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

Yvette Baker Trophy 2004 – Round 1

SLOW Juniors Qualify for the Yvette Baker Trophy Final

At the finish. Photo by Andrew Trimble.

Last weekend the SLOW junior squad won the regional round of the Yvette Baker Trophy at Bagshot Heath. This is one of the most important orienteering competitions for junior orienteers in England. The team won a close competition with 889 points, ahead of Southowns (886), Guildford (870), Southern Navigators (869), & Mole Valley (283).
See http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/2227/ybtresults.html for full results.

Our top scorers were: Sara Luescher (100), James McMillan (100), Anna Steinitz (99), Charles McMillan (99), Chris Wroe (99), Jenny Steinitz (98), Greg Street (98), Michael May (98), & Ian Hiddleston (98). Valuable backup was provided by Guy Hiddleston, Holly Clemens, Alice Clemens, Holly Snelling, & Laura Ashforth. And we had several potential future runners taking part non-competitively being shadowed by their parents.

The Yvette Baker Trophy final is on Sunday 5th December on Cannock Chase, just north of Birmingham. We shall be competing against other junior teams from all over England. The final is suitable for all juniors from the very youngest up to M/W20 of all standards from Yellow through to Green. You run a course based upon your ability (based on whether you have achieved gold standard) rather than your age. Last year we came a brilliant 5th in the final. We will need as strong a turnout as possible this year to try to do as well again. We will travel by hired coach to the event on Sunday morning. The club will subsidise this, so there will be no cost to juniors.

Please let Pete Huzan (SLOW Team Captain) know of your availability for the final as soon as you can by emailing . Please also say if you would like to travel by coach (I hope you all do!). There will also be an opportunity for parents & other supporters to get a run at the event – so all club members are also invited. SLOW will provide extra training opportunities before the final. Details of these will follow soon.

Guy Hiddleston punches at the finish. Photo by Andrew Trimble.

Chris Wroe at the final control. Photo by Andrew Trimble.

Ellis Farmery storms through the finish (shortly followed by Dad, Mike). Photo by Andrew Trimble.

Sarah Simpson punches the last control, followed by Emma & Hannah Farmery with mum (Karen). Photo by Andrew Trimble.

Heather and Chris plot the way ahead to success! Photo by Andrew Trimble.

September 2004 News

Congratulations to Ralph Street who won M14 at the recent Junior Home International in the Lake District. Representing England, he beat all his rivals by nearly two minutes. Ralph has recently been invited to join the Start Squad, the junior section of the GB National Orienteering Squad.

Meanwhile over 50 people came to the SLOW Coaching Day on a warm, sunny day on Wimbledon Common. Thirty two athletes, including adventure racers and junior absolute beginners, were aided by over 18 coaches and parents.

JK on TV

The Jan Kjellstrom International Festival of Orienteering, which takes place each year over the Easter weekend, will be featured in Sportnation on Sky Sports in September and October

3rd September 16.30 Sky Sports

4th September 06.00 Sky Sports

1st October 18.30 Sky Sports 2

2nd October 03.00 Sky Sports 3

2nd October 07.00 Sky Sports

2nd October 12.00 noon Sky Sports 3

Coaching Day Sunday 5th September 2004

Get ready for the new season: next SLOW coaching day is Sunday 5th September on Wimbledon Common (starting point to be confirmed) from 10am to 2pm. Chris Robinson is kindly planning the exercises – so expect something different. And a bit of fun.

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.

Please let Heather Walton know by 26th August whether you will be coming.Also let Heather or Chris Robinson () know if there are any particular techniques you want to practice or learn. Would the more experienced orienteers let me know if you are available to help, please.

North Downs Relay

Another fine win for our team once again showing our strength in depth and our members’ wilingness to respond at short notice when a crisis arises. Especial mention to a group of runners entirely new to the event:- Simon Evans, Andy Hodgson; Angelika Gerlach, Owen Lindsell and Rachael Holmes. Also to Charlie Whetham who murdered the record, which was quite a good one, on leg 9 from Vigo Inn to Dunton Green.

We had 12 men and 4 ladies out on the day. The average age of our team was probably a lot less than 2004!. For 2005 the event will probably run on 18th or 25th June

Click here for results

SLOW at the South-East Relays


These were very ably staged by CROC on our very own Wimbledon Common. The memorial on the playing fields was a good setting for the handover & spectator control & the weather was good for the whole day. The relay prizegiving was preceded by the individual south-east galoppen presentation, where several SLOW members got certificates for their performances at local age group events last year.

There were only two teams in the junior relay. Charles, Greg & Ralph managed to get round well to win, especially given that the orange course was quite tough.

The rest of the SLOW teams battled it out on the Handicap course, which had the most teams. A Handicap team has three members, running blue, green & orange; each age class has a points value & the combined points value must be below a certain maximum. This gave the team captain lots of fun trying to work out the best combination, especially when he realised someone would not be there with 20 minutes to go before the start. Southdowns won, with SLOW teams taking 2nd (Andy J, Sarah B, Mark V), 3rd (Simon E, Karen J, Paul St), 6th, 13th & 16th places. The top 3 teams were within 3 minutes of each other. It was especially nice to see Jenny C & Justin M running their first relays for the club.

See you at a Tuesday evening training event sometime soon.


South London at the Harvester Night & Day Relays

Ashdown Forest

The Harvester relays were near Ashdown Forest this year & it was good to see that SLOW had quite a few teams. These relays are more team-focused than the other orienteering relays during the year – there is no individual race, & you are in a team of seven or five, with half the people running in the dark. Fortunately no-one mispunched! The event was very well organised by Mole Valley including having several radio controls, a spectator control & great weather.

Our age-handicapped teams were looking to get into the prizes this year and they all came away with tall shot glasses to savour the event. Our first team back was the B Handicap. In fact they won the B course overall with Charlie T just managing to hold off the other teams on last leg.

B handicap team – Mike, Don, Charlie, Jim and Chris Fry

Our Women’s Handicap team were second women’s team overall, but given a team could win only one prize, our team picked up the Women’s Handicap Trophy & more valuable UK relay league points. SLOW’s women have done really well in the league this year.

Women’s B handicap team – Kate, Diane, Chris R, Rachel (and Caroline)

Our final team on the B course was a team out to enjoy themselves & totally succeeded. Well done to Sarah C & Dick for getting round in the dark, & Tony C & Gordon brought the team home in the daylight.

Our A Handicap team had some serious competition in the handicap class from Bristol, the Army & Southdowns. Eventually Bristol pulled away & we ended up 3rd, 25 minutes behind (8th overall).

A Handicap team – Ed, David, Alan, Paul, Stephan, Pete, Andy

Our youthful A Open team (Mike G, Gavin, Simon E, Mark V-R, Phil, Paul N, Charlie W) all performed very respectably & probably will end up 12th once the final dibber has been downloaded!

Thank you to the Catmurs & Chris Fry for lending spare headtorches – I’m sure they were well appreciated by those using them. I only once had to get up in the middle of the night during the week to swap batteries while recharging! Thanks to all of you for making things reasonably straightforward on the weekend by camping early or letting me know when you were going to arrive. Next year the relays are near York on 4th June – I hope this year has generated a lot of enthusiasm so that we will have some teams going up (by coach?) next year. See you at the South-East Relays on 23rd May at Wimbledon Common, or at an evening training event soon.

All the SLOW teams

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