The rain stayed away, yet again, for December’s junior training session which took place at South Wilts Sport Club field at Skew Bridge. Despite competition from birthday parties 15 enthusiastic youngsters turned out again on a dark night, together with their enthusiastic Mums and Dads. Glowsticks, or rather glowbands, were again in use as the youngsters took on a relay challenge planned by Charlotte. The aim was to focus on correct control identification, so there were 6 similar courses of 7 controls (numbered 1-7) with three sets of closely placed controls that required the children to identify the correct control site feature. Everyone did very well at picking the correct controls at the clusters and not punching something just because some one else was.
With the floodlights on the hockey pitch not turned on it was a real night orienteering event requiring good torches, so Santa may well be getting some late requests for super bright head torches after this!
Speaking of Santa, when the relays teams were all safely back everyone went upstairs in the clubhouse to meet a mysterious visitor, dressed in red, with a big white beard and handing out presents for all the children. We had all been so busy outside we hadn’t seen the Reindeer being parked.
Everyone was encouraged to try and get to Sarum’s New Year’s Day event at Foxbury and have a go at the White and Yellow courses on offer, if not the Score event itself. Hope to see you there and at the next evening training on January 21st at Churchill Gardens.