What a great evening we had at the Club Dinner at Wellow Golf Club on Friday night! Thank you all for coming and contributing to a lovely atmosphere. It was the largest turn out yet with 48 members signing up but 2 unable to turn up due to illness. This is Sarum’s biggest social event of the year and a great opportunity to meet and greet friends and rival competitors not covered in mud!
After the plates had all been cleared and coffee served it was time for the presentation of Sarum’s orienteering awards. Dan Cope started this off with yet another brilliant idea to entertain us – thank you Dan. His description of the “Orienteering Plonker” caused a lot of laughter and touched us all.
We are fortunate to have many Sarum Juniors with very promising talent. The Junior award winners this year were Isaac Tarrant, who deservedly received the Pam Errington Trophy for Most Improved Youngster; Bea Halsey was Top Junior Girl and Eddie Tarrant Top Junior Boy.
The Martin Cochrane Trophy is awarded to someone who has given great service to the Club and this year Ricky Thornton was the well deserved recipient.
Ricky Thornton has been an active member of the club for years. He was the heart and soul of the Club with his positive infectious humour – the instigator of the golden Shoe and the Club fun awards, which he made for many years. He always took an active part in the practical side of the club. He made the results board and the light fixture for night events. He enjoyed playing Father Christmas making a guest appearance at the New Years Day event!!
Despite his serious illness, Ricky still turns up to events and helps when he can. We would all like to thank him for his good humour and his excellent contribution to the Club over many years. The Martin Cochrane Trophy goes to Ricky Thornton for his major contributions to Sarum Orienteering Club.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Jan Belza
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jan Belza who has been in the Club since the dawn of time and has done more organising, planning, controlling and mapping over many years than any other member of Sarum. Not only has his organising , planning, controlling and mapping been of the highest order but he has also introduced many soldiers to orienteering. In fact John Cook, whom we asked to make the trophy, was delighted because he was introduced by Jan to orienteering in Winsen Aller in Germany in 1978. Jan was also fixture secretary for a very long time working in collaboration with the Army before the spectre of the DIO took form. It gives us great pleasure to give this Lifetime Achievement Award to such an unassuming, hard working, dependable and thoroughly likeable member of Sarum – Jan Belza.
The Galoppen competition runs annually from September to September, with a minimum of 6 qualifying events to count. The winner of the Ron Ley trophy for 2018/19 was Ian Peirce whose consistent competitiveness was justly rewarded.
A close runner up was Rob Ashton with Mike James, Paul Lane and Peter Hambleton in, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
Dan Robertson was the leading Junior with Bea Halsey 2nd and Ben Jacobs 3rd.
The current interim Table for 2019/20 is available on the Home Page.
Thanks also to Dan Cope for making some very innovative special trophies, for members of the Club who each made, in some way, a memorable contribution to the Club over the past year. The winners can be seen in the Gallery below.
And finally…. Jeff Butt looked shocked to receive the “Trousers and Socks” award. These items were left at the Compass sport Trophy by Jeff’s future Son in Law!!!
A final thank you to Wellow Golf Club for hosting our Dinner once more, to the cook and all the staff and to Pat for organising it all. See you all next year.