WSX open the door to normality with Rushmore event.

Rushmore: Chase Park

Many thanks to WSX for putting on this event which helped spread much joy amongst our local orienteering community, as we were once again permitted outdoor sporting activities. Whilst this may not be the end of the Covid -19 pandemic at least we do have cause for hope.  Being able, once more, to make fundamental errors whilst navigating through forest on a bright sunny day does help to improve one’s view of life. It was really uplifting to see friends not seen for many months, even if one couldn’t remember their names or recognise them beneath all that hair. Let’s hope that things continue to improve and that we don’t have to close down life yet again.

Sarum had a great turnout with 42 club members running. It was lovely to see so many of our juniors, most of whom seemed to be twice as tall as when last seen orienteering. There were some excellent results with George Ashton (M4, competing in M10) coming third on his very first White course with Dad,  Rob,  top M35 on the Brown course and  Mum, Megan, leading W35 on Blue. Other excellent results were Chris Huthwaite, who won the Green course, Lisa Cook (5th on Light Green), Bea Halsey (W16) 2nd on Orange, Dan Robertson (M14) 1st on Yellow and Sophie Harris (W10) 2nd on White. Overall our juniors put in great performances and few of our seniors showed much evidence of  rustiness, your reporter excepted, who was in dire need of some WD40.

Full results for this event can be found here.

The event gave the opportunity for Joan Hambleton, Club Statistician, to present Rob Ashton with the Ron Ley Trophy for winning the 2019/20 Sarum Club Galloppen. Alongside Rob and Joan is Ian Pierce, the previous holder, who had taken time out of a busy as event controller life to shine up the trophy specially for the occasion. Four year old George, fresh from completing his first White course, has his eye on winning this year’s Galloppen.

Many thanks to everyone at WSX  and all the officials and helpers for giving us all such a good day out.