Sarum at Old Sarum

Sarum Summer Series#5: Old Sarum

Another inspiring view
Inspiring view
The gathering.
The gathering.

A warm, sunny summer evening drew over 30 orienteers from Sarum and neighbouring clubs to the steep banks and ditches of Old Sarum for the fifth in the Sarum Summer Series of Club Nights. The sun was setting behind what was the original city of Salisbury making it cooler for running and better lighting for  photographer Shane Wilkinson.  This was by far the best turn out for our evening events, indeed Club Captain Charlotte had to rush home and print off some extra maps!

 

In keeping with the Summer Series theme of courses with a difference  Ricky and Charlotte had planned a fairly devious (so unlike them) score course with a new twist. It was a bit like map memory but you had a map, so memorising wasn’t the problem; it was identifying the next control from a snippet of map.

Different route choices
Different route choices
Distinctive ruined castle, what does that look like?
Distinctive ruined castle, what does that look like?
 Snakes and Ladders?
Snakes and Ladders?

 

 

 

 

 

Stuck in the defences
These defensive ditches work.
Concentration
Concentration
Why am I doing this?
Why am I doing this?

Runners were provided with a map on which only the odd numbered controls were marked; the even numbered ones were on the snippets fixed to the controls. All you had to do then was run the course visiting an odd control, then an even, then an odd and so on. Get it? Easy peasy really.  All those who took part seemed to enjoy the challenge, though a few found it somewhat confusing! Can’t think why.

 

So the Sun sets in the West - so that's where I am
The Sun sets in the West – so that’s where I am.
Anybody know that bloke at the end?
Anybody know that bloke at the end?

Sarum is blessed with two small but complex areas on which to run, Old Sarum and the Moot at Downton and with a bit of devious thinking a variety of challenges can be set to tickle the fancy of the summertime orienteer.  So far we’ve had the Club Championships at The Moot and the Old Sarum club evening. Watch out for the Moonraker Relays  – coming soon to a Moot near you!

 

Thanks to Shane Wilkinson for the photos more of which can be found here.