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Originally a member of Reading Orienteering Club, Yvette dominated the junior ranks in the early '80s, coming to prominence when she won the JK Women's Elite title at the age of 15 in 1983.
Yvette was Britain's top orienteer for nearly 20 years and competed successfully in many World Championships. In 1999 she became World Orienteering Short Course Champion - the pinnacle of a long and successful career.
What a lovely day we had! Thank you to all the competitors for coming. If you are new to orienteering, please keep in touch with us by checking the website sloweb.org.uk, or mailing or ringing me.
Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day and beforehand - Ive sent thank you e-mails to 42 people! I shant list them all again here. But I must formally thank Simon Richards and Pat Pritchard of the Superintendents Office, Richmond Park, and the driver from Site-Equip who advised on the erection of the Registration tent.
In retrospect it was a mistake not to have a Finish banner. David May (Controller) quickly remedied the problem (which led to novices not punching at the Finish) by taping the route from the last control to the Finish. And whilst it was nice and cosy to have Registration and Computing in the same tent, it did become a bit hectic during a short period when people were registering and finishing at the same time! Thanks to a SLOW member who intervened and improved the flow of people at this point.
The staging of the Yvette Baker Trophy South-East heat at this event led to lots of extra work for the Registration and Computing teams. Even then we made errors (i.e. allowing non-eligible, because too old, runners to compete on the shortest course), which were noticed and put right by the British Orienteering Federations Development Manager. The results below reflect these corrections. Im delighted that SLOWs juniors are through to the Final, to be held at High Ash, Munford, in East Anglia on 7 December.
SLOWs forthcoming events: Saturday 13 December 2003 Southern Night Championships at Hankley Common, near Elstead, Surrey; Sunday 14 December 2003 OK NUTS Trophy, Puttenham, near Guildford; details on the website. Come along to help AND run. It is a great way to meet other club members, and also find out how an event works behind the scenes.
Go to http://sloweb.org.uk/HOT%20PICKS.htm to see the pick of the autumns events.
Ginny Catmur (020 8398 8190; 07977 142510; )