Warminster Urban SEOUL Event

Orienteers take to the streets of Warminster

In Warminster’s second urban orienteering event organised by Liz Yeadon of Sarum Orienteers, 110 runners had to navigate their way around the streets, shopping centres and open land of this ancient Wiltshire town on a sunny Spring Sunday. The event, part of the Southern England Urban Orienteering League, comprised eight different courses devised by Planner Andy Southby that provided the competitors with some interesting route selection challenges.

The Men’s Open course saw Sarum’s Rob Ashton complete the 8.3k course with 25 controls in 58:42 min. well ahead of James Errington of Happy Hearts OC. Chloe Potter of Bristol OK (53:25) won the Women’s Open course (7.3k; 24 controls) from Megan Ashton of Sarum.  The Women’s Vet. race was won by Carol Prosser (British Army OC).  Adell Cooper took the Women’s Super Vet. title and Mary Nixon, formerly of Sarum but now running for Southampton OC, was the Women’s Ultra Vet. winner.

The Junior Women’s race was won by Ella May Rush (W12; BOK) retaining the title she won in the first Warminster race two year previously. Dan Gallagher of Sarum was the leading Men’s Vet., best Men’s Super Vet. was Peter Jones of Southern Navigators and David Fisher of Mole Valley the best Men’s Ultra Vet.  Harry Bratcher-Howard won the Junior Men’s class and the Open Novice course was won by Marissa Hughes of Thames Valley OC.

Judging from the comments heard at the download desk the courses were much enjoyed by everyone so a big thank you to Andy Southby (Planner), Charles Bromley Gardner (Controller), Liz Yeadon (Organiser) and the many Sarum volunteers who worked on the Start, Registration and Computer teams and put out and collected controls; and a big thank you to all the runners who turned out to make it all seem worthwhile.

For those who experienced a lack of split times on first download printout we apologise although this seemed to have resulted, in some instances at least, from a difference between the brick number registered for pre-entry and that used on the run. Whatever, Brian ( The Brain) Hart sorted it all out on the day so no harm done.

Results are available here.

Photographs from a 15 minute slot at the start are available here – until July.

Hope to see you all at Sarum’s next event on Sunday July 8th at Dinton Park (details here)