After a little persuasion we managed to prod Oxford University OC into running a mini students orienteering weekend.
Good man Ben Stevens planned courses and hung hundreds of controls in classic training area Shotover Woods just east of the city. We had some easy courses to choose from followed by some contour-only maps, peg-relay and SI-race. This was great practice for everyone and the longer training time allowed useful shadowing of some of our newer members.
Saturday night we had a big meal with the rest of OUOC followed by drinks in Balliol College bar. They managed to win the boat race with a few underhand tactics. Jamie Parkinson and Josh Milner put us up for the night on the heated floors of their plush Somerville College rooms.
A smashing Saturday night turned into a soggy Sunday as we headed to the Southern Orienteering Championships at Star Posts. The forest was lovely underfoot with dead bracken covering undulating contour features.
Some took longer than others in tough conditions but everyone had a great time. Man of the day was Kit Grierson who returned M20 Southern Orienteering Champ - well done Kit!