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End of Year Review!

19-06-2014

September

  • The year got off to a cracking start at Fresher’s fair with a record number of people signing up for our mailing list.
  • The ‘Give it a go’ sessions allowed newcomers to learn more about the sport and meet the current committee.
  • Our first ‘Pub Run’ of the year gave everyone a scope of what the club has to offer: exploring Bristol, training and regular socials.

October

  • Training became part of everyone’s weekly schedule as we moved from location to location focusing on different skills each Wednesday.
  • A successful social at The Lanes (bowling and pizza) was organized by our fantastic Social Sec to start the social calendar.

November

  • The competition season began and a real team spirit began to develop between our members.
  • At the Bixslade competition Duncan and Kit achieved success in the longest course coming 1st and 2nd. Seven members went to the competition, taking on a range of courses with a high level of success all round.
  • BUOT (Bristol Universities Orienteering Tour) weekend, orienteering clubs from all over the country descended on Bristol for a weekend of training and socials.
  • At November Classic, eight intrepid members ventured to the south coast to race on urban and forest terrain. Kit won the 8.2km short brown course in 46mins!

December

  • The cold weather really kicked-in as we endured brisk training sessions on Ashton court.
  • We celebrated the end of the first term with a Christmas meal at ‘Be: in Bristol’

January

  • Kit won M20 Southern Champion 2014! “The area’s rolling hills meant you really had to attack the course to keep the pace high.”-Exert from the weekly email.

February

  • This year the University of Leeds hosted the main event of the year, BUCS! We enjoyed the beautiful Yorkshire countryside of Ilkley moor and Danefield woods and had some cracking runs. UBOC came 6th across over 20 universities and our Men’s team grabbed 4th place in the Men’s relay.

March

  • We learnt how to “HASH” on one of the weekly pub runs. A crazy sport that somehow incorporated orienteering and flour.
  • All the preparations for our Stoke Park event came together showing a fantastic team effort. We raised money for the club and had fantastic feedback from BOK members and competitors.
  • Merthyr Mawr competition on the sand dunes, Duncan was crowned king of the Brown course (8.7km).
  • Caerwent South Wales hosted by the British Army, we enjoyed a pleasantly warm day and adventure around an array of derelict buildings.

April

  • On our last training session before the Easter holidays we joined the UBU Active Easter egg hunt, yum!
  • A few of our members went to Britain's largest annual orienteering competition, the JK Festival in South Wales. A four-day event over the Easter weekend exhibiting areas of the South Wales moorland, a number of great courses regularly attract over 3000 competitors.

May

  • Committee AGM and exam craziness!

June

  • The AU dinner, we made our presence known with a full table of Orienteers representing 70% of our active members. It was a great end to the year; everyone dressed up and had photos on the balcony of the @Bristol science museum. We enjoyed a slap-up meal with wine, presentation of awards and colours (full colours were awarded to Abi, our captain and half colours to Matt Whipple, our Vice Captain).
    A great start, middle and end. Can't wait for next year...
  • Emma