In glorious spring sunshine over 550 orienteers from as far away as Cornwall and Surrey competed at Hollands Wood near Brockenhurst in the regional qualifying heat of the National Compass Sport Cup and Trophy competitions. The open deciduous forest offered fast, if not technical, running. The lack of highly technical ground was offset to some extent by the saturated ground that ensured there was plenty of deep mud to make things difficult. As Joan said, ‘It was all Bog and Bearings’.
Sarum has a great record in the Trophy competition for smaller clubs but having failed to qualify last year we were determined to put in a top performance this year. Thirtyeight runners from the club all ran exceptionally well to ensure the win that sent us through to the national final to be held in South Yorkshire in October. With the best 13 scores to count, Sarum (1280 points) beat rivals Guildford (1269), Wessex (1246), Basingstoke & District (1231), Mole Valley, (1206), North Wilts (1184) and Kerno (1069).
It was important that there was a good club turnout as we were under represented in several classes and although lower scores may not count in the winning total they can depress the scores of opponents. Ben Chesters scored a maximum 100 points in the top Brown course with Harry Butt (Short Brown), Lucy Butt (Women’s Blue), Ian Peirce (Short Green) and Hazel Cutler (Junior Ladies Short Green) also gaining maximum scores.
Other notable Sarum results came from Charles Bromley Gardner and Colin Metcalfe (Blue, 98 and 97 respectively), Lisa White and Jackie Butt (Women’s Green, 99 and 96), Gwyn Davies and Alex Thomson (Men’s Green, 97 and 96), Peter Hambleton (S. Green, 99), Toby Huthwaite (Junior Men’s S. Green, 98). Full results are available here.
Lucy Butt’s cake stall raised over £150 towards Leukaemia Research.
In the Compass Sport Cup competition for large clubs, with 25 best scores counting, Southdowns Orienteers (2298 points) progressed to the finals just 5 points ahead of South London (2293), with Wimborne (2283), Southern Navigators (2274), Thames Valley (2265), Southampton (2212) and Berkshire (2178) taking the minor places.
Sarum Orienteers’ next events are at Grovely on March 20th and Warminster (Urban race) on April 17th. See you there.
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This post formed the basis of a report in the Salisbury Journal 17th March, 2016