Junior Club #30 & 31

Arts Centre and Hare Warren

Following on from last week’s maze there was more classical orienteering in the green spaces surrounding St. Edmund’s Arts Centre on June 18th. In addition to our usual O addicts we welcomed to new families – with 6 children between them – who all joined in and enjoyed the evening’s activities. This evening saw a very competitive relay with the juniors being divided into teams all containing the different age groups. The race took the children all around the Arts centre and the Police Headquarters, still cordoned off from previous happenings in the City.   It was good to see the older children supporting the more junior members of their teams.

Shane’s photos from the evening can be viewed in the video below.

Monday 25th June saw us back in real woodland at Hare Warren, much to the children’s delight. It’s really great to see them enjoying the challenge of running in woods after having had so many sessions in Salisbury’s parks.

This time the two courses planned started more in the centre of the woods, where we start our Forest League events. A long course was planned for the older, faster children.  A shorter course one was also set out, which the youngest juniors did in pairs and the others tried on their own – some of the parents also joined in which was good to see.

Photos from Hare Warren are below.

Next week we will be back in Churchill Gardens for a challenging Harris format relay race. This will be our last session of the year and will climax with a picnic – let’s hope the sunshine lasts until then.

It seems unbelievable that we have reached the end of this project with something approaching 50 children having taken part at some time – not to mention the number of families who have taken part. We must thank all those parents who have added the junior club to their already busy weekly activity calendar.

Your correspondent was away on holiday for these two events, up in the Arctic. Whilst visiting Murmansk in Russia I was interviewed for a TV channel. The lady asked me where I was from so I said, ‘the UK, from Salisbury’. At that point I felt it best not to say ‘from Porton’ or to mention chemicals.