On perhaps the first genuinely pleasant Spring day of 2023 over 200 orienteers competed in the Sarum Saunter held at Great Ridge. At this time of the year the undergrowth is at its best allowing runners to experience the better aspects of the forest (steep inclines excepted). Andrew Graham planned some excellent courses and the event went smoothly thanks to first time organiser Ian Tait assisted by Liz Yeadon. Thanks also to Chris Kelsey (BOK) for controlling the event.
The usual enthusiastic Sarum volunteers were there to help run everything smoothly. One unexpected ocurrence was the, albeit low, number of runners who set off with the wrong map for their course, despite being advised to check their map before running off: very strange.
New style spectacles from Compass Point were very much in evidence, showing the eagerness of orienteers to try anything new in the way of kit. Not sure that one particular item (on right) will catch on, cute though it looks.
Full results for this event can be found here.
Look out for details of Sarum’s next event: the Amesbury Urban, part of the UKUL and SEOUL series, to be held on April 23rd.