Caddihoe Chase 2016
Over 20 Sarum members competed in this year’s Caddihoe Chase which took place on the adjacent maps of Godlingston Heath (Agglestone) and Rempstone Heath. On the first day, on the Agglestone map, heavy rain during the morning was followed by a mainly sunny afternoon – apart from a brief but very intense hailstone shower that soaked and chilled many – with views over Poole Harbour and Studland Bay that were easy on the eye. Unfortunately the running was not so easy on the legs partly due to the density of the undergrowth, the rough nature of the terrain and some very boggy bogs, added to which the map proved difficult to interpret at times, again possibly a result of the density of the ground cover in places. These seemed to be views shared by many judging from the conversations overheard afterwards in the Car Park.
The first day’s event was also designated as the SWOA Long Distance Championships and Ben Chesters came home with the M35 title. Jeff Butt was 1st in M50S and Peter Hambleton 1st in M70S despite being beaten into second place on the VSG course by Jackie Butt.
Generally, Day 2 of the Caddihoe is set up as a fairly fast race to maximise the excitement of the chasing start format. Not so this year! Rempstone forest proved to be a real physical challenge for just about everyone. Apart from the tracks and paths, much of what appeared runnable on the map proved not to be so in reality. The ground was peppered with drainage and planting ditches accompanied by small carefully hidden marshes all obscured by long grasses. Elsewhere, fallen trees and brashings added to the general misery and race times that were often longer than on Day 1. Anyone who thought that the level of complaints expressed in Car Park conversations on Day 1 had been high, this was nothing compared to Day 2. Having said this it was the same for everyone and orienteering is something of a self-inflicted pain experience.
Over the two days of the Chase Sarum achieved some very good results. Ben Chesters won on both days to take the M35 trophy convincingly. Charlotte Thornton ran a really hard race on Day two and, despite coming home drained, pulled up from her 3rd place on Day 2 to take the W70 trophy – a splendid performance.
Other notable results for the two days include Freda Peirce (W75, 2nd), Jeff Butt (M50S, 2nd), Dave Battison (M70, 5th), Ian Peirce (M70, 7th), Peter Hambleton (M70S, 1st), Denise Mullins (W65, 7th) and Harry Butt who ran the Green course, winning on both days.
Full results area available here.