Posts from 2016

Santa Swings by Sarum Social at Skew Bridge

Sarum Orienteers holding their Christmas Social in the comfortable surroundings of the Hub Club at Skew Bridge were delighted that, yet again, Santa Claus found time to park his sleigh and reindeer and drop in to give his festive greetings and to preside over the ritual exchange of presents.     As ever Santa’s knee…

Amesbury in the Dark

On a cold November night 45 intrepid orienteers assembled in The New Inn in Amesbury to try out the new urban orienteering map of Amesbury in a Wessex Night League event. The event was a Score type with a few twists organised by Sarum Orienteers’ Charlotte Thornton. There were thirty controls to visit in the…

Classic Weekend

A Classic Weekend Sarum and SOC worked together to put on a great weekend of orienteering by combining the second Salisbury City Race with the November Classic/Southern Championships offering very different challenges to 900 orienteers from clubs as far apart as Cornwall and Cumbria. We orienteers are generally used to preparing to run in forests…

SARUM Galoppen 2016

Sarum Galoppen and SCOA League Event 2016   A glorious still, sunny autumn morning greeted runners to the 2016 Sarum Galoppen in Collingbourne Woods. The sunshine glinting through the trees onto the Beech leaves carpeting the assembly area gave no indication to the eager competitors of the hard struggles that lay ahead.   As with…

SARUM chase Caddihoe success

Caddihoe Chase 2016 Over 20 Sarum members competed in this year’s Caddihoe Chase which took place on the adjacent maps of Godlingston Heath (Agglestone) and Rempstone Heath. On the first day, on the Agglestone map, heavy rain during the morning was followed by a mainly sunny afternoon – apart from a brief but very intense…

SARUM at Skew Bridge

Sarum Summer Series#6: Hub Club The South Wilts Sports Club (or Hub Club as we tend to call it) grounds at Skew Bridge in Salisbury were the focus for the final evening training/social session of the Summer. Liz Y put on an interesting test of our knowledge of IOF symbols (and SWOA officials) some well…

TrialO

TrialO No, not a spelling mistake, this really was a trial of the new map of the National Trust property of Dinton Park and Phillips House produced by Liz and Alan Yeadon. The original intent was to install a permanent O course in the Park. This is still an objective but the National Trust, through…

Mootraker

DOWNTON MOOT SAVES THE MOONRAKER RELAY The late loss of access to the Bulford Ridges area nearly caused this year’s Moonraker Relay to be cancelled. Thanks to a bit of creative thinking and a determination not to be beaten the bright idea of using the Moot at Downton saved this popular event from disappearing from…

Sarum at Old Sarum

Sarum Summer Series#5: Old Sarum A warm, sunny summer evening drew over 30 orienteers from Sarum and neighbouring clubs to the steep banks and ditches of Old Sarum for the fifth in the Sarum Summer Series of Club Nights. The sun was setting behind what was the original city of Salisbury making it cooler for…

Croeso y Gymru – again.

CROESO 2016 Whilst Emily Benham was winning Gold medals in Portugal seventeen club stalwarts joined nearly 1600 competitors (that makes us over 1% of the runners) at Croeso 2016 in South Wales for a week of mixed weather, mixed terrain and mixed fortunes. The first two days (long and middle distance) were run over the…