A competitive contingent of 45 Sarum Orienteers joined 300 others at Cold Ash woods near Hermitage in Berkshire to compete in the regional qualifying heat of the National Compass Sport Cup and Trophy competitions. Sarum were up against Guildford (GO), Basingstoke and District (BADO) and North Wiltshire (NWO) orienteering clubs in the Trophy competition for small clubs. Sarum has a proud record of success in the competition and but getting through the qualifying round can be tough going. Getting a good club turn out is key to success and yet again Sarum’s club commitment paid dividends.
This year the seniors and veterans ran well, compensating for Sarum not being able to field full teams in the junior classes, taking the club through to the national final to be held in Devon in October. With the best 13 scores to count, Sarum (1285 points) beat rivals Guildford (1275), BADO (1248) and NWO (1131).
Tom Butt claimed 98 points on the Brown despite having a major shoe malfunction that meant he ran much of the course with no soles! This self-sacrifice won Tom the famous SARUM GOLDEN SHOE of FAME (sometimes SHAME)!
Chris Huthwaite (100 points) and Daniel Gallagher (99) took top honours on the Short Brown course (9.0km, climb 210m, 23 controls) with Lucy Butt (100) and sister Alice (99) making a clean sweep of the top places on the Women’s Blue course (7.4km, climb 190m, 18 controls).
Other key Sarum results came on the Men’s Blue from Mark White (98) and Charles Bromley Gardner (95), Women’s Green (Jackie Butt, 99; Lisa White, 98), Men’s Green (Paul Lane, 100), Vets Short Green (Ian Peirce,100; Brian Hart, 99).
Other notable results were from Kerry Larsen (98, Women’s Blue), Hazel Cutler (93, Women’s Green), Jan Belza (98, Vets Short Green), Lucy Wilkinson (92, Women’s Orange). Many others contributed through their scores relegating those of runners from competing clubs.
In the Compass Sport Cup competition for large clubs, with 25 best scores counting, Southern Navigators (2427 points) beat Thames Valley OC (2406) and event organisers BKO (2387)
Sarum Orienteers’ next event is the Ancient Wiltshire Weekend combining urban orienteering in Amesbury April 29th with North Wilts OC’s event in Savernake Forest on April 30th. Check for details here.
The majority of photos on this page are courtesy of David Jukes (BKO). A full selection of images from the event are available via the BKO website – look under Results for Compass Sport Cup. Thanks to Liz Yeadon and Freda Peirce for other images.
The Compass Sport Final will be held in Devon on the Virtuous Lady map on 22nd October. Please put this in your diary now. A big Sarum turnout could win us the Trophy.
A version of this report appeared in the Salisbury Journal of 23rd March, 2017.