UBOC 10th Anniversary Weekend
16-17th September 2017
This year it is ten years since the University of Bristol Orienteering club was re-founded in 2007. Since then the club has grown and gone from strength to strength and we decided we wanted to celebrate with current members, recent alumni and alumni from the first incarnation of UBOC.
We like to celebrate in style, so we’re planning not just one race but a whole weekend of orienteering:
A sprint race (open to all) around the University of Bristol Precinct on Saturday afternoon, a meal for UBOC alumni and members on Saturday evening and a Bristol OK score race (open to all) on Sunday morning in Ashton Court. You can complete your orienteering weekend in Bristol by following the Photo-O trail around the Harbourside if you missed it at the BOK Blast and by trying your hand (eyes) at Trail-O at the event on the Sunday.
For those making a weekend of it, information about accommodation, food & drink, and things to do can be found at visitbristol.co.uk.
Sprint Relay - University of Bristol Precinct
Saturday 16th September (Afternoon)
It seems only fitting that there should be a race on home turf, so the first event is a 2x2 sprint relay (in pairs, each person runs twice) around the University of Bristol campus. The area provides perfect terrain for a challenging sprint competition, as a combination of parkland and very intricate university buildings should reward both navigation and good running!
Ben Mitchell is preparing a new map and Megan Carter-Davies is planning the courses. Expect high-quality courses on an excellent map from these two elite athletes.
This is an event open to orienteers of all clubs and ages. Entry is available through Fabian4 and on the day. If it sounds like fun but non of your club mates are coming then enter anyway and we will find you a suitable partner to make a team. Racing starts at 1pm with a briefing at 12.45. Make sure to mark yourself as coming on the Facebook event.
How it works:
A sprint relay has 4 legs of roughly equal winning time run in succession as per a traditional relay. However, in this version there are only 2 runners per team. The relay starts with a mass start, following which runner A runs legs 1+3 and runner B runs legs 2+4.
SI boxes will be used and pictorial descriptions will be on the map.
The courses are handicapped to age class so that each course has an estimated winning time of 12 minutes. Each pair in the open class (must be aged 16 or over on the day) is formed of people of any age class, gender or club.
Same format as the open class, but both entrants must be less than 16 years old otherwise they will be classed as non-competitive. Juniors will use Royal Fort Gardens and Royal Tankards Road with marshals at road crossing. No handicapping on the Junior course (everyone runs the same 2 courses, random order).
Online pre-entries have closed. Entry is available on the day (£8 per runner). If possible please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your entry details in advance.
During entry each pair should make clear who will be runner A and runner B.
If you do not have a partner, please enter as an individual and your name will be entered onto a runner bank list to pair people up. We will publish these lists upon the entry closing deadline and organise pairings according to age class.
Note that entry is open to everyone – this is not just an event for UBOC alumni.
Location & Transport
The event arena is at University of Bristol School of Chemistry, Cantock's Close, Bristol, BS8 1TS.
Due to its accessible city centre location public transport is encouraged. The arena is 2km from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station by foot or bicycle whilst buses 8, 9 and 72 run from the station to near-by. More information can be found on the University of Bristol How to Get Here page.
There is no dedicated parking for the event. Free on-street parking over the weekend can be found 500m away on Woodland Road (BS8 1UQ) whilst pay-and-display on-street parking on Woodland Road (BS8 1UL) brings you slightly closer. The nearest multi-story parking is 500m away in Trenchard Street Car Park (BS1 5AN).
Map Scale is 1:4,000 with contour interval of 2.5m drawn to ISSOM 2007. Surveyed and drawn in Summer 2017 by Ben Mitchell.
Please abide by the rules of sprint and do not attempt to cross anything mapped with an uncrossable symbol.
- Pavement lines have only been shown where they aid navigation. Benches, Bike / Bus Shelters are not mapped.
- Some of the minor roads within the University Precinct have had the pavement lines omitted to aid clarity.
- Blank maps will be on display in the arena.
- There is some building work going on within the mapped area. In general, long term building works have been mapped using the solid purple symbol (Do Not Enter), which gives an effective picture of what to expect.
- The area has a wealth of urban detail – canopies, steps, narrow alleyways etc. Some parts will require very careful navigation.
- The majority of runners will need to pass through a crossing point which was impossible to map without obscuring one of the running levels. This is marked with the crossing point symbol as shown below;
- The courses have been handicapped based on age in order to make the relay more exciting.
- A balance has been made between distances while also trying to allow everyone to experience the trickiest parts of the map.
- Due to traffic on various roads (Tyndall avenue is on a bus route) Juniors will be confined to the area South of Tyndall avenue.
- Courses have been planned so that the fastest times on each course will be in the range 12-15 minutes.
- Some courses will visit a control at a zebra crossing. (see below) This will NOT be a timed crossing. It is simply there to ensure runners get across the road safely. It will be visited twice by everyone who has it on their course.
- Also to all adult competitors, there are several road crossings without zebras so look left and right, listen and be safe.
- The Start will be up a wide flight of stairs please be careful.
- All courses will share the same last control. The finish will be clearly marked from there.
- Runners will first: Punch the Finish then tag their Team mate and then go straight to download in a timely fashion. You won’t have long before you need to run again!
- There is are no specific spectator controls.
- Lastly Please be careful to avoid collisions with other orienteers and members of the public. Especially when cornering or along narrow passages. Respect other road and path users.
Mapper: Ben Mitchell (UBOC)
Planner: Megan Carter-Davies (UBOC)
Organiser: Matthew Pickering (UBOC)
Thanks to BOK members for providing support with equipment, first aid and volunteers.
UBOC Alumni Meal - The Grain Barge
Saturday 16th September (Evening)
A meal for current and former UBOC members will be held at The Grain Barge on the harbourside the to celebrate the achievements of the club in past 10 years. Meet at 6.30pm for drinks followed by a two or three course meal. If you would like to come please respond on the Facebook event or contact Abi Kerr to confirm your attendance. Following the food and drinks there will be more drinks.
Score Race - Ashton Court
Sunday 17th September (Morning)
For those wanting to make a weekend of it Bristol OK have an score event on the Sunday in Ashton Court which is just a short run across the Clifton Suspension Bridge from the city. It has crags and contours hidden in the woods separated by deer park and is a classic Bristol orienteering area offering great views.
Start are from 10.00-12.00. A TrailO is being staged in the TempO format with 5 stations and 4 tasks at each. A warm-up station along with full explanation and and help will be available on the day. Planned by World Championships competitor Tom Dobra.
Organiser: Phil Fawkner-Corbett
Planner: Tom Dobra
Are you a UBOC member from days gone by?
We would like more information on the history of the first incarnation of UBOC so we can record it on this website. When was it founded? By whom? How did we fare at whatever BUCS was called at the time? If you have any stories, memories, photos or information to share please email email@example.com before the anniversary weekend so we can put a little presentation together. If you have some hardcopy material bring it along and we will endeavour to scan it in.