Clevedon Court race report - by Cai Wood
As UBOC’s sole representative I made my way down to a newly mapped Clevedon Court. The weather proved to be horrible, with the rain intermittently paused by drizzle. The hardest course available was a green, and so navigation wise it was not very challenging. The conditions of the paths did cause trouble and after a few falls I learnt that running was not going to be an option. This lead me to finish 26th with a time of 80:32, nearly double the that of first placed Jack Miller who I shared a lift with, both of us being driven by 2nd placed Phil Murray. Overall a very nice area despite the conditions, mostly open woodland with a quarry and dense forest in the corner.
Wyche Ridge race report - by Tom Dobra
On Saturday night, I cleared the 60 minute score in the Malverns with 2 minutes to spare, only to find that I had lost to Ifor Powell by a mere 2 seconds. Analysis in the pub afterwards showed that I had run substantially further than Ifor, so clearly need to sort out my route choice to reduce my 500m of climb on a steep area with lots of paths along the hillside plus a few brambly scrambles. I managed to find a few brief seconds to admire the view, so perhaps that’s where I lost the time, or maybe it was following dead-end sheep trails into gorse after control 1?
Pen Tir Drop fell race report - by Sophie Gordon
Tom Dobra and I headed over to Cwmdu in the Brecon Beacons for Pen Tir Drop fell race. On the way there, experienced Pen Tir runner Andy briefed us about the possible shortcut speedy veterans often choose to take, and the blood-splattered bramble-ravaged legs that result. We decided that battle was one not worth fighting. During the hour before the race, there were two bursts of heavy horizontal snow interspersed with bright sunshine, which led to a long kit faff - baselayer or waterproof? Woolly hat? Luckily the sun prevailed as we slithered up the steep first section and made it onto a more gradual mossy slope. Tom, in second, thought he was at the halfway point until he saw the frontrunner carrying on to a further away cairn… that flat top section felt very long but gave us great views of the snow-sprinkled surrounding hills on the way back. Tom held on to finish in second place, whilst I was just pleased not to be last! The final challenge was sampling the huge variety of cakes afterwards (I think Tom managed at least 5…). Ed: It was actually 3 + 1 small one + my lunch.