A dark November evening was brightened by the headlights of orienteers who took to the streets of Salisbury to compete in a Wessex Night Orienteering League event organised by Sarum Orienteers. Sarum’s Ian Peirce planned the challenging courses which required runners to visit three separate sets of controls within an hour. All controls in each set had to be visited before moving on to the next set. The sequence of collecting controls was optional so decisions on where to move from one set to another proved critical in determining the winner.
An excellent turnout of over 40 saw Sarum’s Dan Cope take the honours by collecting all controls in under 51:45 minute two minutes ahead of Peter Suba (Wessex OC). Dan Gallagher of Sarum was 4th in 54:27. In all eight runners managed to complete the clean sweep in under the hour and collect the maximum 500 points. Sarum’s Lucy Wilkinson (W13) put in a fine performance to gain 13th place collecting 460 points in under the hour and outscoring many senior class runners.
These are early early days for the current Wessex Night League but in the Open Class relative newcomer Alan Blanchflower (WSX) is showing how to do it. His club mate Peter Suba is currently lying second and determined to improve on his last year’s performance. Jo Pickering (Wimborne OC)) is leading lady with Tereza Rush(Bristol OK) not far behind with no less than five ladies in the top twelve runners. In the Handicap Class ex-Sarum runner Carolyn Dent (BOK) has set her stall out with Charlotte Thornton (Sarum) doing the chasing and Cath Pike (WIM) not too far behind; following is the first man Mike Frizzell (Basingstoke) in 4th overall.
Event results are available here.