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Southern Night Champs

Lake District Training Weekend

Dartmoor Training Weekend

November Classic Weekend

Fan Fawr Fell Race 2019

JK 2019

Icenian and EUOC 2019

Sugarloaf Fell Race and BOK Oldbury Court

Fell Running Mendip Muddle

BOK Blaise Estate

UoB Orienteering Club - Welcome Back 2018

Scottish Championships

Brislington Urban

BOK Trot

BUCS success!

New committee!

Crawling up Cribyn

Sugarloaf saga

UBOC at the JK

Double sprint weekend

The grand finale of the Western Night League

Snow can't stop us orienteering....

Success at the British Night Championships

2 Weeks Run up to BUCS

Battling the elements (and steep muddy slopes)

Triple Gloucester weekend

The run-up to BUCS begins...

Fog and contour fun at Yoxter

Keeping a cool head at Headless Hill

Blorenge fell race and Southern Night Orienteering Championships

Wild weather in the Lake District

UoB Orienteering Club News 26/11/2017

Choosing Bristol as an Orienteering University

UoB Orienteering Club News 19/11/2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 12/11/2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 05/11/2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 29/10/2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 22/10/2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 15/10/2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 08/10/2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 01/10/2017

Ashton Court Give it a Go results

Downs Give It a Go results

UoB Orienteering Club Welcome Email 2017

Welcome Fair Maze Results

UoB Orienteering Club News 18/09/2017

10th Anniversary Celebrations

Race Reports Round-up 2016-17

Stoke Bishop urban race 3/5/17

A busy summer of orienteering!

Stoke Bishop Urban Race

BUCS 2016

BUCS Orienteering 2016 Overall Results

BUCS 2016 Relay Results

BUCS Results after Individual

Tom prepares to represent GB

BUCS 2016

New year!

BUCS 2015

November Classic

End of Year Review!

Tough racing at the JK Festival of Orienteering

UBOC is crowned Club of the Year!

New Spring/Summer 2014 Collection now in (Race tops)

Men's relay sneak 4th at BUCS

Bristol has a Southern Champ

Merry Christmas!

Stretching Sessions @ The Breakfast Roll

BUOT Bristol in pictures

El Classico

Training, Racing & Treasure Hunting

Sweeping the board in Ashton Court

Fantastic first week for UBOC

Old City Sprint Race Results


Bristol Old City Sprint Race - Sunday 29th September

Aviemore 2013

New Website

Lake District Training Weekend


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What a great week! We have just returned from our final weekend away of this term, which you can read about below. Weekend trips will return next term for some inter-university racing. Some of us have also been trying out our night orienteering skills. We have another load of fantastic activities in store this week.

Race reports
  • Blaise Estate - Meredith Moody

    As I wasn’t keen enough to go on the training trip, I thought I’d attend the Blaise Castle night race. This was a score event – you get one hour to do the controls in any order you like. The ones further away and harder to find are worth more points. This was only my second night event and I’m not very tactical, so I just picked one half of the map and went in a big kind-of circle.

    This was the first time I got to use my brand new SIair, which was great. I scooped up 300 out of 600 available points, picking up a two-point penalty for being 11 seconds late back. This put me at 19th out of 40! Hurrah!

    Shout out to Matt Whipple for being the only person to grab all of the controls, coming in first place. Congrats to Robert Elston on your 17th position finish

  • Blaise Estate - Rob Elston

    With everyone else in the Lake district, I headed off for a solo double in Blaise Castle. This one was within walking distance (just) so as the fog was rolling in and the sun starting to hide below the horizon, I entered the estate from the south heading towards the car park. As I made my way to the start I even got a sneak peek at a few controls. But then, as it got really dark, I slipped down a valley: time to turn the head torch on! There wasn't much hanging around at the start and I got going almost straight away. The difference with this race was that there was no set course and you just had to get to as many controls as possible within the hour. My tactic was to use my pace to get out to the controls far away form the start which were easier to find and worth a maximum of 30 points. The forest seemed to twinkle in a peculiar light. Five minutes in I checked my watch; apparently I had been going more like 20 minutes! Luckily I had made it to the edge of the course so I turned back trying to pick up as many as I could along the way. If it wasn't for a lucky find meaning I could work out where I was and pick up extra points, I probably wouldn't have mad it back within the hour. Anyway I did - and with a respectable 305 points too.
    The following day I went back to that Gothic castle on the hill - as if I hadn't had enough by then. In my opinion the castle is the least interesting part of the whole place. Armed with a prior knowledge of the area form last night, I felt unstoppable. The problem was that everyone else was form BOK and probably knew the area better than I did! I tackled the Light Green head on leaping over a rope that I was told was an invisible passable impassable fence (basically it wasn't on the map so it was all fine). Making my way through familiar terrain, I began to claw back the time that I always loose at the start from staring at the map. As I made my way past the river and up the hill I hit a string of fastest splits which put me back in second and then into the lead with one control to go. Sadly I had failed to find this control yesterday but I had no choice but to this time. I lost five minutes running round trees looking for that final control and not even the sprint finish could make up for the lost time. I finished 2nd on the light green out of 26 by 2 minuets and 20 seconds. I really good race for me with only one mistake. Already looking forward to southern champs next week!
  • Lake District Weekend - Tom Dixon

    As with all exiting UBOC weekends, the sharing of facebook live locations initiated the start of the Lakes trip. Five UBOC subjects were crammed into Pickering’s car, and with our laps piled high with orienteering gear the five hour journey commenced. This time enabled the construction of the most efficient shopping list in UBOC history, meaning we were in and out of Tesco’s in less than 20 minutes. Unfortunately our dreams for acquiring the much desired ‘Groovy Bars’ were quickly flattened when Peter, the master of missing plumbs, reported them to also be missing. Retreating to Matt’s house we masterfully cooked a cheesy triangle hot pot, straying away from the classic UBOC veggie chilli. Matt took the some of group on a running tour of the village whist the hot pot was cookin’ and we finally ate at 10:30. The night ended with warm showers and slightly frozen cheesecake for dessert, what more could you ask for?!

    Our first orienteering stop was Esthwaite Intake. EUOC (Edinburgh) members arrived in two mini buses and a car, 34 of them In total, which was more than all of the other clubs combined! The terrain was mainly what you would expect from a standard lakes trip: Brecon, hills and swampy grounds. However the added dead twigs that littered the floors in the open areas made the area a lot less runnable. Overall the weather was decent with very little rain and calm winds. It was a sad moment when Josiah dropped his cheese sandwich, but we stayed strong and eventually moved on to the next area in Haverthwaite Heights, right after taking a wrong turn which invoked a 20 minute detour and lots of gated roads. This area was much more runnable, covered in forrest and had lots of walls, however it was quite hilly. Josiah completed his first solo orienteering route! The days orienteering finished with a race to the accommodation, Matt making a bold choice to take a different route back that put us in first place. The accommodation, that we shared with Exeter, was something like you would see in a horror movie - a log cabin in the woods, which at night was shrouded by the darkness. Equipped with a log burner and bored games, we settled down in the warmth of the social area with some well earned veggie chilli, s’mores and home made flapjack. All was peaceful...but not for long.

    Just as Peter, master of missing plums, was nodding off in the arm chair, EUOC and the other universities swarmed the cabin, could this be...a social! Alcohol was consumed, twister and UNO were played, and stressful music choices were made. The party went on well into the night, past the traditional UBOC bedtime. It eventually ended, and us and Exeter cleaned up the drunken mess, heading to bed at a respectable 12:30 am, ready to face the final day of orienteering.

    Josiah cooked us some fabulous eggy bread to line our stomachs, followed with some jellied porridge, before we headed to the Great Tower for some rocky and contour-heavy training! Saying goodbye to our fellow orienteers, we prepared for yet another very squished journey back to the land of Bristol. Goodbye Lakes, see you again next year...