SARUM SAUNTER 2019: GREAT RIDGE report.

Sarum Saunter 2019

Après nous, le déluge: The calm before the storm.

You have to be pleased for Martin and Pat. After a delay of 12 months the Sarum Saunter on Great Ridge finally took place. Gone were the snows that caused two cancellations last year, albeit replaced by gales and two spectacular hailstorms and the inevitable mud. Despite the impact of the weather on travel, especially for WIGHTO members, 274 runners managed to make it to the event.

Martin’s courses clearly lasted the test of time – a whole year – and seemed to have been enjoyed by most runners. Although the bracken is down this early in the year the brambles still made some cross country route choices hard going and painful, so paths and extraction lanes were often the preferred route choices in the most affected areas.

Most courses were well populated with Green (57 runners), Blue (40), Short Green (40) and Short Blue (35) being the most popular. It was good to see such a big turnout from the home club with 45 Sarum runners, not to mention those Sarum helpers who were too busy helping to run.

Full results are available here but notable Sarum results include Dan Cope (2nd on Brown), Paul Lane (2nd; Blue), Mark White (4th; Green), Hugh Holmes (6th; Light Green), Andrew Graham (6th; Short Blue), Dan Gallagher (2nd;Short Brown), Tom and Will Halsey (1st & 2nd; Short Green), Dan Robertson (1st; Yellow), Georgie Roberston (3rd; White). There was a big turnout by Sarum Juniors on the Orange course with Toby Halsey coming 4th, Ben Jacobs 5th, Cam Jacobs 8th, Bea Halsey 9th and Elara Jacobs 10th. Try as they might they couldn’t catch course winner Sarah Robertson but as Sarah runs W40 perhaps this isn’t surprising.

Thanks must go to everyone involved in putting on the event; Planner Martin Goddard, Controller Chris Kelsey and Organiser Pat Hart. Pat was unable to be there on the day, being unwell but Denise Mullins stood in for Pat on the day. Thanks also to all those on Registration, Results, Start and the all important control collection afterwards.

Next on the Sarum calendar are the Compass Sport Trophy followed by the club dinner before it’s heads down to prepare for the JK at Easter.