Saturday 11th March - Fell Race - Hannah Thom
I set off on Saturday morning looking forward to running through some beautiful scenery in the Brecon Beacons national park. This was not to be the case, with low cloud and visibility at almost 0 in some places. This made for a challenging race, requiring lots of compass work with a lot of steep rocky sections. Despite the weather I thoroughly enjoyed the race, with its long grassy descents and the technical finish through rocky woodland. I finished 20th overall and managed to successfully not get lost in the fog, so all in all a successful trip out.
Saturday 11th March - Ashton Court Night Race - Matt Pickering
The rescheduled finale to WNL was always going to be fireworks to end a successful season. From the familiar *endroit* of Blaise Castle to the misty, murky dangerous Yoxter, the westerners head torches have been working overtime for the preceding nine fixtures. To the evening's events; a mass start race starting at 7:03pm in the centre of Ashton Court estate. Nervous tension on the jog to the start line fizzled through strained conversation. 3-2-1- the burn-up begins. Heading north, a train crashing into the bushes to the first control, splinters crackle around the locomotive as it chugs onwards. However, it is the runaway carriage, the decoupled Adam Potter who scythes through the field to catch the engines by control 117. Then, loneliness, the solitude of the night, interspersed with heavy breaths and flashes of lights from a far. Once again alone in the forest until at sixty minutes congregating on the summit by the finish. Adam P: 600 Matt P: 514 Rachel K: 159
Saturday 17th March - NGOC Saturday Series - Megan Carter-Davies
It was back to the muddy, dirty slopes of Highmeadow for this Saturday’s event. There wasn’t much hanging around with the mini Beast from the East about, so we all quickly registered and headed to the start. For me, the way to control 1 included bouncing between trees down a wet, slippery valley side, eyes watering due to the cold. Definitely type 2 fun! ;) Thankfully it soon got a bit more grippy and felt more like you were in control of where you were going. The courses were fun with some interesting detailed areas and good routechoice legs. Matt, Jack and Harry did the green course(kudos to Jack and Harry completing their first Green course!), making up 3 of the top 4 in the end, while Ben and I made it a UBOC 1-2 on the Brown.