Well the Gauntlet has truly been thrown down this year with 3 outstanding running/drinking performances. Last year’s highest score of 247 points was surpassed by 4 people - 3 within 12 points of each other - the winner by 4 points was Austin “hic” Frost, closely followed by a “gutted” Tim Rutter who knew he beaten last year’s score by a mile but was ½ pint short of Austin. Jonny Crickmore, local student and member of drinking orienteering club SHUOC, and regular ‘Team GB’ member ran superbly to visit 6 Sportsmans including the Lodge Moor one, but unfortunately arrived 2 minutes late – perhaps he needs to drink faster?
Lots of different routes, lots of support from the pubs and their clients asking where we were going next – and I even got offered an all day bus pass to speed me on my way – unfortunately the quickest way from Burngreave to Roebuck is running. It would take a very good runner to visit all 7 pubs – 28km+ - but the variation in routes this year showed that the optimum route and drinking volumes are probably still not known.
The post race Curry – and more beer – was held in the Rajput – you need a good curry after a few pints and the Rajput doesn’t disappoint.
Great shame more of you didn’t come along – make a note to come next year. You don’t have to drink but popping into one of the pubs for a half and enjoying some banter with the locals whilst dripping sweat on the bar and trying to down a half or a pint as quick as you dare is a good laugh – except when the pint is Stones or John Smiths or very cold! Still great fun. Hope some more of you can make it next year.
Last in the Urban Nights race is the Fat Cat urban orienteering on Tuesday March 11th – YOU MUST PRE-ENTER and book you food for the social in the pub afterwards. You think you might know Sheffield City Centre but this will take you places you’ve never been before!
Tim Tett - Race Organiser