On Feb. 21st 2015 74 orienteers from South Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Somerset competed in an event organised by Sarum Orienteers in Vernditch Wood near Martin on behalf of the Dorset Schools League. The day started damp & chilly and spades were needed to patch up the road, where Forestry vehicles had gouged out a section of the track, before competitors could access the competition area. The woods were rather muddy, due to much very recent Forestry work but there were still several really runnable areas. It was great to see so many children enjoying their runs.
Best performance of the day came from Sarum’s own Ben Chesters who won the hardest (Blue) course by 8 ½ minutes with Hazel Cutler, of Sarum, winning the Light Green Course, also by 8 ½ minutes. Mum Janet Thirkell and twin daughters Matilda and Alice all finished close together on the Yellow course which was won by local lads Ben and Theo Cochrane.
After sun set the activity continued with a Wessex Night League competition where competitors used head torches to seek out the control sites. The winner was Dale Paget of Wessex Orienteers scoring 390 points in under the 1 hour limit, 80 points more than second placed Tim Houlder of Wimborne.
[This post was reproduced in The Salisbury Journal and Sport4Salisbury as part of a short report on recent Club events.]