SARUM Galoppen 2019

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SARUM Galoppen 2019: Sidbury Hill

Après le deluge (with apologies to Marie Antoinette).

Pity the poor Planner setting out controls on Sidbury Hill for three hours in a torrential downpour on the previous day. That’s part of what was necessary to ensure that this year’s Sarum Galoppen went ahead on time. Mercifully, on the day there was bright sunshine to make things seem almost pleasant again. There was still a cold wind to contend with and conditions underfoot were very wet and, as a bonus, Highland Cattle were present in the rough and complex hill fort circle to add an element of surprise to the unwary orienteer.

The bad weather running up to the event may well have discouraged some from but still about 200 competed on the day and the vast majority seemed to have enjoyed the challenges of the courses planned by Planner Chris Huthwaite despite the added difficulty of overgrown vegetation in some areas. Two or three sets of close controls led to a few mis-punching errors – always check the control number – but most avoided this problem.

Former Sarum member Ben Chesters, now Devon, had a storming run on the Brown course with a winning time of 64.53 well ahead of second placed Matthew Pickering of UBOC (72.36). Sarum Team Captain Dan Gallagher was highest placed home runner (6th, 81.16) with Polly Jacobs coming home in 17th place (134.31) ahead of Simon Tarrant (141.04).

The Blue course was won by James Clemence (SWOC, 54.18) with Ian Peirce of Sarum in 34th (90.46).  John Orton of neighbours NWO won Green (47.16) With Andrew Graham of Sarum 3rd (49.07). On Short Green Neil Connelly (BOK), 50.58) came in just ahead of Helen Sharp (SWOC, 51.32) with our own David Oxenham taking 3rd place (54.22) and Charlotte Thornton 4th (65.51). Light Green was won by Harry Bratcher-Howard (WIM, 35.14), Orange by Max Johansson (NGOC) who pipped his brother Tom by just 39 seconds. Isaac Tarrant of Sarum ran well to take 4th place (39.17) and Elara Jacobs came 7th (47.01). Max Duncan (Sarum) won the Yellow course and White was won by James Corkery (19.24).

It was good to see so many of Sarum’s juniors out and and putting in good runs and also great to see our President Ron Ley striding out. There can’t be many clubs where membership ages span nearly 90 years.

Perhaps the most impressive run of the day was on the Brown course by Eddie Tarrant (M10) who completed the mammoth course under his own steam in a time of 178.08; that really was amazing.

Thanks must go to our extremely well hydrated Planner, Chris Huthwaite, Controller Bernie Fowler and Organiser Mark White for putting on the event and to the usual gang of hard working Sarum volunteers who helped make everything trundle along smoothly on the day. The Computer and Registration teams spent the whole day in a very cold barn, out of the sunshine, and so appreciated the supply of Onosh’s hot chocolate that the Organiser so kindly provided.

Full results can be found here.

Our club photographer Shane Wilkinson was out and about with his camera and we thank him for all the images in this report.  A full gallery of Shane’s photos can be found here until the end of the year.

Sarum’s next event is a Wessex Night League in Salisbury on 11th November. Check the website for details.