Mooning at Dinton Park
This year’s Moonraker Relays were held at the charming and unexpected Dinton Park, to the West of Wilton, with the very kind permission of The National Trust and local ranger Paul Rowland. The parkland stretches out below Phillips House which, although largely empty and not open to the public, is sought after by film and TV companies making period dramas, including the next series of The Crown. This was the first time the map had been used for a full orienteering event and we’re delighted to add this to our growing portfolio of small but challenging areas. The novelty of a new map encouraged 70 runners to take part, including a number of juniors.
Planner Liz Yeadon was able to devise four interesting courses for the race. Teams of three had to run each course twice with no individual running a course more than once. For each map there was an EMIT timing brick which was started once, on the first run, but passed through the finish punch as each runner completed the course. This apparently simple method caused some confusion – in one Sarum Team at least.
The Park itself looks deceptively open and simple but the courses incorporated quite a lot of climb, which many of us felt in the hot sunshine, and the profusion of individually mapped trees required offered opportunities to mispunch, willingly taken up by several teams.
In the senior competition BOK took all the honours with BOK Raiders having a handicap time of 63.23 with BOK Marauders just pipping WSX Raiders to take second place, despite incurring a 5 point penalty for a missed control. The junior race was won by Wim Whippersnappers in 38.23 ahead of WSX Girls (39.15) and Sarum Superstars (56.39).
Organiser Charlotte Thornton secured a hot sunny day for the event and everyone enjoyed enhancing their tan, even if the odd horsefly managed to get in on the act. Thanks again to The National Trust and Paul Rowland for their permission and support for the event. We’ll be back!
Details of Sarum’s next training evening can be found here.
Our next big event is at Foxbury.