Seventy South London orienteers made the long trip to the contoured lands of the Lake District for the annual JK International Festival of Orienteering. The format is a training day, two individual days (with times added together), & finishing with a relay day.
On the individual days, there were very good performances from: Rachael Holmes (W21L 2nd), Diane Leakey (W45 1st on day 1), Monika Bonafini (W50 2nd), Sarah Brown (W50 3rd), Jackie Chapman (W45S 3rd), Ralph Street (M14 7th, 3rd GB), John Dowty (M45 4th on day 2), David May (M55 2nd), Mike Murray (M60 3rd).
The relays were well organised & SLOW had a front row view of the action. The forest seemed a lot faster than the other days as we cheered on our 17 teams. This included some running a relay for the first time, & some running a relay for SLOW for the first time. Particular highlights include: 3rd in the Mini Relay (Robert J, Thomas J, James H) 6th in MW40- (James McM, Matthew H, Ralph S) 7th in Women’s Premier (Anja Stratford, Caroline Catmur, Rachael Holmes) 3rd in W120+ (Monika Bonafini, Sarah Brown, Diane Leakey) 5th in M120+ (Peter Haynes, Andy Jones, John Dowty) 1st in M165+ (Alan Leakey, David May, Mike Murray).
Also: Ed Catmur 11th on 1st leg of Men’s Premier (2.5 minutes off the lead); the team finished 28th.
I hope you all enjoyed one of the best events this year, and have gained inspiration for the rest of the season. Next stop is the British Relay weekend in the Forest of Dean at the beginning of May. See you there!
Above: The prize winners
SLOW and GO are organising a coaching day on Sunday 28th March. Subject to land permission, this will be on Esher Common. We have not been able to use Esher for some time as it has been out of bounds prior to the Compass Sport cup but this has now happened. We will not necessarily be on the same bit of Esher as the short courses at the Compass Sport cup.
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 me know if you would like to come by 19th March so that we have time to find experienced orienteers to help. Let us know if there are any particular skills you would like to practice.
More Experienced Orienteers
Please let me know if you would be willing to come along to help. A small group of sea scouts have expressed an interest so we might have greater numbers than usual. You need to know the basics of orienteering technique but do not need to be an orienteering star yourself. Teaching others is a good way of reminding yourself of good technique before the JK.
This is an annual orienteering competition between England, the Flanders region of Belgium and the Netherlands. This year’s competition was held on Blackheath, Guildford on 1st Feb.
Ralph Street (SLOW & England) – 1st M14
Mike Murray (SLOW & England) – 1st M60
Sarah Brown (SLOW & England) – 2nd W50
Well done to all three and the rest of the England team who had a very sucessful day.