Club News

An Obituary to Andy Thornton

Andy Thornton 1949-2020 It is with regret that I have to advise everyone of the passing of Andy Thornton, a dear friend who was a keen SARUM orienteer and lead coach who massively contributed to our sport.Andy passed away on 29th October 2020, aged 71yrs, after losing his battle with cancer. The South West Junior…

Sarum Sunday in Grovely

This event was something of a first for Sarum.  Courtesy of a Grant from Sport England’s Return to Sport program we have been able to purchase new SIAC (contactless) timing equipment as the first step in migrating from our ageing EMIT equipment. Thanks to Des Dickinson, we had previously run a programme of five training…

British Orienteering Championships: Déjà vu?

BOC Long Distance Championships For anyone at the British Long Distance Championships who had run at the Sarum Saunter the previous Sunday, Fonthill must have seemed like perfect preparation for Golden Valley and Cognor Wood. There was the same plethora of windblown trees and brashings but with added steep slopes and boggy bits. It was…

SPRING SAUNTERS IN

What a glorious Spring day it was. Fonthill Abbey Woods looked to be at their best with bright sunshine streaming through the trees seeming to welcome orienteers to a great day’s navigational challenge.   What a glorious Spring day it was. Fonthill Abbey Woods looked to be at their best with bright sunshine streaming through…

Well done Max

After achieving success as winner of the SWOA Galoppen Yellow course in the previous year, Max followed this up by taking the Orange Course honours in the 2021/22 competition. The photo shows Max being presented with a commemorative medal for his 20/22 triumph by Sarum Vice-Chair, Mark White. Here we see max with his 1920/21…

Compass Sport Cup & Trophy heats

Written by Ian Peirce SARUM competed at Rushall Woods, hosted by BKO. “Large clubs” compete for the Compass Sport Cup and “small clubs” compete for the Compass Sport Trophy. As a “small club” SARUM were up against BKO, SOC, NWO and BADO in these heats. Rushall Woods is a mixed woodland with a path network…

Night Owl Triumphs

Armed with only a map, compass and headtorch, our very own Charlotte Thornton recently achieved two notable successes in major night orienteering competitions. Charlotte recently won the W75 Southern Night Orienteering Championships held at Tweseldown near Aldershot over a challenging course hosted by the British Army. Charlotte followed that with a fine Silver Medal in…

Training at The Moot

A bitterly cold, but sunny, Saturday saw another training session for the juniors (and those of a certain age) organised by Des Dickinson. Using the small but complex features making up the Moot at Downton, Des recapped the basic skills practised in previous sessions and then let everyone loose on a Score course that made…

Wessex Night League – Tisbury

Three successive local events, covering just about all the forms of orienteering on foot, culminated on the Monday evening with Sarum’s contribution to the Wessex Night League using our map of Tisbury. 37 competitors turned on their lights to take on an Odds and Evens score race. The hilly surroundings coupled with some clever planning…

November Classic 2021

Following on from the previous day’s Salisbury City event many joined the 650 odd who competed in SOC’s November Classic run over/through the leg-sapping heather of Milkham,  Slufters and Broomy Bottom. The weather was beautiful but a cold wind ensured that nobody took time out to sunbathe. The added benefit to a 2km walk to…

A LONG WEEKEND OF ORIENTEERING

A long weekend of local orienteering began with the third Salisbury City Urban O race.  We were fortunate to be able to start the courses within the Cathedral Close on Broadwalk, close to the Harnham Gate. Competitors had the rather novel experience of a walk to the start through the grounds of Bishop Wordsworth’s School…