Ian Peirce

Chairman’s Message

SARUM Orienteers is a relatively small family friendly club that draws its members mainly from around South Wiltshire.  We are well established and have all the equipment necessary to run our own events.

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body.  The aim is to navigate around a number of control points marked on a specially drawn map, deciding on the best route to complete the course in the quickest time possible.

As well as the national league and local leagues, SARUM Orienteers has its own league which works on a handicap basis.

We stage a number of events each year, varying from major national events to local informal events. All ages (toddlers to 90 year olds) and capabilities (beginners to experienced athletes) are catered for, with a range of courses to select from. There are also many orienteering clubs throughout the UK, that hold excellent events, so there is rarely a weekend that doesn’t offer an opportunity. You can compete as an individual or simply enjoy the experience of completing a course as a group.

SARUM Orienteers organize training evenings for both new and experienced orienteers. You do not need to be a member to come to any of our events or training evenings. However, annual club membership is cheap (Adults £3, Juniors £2) and brings with it a host of advantages.

We have an excellent quarterly club magazine, SCAN, which keeps you up to date on all the news and events.

Our club actively tries to encourage family participation and we are fortunate in having several qualified coaches. We organize junior events in conjunction with local schools and are Clubmark sport accredited.

We have mapped a number of local areas for orienteering use and are looking to add further areas. In addition, we maintain several Permanent Courses in the area which are available for use any time.

Most orienteering events are held in areas of natural beauty, usually forests or heathland. It is a unique way to enjoy beautiful terrain which you may otherwise never have visited. Other orienteering events can take place in country parks or even around the streets of Salisbury!

The best way to try the sport is to come along to an orienteering event and try a course. There is no need to have any coaching or practice beforehand – first-hand experience is the best way to try out the sport.

For details of upcoming events see the SARUM events page.