What, another brilliant week? And another to come? Sounds pretty normal…
Just a reminder about buying membership for the club. I like to be relaxed about these things, however memberships are vital to keep the club going allowing us to invest in new club equipment, subsidise weekends away and also help us convince the SU that we can continue existing. Membership is currently £15 and can be obtained from here. On a more exciting note we are putting in our order for this years batch of lovely red and white race tops (that you have probably already admired) in early December so that they arrive before the University Champs in March. If you are interested please send us a message or email indicating your likely size (the manufacturer Bryzos makes their shirts small) - it is looking like the price will be £25.
At a glance: Get your UBOC membership and race top!
Sugarloaf Fell Race - Meredith Moody
On Saturday morning Sam and I had the pleasure of using the Temple Meads to Parkway rail replacement bus service, on our journey to Newport where we got a lift from Richard Cronin to the Sugar Loaf fell race. It was worth it. The race was almost entirely trail with 500m of climb over 9.5km; this was my first proper fell race and it was hard! Near the top I was climbing with my hands.
We were blessed by the weather and there were some fantastic views. I crossed the line in around an hour five minutes; Sam had already finished by then (he forgot to wear his watch so wasn’t sure what time…). We then went to the pub for a well earned pint.
Oldbury Court Extravaganza (Night … and Day) - Peter Dobra
Oldbury Court in north Bristol played host to two events this weekend-a night Score event on Saturday followed by a race on Sunday. Some of the terrain was lovely easy parkland, the rest was full of steep slippery slopes and crags-stone stairs were especially slippery and required care. Navigation was mostly easy and provided a nice introduction to night orienteering for those of us doing it for the first time.
There were three UBOCers at the event on Saturday and it was just me on Sunday as far as I know. It was going quite well for Matt and I but tailed off with some mistakes including Matt ending up near the bottom of someone’s garden. Luke had a painful run-in with a fence. On Sunday, I visited 12 of the controls I had already been to the day before-as a result I slashed 27 minutes of my PB for a Blue course for a time of 62:26. (although it probably had more to do with the ease of the terrain compared with NGOC dirty forest)