SLOW success at the SE Relays

Paul Street and Ed Catmur

SLOW members took the trophies in both the Open and Handicap classes at last Sunday’s South East Relays, held in Epping Forest. The event was a real test of heat endurance, as temperatures were up in the thirties and there was limited shade on the courses.

In the open class Charlie Whetham brought us in 3rd on the first leg, less than 3 minutes down on the local leaders CHIG. In the womens’ race, Sarah Brown was also less than 3 minutes down on the leaders SO. On second leg Paul Street pulled the mens’ team up to second place, now less than a minute down on CHIG. Jackie Chapman recorded the fastest female time on the leg to keep the women in strong contention. Ed Catmur anchored the mens’ team home in style to take the title by a whopping eleven minutes, while CHIG mispunched under the pressure. Rachael Holmes was unable to catch the SO women on last leg, so the ladies finished second overall.

Our two handicap relay teams also had a great day – SLOW handclap (Ralph Street, David May and Paul Nixon) won the race by a big margin and SLOW progress (Vince Roper, Don McKerrow and Michael May) finished third. Paul won the Green handicap race by a massive 10 minutes, while Ralph had the third fastest time in the Blue and Michael beat David to get around the Orange in the third fastest time too.

This is a good fun, low-key relay event which caters for all standards and is recommended for next year (especially if we can win again!)

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Wisley Coaching – June 12th 2005

A big buzz with 28 participants at the recent coaching day on Wisley Common including a group from Tiffin school in Kingston and two new Italian members. Thank you to all the coaches who helped. Congratulations to Ralph Street, Karen/Joshua Morrewski and Kamlesh Walia who won the odds and evens relay and to Jackie Steinitz who won the distance estimation competition. Full results can be seen below:

Wisley results

Odds and Evens relay

1. Team 5: Ralph Street, Karen/Joshua Morrewski, Kamlesh Walia
2. Team 4: James McMillan, Fiona Steinitz, Emma Farmery
3. Team 6: Greg Street, Ian Christie, Jonathan Williams
4. Team 8: Sarah Abrams, Ellis Farmery, Mark Mitchison
5. Team 10: Kate Lugton, Anna van Leemputten, Joe Brown
6. Team 2: Rafaella Marin, Annabel Dawson, Akash Bhanot
7. Team 1: Andrea Rebora, Hannah Farmery, Aaron Moran
8. Team 7: Mike Williamson, James Farmery, Hashim Dangra
9. Team 3: Charles McMillan, Max Camara, Mark Siu

Distance estimation

1. Jackie Steinitz 120m
2. James McMillan 120.33m
3. Phil Marsland 121m
4. Chris Couldery 117.5m
4. Annabel Dawson 123m
5. Kate Lugton 124m
6. Sarah Abrams 124.5m
7. Barbara Lugton 128m
8. Karen/Joshua Morrewski 75m

Harvester Relays


Our A team comprised Andy R, Richard C, Ed, Pete, Mike G, Don & Paul N. All of them had ok to excellent runs. After 2 legs we were 6th & we held that till 40 minutes from the end of 8 hours of running when a stronger FVO runner overtook us. But 7th is our best position this millennium!

Our B team comprised Chris F, Jim, Andy, Vicky & Vince. Again there were some good runs. The team was n/c because Andy had already run in the A team. But we would have come 12th out of 28 teams, just 43 minutes down on the leading team. After Chris & Jim had run we were a few minutes ahead of the best handicap team.

The event was very well organised with real-time computer displays of how well the runners were getting round their courses. SLOW had their own part of the campsite so it was easy to find people to meet up.

The Harvester is a unique event in the British orienteering scene & should be experienced! Next year the event is on 10th June in South Scotland. It should be possible to fly up by budget airline for less than £50 and have team transport from the airport. Have a think about that.


Coaching Day Sunday 12th June

You are invited to a coaching day on Sunday 12th June 2005 probably on Wisley Common (subject to land permission) just off the A3 near to the M25 junction. Time 10am to 2pm. Details of car park to follow when land permission confirmed. Terrain is pine forest with a scattering of rhododendron thickets. Technical exercises from white for young juniors, through yellow/orange for beginners and juniors to light green and beyond to stretch developing orienteers will be available.

For those of you who have not been before, you can go round with somebody or talk to the coaching team afterwards. We generally do 2 or 3 exercises in the morning followed by a break for lunch (please bring your own) and socialising. We generally finish with a fun competition so you can practice your skills. Please let Heather Walton know if you will be coming by Friday 3rd June so that I can organise some more experienced orienteers to guide you. Let me know if there are any techniques you particularly want to practice. Any offers from volunteers to help also gratefully received.

Land permission has now been confirmed for the coaching day on Wisley Common. The car park is at grid reference TQ 079583. Coming south down the A3 you need to leave the A3 as if to join the M25 then rejoin the A3 again going south and turn left off the slip road. The car park is not the first one but the second one further down Old Lane. See the link below.

Please let Heather Walton know in advance if you are coming.

British Championships

After a sunny individual day on Penhale Sands on the Saturday, the weather turned nasty for the relays at the same place on the Sunday. Fortunately the club tent had not blown away overnight & we were able to resuscitate it in the morning. It was welcome shelter for our 11 teams. Our Women’s Premier team (Amy, Vicky, Rachael) finished a good 6th. We are now 5th in the Women’s UK Relay League, just 3 points behind 2nd. We had 3 teams in the Men’s Premier, finishing in 16th, 22nd & 24th. Our first team was Ed (who brought us back in 2nd place on the first leg!), Ralph (making his premier debut) & Jeff (making his SLOW relay debut). We are now 18th in the Men’s UK Relay League.

Our W45 team (Sarah B, Jackie, Diane) yet again won the trophy. Diane held off Bristol by 15 seconds. Jackie was our fastest, on the middle leg. Our Women’s short team were 17th (with a good run from Sarah C). Our top M50 team (Paul S, Alan, Andy) were a brilliant 1st, beating the likes of the army & Southdowns. Our 2nd team were 6th, including a good first leg by Richard C. Our M45 team (AJ, Don, John) were 2nd behind a very strong Bristol team – John had a great run on last leg. We also had 2 teams in the Ad Hoc, which was the most popular course! SLOWly Does It (Gordon, Adrian, Chris W) were 10th, & SLOW as Snails were 31st.

Watch out for details about future team events coming up: June 4 – Harvester Relays, June 19 – South-East Relays, June 25 – North Downs Way Relay, October 16 – Compass Sport Cup Final. And maybe the Scottish Relays on May 29.

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British Sprint Championships 05

Heather Monro was on fantastic form winning the British Elite Sprint Championship on Saturday and the Middle Championship on Sunday. In winning the M60 British Sprint title, Mike Murray notched up his 100th British or JK championship. Congratulations too to Michael May, 2nd in the M16 British Sprint Championship. There were notable performances also from Ed Catmur 13th in the Men’s Sprint and Abi Weeds 17th in the Women’s Middle Distance Championship.



Jan Kjellstrom International Festival 2005

Women’s team. Photo: Chris Robinson

SLOW Women’s Premier team of Rachael Holmes (left) Heather Monro (centre) Amy Sarkies (right), and took a fantastic 3rd place. This is the second time SLOW has been in the medals in the JK Women’s Premier Relay. In 1990 (Devilla, Scotland) SLOW also finished 3rd with an 18 year old Heather Monro on first leg and Monika Bonafini and Di Leakey on legs 2 and 3. The same team had finished 4th in 1989 and won the British Relays in 1990 in Deffer Woods, Yorkshire. (thanks to Dave Harrison for the long memory)

SLOW members had a hugely successful competition. Congratulations to SLOW’s star performers:


Women’s Elite: Heather Monro 1st
W21L: Abi Weeds 1st
M16: Ralph Street 3rd
M60: Mike Murray 1st


Mini Relay: James Haynes, Matthew Haynes, Greg Street 3rd
Men Junior: James McMillan, Michael May, Ralph Street 4th
JK Trophy (Men’s Premier): Ed Catmur, Paul Nixon, Peter Huzan, Simon Evans 17th
Women Veterans: Di Leakey, Jackie Chapman, Kathy Haynes 1st
Men SuperVets: Alan Leakey, David May, Mike Murray 1st

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Rachel Holmes at the last control. Photo: Alan Leakey

Compass Sport Cup

The final team results for Sunday’s Compass Sport Cup match have now been confirmed. We pulled out a great effort to finish 2nd to Southdowns out of ten clubs (and only 75 points down out of over 2000!) – and as two clubs qualify for the national final from the South East round, this means we’re ‘going to Wembley’!

Well done especially to course winners Ed, Heather, Mike and Ralph. Pete says this is the first time we’ve qualified for the national final since 2000 (when we finished third), so this is a top achievement. Thanks to everyone who ran – particularly those who made a special effort to turn out – and even if you didn’t count for our points total, you’ll see from the score sheet that you still contributed by reducing the scores of our rivals!

All the details are now on the Mole Valley website ( Southdowns scored 2288 points, we got 2213, and Happy Herts were third with 2101. Andy R has pointed out that if we’d only needed 20 or less runners, we’d have won, but from 21 upwards we are behind Southdowns. This means that for the final (in Lancashire on October 16th), a few improved performances from those in middle range of the results could make a very big difference to our overall result. So put it in your diaries and remember that there’s plenty of time for us all to get a bit fitter (starting this weekend!) and make an impression.

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