SoutherN Night Championships

Pirbright Ranges

Report from Ian Peirce

This event was hosted by BAOC thanks to the great efforts of those officials who were keen to hold the event there and finally persuaded the authorities to allow the camp and ranges to be used for this event. There were some winning performances from a number of Sarum’s Night-O stalwarts.

It was a very cold night where marshals struggled to stay warm. However, once underway the conditions were good for running and NO RAIN, little wind and a full moon with a halo.

Courses started in the campus with a few urban type controls before heading out onto the firing ranges. There are 6 firing ranges with a band of woodlands in between each. This made interesting navigation, with runners having to cross wide open sections and then to be sure exactly where they were entering the woods. The woods themsleves were mainly runnable, with some areas of dead bracken to slow progress. I thoroughly enjoyed my Short Green course although a few classic errors crept in. I think we keep doing this sport in the hope that we will occasionally not keep making the same mistakes.

Notable good results by SARUM members were: Rob Ashton M35 1st and overall course winner; Kerry Larsen W45 1st; Charlotte Thornton W75 1st; Dan Cope M40 2nd. Well done to all.