For quite a few years now Sarum has been bringing the experience of orienteering to primary schools in the S. Wiltshire area. From this has developed the Forest League in which schools compete to send teams to the annual Wiltshire Games in Marlborough to compete against teams from schools all over the county.
Orienteering has been included as a sport for the Wiltshire Games for the past 6 years. This year there were 15 schools competing each of which brought 10 children, all of whom ran in pairs. The teams from all over the County were selected through heats had been held in May & June in the different areas – Salisbury/ Warminster/ Avon Valley/ Swindon & the North with the Forest League forming the Salisbury area heats.
The course in the grounds of Marlborough College covered 1.7km over the top 3 cricket fields with the runners collecting 18 controls. Each pair in the team had a different variant of the map to test their skills and to avoid following! For the results, the quickest 3 times from accurate results for each team were added together to give the final results. The winners this year were 1st – St Marks School (Salisbury); 2nd – Meadow Park ( Swindon) and 3rd – Great Bedwyn (Avon Valley). It was great that the winning team from St. Marks School included two Sarum Juniors, Finn McCormack and Macey Harris both of whom came into the sport through our after-school club
Details of training opportunities for juniors run by Sarum can be found here.