240 orienteers travelled from as far away as Cornwall and Ayr to take part in the Sarum Saunter in Grovely Wood. Although the woodland looks to be open the thick undergrowth makes some parts of the wood very difficult to run through at speed making route choice important. Mark White wrestled with the terrain and late map updates to produce some challenging courses with the insightful assistance of Controller John Warren. Despite the challenges, or because of them, the feedback at Download was that most competitors enjoyed themselves and appreciated what Sarum had put on offer.
The top Brown course was won by Clive Hallett (M50) of Bristol Orienteering Klub just 58 seconds ahead of Sarum’s Rob Ashton (M21). Alex Buck (M18) of Sarum took 13th place well ahead of Dad Jim (25th). The Blue course was won by Colin Dickson (British Army OC); Martin Goddard was the best paced Sarum runner (13th). Green course winner was Lucy Tonge (W16; Bristol OK) with Gwyn Davies (M60) best placed Saruml runner (29th). The Short Green also was won by Sue Hands (W65) from Wimborne OC with Charlotte Thornton (W70; Sarum) in 6th place.
Light Green winner was Oliver Tonge (M14) with Ella May Rush (W10) winning both Orange and Yellow courses and
Charlotte Slade winning the White course, only the second time she had run a course on her own – a notable achievement.
Thanks to the efforts of Organiser Charles Bromley Gardner and the Team Leaders Many of the Sarum helpers were able to get a run themsleves.
The full results are available here.
Gallery available here.
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