South London Orienteers and Wayfarers
Just starting orienteering?
Who are SLOW? … South London Orienteers and Wayfarers are one of 14 clubs that make up the South East Orienteering Association (SEOA) which, in turn, is one of 12 regional associations that form the British Orienteering Federation (BOF).
We currently have over 250 members ranging from absolute beginners to international level orienteers.
The club organises a number of orienteering events throughout the year and members of the club also compete in mountain marathons, mountain biking O-events and fell races.
Over the years, members of SLOW have been very successful when competing in major events both as individuals and in relay teams. The standard is high and competition for first team places at major events is fierce … but friendly!
What is Orienteering? …Orienteering is a sport involving cross-country running, using a map and compass to navigate your way around a course set by orienteers. The courses range in length from 1.5 km for the easy course to over 12 km for experienced adult competitors. Top orienteers are as fit as Olympic athletes but anyone can take part in the sport at their own pace. Orienteering will give you a mental and physical challenge in a variety of terrains, and the opportunity to socialise as well as compete with fellow enthusiasts. Orienteering offers adventure, challenge and competition…..Cunning Running.
Where does it happen? … Locally, SLOW and other London-based clubs host events; Regionally, events are held in the South East throughout the year; Nationally, major events such as the British Championships are held around the country and Internationally, there are lots of opportunities to travel around the world to orienteering events in Scandinavia (the home of the sport); across Europe; USA and Australasia.
When does it happen? … Most orienteering events are held on Sunday mornings. Fixtures are publicised on leaflet flyers at O-events, on SLOW’s website http://sloweb.org.uk/, David Moore's South East Fixtures List or the SEOA ansaphone (020 8948 6056).
Social Events … SLOW hold an annual training weekend for members. This is usually held on excellent orienteering terrain and is an ideal opportunity to learn new skills or try out new techniques away from the pressure of a competitive event. We hold an annual Summer Bar-b-que and a more formal dinner in the early months of each year along with other non-O social evenings.
SLOW Club Kit … O-suits, T-shirts, shorts and sweat shirts are available in SLOW colours. These have been redesigned this year and are a must for showing your Club allegiance at events and prize givings.
SLOWprint … is the club magazine, produced 6 times a year. It contains reports on recent events, news, views and a detailed list of fixtures and training sessions. All contributions to the magazine are welcomed by the Editor.
In the winter there are monthly street events in the SW London area - details on http://sloweb.org.uk/.
The club also holds also coaching weekends two or three times a year, when we go away to areas with interesting terrain to practise orienteering techniques including compass and pacing work, contours etc.
In the summer (when the evenings are light!) we join with other local orienteering clubs such as Mole Valley and Croydon to put on a series of weekday evening training events in parks and common land within easy reach of public transport in the South London area.