay, first in the Handicap, and second in the Men’s open. An excellent result especially when you realise there are only four classes and that half the club were otherwise engaged at Nicky and James’s wedding.

On a lovely summers day in an area much better than you would expect so far inside the M25, Abi, Claire and Jenny (pictured above) took first place by a comfortable margin of over 6 minutes. In the Men’s open, Matthias, Mike and Rob were beaten by less than a minute after Matthias made up five of the six minutes he started behind the leaders. In the handicap the family team of Greg, Ralph, and Paul (pictured below) showed us how good “Street” orienteering can be, to win by 2 minutes. In the Junior class SLOW did not have a team.

Full results are available on the LOK website (from which the team pictures shown here are taken – thanks to Glen Jones).

The winning Handicap team. Photo: Glen Jones

Hampstead Heath. Photo: Glen Jones

Nicky & James get married

Many congratulations to SLOW members Nicky King and James Morris, who were married on Saturday. The wedding reception took place in a large marquee near Pilton in Somerset and had about 150 guests. A nice meal was followed later by a hog roast and barn dancing.

The following morning there was a 1 hour score orienteering event arranged, which covered two maps – one of Pilton and the other of the adjacent Glastonbury Festival site – with an interesting contrast in questions from dates of buildings in Pilton to number of toes on the dragon on the festival site.

Many congratulations to the happy couple from everyone in SLOW!

Above: James and Nicky

British Championships

SLOW’s winning W50 team

The 2007 British Orienteering Championships were held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend at Pwll Du, an open fell area in south-east Wales. Over 40 members of SLOW took part in the weekend’s races, which comprised the individual championships on the Saturday followed by the relays on the Sunday.

Individual results

SLOW’s star performer of the individual day was Sarah Brown, who clinched an impressive 2nd place in the W55L class, some 6 minutes clear of 3rd place.

Other top 10 results in Long/Elite classes came from Diane Leakey (4th W50L – just 13 seconds outside the top 3), Ralph Street (5th M18L), Mike Murray (7th M60L) and Liz Day (10th W21E).

Additionally, prizes were won by Matthew Jones (3rd M14B), Robert Jones (1st M16B), Alan Leakey (3rd M50S) and Anne May (2nd W55S).

SLOW’s Junior Ad-Hoc team

Relay results

SLOW’s W50 team continued their excellent record in British Relay Championships, with Sarah Brown, Christine Robinson and Diane Leakey taking another 1st place finish – Chris tells me this is the 11th year running!! (1996-2007, excluding 2001 cancelled due to Foot & Mouth) – a very impressive record by anyone’s standards! The winning team is pictured above.

SLOW also won a prize in the Junior Ad-Hoc class, with Matthew Jones, Robert Jones and Greg Street finishing in 3rd place (pictured left).

Our two premier teams also performed very well, with both the men’s and women’s open teams finishing in a very respectable 7th place.

Congratulations to all SLOW runners who competed over what was a very enjoyable weekend.

Full results from the weekend can be found on the British Championships website.

Summer 2007 orienteering

The summer 2007 orienteering series will start with the SLOW Trail Challenge race in Bushy Park on Tuesday 15 May. Further details on the Trail Challenge series are available here.

Further details on the rest of the summer series events will appear on the website shortly – watch this space. For an idea of what to expect, have a look at the list of events from the 2006 series.

North Downs Way Relay

This year’s North Downs Way Relay will take place on Saturday 16th June. For newcomers this is an informal 16 leg relay with starting at Dover at 5:30 am and finishing about 13 hours later in Farnham, and following the scenic National Trail.

The event is good fun for participants and spectators, some of whom stay with the race all day. All who can run a leg of 10-13km on trails with some hills and have some time to recce the route before the day itself are very welcome – if we have more than 16 people keen to be involved we will just double up for some legs. This year there will be “reset mass starts” every 3 legs to keep the race competitive and ensure we get to the pub afterwards at a decent time (details TBC).

If you’re interested please drop Mike Garvin a line on . The only notable orienteering clash is with the Scottish Champs. Please say whether or not you have your own transport, what the mobile number that you will use on the day is, and whether you’d be prepared to run an early leg.

More details here: www.guildfordorienteers.co.uk/northdownsrelay

SLOW qualify for Compass Sport Cup final

For the 3rd year running, SLOW have qualified for the national Compass Sport Cup final. We won today’s qualifying round at Egypt Woods & Burnham Beeches with an excellent score of 2320 points, a comfortable 126 points ahead of 2nd-placed Happy Herts (who also qualify for the final).

The final is being held on Sunday 14th October, at Blidworth, near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. We need the strongest possible SLOW team for the final, so put the date in your diary now! Results from today’s other regional heats indicate that the full list of 10 clubs qualifying for the final is as follows: AIRE, BOK, DEVON, HH, LOC, NOC, OD, SLOW, SO, SYO.

Full results of today’s qualifier are available on the HH website. The list of SLOW scorers from today’s event is below – well done to all of these, and to everyone else who took part and helped to reduce the scores from other teams. We’ll need you all back for the final!

Abi Weeds

Blue Women

100

Jackie Chapman

Green Women

100

Mike Murray

Green Men

100

Ed Catmur

Brown

99

Charles Bromley
Gardner

Blue Men

99

Greg Street

Orange

98

John Dowty

Blue Men

97

Paul Nixon

Brown

96

Andy Jones

Blue Men

96

Michael May

Light Green

96

Charlie Turner

Blue Men

95

Matthias Mahr

Brown

94

Liz Day

Blue Women

94

Chris Robinson

Green Women

94

David May

Green Men

94

Simon Evans

Brown

93

Paul Street

Blue Men

93

Rachael Holmes

Blue Women

90

Caroline Court

Blue Women

88

Charles McMillan

Light Green

88

Andy Hodgson

Brown

87

Don McKerrow

Blue Men

86

Teresa Turner

Green Women

82

Pete Huzan

Brown

81

Kathy Haynes

Green Women

80

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