Sarum Summer Series#6: Hub Club
The South Wilts Sports Club (or Hub Club as we tend to call it) grounds at Skew Bridge in Salisbury were the focus for the final evening training/social session of the Summer.
Liz Y put on an interesting test of our knowledge of IOF symbols (and SWOA officials) some well known and some best described as obscure, combined with navigating round the sports fields.
Each control site posed two questions; a correct answer gave the location of the next control, an incorrect guess led you to another control that said ‘Wrong – go back’.
This worked well, except for one control where the (correct) identification of Christine Vince as SWOA Chair was deemed the wrong answer condemning at least one participant to a perpetual cycle between two controls (he was later rescued).
There was a good turn out which even included a visit from Wimborne’s Chris Brandford and a youngster from a nearby property who was intrigued by all the action and ended up doing several of Liz’s courses.
After everything was cleared away we repaired to the plush surroundings of the pavilion bar where coach Jeff Butt (finally released from his endless cycle between controls) gave us all an excellent briefing on what to expect at the Compass Sport Cup/Trophy to be held in Tankersley Wood near Sheffield in mid-October.
Maps from previous events were examined closely and the contour detail was positively scary. Jeff’s comments and advice added to the experience of others who had run the woods made it clear that the most important thing was not to lose contact with the map. A good example of more haste less speed perhaps. There will be much perusal of Route Gadget on the SYO website before the trek North. Let’s hope we can bring the Trophy back to Salisbury once more.
The evening was rounded off by presentations of the Club Championship Trophies. Joan presented joint Veterans Champions Ian and Charlotte with the Muriel Ley Bowl. Jeff Butt was then presented with the Senior Men’s Champion’s trophy by club Chairman Ian.
Photos by Shane Wilkinson and Peter Hambleton