Sarum at JK 2015

LtoR: Tom Butt, Ben, Chesters and Harry Butt retain the Men's Short Course, relay title
LtoR: Tom Butt, Ben, Chesters and Harry Butt retain the Men’s Short Course, relay title

24 Sarum Orienteers joined 3500 orienteers from countries around the globe to compete in the Jan Kjellstrom 2015 Orienteering festival held on four days over Easter in the Lake District. This is a major international competition that draws many of the world’s top orienteers including this year Frenchman Thierry Gueorgiou, the most successful orienteer ever with a host of World Championship titles to his name.

The first race was an urban sprint around the Lancaster University campus. Sarum’s best results came from Harry Butt, 12th in the M20 Elite class, with Carolyn Dent 9th in W50 and Charlotte Thornton 8th in W70.

Over the next two days the main individual competitions were held on typical technically and physically difficult Lakeland Fell and forest terrain at Ulpha Park and Bigland that proved a real test of orienteering skills. Sarum runners achieved some excellent results over the two days in the highly competitive field. Ben Chesters was 3rd in M35 Long class, Harry Butt 14th in M20 Elite, Tom Butt 87th in the top M21Elite class (won by World Champion Thierry Gueorgiou); Rob Ashton 9th , M21Long; Ian Pierce 10th, M70 Long; Peter Hambleton 2nd, 70 Short; Alan Yeadon 1st, M75 Short; Lucy Butt 31st, W21 Elite; Charlotte Thornton 14th, W70 Long.

Undoubtedly the best Sarum result of the weekend came on the final day in the relay races held in steep but runnable open forest at Graythwaite. Ben Chesters and brothers Harry and Tom Butt stormed round the Men’s open Short Course Beating nearest rivals Devon by 1 minute 46 seconds to retain the title that they won last year, a wonderful achievement. Harry Butt’s amazing second leg time 18 min. 49 sec. was the fastest on the day and a major factor in his team’s win.

Some of Sarum's JK 2015 Team after the relays; glad it's all over.

Some of Sarum’s JK 2015 Team after the         relays; glad it’s all over.




This article was the basis for the report that appeared in The Salisbury Journal 9th April, 2015.