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 streetmap.co.uk 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.

Results: http://www.emituk.com/results/2005/20050409_BritSprint/index.htm

Photos: http://slow.org.uk/Photos/bc-sprint05/bcs05.htm

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 (www.mvoc.org). 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.

Coaching Feb/March 2005

Coaching for beginners and Juniors – 20th Feb 2005

SLOW will be organising a coaching day for beginners and juniors on Sunday 20th February. This is the week before the Compass Sport cup (see Club Captain’s e-mail) so a chance to polish your skills before then. There will be particular emphasis on relocation skills (translation – finding where you are again after you have got lost).

The coaching day is designed for a range of standards from young juniors just starting to exercises to stretch developing juniors and adult inexperienced orienteers (approximately yellow to light green standard and a bit beyond) The exercises can be tailored to match the people who want to come. You can be shadowed by more experienced orienteers or just talk to a coach after each exercise. We will finish by early afternoon with a fun relay. This is a good chance to talk to people about the areas you want to improve. The area is yet to be confirmed – details to follow. Transport can be arranged for those who need it.

Please let me know by 9th Feburary if you would like to attend.

Coaching weekend – 4th to 6th March 2005

Are you quivering in your boots because you have heard that the British Championships are on a sand dune area (Penhale Sands in Cornwall) this year? Well, rescue is at hand because SLOW is having a training weekend on sand dune areas in South Wales on the weekend of the 4th/5th/6th March 2005.

We will be training on Broughton Burrows on the Gower Peninsula on Saturday 5th March during the day. These are challenging open coastal sand dunes with a limited number of paths and fences so you will have to learn to use ridges and large depressions as line features. For the real addicts there is the Midland Night Championships at Pembrey Forest on Saturday night or a return to our chalets. Then you will have a chance to try out what you have learnt at a regional event at Pembrey on Sunday. Pembrey is also a sand dune area much of it is forested.

The coaching exercises will be designed for people with a reasonable amount of orienteering experience preferably light green standard or above. It would be suitable for older juniors. But please discuss with Chris Fry or myself if you are keen but unsure – we will do our best to cater for everyone that would like to come. We hope that more experienced orienteers will spend at least part of the day going round with the less experienced but will also get a chance to do some coaching exercises themselves. I have made a provisional booking of some chalets (two for 6 people, one for 8 people) at the LA Holiday and Riding Centre “www.lariding.co.uk” near Port Talbot. It would be possible for families to book their own chalets if sharing with the mob does not appeal (there are 13 chalets in all which were still free before Christmas). The cost is £190 per cabin 6 berth or 8 berth for 2 nights with a 3rd night free and a discount is possible if the cabin is not full e.g. £165 per night if only 3 or 4 people.

The chalets are 1 mile from J40 of the M4. Its location was chosen to minimise the length of the drive on Friday night and to allow reasonable proximity to a railway station (Port Talbot). It is about another 30 miles to Broughton Burrows – just over half on motorway, the rest on little roads. Pembrey is also about 30 miles away in a slightly different direction.

I need to know numbers for both land permission for Broughton Burrows (not expected to be a problem) and for the chalets, particularly if the chalets provisionally booked will not be sufficient. I have already had expressions of interest from several people.

Please return the attached form to me, preferably by 31st January to give me an idea of numbers (even if you have to confirm later). Please reply also if you cannot come as that will give a much clearer idea of where we stand with numbers.


Contact details:

I will/will not be able to attend the coaching weekend on 4th – 6th March 2005.

I do/do not require accommodation at the LA Riding Centre for Fri 4th March

I do/do not require accommodation at the LA Riding Centre for Sat 5th March

Level of orienteering experience:

What you wish to gain from the weekend:

Likely travel plans:

Would you be happy to volunteer to help with any of the following:

Planning coaching exercises (in discussion with Chris Fry)?

Co-ordinating transport arrangements (matching car drivers to those needing lifts or nominating a suggested train; ensuring enough lifts available during the weekend for those arriving by public transport)?

Purchasing communal food for breakfast/lunch if this is what people wish?

Investigating a good place to eat on Saturday night? (There is a clubhouse/cafeteria/restaurant at the accommodation but I have not investigated whether it is open all year/all week, what sort of cost etc)

Hanging out or collecting controls?

Coaching people less experienced than yourself?

Any other comments?

Please return to Heather Walton

Yvette Baker Trophy National Final

Ralph Street with Heather Monro

SLOW’s Junior Squad, pictured below, at the Yvette Baker Trophy Final at Cannock Chase on 5th December. The Yvette Baker Trophy is the national junior inter-club competition and SLOW qualified for the Final by winning the South-East Regional Final in October. It was a very high standard competition and the SLOW team came 13th, only 5 points off 10th place. Individual highlights were: Ralph Street 1st boy on Light Green and Sara Luescher 2nd girl on Green. Well done to everybody who took part in this prestigious competition.

  1. OD 866
  2. NOC 85
  3. AIRE 855
  4. SARUM 853
  5. SO 851
  6. DEE 850
  7. WCH 833
  8. EBOR 815
  9. SROC 802
  10. MDOC 785
  11. CLOK 784
  12. HOC 783
  13. SLOW 780
  14. WAOC 773
  15. SN 608

For full results see http://www.walton-chasers.co.uk/events/YBTfinal2004/YBTfinal04.html

SLOW’s junior squad

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