SLOW success at Interland

Congratulations to SLOW members Ralph Street and Mike Murray for very impressive winning runs in helping England to victory in the annual “Interland” event on Sunday 26 February. This event is a 4-way international competition between England, Germany, Holland and Belgium, and this year was held in Warendorf, near Munster, in Germany.

Ralph won the M17 course, completing the 8.0km course in a very impressive time of 45:00. Mike was also victorious for England, winning the 5.3km M60 course in an equally-impressive 35:21. England were convincing winners of the overall trophy.

Full event results can be found here.

Orienteering fixtures map website

SLOW member Ollie O’Brien has set up a very impressive new website detailing forthcoming orienteering fixtures, which may be of interest to SLOW members (and other orienteers). The site works by entering your postcode, and it then displays – both graphically and in list format – all of your nearest orienteering events over the next 4 weeks. The fixtures are primarily taken from the official BOF fixtures list.

The website can be found here:

NB – details of forthcoming SLOW events and links to other fixtures websites can be found here.

Ralph Street – British Schools Winner

Congratulations to Ralph Street on winning the British Schools Year 10 championships at Temple Newsam, Leeds on 20 November. Representing Tiffin School in Kingston, Ralph won by a cool six seconds.

Brother Greg was 20th in the Year 8 competition in which six other Tiffin School/SLOW members performed very well in a high quality field: Grant Hamilton 40th, Max Camara & Aaron Moran 44th, Nisha Vdayakumar 62nd, Robbie Ashley-Bach 77th and Bhavesh Patel 78th.

Full results and pictures at

Programme 3 – SportNation

		TX Date		Time	Duration	Channel
SportNation 3	10/09/05	01:00	01:00	Sky Sports 3 Digital
SportNation 3	10/09/05	05:00	01:00	Sky Sports 2 Digital
SportNation 3	10/09/05	13:00	01:00	Sky Sports 3 Digital
SportNation 3	11/09/05	06:00	01:00	Sky Sports Xtra

New SLOW Kit

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new SLOW orienteering kit. The new kit will be produced by Norwegian manufacturers Trimtex, whose designs will be familiar to any of you who were at the World Cup races in May – they manufacture the current GB squad kit, as well as that of many other international teams. People may have also spotted that a few British clubs (eg Southdowns) have recently started wearing these new kits.

The SLOW kit design. Left: Front. Right: Back.

Pete, Simon and Paul model the Trimtex kit.

The tops are short-sleeve, partly meshed “o-polyester” material. You can see the new club design above along with a photo of Trimtex kit samples being modelled by a few club members at the last committee meeting! (Note that these samples are different colour designs to the new SLOW kit; the blue colour to be used in the actual kit is the same as the royal blue which appears in the centre of the sample kits). Click here to see full picture of new kit.

The cost will be around £30 per top (only £2 more expensive than the existing kit). Our aim is to have the new kits ready to launch at the Compass Sport Cup final on 16 October. (What better way to scare the opposition at the Final than by all turning up in our pristine new club O-kit!). However there is an 8 week delivery time on kits, so we will be placing the order in early August – please let me know by then if you want a top.

We are not intending to order many surplus kits, so if you are likely to want one then please reserve it now in time for our order to Trimtex – otherwise you may have to wait a long time until a subsequent order is made, and it will probably be more expensive too (as smaller orders to Trimtex cost more per kit).


We will only be ordering O-trousers if there is sufficient demand for these as well. Trimtex offer a choice of trousers:

(i) ‘standard’ O-trousers,
(ii) standard with elastic under the knee and with/without sewn in gaiters,
(iii) “Extreme o-pants”, which are knee-high, using o-polyester material. These would be in the same blue colour as the tops. Please let me know if you are interested in ordering any of these O-trousers as well.
We will need a minimum of 5 orders of any type, and it would be quite a bit cheaper if there are over 10. Prices for option (i) are £14-£18 (depending on how many orders we make), and around £20-£25 for options (ii) or (iii). Let me know if you are interested in any of these, and I will confirm in due course whether we will be going ahead with this order.


Before I make the final order for the tops, you will need to let me know what size you need – the choice ranges from XXS to XXXL! The tops are described as ‘body hugging’ and are therefore a bit tighter than current Ultrasport O-tops – you may want to order to a larger size than usual. If you would like to see the samples and try them on to work out your size (I have M, L and XL samples), I will be bringing the sample tops to various training events/Frolics over the 3 weeks, the social evening on Weds 27th July, and also to the Scottish 6-days.

How to order

All you have to do is let me know that you want a top (and/or trousers), and what size you need – either email () or see me at an event over the next 3 weeks or so. Payment can be made when the kits arrive. Let me know if you have any questions about the kit.

PS – there is still a small amount of the current SLOW O-kit in stock, which will continue to be available while stocks last. I am taking over this stock from Teresa Turner, so please contact me directly if you would like to order any of the existing kit.

North Downs Relay

North Downs Relay 2005

North Downs Relay 2005
Leg 1 75mins
Terry Norton Sax 00:55:57 05:55:57 05:00:00
Hugh Bigwood Loose 00:57:43 05:57:43
Steve Reynolds CH 00:58:17 05:58:17
Dick Clark SLOW 01:04:37 06:04:37
Neil Harwood GO 01:08:07 06:08:07
No Runner CROC 01:25:00 06:25:00
Leg 2 88 mins
Ken Jones Sax 01:09:40 07:04:40 05:55:00
Paul Whiston CROC 01:09:41 07:04:41
James Crawford GO 01:09:50 07:04:50
Nick Haire Loose 01:16:28 07:11:28
Joe Hicks CH 01:16:28 07:11:28
Andy Jones SLOW 01:28:00 07:23:00
Leg 3 70 mins
Andy Hodgson SLOW 00:55:02 07:50:02 06:55:00
Mario DiMarco SAX 00:56:38 07:51:38
Simon Rhodes Loose 00:56:58 07:51:58
Jeremy Wilde GO 00:57:29 07:52:29
Steve Brockbank CROC 01:02:03 07:57:03
Marco Keir CH 01:08:18 08:03:18
Leg 4 66 mins
Will Southon GO 00:51:57 08:36:57 07:45:00
Rachael Holmes SLOW 00:52:41 08:37:41
Roy Gooderson CH 00:55:36 08:40:36
Sarah Howes Loose 01:01:36 08:46:36
Nick Hope Sax 01:06:00 08:51:00
Andy Elliott CROC 01:06:00 08:51:00
Leg 5 77 mins
Oliver Southon GO 00:59:22 09:29:22 08:30:00
Mike Garvin SLOW 01:00:28 09:30:28
Neasa McEarlean CH 01:04:45 09:34:45
Simon Girard Loose 01:05:33 09:35:33
David McQuillan SAX 01:12:50 09:42:50
No Runner CROC 01:27:00 09:57:00
Leg 6 115 mins 09:25:00
Mark Wilkins SAX 01:25:47 10:50:47
Mike Farmery SLOW 01:35:50 11:00:50
Nick Green CROC 01:42:23 11:07:23
John Hartley CH 01:55:00 11:20:00
Peter Clement GO 01:55:00 11:20:00
No Runner Loose 02:05:00 11:30:00
Leg 7 48 mins
Caroline Catmur SLOW 00:34:37 11:24:37 10:50:00
Alastair Telford CH 00:36:07 11:26:07
Troy Humphreys Loose 00:39:33 11:29:33
Linda Pakuls GO 00:39:39 11:29:39
Anita Kingdon Sax 00:43:12 11:33:12
Kamila Whiston CROC 00:45:48 11:35:48
Leg 8 87 mins
Keith Snook GO 00:59:38 12:24:38 11:25:00
Trevor Edgley Sax 01:03:08 12:28:08
Mark Vyvyan-Robinson SLOW 01:10:45 12:35:45
Nigel Bush CROC 01:10:55 12:35:55
Martyn Earl Loose 01:12:32 12:37:32
Jools Christmas CH 01:27:00 12:52:00
Leg 9 98 mins
Carl Bradshaw GO 01:12:47 13:37:47 12:25:00
Nigel Jarvis CROC 01:19:10 13:44:10
Jeff Armitage SLOW 01:20:01 13:45:01
Simon Maytum Sax 01:25:37 13:50:37
Aaron Pritchard Loose 01:31:26 13:56:26
Graham Tucker CH 01:31:28 13:56:28
Leg 10 67 mins
Fran Wood CH 00:52:13 14:22:13 13:30:00
Jenny Poulter Loose 00:52:54 14:22:54
Ginny Catmur SLOW B 00:57:00 14:27:00
Steve Waite CROC 00:58:28 14:28:28
Paul Nixon SLOW   00:58:50 14:28:50
Christine Kiddier GO 01:00:08 14:30:08
Gina Ross Sax 01:02:58 14:32:58
Leg 11 75 mins
Gordon Parker SLOW 01:01:10 15:21:10 14:20:00
Sue`Ashley CROC 01:01:21 15:21:21
Paul Weaver GO 01:04:34 15:24:34
Bob Davidson CH 01:04:36 15:24:36
Andreas Oehlert Sax 01:09:23 15:29:23
Nigel Poulter Loose 01:12:19 15:32:19
Leg 12 69 mins
Paul Brooks SLOW 00:46:29 15:56:29 15:10:00
Steve Clark CH 00:48:28 15:58:28
Paul Oates CROC 00:48:42 15:58:42
Mark Glaisher Sax 00:53:26 16:03:26
Sean Ryan GO 00:58:44 16:08:44
Maria Bava SLOW B 01:05:00 16:15:00
No runner Loose 01:19:00 16:29:00
Leg 13 71 mins
Ed Catmur SLOW 00:47:22 16:47:22 16:00:00
Dave Moore SAX 00:56:32 16:56:32
Ian Bloxsome CROC 00:58:02 16:58:02
John Wright GO 01:10:14 17:10:14
Elaine Lyttle +1 CH 01:11:00 17:11:00
Chris Simpson TAC 01:11:00 17:11:00
Sarah Covey-Crump SLOW B 01:25:10 17:25:10
Leg 14 96 mins
Charlie Whetham SLOW 01:06:40 17:56:40 16:50:00
Clive Beauvais CROC 01:12:11 18:02:11
John Wilkins Sax 01:14:21 18:04:21
Mark Cooper CH 01:17:44 18:07:44
Dudley Baker TAC 01:34:46 18:24:46
No runner GO 01:46:00 18:36:00
Leg 15 72 mins
Pete Nicholls GO 00:51:50 18:46:50 17:55:00
Paul Fox Sax 00:57:42 18:52:42
Paul Conner CROC 00:58:08 18:53:08
Dave Lightburn CH 00:59:05 18:54:05
Jon O’Donnell SLOW 01:04:08 18:59:08
Dave Kingdon Loose 01:09:18 19:04:18
Leg 16 66 mins
Karen Jones SLOW 00:53:30 19:38:30 18:45:00
Dave Root CH 00:57:50 19:42:50
Simon Greenwood Sax 00:57:59 19:42:59
Jane Luxton CROC 01:01:17 19:46:17
Jenny Nicholls GO 01:01:17 19:46:17
Sarah Kingdon Loose 01:01:18 19:46:18
Total Time 18:06:19 16:40:10 17:11:10 17:46:44 19:07:24 18:03:55
Position 5 1 2 3 6 4
  cut off awarded
  cut off + 10 mins awarded
Name Bold
Red a new Record
Club Bold in
the lead at end of that leg
TAC Tadworth runner in Loose

SLOW Summer Barbecue

You are invited to the: SLOW Summer Barbecue

On: Saturday 13th August 2005

At: Horton Country Park, Horton Lane. 3km from Epsom Station. Time: 3pm See map

Cost: Adults: £6 or £4 if you can bring a salad or dessert. Juniors or Students: £3 Pay on the day. Activities: Fun Orienteering course to start, possibly with a team element.

Bring: A seat if you would prefer not to sit on the grass and please bring your own drinks. Let me know if you would like to come. Also if you can bring a salad or dessert, let me know what it is and if anyone has already offered to make it I will get back to you.

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!)

Click here to see more photos

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