SARUM CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
The last few years have seen Sarum adding variety to the Club Championships by offering novel race formats in compact areas, such as the Moot at Downton, that support micro-sprint type events. This year the Championships were held in Churchill Gardens as part of the Sarum Summer Series midweek evening events.
Planner Joan Hambleton, last year’s Veteran Ladies Champion, came up with a different form of challenge – two line courses created out of straight lines only. Each course had an undeclared number of controls placed somewhere on the line, not necessarily on a feature, there were no control descriptions or codes given, some controls were common to both courses and controls might be visited more than once on a course. There were time penalties (30s) for controls missed or punched incorrectly (out of sequence or not on the course).
Competitors enjoyed a lovely, if cool, summer evening thinking their way round the courses. Many found the lack of information on control location and identity a bit unnerving at first but ran the second course with greater confidence, if not accuracy. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the experience and all found the format challenging and interesting. Working out the results was certainly a challenge but provisional results were available on the evening and the final list was confirmed the next day.
In addition to a good turnout from club members we were visited by a Beaver Colony. The bright blue shirts turned out to be Beavers from the 10th Salisbury Scouts out for an evening’s navigation training in the park. Having spotted some controls, the Leader came over to enquire about what was going on and soon leaped at the idea of her small charges having a go. So equipped with a map of the novice course off they went, rather like a swarm of locusts, hoovering up controls and gradually learning that not all were on their course. After half an hour or so of fun the Colony returned to take on calories kindly provided from the Leader’s biscuit tin. We took the opportunity to provide all sorts of information about future training in parks – you never know, they may return.
Coming back to the ‘professionals, congratulations to Hazel Cutler and Jeff Butt who are this years Senior Champions and also to our Vets. Champions, Charlotte Thornton and Ian Peirce, who will share the Muriel Ley Bowl. Next year it will be the new Champions’ responsibility to plan and deliver the 2017 Championship event. What will they come up with?
As ever, thanks go to Shane Wilkinson for finding time to take some great pictures as well as running the A & B courses.
SARUM CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 12th JULY 2016
|Name||Class||Club||A with controls||C with controls|
Senior Ladies Champion Hazel Cutler
Senior Mens Champion Jeff Butt
Senior Lady Vet Charlotte Thornton
Senior Mens Vet Ian Peirce