Butts, Benhams and Sarum Bunnies

Butts, Benhams and other SARUM Bunnies Frolic in JK Easter Sunshine.

JK2017 relay startemSarum Orienteers joined 2000 other runners from across the UK and Europe to compete in the 4-Day international JK 2017 Orienteering Festival held over an amazingly sunny Easter weekend this year in the South of England.  This was the 50th edition of British Orienteering’s major event which was established to celebrate the life of Jan Kjellstrom from Sweden, the man who introduced orienteering to this country.

The weekend kicked off with an Urban Sprint race around the campus of Brunel University. This was followed by two days of individual cross country races at Ambersham common, near Midhurst, and Holmbrook, near Crawley; for these it was performance over the two races that decided the winners. The Festival ended, as usual, with an intense day of relay races at Pippingford Park in the heart of Ashdown Forest. Sarum runners achieved some good personal performances over the JK weekend with the Butt family pulling out some good results – including one top of the podium finish.

JK2017 Sprint Nigel Benhamem JK2017 Sprint Dave Mullinsem JK2017 Relays Jeff ButtemIn the Sprint Races Lucy Butt (W21) took 16th place in the Women’s Elite race, Jeff Butt was 29th in M50,  Jackie Butt 21st in W50.  Another good sprint result came from Charles Bromley Gardner (10th,M55).






JK 2017 Jack Benham JK 2017 Martin Goddard JK 2017 Nigel Benham JK2017 Day 2 Freda at last controlemIn the combined cross country events the Benhams, not to be outdone, also came home with some good results with Jack taking overall 3rd in M21, Nigel 6th in M55S and Lucy 7th in W21S.

Lucy Butt took a fine 5th place overall in W21Elite and Jackie Butt 17th in W50L. Keeping up the good results from the ladies Joan Hambleton took 4th place in W75L and Charlotte Thornton 7th in W70L. Charles Bromley Gardner was 31st overall in M55L with Martin Goddard coming in 15th overall in M55, putting in a good show for the middle-aged white male.

JK2017 Men's Short Relay winners Sarum All ButtsemSpot Charlotte aJK 2017 relays Dave MUndoubtedly the best Sarum result came on the last day with the Sarum All Butts relay team (Lucy, Tom and Harry) triumphing over 45 other teams in the Men’s Short Race (mixed gender teams are allowed!) to win by nearly 2 minutes.

Jack Benham ran in the Ad hoc race as part of the winning Hadeland OL team together with Ellen Marie Ariansen and Hans Jørgen Kvåle.






There were lots of other good personal performances from Sarum runners and to see the complete results click here.

Photos used here are by Rob Lines, Wendy Carlyle, Will Heap, Peter Hambleton and Denise Mullins. The full Lines, Haep and Carlyle portfolios are available via this link.

The next big weekend in the South is a local one courtesy of Sarum Orienteers and NWO who have joined to put on the Ancient Wiltshire Weekend 29th-30th April.