A tremendous all round team effort saw Sarum emerge as winners of the Compass Sport Trophy Heat event at Roundhills Nr. Brockenhurst in The New Forest. It may seem at first that the only results that matter are those of the course winners and high scorers but without depth in numbers and the vibrant spirit that results from a large club turnout we wouldn’t have made it through. There was fierce competition from our neighbouring clubs but, in the end, Sarum made it through to the national final for the first time in several years by overcoming WIM to win by a mere six points; just as at Waterloo, the nearest run thing.
New Team Captain Dan Gallagher did a wonderful job of persuading so many from Sarum to turn out and run. We had a big complement of our best runners with Emily and Hans Jorgen Kvale giving a Scandinavian boost to the team. Recent growth in membership has also given us a strength and depth across most classes that have been missing in recent years. It’s also great to see so many youngsters and parents turning out to compete and support in the competition. They will make their full impact in future years.
We had some truly outstanding results. In the Trophy competition, Hans Jorgen Kvale and Rob Ashton scored100 and 99 points respectively on the Brown course. On Short Brown, Team Captain Dan Gallagher gave an Alun Wyn Jones (sorry, couldn’t resist getting in a Wales Grand Slam reference) performance to take 99 points. On Women’s Blue, Lucy Butt took 100 points and Emily Benham Kvale 98 points. On Men’s Blue Mike James scored 99; on Women’s green Jackie Butt emulated Lucy with 100 points; Paul Lane scored a maximum on Men’s Green with Mark White claiming 98 points. In the Short Green Vets race, WIM’s Chris Branford (100) just pipped Sarum’s Ian Peirce (99) by 4 seconds with Peter Hambleton scoring 98. On Junior Men’s Green, Tom Halsey, despite a significant error, kept up the effort and came home with 98 points. Super Vet Charlotte Thornton took 98 from their short green race to complete the winning Sarum score of 1286 points and clear our way to the final on Sunday 20th October in Pippingford Park near Crowborough in Sussex.
There were many other excellent individual runs that space prevents from detailing here but some performances from our young juniors are worthy of mention including Ben Jacobs (4th on Orange Men). If he had not had to recover his shoe from deep mud Ben would certainly have taken 3rd place, if not 1st. On the Yellow EOD course Jamie Harris and Bea Halsey took 1st and 2nd places with Cam and Elara Jacobs 5th and 6th. Full results from the event can be found here – well worth a look.
Club Captain Dan Gallagher said ‘Thank you to all who competed yesterday. What an achievement for the Club to beat our local rivals and secure a place in this year’s final. Every single one of us payed a part in securing this result, whether you secured points towards the club score or by beating rival runners. The family atmosphere at th etent was amazing and I would like persoanlly to thank Ricky, Liz and Alan for supporting the club with your time, even though you didn’t have a run out’.
Many thanks to everyone, runners and supporters, for making this such a memorable day – and for the scrumptious cakes!
Just click HERE to go to a GALLERY of photos from Brian, Alan and Polly to see just about everyone in action.
Remember to keep 20th October free in the diaries for the final at Pippingford Park. We need another good turnout to make that final push for the podium successful.