Club News

Sarum Stars Shine in the Nights

  Penn Wood, one of the largest ancient woodlands in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was the venue for this year’s Southern Night Orienteering Championships organised by Thames Valley OC.   Much has been made in the news this week about the super-Moon in the night sky but this was surely eclipsed by…

NIGHTLIGHTS IN SALISBURY

A dark November evening was brightened by the headlights of orienteers who took to the streets of Salisbury to compete in a Wessex Night Orienteering League event organised by Sarum Orienteers. Sarum’s Ian Peirce planned the challenging courses which required runners to visit three separate sets of controls within an hour. All controls in each…

Junior Club Nets a Winner

Set up thanks to a grant from Sport England, Sarum’s new Junior Club has just completed a very successful half term of training sessions that have proved a great hit with the children. To date we have had 18 children participate, 12 of those being newcomers. Phil Conway has devised an exciting programme for the…

CARDI-O

CARDI-O I guess I first realised something was very wrong at the Compass Sport Trophy qualifying event at Cold Ash. My usual warm up seemed hard work but I felt OK after a jog to the start. The problem came when I set off on my first leg, after about 60 metres I felt as…

Compass Sport Trophy Final

Brian Fails to Dampen Spirits Concerns that Brian’s violent actions might disrupt the week proved unwarranted in the end. This is Storm Brian, of course, not our esteemed Chairman. By Sunday the winds and rain had abated considerably and it was probably just the slippery mud that caused most grief, especially on the steeper wooded…

SARUM GALOPPEN 2017

Foxbury Bares its Teeth Nearly 300 orienteers gathered at Foxbury, near Wellow on the edge of the New Forest, for this year’s Sarum Galoppen, organised by Sarum Orienteers’ Pat Hart and Kerry Larsen. Foxbury is a National Trust heathland restoration project but the open terrain is deceptive and provides orienteering food for thought. Since it…

Junior Club Starts with a BANG

The children at Sarum Orienteers Junior Club’s first training session all agreed that orienteering is great fun. Club development Officer Phil Conway took six young enthusiasts, aged from 6 -13, through some fitness exercises before getting down to some basic map reading and navigation skills. After familiarising themselves with the electronic punching system they got…

BIG GRANT FOR SMALL CLUB

Sport England supports Junior Club initiative Sport England has awarded Sarum Orienteering Club a grant of £8865 towards the costs of a project aimed at growing participation in the sport. The Sarum Greenshoots project will establish a weekly after school junior club to give experience of the sport to youngsters and families new to orienteering…

Moon over Dinton Park

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…