UBOC 10th Anniversary Weekend

16-17th September 2017

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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.

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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.


Team Results

Course Results

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.

Open class

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.

Junior class

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 matthew.pickering@bristol.ac.uk 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.

Location in Google MapsBing Maps (Ordnance Survey).

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).

Competition Information

The final details can be viewed here

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.

Planners comments

Mapper: Ben Mitchell (UBOC)
Planner: Megan Carter-Davies (UBOC)
Organiser: Matthew Pickering (UBOC)
Controller: TBC

Thanks to BOK members for providing support with equipment, first aid and volunteers.

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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.

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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.

More information can be found on the BOK website; pre-entry available via Fabian4 and also on the day

Organiser: Phil Fawkner-Corbett
Planner: Tom Dobra

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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 orienteering.bristol@gmail.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.